Today, I will attend a conference conducted by the North American Mission Board and the Send: Denver Strategy Initiative called Churches Planting Churches Training. While our church may not be planting a church from our church anytime soon (although we hope to at some point in the future), we want to put some new tools in the toolbox and sharpen those already there.
Of all the people on the planet, Christians should be the ones who should continue to learn. If you find yourself as a follower of Christ believing you have arrived, you are in danger of becoming a pool of stagnant water rather than continually being refreshed by the living water of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ.
Why should we continue learning as believers?
First, because Christ is the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). This serves as the motivation for all learning in all fields–math, science, geology, etc.–comes from the author of all knowledge!
Secondly, since Christ is the treasure of all wisdom of knowledge, learning helps my worship and living be more informed–and therefore more ready to exalt our amazing Lord.
Thirdly, we need to continue learning for the sake of the church. Not everyone in the church has it figured out–in fact, the church is a hospital for sinners and filled with messed-up people trying to understand how to live for Christ. As we learn and worship and pray and live, we can graciously help others along their journey with Christ.
Fourthly, we need to continue learning for the sake of those around us. We learn how to witness, we learn about the culture and the varying belief systems contained therein, and we learn about how God is still moving and working in places we never dreamed. Being able to connect with others out of love on their territory, and for the sake of our love for the truth, we help others to learn more about Him and pray they surrender their lives to the one who made them, wired them, and will prayerfully redeem them.
Quick thoughts here. What are some other ways you as a Christian have benefited from continued learning and sharpening?