In addition to worship services, many churches offer Bible classes for all ages. Yet less than 50% of Christians typically attend such classes. This had prompted some Christians to wonder if Bible classes are even needed. Why should churches offer Bible classes, and why should Christians attend? Below are three valid reasons:
1) "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and TEACHERS, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-12). In order to foster the growth of His church, the Lord equipped her with TEACHERS. Since they are distinguished from evangelists (who typically speak to larger crowds), teachers tend to communicate with smaller groups. Bible classes offer these gifted Christians an opportunity to apply their skills.
2) “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb 5:13-14). The local church typically consists of members both mature and immature concerning their Bible knowledge. Bible classes make it easier to suitably teach Christians from each maturity level.
3) “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). Growing in the knowledge of our Lord is not an option for faithful Christians; the apostle Peter commanded it. Doing so, however, requires constant study of the word. Thus anything that advances such study should be encouraged. Bible classes are designed to do just that.
I attend Bible class regularly because I need them. How about you?
Jesus, always Jesus!