12: Charge to Believer

12.1. Study to Show Yourself Approved. 

We believe that the information contained in this Catechism is but an outline. Only the complete Word of God, taken in total context in a good translation, is sufficient. Therefore, we believe, and the Bible says clearly, that the believer is charged to study. The Bereans were honored because they were continually, 

“… receiving the Word with all readiness, examining the Scriptures daily if these things were so” (Acts 17:11; cf. Eph. 5:10 AST).

In I John 4:1 (AST), all Christians are commanded:

“Beloved, do not be persuaded by every mentality, but test the mentalities, if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.”

And Paul told Timothy (II Tim. 3:16-17 AST), 

“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in justice, so that the man of God may be perfect, fully furnished for every good action.” 

Only through constant study, then, of God’s Word can one hope to become perfect and fully furnished for every good action. 

“Earnestly show yourself approved to God, a workman unashamed, cutting straight the Word of Truth” (II Tim. 2:15 AST). 

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