Discipleship is More Than Bible Studies

There have been several families who attended Churches I have led who were addicted to Bible studies. By that, I mean they loved to be a part of every small group or Sunday school we offered. They would come early and usually carry a large leather Bible with a notebook. No matter what we were talking about, they attended and rarely missed a session. 

These people loved sitting with a group of other believers. They enjoyed the fellowship of Christians and the possibility of learning something new about the Bible. Many of them really felt good when they were able to share some nugget of information with the group.

Please don’t misunderstand me; these were good and Godly people. They loved Jesus and wanted to grow in their faith. But sadly, something was missing. They had failed to become fully rounded, mature Christians. 

Being a follower or disciple of Jesus is more than attending Bible studies with other Christians. It includes teaching new believers and giving our time, talent, and treasure to the work of the Lord. It involves serving other Christians along with your neighbors who have needs. Worship in all its forms is central to the faith as well. Evangelism, outreach, and inviting people to Church are also essential to discipleship. 

There is always so much to learn in the Bible, and most Christians are wonderful people, so it is easy to fall in love with Bible Studies organized by the Church. However, know that being a part of every one offered may be hindering your spiritual growth.     

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