A Recommendation of Learning

I often use the phrase, “When I first became a Christian,” because it was such a special time in my life. The early days of my walk with God were relational, not transactional, with a deep desire to know Him and His word. Learning wasn’t a “have to,” it was a “want to.”

One of the first things I understood was that as Believers, we are called to transformation, and transformation comes through the renewing of the mind. (Ro 12:2) We are told to “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Col 3:10

Renewing your mind with God’s Word is an essential part of the pathway to maturity. But more than knowledge that is required, it must be partnered with obedience. (Ja 1:22)

As Christians we should have the mind of Christ, thinking the thoughts of God. Yet you see so many churches are departing from the faith, and bowing to culture. Much of that has to do with us seeking the things of this world, and paying little attention to transformation.

We need to repent, return to our first love, and grow! (Rev 2:5)

I believe the Spirit is speaking this to those who will listen. Those who have ears to hear.

But I’ve learned there are many who lack instruction. Some churches have abdicated its responsibility of making disciples and have become content with a weekly topical message that does little to renew the mind. (but the flesh leaves happy)

If you fall into this category, or you’re looking for a way to enhance your learning experience, I’d like to submit the following…

The internet didn’t exist in the early 80’s so our teaching came from church services, audio cassettes, or VHS tapes. Today, we have a massive amount of teaching available via church apps and YouTube. There is both good and bad content, and you should always use spiritual discernment when browsing. I’ve been blessed with the teaching of many men and women of faith, and some with whom I don’t always doctrinally agree. But if that’s on the nonessentials, that’s not an issue for me.

While there are many great resources, I want to recommend only two in this article.

Dr Tony Evans has been in ministry over 40 years and has been a blessing in my life from the very beginning. He had a radio ministry called “The Urban Alternative” I loved listening to. It wasn’t just his preaching style, it was the substance. He’s always told it like it is, and like it needs to be told. You can find his app in the Apple Store under “Tony Evans,” and he also has a library of messages on YouTube. You can find the link to his channel here.

The second is Gary Hamrick, and I absolutely love his teaching through Scripture. There are currently 783 videos posted by his church, Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA. Find a book that he’s covered, and read the text for yourself before watching. The title of the video will tell you which chapter and verses will be covered. There are so many to choose from, you don’t have to wait long between messages. Go at your own pace, but don’t wait a week! Here is the link to his channel.

This isn’t a replacement for personal study time, but you will find their teaching will increase your knowledge and understanding of Scripture. Then pray God would provide the wisdom you need for its practical application your life.

That’s how transformation happens.

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