on FAITH

August 03, 2017

Zeal without Knowledge

Last Saturday, we met with our Victory group leaders and Pastor JX  preached on how knowing the Word of God brings health in our walk with Jesus and how we lead and disciple others.

Whether you live in a restricted nation or in a free country like ours – where the freedom to read the Bible openly is allowed, there is no excuse for a Christian not to grow in his/her knowledge of the word.

Going through Romans 10:1-4 this morning, re-emphasizes what was discussed during our leader’s meeting:

Romans 10:1-4

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 Paul was praying that the people he was pastoring might be saved. He saw that they were zealous for the faith and the cause of Christianity but have no knowledge. Zeal without knowledge can make a Christian emotionally high for a season – but not for long.
An understanding of our righteousness in God is pre-requisite if we want to see a healthy disciple. I have personally seen countless men and women who said yes to Jesus without really knowing what Jesus did for them and who Jesus is to them. And sometimes it is not their fault.

We have to assess how we engage and establish our people. Do we point people to Jesus? Do we encourage them to dig deeper in their faith? Do we go through with them on a journey to know who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for us?

 For those who are in Victory, one of the tools we use to go through a new disciple is our Purple Book. It is very foundational and fundamental for a believer to understand what he is committing to.
We have to challenge those who determined to follow Jesus and those who decided to be part of the local church to build a strong biblical foundation to make them weather through the trials and temptations a Christian face.
If we fail to establish a biblical foundation, Paul says that they would establish a righteousness of their own, based on how good they are rather than what Jesus did for them.

 

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