I ATTEND BIBLE CLASSES…
Because it is a delightful way to obey the command to study (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Pet. 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; Rom. 12:10; 1 John 3:14; 47).
Because I want to abound in good works. When Jesus looked at the seven churches of Asia, He was looking for good works (Rev. 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15). He is looking for good works in my life too (Eccl. 9:10; Jam. 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.” (Heb. 10:24).
Because I want to be consistent (Tit. 1:16). A spouse hoping to convert an unbelieving mate decreases the chances by skipping Bible classes (cf. 1 Pet. 3:1-7). I want to show my neighbors how important the church is to me by attending every service.
Because I respect the elders. Such respect is profitable to me (cf. Heb. 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 judgment having deliberately skipped opportunities to study the word by which I will be judged (cf. John 12:48).
Some really good, serious thoughts here about the need to attend, not just every service but, every Bible class period the church has. It is for our enhancement, our growth and development as Christians.
So, where will you be when it’s Bible class time?
Until next week, I love you all,