Because it is a delightful way to obey the command to study (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Peter 1:5-9; 3:18; 1 Tim. 4:13; John 5:39). We could all agree that failing to attend Bible classes contributes to dangerous ignorance (cf. Hosea 4:6). Ignorance was partly responsible for crucifying the Lord (cf. Acts 3:17). Ignorance causes us to establish our own way of righteousness.
Because of my desire to imitate first century Christianity. The early church met daily for study and devotion (Acts 2:46-47). Read the record of our brothers and sisters in Acts 2:41-47, 17:11.
Because I have children that I want to go to heaven. Good Bible classes improve their chances and assist my efforts (Proverbs 22:6; Eph. 6:4.).
Because I love “my” local congregation and like to be with my brethren (cf. 1 Thess. 1:2; Romans 12:10; 1 John 3:14; 47).
Because I want to abound in good works. When Jesus looked at the seven churches in Asia, He was looking for good works (Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15). He is looking for good works in my life too (Ecclesiastes 9:10; James 2:18; 4:17; Rev. 14:13).
Because I want to encourage my brethren. The verse right before the command not to forsake the assembly says, “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works“ (Hebrews 10:24).
Because I want to be consistent (Titus 1:16). A spouse hoping to convert an unbelieving mate decreases the chances by skipping Bible classes (cf. 1 Peter 3:1-7). I want to show my neighbors how important the church is to me by attending every service. I want them to see me practicing what I preach.
Because I respect the elders. Such respect is profitable to me (cf. Hebrews 13:17).
Because I love the Lord and reverence God (cf. John 14:15).
Because I will be judged by the Bible. I do not want to go to judgment having deliberately skipped opportunities to study the word by which I will be judged. (cf. John 12:49).
This great article was originally written by brother Bobby Duncan several years ago and was then, later, revised by brother Marvin Weir. I thought it has so much to say about our reasons for having and attending Bible classes that I wanted to share it with all of you. There is nothing more vital to our spiritual welfare than a dedicated and consistent study of God’s word. We can no more survive on a once or twice a week study of God’s word than we can survive physically by eating one or two meals a week. It is my prayer that we will encourage each other to be faithful to all of our Bible study sessions whether it be Bible class or our worship time together.
Brethren, we cannot live out God’s word in our lives if we don’t know God’s word. We cannot share with others what we don’t know ourselves. How can we convince others of the importance of something they see us ignoring in our own lives?
Until next week, I love you all,