A year ago I started a course of study at a Bible College. I have been a Christian for over 35 years and have read the Bible over those years, not every day but regularly. I have also attended church most Sundays, often twice, and I have read heaps of Christian books. So I figured going to Bible College was going to be no big deal. To be honest I really didn’t expect to learn much. How wrong I was!

I learnt a lot of history I didn’t know. It helped me understand how Christianity, for better or worse, has come to the place it is today. It made me realize if we don’t learn from history we are bound to repeat it. I learnt a lot of background material to the Bible and how it came together. What it meant to the people who first read it and how to apply it to today’s culture. I am about half way through the course and hope to finish this year. I’m now expecting to learn a whole lot more.

But the scary thing for me is to think about much I thought I knew and in reality how much I really knew. How arrogant I was to think that I knew so much. In retrospect I realize that I read very selectively. I heard sermons that were of necessity preached to a wide variety of maturity levels and I read the Bible devotional. I didn’t actually study the Bible. Hopefully I will be in a better place to speak and write from by the time I finish the course.