8/27/2013 9:30:33 AM
It seems at nearly every pastor’s conference I attend, someone is talking about continuing education. Quite a number of men in our area are pursuing a specialized degree or just looking to learn about topics they did not previously have the time to study. Still others return to the seminary or take online courses in Hebrew or Greek, or a whole host of other topics designed to assist the parish pastor.
In our congregation, students of all ages are heading off to school, some for the first time and others who are expanding their knowledge or looking for a career change. Still others regularly find themselves studying God’s Word in the various classes our church offers year-round. We never stop learning.
Continuing education in the Bible is the topic of the following section of the apostle Paul’s letter to young pastor Timothy: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NIV ’84) Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
How well do you know the Bible? Are you growing in knowledge and appreciation of God’s love for you? Could you benefit from a little extra time in the holy Scriptures?
From little on, many of us have heard and learned about Jesus our Savior, who by His death and resurrection has won for us forgiveness of sins and the certain hope for everlasting peace in heaven. The Lord’s inspired and inerrant book reveals the only plan for salvation and eternal life. It equips us for lives of service in God’s kingdom and educates us for the day we leave planet earth.
We only stop learning and growing in faith if we stop reading and meditating on the
Word. In the same way that we forget the basics of Algebra or English grammar when
we do not use those skills, so also we forget the truth and direction that the Lord lays
out for us clearly in the Bible (and lose the eternal life which is ours through faith in Jesus) if we are no longer students of His Word.
Continuing education is important, especially when it comes to the ongoing spiritual education we receive in the Bible. Paul’s encouragement to Timothy is one that we should take to heart: continue in what you have learned. We know and believe in Jesus our Savior. We need regular reminders of His love for us. We need daily encouragement to respond to His grace with gratitude and service. We need to prepare for the day when we will leave this earth.
The following courses are available for you to continue to grow in faith, to lead a more God-pleasing life, and to share the Word:
January – December: 10:30 am Sunday morning Bible class (7th grade through age 110)
Current topic: “Living Christian Values in the Home – Honesty”
January – December: 9 am Tuesday & Thursday morning Bible class (all ages welcome)
Current topic: “The Life of Paul in the Book of Acts”
September – May: 10:15 am Sunday School (ages 2 through 6th grade)
September – May: 6 pm Monday evening Level 1 confirmation (5th through 8th grade)
Topic: “From Promise to Glory” an overview of the whole Bible
September – May: 6 pm Wednesday evening Level 2 confirmation (6th grade and up)
Topic: “Basic Christian Doctrine” an in-depth study of the basic teachings of the Bible
Continuing education in God’s Word makes you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for lives of service to the Lord, here on earth and forever in heaven. Please join me for a continuing education in the Bible. Let’s learn together!