I am often asked which Bible teachers I listen to outside of weekly church services. While preparing an updated list, I thought about how God always uses His servants to meet me right where I am. Some people listen to certain stations or programs with different teachers. I prefer to listen to an entire series or the same teacher for a period of time to hear a lesson in its entirety. If I can pause a teaching and return later to that exact spot, it avoids frustration over having missed anything.
No matter what kind of day I am having, God always knows what I need. He uses His Word, first of all, and then different personalities, teachers, programs, conferences, songs, books, authors, media, and relationships to teach and mold me. Whether it’s through a specific Scripture passage, devotional, song, friend or a specific Bible teacher, His lesson is always tailor-made. Every day I realize how much more I have to learn.
1 Corinthians 3:2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
Sometimes I need the Lord’s tender touch and some hand-holding as the cares of this life can leave me raw and in need of soothing salve. Those are the times when I listen to Bible teachers like Damian Kyle with his soft-spoken approach.
At other times, my heart is rebellious and calloused. I’m not always willing to face hard things without a strong kick in the hind side to get me moving in the right direction. The blunt approach of James MacDonald is like drinking a cup of strong coffee. Plain black coffee is sometimes a little bitter going down without creamer but it’s what I need; a firm exhortation to do the right thing.
My mind often wanders from one thing to the next. On those days, Jon Courson’s down-to-earth style and sense of humor combined with tidbits of hymn lyrics reminds me of my roots.
Alistair Begg’s Scottish accent, dry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach grabs my attention. It speaks to that part of me that just wants to hear it like it is…the good, the bad and the ugly.
There are times that I need to hear the passionate, heartfelt voice of Dr. Ravi Zacharias to remind me of where my heart should always be with regards to those who don’t know the Lord.
In making my selections, I rely heavily upon my husband’s recommendation to be sure that a Bible teacher stays true to the Word of God. Then, my prayer is simply this: Lord, help me to search for the truths in Your Word and glean from Your servants; regardless of their approach or teaching style.
Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.