AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship
PRESENTER: Esther Knott
“Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, ‘How does this Man know letters, having never studied?’ Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.’” John 7:14-16 NKJV
The religious leaders in the time of Christ didn't consider Him a theologian as is evident in their question. And in some circles today Jesus wouldn't be considered a theologian for the same reason.
His teaching astonished the doctors of the law for He did not deal in abstract theories. His instruction was practical and down to earth. It had to do with essential character development, the enlargement of a person's capacity to know God. He taught those principles which applied to daily living; those things that would once more unite humans with the heavenly family.
God ordained that we should live by principle; not by rules. To obey a rule doesn't require any great degree of intelligence because all that is required is to do what the rule says. But to apply a principle requires intelligence of a higher order along with mental and moral courage. But, strange as it may seem, many would rather live by rules — it takes less effort — less thought — no decisions.
Appeal: Our church is a place where Biblical principles are taught and practiced. We value the practical teachings of the Bible as our only rule of faith and practice. It is our privilege to support our church in these endeavors by our gifts today.