2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.

Public schools, private schools, seminaries and universities all go back to class. Maybe it is time we all go back to school. The word study implies more than just a casusal reading for pleasure. The Greek word for study is spoudazw spoudazo, (spoo-dad’-zo) means to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:–do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study. There are certainly certain things that we gather as we look at going back to school: A set time to start and end each day, class gatherings, and an instructor. All these can be applied as we set aside a time of each day to read and study the Word of God. We can set aside a certain place to do our studies as we pray and meditate over the Word. We may also need reference books or instructors to help us in the quest for greater knowledge of the Word.

Yes, it should be back to school days for all of God’s people. Without time in the Word we will become weak and tossed too and fro from every wind of dectrine that comes along. There is a great falling away today from real Bible study and even some churches are doing away with Bible studies so that the church becomes weak and falls pray to preachers who fail to stand for Biblical preaching and Biblical standards.

We are given the reason for studing as being threefold: “approved unto God” , “needeth not to be ashamed”, and “rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Retired Pastor Charles Moore,
Serving as Interim Fill-in Pastor, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Leavenworth, Ks

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