- 1 Timothy 4:13, 15-16
Growing in Christ is not simply about gaining more head knowledge about Christianity. Becoming more like Jesus is the goal, and that happens through exercising our faith. Jesus Himself says, "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). This shows that Jesus pictures learning as more than just sitting in a classroom, the end goal is becoming like the teacher. But that doesn't mean knowledge of Scripture is superfluous. Without a deep knowledge of God's Word, there is also not as much to take faith in. Our faith is based on our convictions in God's Word. So we grow through studying the Word of God and by faith, putting it into practice.
In fact, Scriptures teaches us that Jesus Himself learned obedience. That implies that although Jesus was always perfect and never sinned, He wasn't fully mature as a 5 year old. He wasn't ready to die on the cross in perfect selfless sacrifice until He learned obedience. And how did He learn it? Through suffering (Hebrews 5:8). And so the author of Hebrews tells us that we grow to maturity in the same way, through studying the Word of God (Hebrews 5:10-12), and then being put in difficult and trying circumstances where we are forced to work out our faith, making a habit out of choosing to live by faith (Hebrews 5:14).
Semi-Monthly Training Times
Every month or so we have a Saturday morning training time where we take a topic, study it, and investigate how to put this into practice in our daily lives with workshops, discussion, and challenging each other.
Every Sunday morning before church we have a Sunday School hour where we study Scripture together.
There are other opportunities to study Scripture in depth, contact Pastor Josh for details.