Keep on growing in knowledge

3 Mar

I was following a beat up old car to Church in the Bank last Sunday night when I noticed a very faded bump sticker. I remember it from the 90s:

No Christ, no life. Know Christ, know life.

It was a popular slogan for a while. You might have also seen it on a church sign somewhere.

It is a provocative slogan: it says that knowing Jesus is the only way to have true life.  Of course, it is not so much the slogan as the gospel of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose as our eternal Lord, which is provocative.

As I reflected on the slogan I was reminded of Philippians 1:9 and Paul’s prayer that we looked at in church a few weeks ago. Paul prayed “that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ”.

Knowledge is important in the Christian life. So much so that Paul prays that the Philippians might grow in their knowledge. This then brings us back to the slogan “Know Christ, know life”. It was meant to provoke non-Christian people but if you look at it through the eyes of Paul in the letter to the Philippians I think it provokes Christians as well.

Growing in knowledge is part and parcel of growing as a Christian.  We are not supposed to be dining on spiritual milk forever but to move on to maturity and solid food (Hebrews 5).

So the question for you is this: what are you doing to ensure you keep growing in knowledge? Or even more specifically, how will you ensure that in 5 years time your knowledge of the Lord has grown and along with it your love of him?

Let me suggest one way. Did you know that we have access to the same theological education that many pastors in other parts of the world build a lifetime of ministry upon? And not only do we have access: it is cheap at around $85 a subject; it is comprehensive in it’s coverage of the New Testament, Old Testament, Doctrine and Church History; it has easily accessible online support forums; there are often groups that study these courses together at St George North; it’s based locally; and most of all – it is utterly biblical and all about helping you to keep growing in your knowledge and love of God as you delve deeply into God’s salvation plans built upon Jesus Christ.

What is this wonderful resource I am speaking of? It is called the PTC which is short for Preliminary Theology Certificate. Moore College’s department of External Studies provides the PTC to many parts of the world. Some of you may be aware that Peter and Sarah Sholl, our CMS link missionaries, head up the thriving PTC work in Latin America.

I am convinced that every Christian in our church should make a start on their PTC. If you have never studied ‘Introduction to the Bible’ then this is the place to start. I’ve lost count of the number of people who say that ‘Intro’ opened their eyes to how God’s whole plan fits together and is revealed in the Bible.

If you have previously made a start upon PTC but let it fall to the side then now is the time to get back into it. The way the PTC is structured today makes it more achievable than ever. It takes just 6 subjects to receive your certificate. After that you can push further and get your ITC and ThC.

So, what’s your plan to keep on growing in knowledge and love? Read your bible, pray, go to a home group – all these things of course! But why not push yourself further and enroll in the PTC today? You can work through it on your own or join a group to study in fellowship.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest to form SNAC Study Groups for the PTC. What subjects would you like to do? We will form various groups as the year goes on. If there is enough interest in some particular subjects then we will also find tutors to help your group work through the material.

Email your expressions of interest in the PTC to jason@snac.org.au or leave a comment below.

Jason Veitch

 

 

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