I think of good Bible teaching as building a reference system. The Bible is studied systematically and in its entirety from the cradle to the grave. It forms a filing cabinet of all the scenarios that God deals with and the truth God gives us for each situation we could ever encounter. We learn to pull the right text for the right challenge in life.
Now, how extensive is your filing cabinet? Have you built an understanding of each book and why it is there for you? Do you make one small file of 1 Corinthians 13 or Romans 8 fit all of life’s trials? If someone came to you and was putting belief in angels before God, which passages would you turn to?
The problem is that people are biblically illiterate. They do not know much of the Bible anymore and try to misapply verses where they don’t fit, just to make it through. Each section of the Bible was given to us for a different reason. There are thousands of principles to be drawn from the text that transcend time.
Also, the Bible is a unified whole. The cabinet makes more sense the more complete it is. Just using one file on its own doesn’t make sense unless it is placed alongside other files. For example, standing for ‘truth in the face of adversity’ needs to be matched with ‘unity in the face of adversity’. It seems that many in North America have their standing for truth file in place, but they don’t have their unity file.
What are you going to do to develop your filing cabinet?