Christian Life

Christians Should be Students

September 19, 2014

One thing that is truly lacking in American Churches is a devotion to learning about God and faith. Christians must always be learners, students of the Word of God. This is especially true of new believers. Part of Satan’s diabolical scheme is to derail new believers as soon as possible, and you can almost guarantee that some kind of attack will come to the new believer within the first 24 hours of their conversion to Christ. So as believers, we must be vigilant, and learn to continuously grow in the grace of God.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
I Peter 2:2-3

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
II Peter 3:18a

What does it mean to learn?

The word learn means “to acquire knowledge through experience or instruction (personal study); acts of acquiring knowledge”.

Learning is important and should be desired by the Christian, especially the newly saved, as commanded here:

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

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
I Thessalonians 4:11

So clearly, scripture states that Christians should always be learning, always be studying the Bible.

What should Christians learn?

Sound Doctrine (Teaching)

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Titus 1:9

Psalm 119, sometimes referred to as the “Word of God” Psalm, gives the admonishment to learning sound judgments, statutes, and commandments, which are fundamental to learning sound doctrine.

I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
Psalms 119:7

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Psalms 119:71

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
Psalms 119:73

The Fear of the Lord

The book of Proverbs instructs the believer, among other things, to fear the Lord. This fear can also be expressed by the word reverence. Believers should have such a high regard for God, that they wouldn’t dare defy or disobey him openly and unashamedly.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Proverbs 1:29

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:5

We Christians are fearing the Lord as they should, a wonderful result takes place…

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Acts 9:31

The Scriptures

This may seem like a no-brainer, but in many Churches throughout the world, emphasis is placed on (seemingly) everything but the scriptures. Time is give to singing, perhaps some prayer requests, to announcements, and to story telling, but not much time is devoted to the scriptures. As believers, we must learn the scriptures.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:11

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 5:39

And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mark 12:24

Why should Christians learn?

Because Jesus was a learner. A believer’s primary goal should be to emulate Christ, and Christ, believe or not, was a learner.

And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Luke 2:46-47, 52

And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
John 7:15-17

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 5:8

If Jesus was a learner, how much more should Christians as sinners, saved by grace, be learners of his doctrine?

When should Christians learn?

For the Christian, learning more about God and his ways should be a daily commitment.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Acts 17:11

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Acts 2:42, 46

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 5:39

Are you studying? Do you have a time set aside each day to pray and read the scriptures?

If you don’t, I encourage you to start today.

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