Daily Assignment: Study

Back to school!  Retailers love back to school time;  new clothes, shoes, and school supplies!  My oldest son is in college and was excited about a new school year.  My youngest son is just starting high school and does not want summer to end. 

Study.  How many students like this word?  I would say it is a very low percentage.  We like to learn new things and want to be intelligent,  but study takes discipline.  Self-discipline is not an easy thing. A survey of high school students that would allow another student to cheat from their paper was 58.3% in 1969 and 97.5% in 1989(FreePress July 1996).  

As Christians, God tells us to study to show ourselves approved.  2 Timothy 2:15  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  We are to study the Bible, God’s Word.  The Bible is living  (Hebrews 4:12) and has all the answers for life.  It takes discipline to study God’s Word.  As you apply yourself to the reading of your Bible, the Holy Spirit will give you the spiritual understanding.  This takes time and repetition.  The word “study” means:

To apply one’s mind purposefully to the acquisition of knowledge or understanding of (a subject).2. To read carefully.3. To memorize.4. To take (a course) at a school.5. To inquire into; investigate.6. To examine closely; scrutinize.7. To give careful thought to; contemplate: .8. To apply oneself to learning, especially by reading. 9. To pursue a course of study. 10. To ponder; reflect.

How is the church sanctified (set apart) and cleansed?  Ephesians 5:25-26 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

 

 The church is set apart and made clean by getting washed in the Word.  When a person accepts Jesus Christ, they are cleansed of sin and saved by the blood of Jesus.  When a person is baptized in water, it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that person’s commitment to walking in a new life in Christ.  Studying your Bible washes you, the individual.  It is your part of the cleansing process.  As you study the Word of God, you will desire to please God and to repent of your ways and grow in God’s character.  You will learn and receive correction. Your faith will grow.   Spiritual growth comes from spending time in God’s Word.  There is no short cut, there is no cheating.  Read your Bible, examine and cross-examine (study), apply it to your life, and be diligent about it.  Don’t give up!  A new-born baby Christian does not act like a mature Christian.  They are just beginning to learn and grow.  The time they spend in God’s Word will change their habits, lifestyle, and attitudes.  Many believers who should be mature Christians have remained babies because they have left their spiritual growth up to their pastor and teachers and have not applied themselves to any study.

How to study God’s Word:

· Daily

· Pick a Chapter or Book

· Pick a Topic

· Memorize Key Scriptures

· Review notes from your Pastor’s sermon and study all the scriptures yourself.

· Use daily devotionals, Bible dictionaries, concordances and multiple versions of the Bible.