Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Ti 2:20–21).
Lesson 6: "Increasing Bible Knowledge"
By Charles B. Knight
Imagine standing at the height of all the earth and seeing the depth of sin.
Imagine a world filled with billions of lives—and with each passing day, spiraling closer into Hell. Now imagine a small group of righteous people (among the billions) who only focus on saving themselves.
Imagine a congregation where every Christian is making great efforts to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word (see 1 Peter 2:2). Imagine a congregation filled with Saints who study their Bibles throughout the week. Imagine a congregation where every husband and father embraces his role of spiritual leadership, teaching his family the Bible and praying with them on a regular basis.
Imagine a congregation filled with Saints, begging to hear more of the Word next week (see Acts 13:42, 44). Imagine a congregation of Saints that have allowed the powerful message of God’s saving grace to fill their hearts with bold courage... courage to risk their reputations and even their lives--to share the message with others (see Acts 11:19-21).
Imagine a congregation of Saints who don’t just wear the name Christian as a title, but who are striving to become deeper in their relationship to God through sincere discipleship (see Acts 11:22-26; Luke 14:25-33). Imagine a congregation of Saints, dying to put what they’ve learned into good practical use (see 1 Thes 1:5-8). Imagine a congregation where every Christian feels it’s their personal duty to live their lives in service to the Master’s great cause (see Gal 2:20; 2 Cor 5:14-15).
Imagine congregations like these, being active in their communities for the Master (see Acts 2:42-47).
Knowledge & Wisdom Bring Success.
Knowledge is a collection of valuable information we’ve learned. Wisdom is making good practical use of what we’ve learned—with discernment and good judgment. God desires to have genuine fellowship with His people whom He loves so dearly. But in order for this to take place, His people must be aware of His expectations. God has always called upon His people to be knowledgeable of His ways (Deut 4:1-9; Hosea 4:1-6). Without this knowledge there can be no real fellowship. And without fellowship, there can be no divine blessings or favor.
Read the following passages below. Consider how difficult they are without a true knowledge of God and His Word (Compare Heb 11:6 with Rom 10:17).
1) Psalm 77:11-12.
2) Matthew 7:21.
3) John 4:22,24.
4) 2 Corinthians 5:7.
5) Ephesians 5:1.
6) Colossians 2:8.
7) James 1:21.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
Be Devoted To Learning & Seeking God’s Will (Psalm 119:2)
1) We must love Him wholeheartedly (Deut 6:5).
2) We must pant to be near Him (Ps 42:1).
3) Through knowledge of His will, we must present ourselves as living sacrifices of holiness and righteousness (Rom 12:1-2).
4) When compared to the knowledge found in Christ, all other earthly knowledge is nothing (Phil 3:7-8; 1 Cor 2:1-2).
Identify those who Knew God and served Him Wholeheartedly.
1) Nu 12:7.
2) Nu 14:24.
3) Jos 24:14-15.
4) Job 23:11.
5) Isa 38:3.
6) Acts 5:28-29.
What Are Some Results Of Mining The Scriptures?
1) What is God looking to see? (2 Chr 16:9; Ps 14:2).
2) What do those who gain understanding from God’s word do? (Ps 119:34).
3) What often happens to us when we allow knowledge of God’s truth to weigh on our hearts and minds? (2 Chr 34:19-21; Heb 4:12; Acts 2:37).
4) What do those who study and understand God’s word hate? (Ps 119:104). How do they walk? (Pro 15:21).
Lesson 6 Questions
Why should we read and study the Scriptures?
1) 2Ti 3:16-17.
2) Jn 17:17.
3) Jos 1:7-8.
4) Ro 15:4.
5) 1Jn 2:1.
6) Ps 119:28.
7) Ps 51:13.
8) Gal 6:1.
9) Matt 22:29.
10) 1 Tim 4:13, 16.
Choose one or more of the following Challenges below. Share the results your challenge with others, and encourage them to challenge themselves.
1) Read the Gospel of Luke in six days. (That’s 4 chapters a day).
2) Start reading through the Psalms every night, just before bedtime.
3) Read a book of the Bible you’ve never read before.
4) Read these books in one day: Obadiah, Philemon, 2nd and 3rd John and Jude.