The following article was written and published in the O.P.A. in April of 2002. We call it back from the pages of history for the consideration of our readers and the proclamation of God's truth.
Let’s face it folks, the days of miracles are over (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). With the end of miracles came the end of miraculous knowledge, and since that time every Christian has had to train and study their Bible to know how evangelize and/or fill a needed role within a congregation. Actually, even in the days of miracles people had to study Scripture in order to give an answer of the hope within (2 Timothy 2:2/15; 1 Peter 3:15). In short, it is impossible for the church to grow without training it's members in the knowledge of God's word.
Here’s the point: If the church is ever going to grow, training must occur and roles must be established. When Paul told Timothy, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” he expected Timothy to commit himself to training the church. Again, if people need training then, surely we need it now.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.