A Life of Training
Develop Your Character Through God’s Training Program
A Regular Study of God’s Word Transforms Us to Be Equipped For All Things.
Whatever you want to be and do in your life requires learning and doing. As a cadet or midshipmen, you are being constantly trained to become a proficient Officer ready to serve our nation. You commit to a schedule of training so you can achieve the goal of becoming an officer. In the same way, God has given us a clear way to be trained in godliness, so we can become a mature godly Officer.
How can we become what God created us to be and do what God created us to do? We learn and train. Remember, the Great Commission says to “teach them to obey all I commanded you.”
Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue (abide) in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Why should I study God’s word?
You are being bombarded with messages everyday about who you should be and what you should do. Sometimes these even come from religious groups that have created their own belief system that is contrary to the way of Jesus. Knowing God and His plan and teachings will free you from false ideas and systems so that you can actually know God’s truth and it will set you free to be who God created you to be.
How do I study God’s word?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Scripture is profitable for four things. This is our template for studying the Scriptures. Let us look at what these four things mean and how to use them to study the Scriptures.
- Teaching – What is the subject of the passage? What is the issue being addressed? The subject might be a character issue, a skill, an attitude or action.
- Reproof – To expose a wrong. What wrong attitude or action might the Scriptures be exposing in your life?
- Correction – To show us how to have the right attitude or action. What do I need to do to have the right attitude or action about the issue being addressed?
- Training in Righteousness – How do I apply this to my life now? How can I take the truth and apply it to my life so that I live rightly?
What will happen if I study God’s word?
The passage ends by saying, “so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” A regular study of God’s word will allow us to know the truth, allow it to change us, so that we can become adequate, equipped for everything that God wants us to be and do.
Where do I start?
- Start your personal study of God’s word. Pick a regular time and place to have uninterrupted time in God’s word. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are a great place to start. Remember, Jesus said to “teach them to obey all that I commanded you.” So why not study the life of Christ and His teachings.
- Get plugged into a good local church where they teach God’s word.
- Gather or join a Valor group to study and discuss God’s word with others.
- Head – Understand how we can study by processing the four ways God’s word transforms us to be equipped for everything: Teaching, Reproof, Correction, Training.
- Heart – See God’s word as the primary means to grow in a relationship with Christ.
- Hand – Set up a regular time and place to study God’s word alone and with others.
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Dr. Preston is the national director of Valor, Cru’s ministry to cadets, midshipmen, and veterans on college campuses. He is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies Corps of Cadets class of 1988. For twenty-five years, he has helped prepare men and women to be on mission in the military and beyond. David and his wife, Laura, live in College Station, TX.