Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
Bible Class 509
Mrs. Bernice Fail, (member of FBC in Altoona, Ks.) said as she was leaving the church, "Pastor Charles, its like being in college when you teach us the Word of God." Charity said, "When you preach, you have to think, its like taking class 509."
I do not try to teach on a college level, but try to explain the text in which I am teaching. I don't try to speak from the little knowledge I have in my head at the moment I am teaching. I spend a lot of time studying from those who have a greater understanding of the text than I do.
I have a sermon manuscript before me when I am preaching, and give out an outline of the sermon to the people so they can follow alone. If they wish to study more later in the week.
While most preacher it seems, preach on a fifth grade level on purpose, I have refused to do that. Because adults are not 5th graders. Besides as we have learned on the other hand we don't know as much as a fifth grader do we?
Here you have Christians who have been saved for 20 years still on a fifth grade Bible level. And I desire to see them grow in the knowledge of wisdom of the Lord.
I know we are told to take a deep subject and made it simple. I think my teaching is simple. I have seen Theological Journals in which I can't understand at all.
The content of the message is propounded to say the leased. God's word while simple, is deep in in thought. Obedience. Simple right? To live it is not.