How to Make the Most of Bible Class
Bible classes are one of the greatest assets we have for studying and learning the Bible. We often take them for granted as they become commonplace over time, but when we do so, we neglect for ourselves a wealth of knowledge. A big problem among Christians these days is not that they do not study their Bible, but that they do not know how to study it properly. A well-taught Bible class can be a huge asset to one who desires to learn the Word of God.
Just consider how well we would all know the Scriptures if we spent as much time preparing for Bible classes as we do for a class at school or a project at work. Its ironic that we often spend more time on our secular education or employment when eternally speaking they are only temporal in nature. However, the things we learn in Bible classes are of the utmost spiritual importance for all eternity. Not only that, but those who dedicate themselves to intense Bible study soon discover that it makes dealing with school, employment, and all secular activities much easier. You see, when our faith in God becomes stronger, then everything else in life tends to become easier to deal with too. Paul told the Romans “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). He told Timothy that the Holy Scriptures had made him “wise unto salvation” (2 Tim. 3:15). We must always remember that all-important statement that Paul told Timothy next. He said, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16,17).
So how do we get the most out of Bible classes? There are some things that we can all do before and after each class which will help us benefit tremendously. Give them a try and see how much your Bible knowledge increases. Remember, when Bible knowledge increases, then your faith becomes stronger as well.
1. If you have children, don’t let them miss class. It has been statistically proven that children who do not attend Bible classes regularly are more likely to fall away from the church later in life. We should also push our children to study and complete any assignments their Bible class teacher assigns them. What kind of message are we sending to our children if we push them to complete school work, but let Bible class work slide. Our children need to see what is most important in life.
2. Make sure you read the Bible text you will be studying in class at least one time before you go to the class. Keep a pen and paper nearby to write down any important items you would like to remember. Also write down any texts you do not understand or may have questions about so you can ask about them in class.
3. Take notes during class. It has been proven that we remember more of what we hear when we write it down. You can also use the notes to review later.
4. When you get home that night, read the material that was covered in class again. Read it, review what was discussed about it in class, and then meditate on it some. Review any notes you took on it as well. This will help you dedicate what you have learned to memory. You can actually do all this in only twenty or thirty minutes of time. When the material is in your mind then you can remember it when you need to apply it to a situation in your life. -Ed