Sometimes I hear a Christian say, “I left that church because I wasn’t being fed.” That’s always sad, assuming it’s true. It’s sad that their pastor wasn’t preaching winsome, Bible-centered messages (assuming he wasn’t). But it’s also sad because why did that person think it was only the preacher’s job to feed them?
Mark Batterson put it this way in his book Primal,
“My kids learned to feed themselves when they were toddlers. If you’re not being fed, that’s your fault. I’m afraid we’ve unintentionally fostered a subtle form of spiritual codependency in our churches. It is easy to let others take responsibility for what should be our responsibility. So we let our pastors study the Bible for us. Here’s a news flash: the Bible was unchained from the pulpit nearly 500 years ago during an era of history called the Middle Ages (75).
If you are relying on a pastor to be fed, I feel bad for you. Listening to a message is secondhand information. It’s not replacement for firsthand knowledge. I’d rather have people hear one word from God than a 1000 from my sermons. And that happens when you read, study and meditate the Bible.