So, why should you attend midweek Bible study this evening? There are many reasons (we’ll get to some others later, the Lord willing), but I’d like us to think about one of the more obvious reasons. We should attend Wednesday night Bible study so that we can study the Bible with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Anyone who engages his or her mind in midweek Bible study will understand the value of studying the Bible with other Christians. Now, there is no substitute for personal, private Bible study. Each day you should talk to God in prayer and let God talk to you through His inspired Word (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17). But we could also rightly state that there is no substitute for Christians coming together to discuss the Bible. The insights that are shared, the applications that are made, and the wisdom that is offered all point to God’s divine hand in the design of the Lord’s church. There is simply no substitute for Bible classes.
What about your children? How much will they be benefited to associate with other children who can all learn the Bible together in an environment that has been tailored especially for their Bible education? Certainly parents must train their children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:1-4). This begins in the home and takes place, for the most part, in the home. There is just no substitute for what parents can do in training their children in the Lord at home. But I quickly come back once again to the point that there is simply no substitute for the time that children and youth groups can spend together as they learn about God and His Word together.
Is it possible to quantify the value of Wednesday night Bible study? It’s truly a priceless, invaluable time for young and old alike. Regarding price tags, Rom. 6:23 comes to mind: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Please don’t misunderstand, simply attending Wednesday night Bible study – or any service – without the proper heart and life will not save you. However, the proper heart and life will motivate one to see the true value in corporate Bible study. Suddenly it’s not a matter of “do I have to go?” but “I can’t wait to go!”
If you’re near East Hill, we’d love to have you study the Bible with us tonight at 7:00 PM.