This is just a thought that hit me this morning. How many bible studies have you been to this week?
Three or more.
I know of many people that hear the bible taught, preached, and proclaimed more than three times per week. Awesome! Right?
Well my answer depends on the answer to another question.
What is the purpose of bible study? Most would answer to learn or to grow. Which is true in part. But ultimately the purpose of bible study is equipping for action.
1 Timothy 3:16-17 comes to mind here. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
The success of the teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness hinges on the SO THAT. Why are you taught, reproved, corrected, and trained in the word? SO THAT you are equipped for every good work. It is training that leads to action.
What if our military provided a 20 year boot camp for our military folks? They could put in their 20 years of training and never get in the battle.
Our current approach to bible study in many cases seems to take this same approach. Train, and train ,and train but never enter the battle.
I am afraid that we have many people who will go to their graves with heads full of biblical knowledge with no fruit to show for it. They never moved on from boot camp. They never entered the battle.
One solution for this is not to study the bible less. I would never take that position. The word is life. We must be in it and get it in us. Allowing it to take root and to prompt us to take action.
The solution is found in a discipleship strategy that I came across several years ago called Truth 4 Trainers or T4T for short. T4T has a lot of great principles and teaching strategies within it but I want to share one with you that I believe could be transforming for the way we currently do bible study.
That principle, which I offer as one solution here, is to have an accountability portion of the bible study with the question, “Who are you going to tell about what you learned today?” The learner then must identify a person by name (preferably a lost person) and share that name with the group. Now that person is accountable to the group and the group prays for the persons named.
At the next bible study gathering when the accountability time comes up the follow up questions is asked, “Who did you tell the bible story to?” followed by “What happened?”
This is a very simple solution that only involves asking a few questions and then holding the group accountable. This encourages the learners to see the word not just as a source of information for themselves but as a source of life for those that they share the story with each week. It is a simple question that leads the learner to take action with the information they have learned.
So my answer to the first questions, “Is it awesome that people hear the word taught, preached, and proclaimed more than three times a week?” Absolutely, as long as it leads to a life of actively living out the truths that they learn.
I know that there is so much more to be said on this idea but I just wanted to get it out there for today.
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
If you would like to read more about T4T I have provided a link below.
Have a great day!