July 25, 2010
Which people in your church have the most influence when it comes to understanding and applying the Bible?
I've been thinking a lot recently about Biblical interpretation in the local church—namely, who are the people responsible for digging into the Bible to understand what it says (exegesis) and then apply the Bible's truths to our modern culture (hermeneutics).
Most churches in America have at least one full-time pastor who, on paper, is very well qualified to undertake the task of Biblical interpretation. Pastors have been to seminary, after all, and they spend hours every week studying the Word, right? Not to mention that huge library of books and commentaries in their office.
But churches also have several lay leaders who immerse themselves in Biblical interpretation—people like small-group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and so on. These folks are usually not trained on paper, yet they often have a lot of influence when it comes to the doctrines and practices accepted by the congregation.
I'm still trying to think through what all of this means, and how those realties impact Biblical interpretation in the local church. So, to help me out, please take the poll below and let me know which people are the primary drivers for Biblical interpretation in your church. In other words, which group of people have the most impact when it comes to the congregation understanding and applying the truths of the Bible?
posted by Sam O'Neal on July 25, 2010 8:52 AM