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The Work of Bible Class Teachers

The Local Church

The Church Must TeachA congregation that is effective in carrying out its Scriptural mission will place much emphasis upon teaching the Word of God. Paul said to Timothy: “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:14-15). Please note that the context demands that the word “church” as used here refers to the local church. We can say this without fear of contradiction since Paul has just concluded his instructions to Timothy concerning the qualifications of “bishops” and “deacons.” Such men only serve in a local congregation. But you will note that our passage plainly says that “the church . . . is the pillar and ground of the truth.” The word “ground” translates the Gr. HEDRAIOMA, meaning “a support, bulwark, stay (from hedraios, stedfast, firm; from hedra, a seat), is translated ‘ground’ in 1 Tim. 3:15 (said of a local church); the R.V. marg., ‘stay’ is preferable” (Vine). Therefore, brethren, it is of paramount importance for a local congregation to accept the responsibility of teaching God’s Word and equip itself fully for this necessary function, not sparing any expense as long as it is within the guidelines of Scriptural authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Continue reading » The Work of Bible Class Teachers