“Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” –Job 34:4
We worked with a trainer from the Humane Society to learn to walk our dog. From whom do we learn to walk in faith? Jesus is our Teacher: “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13). And he gave us apostles, prophets, pastors, and teachers to show us the way (Ephesians 4:11). But apostles, prophets, pastors, and teachers are only people trying to figure things out, to discern what is right and learn what is good. Remember the arguments in the early church about preaching to the Gentiles (Acts 10), circumcision (Acts 15), and food customs (Galatians 2). Peter, Paul, and others discussed these things together, just as we do in Bible studies and church council meetings today. Ultimately Christians have to work with each other to learn to walk with God. We learn to walk in faith from one another.