Back to School: Homework
Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24
Recommended Reading – Acts 18:24-28
There’s a never-ending debate among educators about homework. While schools are assigning more and more homework in earlier and earlier grades, a rash of recent reports have questioned its value. We’ll leave that discussion to parents and educators; but when it comes to studying the Good Book, there’s no question. Like Apollos, we need to be mighty in the Scriptures, and that requires homework — daily times of Bible study.
Dr. William Henry Griffith Thomas, an Anglican preacher of an earlier era, wrote: “The Bible is the Word of God, the revelation of His Will to man. It follows that we ought to know this revelation and heed its message. Knowledge demands study, earnest, faithful, patient, constant … Knowledge, however, presupposes very much more than reading; it calls for study. And not study only, but a genuine application of mind, heart, and conscience to the substance and teaching of Holy Writ …. Bible study involves hard work, because it demands thought.”1
Have you set aside a daily time for your “homework”? If so, enjoy it today. If not, begin today!
There can be no doubt that the most powerful and fruitful ministry will ever be the ministry of those who are, like Apollos, “mighty in the Scriptures.”
William Henry Griffith Thomas
1W. H. G. Thomas, Methods of Bible Study (New York: Association Press, 1911), 1-2.