"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord God, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord."(Amos 8:11)
Just like in ancient Israel, today there is a spiritual famine with people starving from lack of spiritual sustenance, which is the word of God. Without sufficient intake of physical food there can be no physical growth and without sufficient intake of spiritual food (the word of God), there can be no spiritual growth; ... Constantly nourished on the words of faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. (1 Timothy 4:6b)
Sadly, even many Christians are suffering from spiritual malnutrition, starving spiritually without the sufficient biblical nourishment of sound teaching and preaching. This is because many of the churches, even so called evangelical churches, are not adequately feeding their people the pure word of God. The result is that there are churches filled with immature believers lacking biblical discernment and the wisdom of God, as well asmany false converts without the conviction of sin who remain comfortable in their lost condition in these churches..
It is by the supernatural word of God that we are saved by grace through faith; So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17) It is also by the supernatural word of God that we who are saved grow and mature in our faith; All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching (learning what is right), for reproof (learning what is wrong), for correction (learning how to get right),for training in righteousness (learning how to stay right); so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Of course it is not enough to just hear the word of God. In order to be saved and to grow as a Christian, you must also receive it by faith, repent and trust completely in the word of God; Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.(James 1:21, 22)