Have you notice that many churches just talk on one subject? Have you notice that with Christian websites, too? For example, we have websites that focus almost exclusively on Ceationism, while others on “Jesus is Love” and other specialized topics. Ministers have become like doctors, whereas in the past you had a GP, now you have doctors who specialise in the heart, eyes nose and throat, etc. while this may be good for the medical profession, it is not good for the teaching of God’s word. That is why you have people who have gone to church their whole life and they are still on “the milk of the word” as the Bible says instead of on “the meat of the word.”
I have notices in the Christian Identity movement where they almost always talk on who the Israelites of old are today, and never stray much from that topic. How much detail do you want to go over on any given topic?
So, what is the solution? What God says, and that is to teach the whole word (meaning the whole Bible); teach from Genesis to Revelation. Here is a list of the major topics that should covered in the course of a year in a good church. They include:
Christ and his teaching
Who God’s children are today
God’s laws, statues and judgements
How to defend your faith
Then, there are sections under each of the above that should be covered. Example, under the Law, there are our relationship to God, our relationship to our fellow Christians, the health laws, agriculture, military, and economic laws.
Under defending your faith, you should know how to handle talking to atheists, Jehovah’s Witness, the New Agers (that’s a big one), etc.
What I see, even in the Identity movement are sermons that go into a lot of detail in one area. For example, I’ve seen 12 sermons on just the book of Acts. While each book of the Bible is important, can you imagine 3 months on one book? That doesn’t leave much more of the rest of the year, especially if there is another set of sermons of 3-4 month duration on the book of Romans.
If there is someone new who is in your home study group or in your church, they won’t have much knowledge of the rest of the Bible in a year’s time. Usually when people come to church, they want answers and they could cover: health, relationship, purpose of life, knowledge of the earth and other creation, etc. While it’s good to know subjects in detail, this should be done by the people in your church group on their own – there other major areas of the Bible that needs to be covered.
People who specialise in Creationism, for example, think that the Jews – who hate Christ – are God’s chosen people. Then, when a new member of the church might agree with Creationism, the rest of the Bible is a mystery for them because they are reading it in light of the Jewish people instead of the Saxons, Anglo-Saxons, Celtic, Franks, Scandinavian and related peoples.
People in the Identity Movement know about creation in 6 days but are not good at defending it, as there is hardly any talk of it in Identity meetings and no books available from those who have tables at Identity gatherings.
Here is another area that even Identity people miss out on and that is the danger of the other versions of the Bible. I’ve seen the biggest Identity leaders (past and present) use NAV, NKJV, NAS, etc. If they put some time into the study of these other versions, they are not Bibles that just has modern English in them but they say the same as the KJV. No, these are actually anti-Christian bibles. Do you know that these other versions leave out the name of Christ in some places, the Son of God, or put “a” in instead of “the” before “God.” This one little change in the indefinite article, “a” from the definite article “the” changes the meaning from One God to many gods. Even whole verses are deleted from many of these modern translations.
So, what Bible should you use? The 1611 King James Version. This, in itself should be research and a sermon should be made on this, after all, Christianity is based on the Bible – it’s our foundation. I just illustrate this to show the importance of covering other IMPORTANT topics in our sermons. When all the major ones are covered, week after week, then new Christians will stay active Christians and want to learn more.