Christians are engaged in a war. We resist the Devil, demolish strongholds and do battle in the name of the King. We’re fighters in the Lord’s Army. Our weapons, however, are not guns and grenades but the sword of the Spirit.
For years I’ve fought as an amateur. As a self-taught soldier my strategy was pretty simple. Swing my sword as hard as I could and hope to God it connected. It was a good strategy, but not always the best strategy. What I needed was training.
It’s my belief that Bible college is like officer training for the Lord’s Army. It’s not compulsory and it’s not perfect, but it is helpful. Here are a few things I’ve learnt whilst studying at Moore College:
1. How to sharpen my sword: College trains you to sharpen your preaching and evangelism. It’s not that my old sword was bad; it’s just that it wasn’t as sharp as it could be. Things like Greek, Hebrew and exegetical classes give you the skills to spend the rest of your life sharpening up your ministry.
2. How to swing my sword: I used to be a one-trick pony. Sometimes it was the force of my swing rather than the accuracy or sharpness of my sword that caused the most damage. These days I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve. Am I trying to reach them or teach them? Do they need encouragement, rebuke or both? The answer influences my swing.
3. Battle theory: understanding the great battles of the past can help make us better fighters in the present. What’s worth fighting for? What’s worth dying for? Why do we do it this way and not that way? All of these are important questions to answer for those who are commanders in the Lord’s Army.
4. Understand the battlefield: the field on which we fight is constantly changing, but at the moment it’s postmodernism. Far from a vein pursuit, Philosophy trains you to know the times. Why do people think that way? Where did that idea come from? To reach those within the culture it helps to actually know the culture.
Before finishing, it’s worth making two things explicit:
- Even though experience is makes you a better fighter, college gives you the framework to make that experience more valuable.
- Even though college is not the only way to learn the theory, it’s definitely the fastest.
So to my brothers and sisters who want to be leaders in the Lord’s Army: take some time out, invest in college and get trained. It’s not the only way, but it’s certainly one of the best!
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