You Better Know What You Believe and Why You Believe It

Several conversations and situations have reminded me of how many people hold to a belief system because some preacher told them what to believe. They never studied the Bible for themselves. When challenged about a particular issue, they wilt upon pressure.

I served alongside a youth pastor several years ago who challenged the youth constantly. He would teach in such a way that made them think independently. The retention rate of those who grew up in that youth ministry is phenomenal.

Dear child of God, I encourage you to study, pray, and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to you. As you grow deeper in your faith, know what other faith groups and religions teach so you can give an answer. Many people look at Christians as ignorant, and that is partly due to the reality that many do not think for themselves. They have not exercised the discipline of study and perhaps may not have a true hunger to know more.

Your belief system will be challenged. If your pastor is your lifeline, you’ll definitely sink. Know what you know because you did the spiritual grunt work to learn it.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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