A "Quality" Education

Carol Sates
Sunnyside, Washington

I suppose that all of us as parents are concerned about our children's education. Today, more than ever, a good education is necessary to each one of us. Many doors of opportunity are closed to those without schooling. Parents know the importance of a good secular education. They accept it without question.

There is another education that is even more necessary. It is a quality education in God's word. If we are going to save others, as well as ourselves, we need an education in the Bible. Young men need to know God's word in order to train themselves to be shepherds of the flock, deacons or preachers. But this sort of quality education, is the one that parents seem to be the least concerned about. We put more emphasis on our children getting along in this world, then in getting into the world to come.

When I was preaching in Bedford, Ohio, I had the privilege of attending special evening Bible classes at Brown Street church in Akron, Ohio. These were classes provided by the elders of that church and taught, when I attended them, by Brother Connie Adams. In the past Brother Cecil Willis and Brother Ferrell Jenkins had also taught. The elders of this faithful congregation knew the value and the need for a good Bible knowledge. As the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, the men who taught these classes were faithful men, who were able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2).

There is a great need for all congregations and their elders to provide for a quality education in God's Word. Assembly buildings need to be used more than three times a week. Why not have classes every night? Most every member of the congregation should be able to attend some of' them.

We need to devote more time to teaching the Bible. There is nothing new to be taught, but there is a need for us all to become better grounded in the faith. We need to be constantly studying and restudying God's Word. Peter said, "Wherefore I shall be ready always to put you in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and are established in the truth which is with you. And I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance" (2 Pet. 1: 12).

One can never learn too much of God's Word. We never will know all we can know of His wisdom. "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen" (2 Pet. 3:18).

November 26, 1970