Scripture Reading: John 3:1–12
A. This morning our discussion was centered on the concept of improving the usefulness of our knowledge; tonight we will focus on increasing the quantity of that knowledge.
B. Although knowledge isn’t everything, it is very important.
I. Who needs greater knowledge?
A. Nicodemus needed greater knowledge (John 3:1–12).
B. The twelve were also in constant need of it (Matthew 15:16–18; John 13:7).
C. After Jesus’ ascension, the apostles still needed to grow in knowledge (John 14:9–10, 25–26; 16:12–13; Acts 10:9–20).
D. Faithful saints were encouraged to grow in knowledge (Ephesians 3:4; Hebrews 5:11–6:3).
II. How do we get greater knowledge?
A. Acquiring knowledge will require diligence (2 Peter 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:15).
B. It requires study (1 Timothy 4:13, 15).
C. It requires time and patience (cf. Exodus 22:29–30).
D. It requires consistency and perseverance (2 Peter 1:6).
A. No group in the world should have a greater Bible knowledge than those who are members of the Lord’s church.
B. Knowledge may not be everything, but it is essential to being a part of God’s kingdom (Hebrews 8:11). So let’s get growing.