by Richard Mansel
The Lord’s Church is a teaching institution (2 Timothy 4:2; Matthew 28:18-20).
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).
God has always wanted his people to teach the Word to their children. The Talmud says, “If you would destroy the Jews, you must first destroy their teachers.”
In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God wanted Israel to teach the Word of God to their children at every opportunity. We must heed the same command today because God has not changed (cf. Proverbs 1:8; 12:15; 22:16).
As Christians immersed into Christ (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4), we are added to the Church (Acts 2:47), the Lord’s body (Ephesians 1:22-23). We are members of his household (Ephesians 2:19) and everything that happens there is to glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21).
As spiritually minded people (Romans 12:1-2), we live for God (Ephesians 4:1). Accordingly, we ought to hunger for the Word and the chance to study it with our brethren as often as we can. There should not ever be a question of whether to attend worship or Bible class.
Spiritually minded people should find it easy to choose spiritual things over fleshly. However, the more we choose the fleshly over the spiritual, the easier it becomes to shun God.
Since we all want to go to heaven and take our children there, we will certainly ensure that they know as much as they can about Jesus and his Word. Right?
If we do not bring our children to Bible class, what are we doing to teach our children the Bible in depth? Surely we are doing something! Surely we aren’t raising them knowing nothing about God since we want them to go to heaven.
As Christians and parents, we must be excited and involved with Bible class so we can pass it on. We must help them “set [their] minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2).
No congregation ought to have to beg for students and teachers. How can we possibly be disinterested in spreading the truth of God?
There is no greater honor than teaching about Jesus. Let’s all pursue those opportunities with great energy.