Allen Baker (our Minister of Discipleship) and I had the opportunity to attend a simulcast this past Thursday and Friday of Willow Creek’s annual Global Leadership Summit. The summit always brings together an outstanding selection of both business and church leaders to speak about leadership principles. There were lots of inspirational moments and some great ideas to take away from the gathering. One noted leader said something that caught my attention. He quoted Samuel Johnson who said that people need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.
Sometimes I think we subtly fall into the trap of thinking that since we’ve heard a message before from a certain passage, or we’ve studied it often in the Bible, that there’s nothing new to learn from it. Peter wrote these words about the value of being reminded of truths that we already know: “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you” (2 Pet. 1:12). A more important question to ask ourselves than “Have I heard this before?” is “Am I practicing and experiencing the truth of this passage?” James reminds us that it isn’t the hearers but the doers of the Word that are blessed.