It is a fact that we are never finished learning. Whenever we think we have arrived, we often realize how much we still don’t know. This summer, commit to becoming a scholar of God’s Word with us at First Baptist Dallas. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply take a step with us in the coming months.
1. Quality time with Jesus
Martha ran around a kitchen. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Jesus said Mary did the better thing (Luke 10:38-42). We can run around this summer and sign up for every Bible study available, but unless we are sitting at His feet on our own, our growth and learning will be impaired. Psalm 119 is a beautiful passage all centered around the value of God’s Word to us. Learning God’s Word helps us not wander from His commandments (Psalm 119:10), keeps our way pure (Psalm 119:9), helps us declare His way (Psalm 119:13), and the list continues. The truth is, without personal time at His feet your time in Bible studies is more like Martha than Mary. It is definitely a part of the learning process but lacks the personal component involved to grow your own walk with the Lord, to hear from Him, to share your heart, and to walk in His ways.
2. Time with other believers
When our time at His feet is a part of our lives, our time with other believers is richer. Only when we are walking in His ways will we be of like mind like the church in Acts 4:32. We will not only know His Word for ourselves and be able to share it but also be encouraged by it. We will be able to contribute in Bible studies, better value the wisdom of mentors and peers, and better lead those around us. Spending time with other believers this summer allows us to encourage one another in love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). It’s a command and a privilege. The body of Christ is a beautiful gift from the hands of our heavenly Father.
3. Time teaching others
The more you learn about the Lord, the greater your ability to teach others. We are called to entrust the Word to others who can then in turn teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). This is the model of discipleship. You don’t have to know all the answers to teach. You just have to be obedient to be in the Word. The more you prepare to teach others, the more you will grow, and the more you will increase in your ability and knowledge to teach. Teaching actually helps you become a better teacher and lover of God’s Word!
Learning and discipleship is at the core of who we are as believers and who we are at First Baptist Dallas. We know that in order to transform the world with God’s Word one life at a time, we must first know God’s Word for ourselves. We have a multitude of opportunities this summer to make it easy for you to both grow individually and grow with other believers, and maybe even step into a teaching role in the process. Visit our calendar to learn about our children’s and student camps, Vacation Bible School learning opportunities for kids and teaching opportunities for adults, Girlfriends Summer Bible Study for the ladies, our ongoing Men’s Bible Study opportunities, and much more. We will never know all there is to know about our big God, but we can grow to know Him better this summer. Let’s do it together!
Written by First Dallas Staff