Eric, thank you for your service in this last year to Church at Wazeecha. You did a great work and were a part of so much advancement as a new and young congregation.
You can look up Bible, Bible verses, questions about words, and not get what you want. Someone is always glad to control the flow of information. You can follow some steps to stay away from bad sites:
1. Follow a few links to find out something about who owns the page and what perspective they hold. Is it a cult (Mormon or Jehovah's Witness)? Is it from a particular denomination?
2. Is the material from a trusted source? This is similar to number 1, but a little different. If a quote about a Greek or Hebrew word is from an established Bible Dictionary or Commentary set. I have an example of those here and here.
3. Evaluate a Commentary, ask a trusted religious leader about what theological position the writer or series comes from. What is their view of the Bible (is it trustworthy)? Inspiration? Miracles? Ask if there better or more accurate resources available to them or to you.
4. If you struggle with the meaning of a Bible passage, sometimes you can gain real insight by reading what various translations say. Instead of running first to see what someone else says in a text, look it up in ESV, CEV, MSG, HCSB, NKJV, Amplified, and others. Stay away from the New World Translation. It is the version the Jehovah's Witness use and they have slanted what the text says to conform with their doctrine. Christian Bible sites like the one posted here do not offer that version to readers because it is not a trusted resource.
5. Be aware that not everyone who can speak in complete sentences knows what they are talking about. Be skeptical-- it is biblical (see Acts 17:11). They listened to Paul and then went back to see if what he said lined up with scripture. You, do the same.
I am going to use this space to talk about a great new step we get to take as a church. It is one that churches take as they grow to their next phase of development-- that is, formation of new teams. We have had talented men and women serve in capacities taking care of responsibilities. We are growing and therefore need to develop in this area too. We will form a new team. We need to form a Finance Team who will work to maintain understanding and control of the work happening in and through Church at Wazeecha. We will talk about this further at our Ministry Conference this month on the 23rd since the 16th is Easter Sunday.
His best to you,
Dr. Trey Turner is founding pastor of Church at Wazeecha. He and his family are church planters with the Southern Baptist Convention.