By Dennis C. Abernathy
All who are zealous for God, realize the importance of faithful attendance to Bible classes. We understand the importance of studying the Bible (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Tim. 4:13; Acts 17:11; Jn. 5:39), of doing that which we know is good (Jas. 4:17), of the consideration we ought to have toward our brethren in provoking unto love and good works (Heb. 10:24-25), of being steadfast, firm, and abounding in the Lord’s work (1 Cor. 15:58). Because we understand the importance of these things, we are constantly encouraging brethren to be faithful in their attendance to Bible classes, and to take an active part therein. But in spite of the teaching, pleading and encouraging, more often than not the effort seems futile. The class attendance lags far behind the regular preaching services. You feel frustrated at times – nothing seems to create interest!
I was reading from a bulletin (from a huge liberal church, incidently) and ran across the following with reference to a Wednesday evening class. It seems that many who wanted to attend and participate were turned away, due to lack of space. So this year, they are having the class again and stated: “So, if you were frustrated last year, or if your interest is kindled this year, please contact, etc.” With reference to another class on Colossians, it is being repeated also for “the benefit of those who were squeezed out this summer.” Imagine that! People with a desire to attend Bible class, but the class is so full, they have to be turned away.
My point: If there is to be frustration, let it be from overcrowded classes, and not from a failure to even attend classes. My brother and sister in Christ, if you have a desire for spiritual things, and you love the church, you will be regular in your attendance to Bible classes. Remember, Paul said, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Guardian of Truth XXVIII: 3, p. 81
February 2, 1984