Many of our churches are childish. There’s a famine of the Word of God in our world. There’s no greater problem than that, and we need to pray that the Lord would send out evangelists. But the tragedy is not only that there’s this famine in the world, but there’s a famine in our churches. So we can see great growth, many people coming to Christ, but so little teaching. The great work of discipleship through the Word of God which is so keenly needed is missing. It’s been called the ‘great omission.’ No wonder many of our churches are unstable; they’ve got no discernment. They’re tossed like a small boat on a raging sea by every wind of doctrine that blows through. And what’s the antidote? ‘Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.’ We’re to speak the truth in love. That’s the task of the evangelist, the task of the pastor-teacher, and as the pastor-teachers speak the truth in love, it’s the task of the whole people of God so that our churches can be filled with the Word of God. Through preaching, pastoring, one-to-one Bible study: in all ways we need to be urging people to live in the light of the gospel.
Vaughan Roberts, “Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16” in Julie E. M. Cameron, ed., Christ our Reconciler: Gospel, Church, World.
Is there a famine of the Word in the church?