Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
While it is true that pastors receive a word from the Lord and speak it to the people, it is equally true that they are human and therefore capable of error. The best way to grow spiritually after hearing a message is to check it against the scriptures. Though man is errant, God’s Word is not.
Each follower of Christ must, absolutely must, spend time reading and studying the Bible individually. Church services, Sunday school, and Bible study are all great to attend, but they are intended as a corporate experience among the believers. Private study of God’s Word coupled with prayer will yield personal results.
It is not enough to say that you believe everything the Bible says if you do not know what it says. We must learn the context of the original writing to fully understand how a verse speaks to us today. Many misinformed or uninformed Christians wander about with no foundational knowledge of the Bible’s principles. False doctrines come about when well-meaning Christians interpret scriptures to support an agenda.
Personal time with the Lord, reading His Word is an essential part of a Christ disciple’s life. God’s Word ought always to be on our hearts and on our tongues. The Bible is a disciple’s playbook and we must learn from it in order to live according to God’s wonderful plan. How amazing that our heavenly Father speaks to us though this text! How can we not study it everyday?