The Importance Of Biblical Training
by Dr. Willie B White
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2 Timothy 2:2; 15
And these things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
To answer the implied topical discussion question of why is Biblical Training so importance there are several reasons that come to mind such as one cannot teach what one doesn't know neither can one lead where one doesn't go.
However, our scriptures texts provide the answer in that what one has learned of God must be shared with others so they too will have a firm foundation in the Apostles and New Testament doctrines. We hold to the fact that the Bible is the final authority as it is God's holy word that was written by inspired men of God (v. 16). Also, verse 15 records why we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God's Word as His approval of our works are superior to that of man. It is important for the trainer/teacher to know God's Word so when training others they too can and will rightly divide the word of truth. When the truth of God's Word is taught the hearer/student will have a firm foundation on which to stand thus preventing them from being swayed by false doctrines.
With that being said, the church has the responsibility of training current and future believers in the truth of God's Word so that believers both now and new converts can and will live accordingly without compromise or becoming corrupt by society's way of life. If the question were raised, Where should Biblical Training occur? It should occur in the church, home and school. Biblical training becomes more effective when taught in all three institutions. Therefore, Satan wouldn’t have a fighting chance.
Let us look at some of the benefits derived from Biblical Training, and they are
1. Biblical Training entrusts the gospel of Christ to believers so they may know the truth, guard against false doctrines, and teach others the truth and knowledge regarding God's righteous standards (2 Timothy 3:15, 2 Timothy 1:14, 2 Timothy 2:2; Romans 6:17).
2. Biblical Training instills in believers the necessity of contending for the faith to deflect Satan's fiery darts of wickedness and all false doctrines that will be encountered (Acts 20:31; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:3-4; Titus 1:9).
3. Biblical Training lead students in continual growth in Christ and a better understanding of God's Word and godliness (1 Timothy 6:3; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 1:2-3).
4. Biblical Training strengthen the believer and promotes Christian maturity to other believers as the current believer reflects Christ-likeness, and thereby the overall church grows (Ephesians 4:11-16).
5. Biblical Training motivates students to commit themselves to evangelizing to others/lost souls in obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
6. Biblical Training brings students into a deeper understanding of God and His kingdom and the spiritual warfare that all believers are engaged in (Ephesians 6:10-18). It also deepens the believer's/students experience of Christ's love, develop a personal fellowship with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit's presence as the student/believer has been baptized in the Holy Spirit (John 17:3, 21, 26; Ephesians 3:18-19). It also teaches believers/students how to pray, fast and worship God with all sincerity (Matthew 6:9, 16; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13).
We can conclude that there are many benefits to be received from Biblical Training as it is vital to Christian growth and kingdom building. With that being said, let's continue teaching.
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