28th July 2020

Keep Learning

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

The scripture above highlights four things which help us to be complete and equipped for every good work. They are doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction, so let’s briefly look at what each one means.

For doctrine – a set of beliefs based on the Bible, which we believe to be true, but it is our responsibility to make sure we study to understand them correctly. Some other translations render this word as ‘teach’.

For reproof – this word can mean ignominy, personal shame or scorn and it is a re-minder that when we sin the Bible reproves us. We need to be as knowledgable about scriptures as possible so we order our lives accordingly.

For correction – the action or process of correcting ourselves by being sensitive to what the Bible teaches us, but sometimes also being prepared to accept correction from others willingly, which is not easy!

For instruction – something as Christians we should always be open to and seeking both from the Bible, but also our from daily experiences of life, and our interaction with other people, both Christians and non-Christians.

All four things point to the Word of God, the Bible, as being the cornerstone of our lives. They also point to a constant and continuous willingness to learn: both by being sensitive to ourselves and the impact we have on others, but equally, though more difficult, being sensitive to what other people say, even when it can be painful to listen.

In summary, we need to have an open, teachable mind, always ready to learn, be alert mentally, emotionally and spiritually, to keep us growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18)! Let’s love learning and see our mistakes, our sins, as stepping stones to success, not stumbling blocks to failure.

Prayer
Father, if only we can see it, the Bible teaches us constantly, provided we have hearts and minds open to learning. Even when we feel we are failing, You can use those experiences to teach and develop us. With You, we can never fail! Thank you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

 

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