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Do I need to hear someone teach the Bible in order to properly understand it and grow?

We need to sit and listen to teachers. God has placed them in the church and gifted them to instruct the saints. We also need to study the Bible on our own and also check everything we hear taught by teachers of the Bible.

It is our responsibility to make sure what they are telling us is true and rightly divided. If you blindly follow everything a person teaches, you could be deceived and entrapped into a cult or false doctrine.

We have to beware of men who say we cannot disagree with them because they are from God. God wants us to make sure we are being told the truth. Yet, as I already stated, we do need godly teachers to help us understand the Bible.

Here is a section of Scripture that lets us know how important the teacher and all the leadership gifts are.
He (Jesus) who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. It was he (Jesus) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.(Eph. 4:10-12)
The teacher and other leadership gifts help to prepare God's people to do the things God called them to do. I think it is essential for every Christian to be part of a local church so they can be taught the Bible from the teaching gift of the pastor.

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Author Biography

Joseph Cameneti
Web site: Believers Church
Joe Cameneti Sr. is the lead pastor of Believers Church, located in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Pastor Joe, along with his wife Gina, pioneered Believers Church in 1983 following his graduation from Bible School. In addition to leading a thriving local church, Pastor Joe is the host of a weekly show called "BCTV." The program is aired locally, reaching over 30,000 people each month. Pastor Joe is a gifted communicator, skilled in the art of building bridges to unchurched America. Transparent and authentic, you'll walk away challenged and encouraged to connect with God in a deeper way.

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