What Kind of Training Have You Had?

October 23, 2019 –

In secular school, we learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. In Bible school, we learn to read, understand, and apply what we learn.

We don’t study, teach, train, and share the Bible as the Bible commanded. St. Paul writes, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15, NKJV). Time has passed since I saw the job description for Minister of Education, Director of Education or a church building referred to as the educational building; it is a Life Center. Sunday school is now life groups, and there’s no Sunday night program called Training Union. Today, the emphasis is on execution— not training. People don’t perform at an optimum level without being trained. If you have doubts, ask any business owner.

Jesus, in His last three years on earth, emphasized teaching. He recruited 12 individuals and invited them to become fishers of men. Jesus’ training outline was four easy-to-follow steps. First, He set the example. Second, He gave how-to instructions. Third, He tested the disciples, and Fourth, He followed up with an after-action review. 

St. Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, challenges Timothy (and Christians) to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)

 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, HCSB).

I think the quality of school education and Bible education has deteriorated. While school education prepares you for world success, Bible study prepares you for Heaven.