by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:18]
A. This is the time of year dreaded most by every young person (and teacher) in the nation—the time to get back to the classroom.
B. There are many ways in which the Christian walk is like going to school, except there are no summer vacations in Christianity.
I. There is some homework required.
A. This re-enforces the things we learn in the classroom and also makes us aware of things we may need to study further.
B. We need to study at home (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:14-15).
C. We need to pray at home (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
II. There is always something new to learn.
A. We must never get to the point that we feel we have reached full maturity (Philippians 3:13-14).
B. No matter how much we learn from God’s Word, there will always be room for growth (1 Peter 2:1-2; Hebrews 5:12-14).
III. Everyone must take the final examination.
A. While this exam might count anywhere from 10% - 50% of your grade in a regular course, this exam means everything!
C. Unlike most exams, there is no need for any Christian to feel anxious about this one (1 John 4:17-19).
A. Our God is better than any teacher we have ever had, because He is guilty of no errors, no miscommunications, and no inequities.
B. As wearisome as the Christian walk can sometimes become, we must never sit idly, for when we stop growing, we start dying.