Whenever we go and buy clothes it is quite apparent that one size does not fit all. Each one of us fit into a certain size category, and it’s useless to buy clothes not meant to fit us properly. The same applies to the Word of God. We are not all at the same level when it comes to God’s Word. Some are infants in God’s Word and some are scholars (Mt 18:6,10). If a student of lesser understanding in mathematics were taught Calculus or Trigonometry they surely would fail to understand it. If a student of higher understanding were taught basic mathematics, they would be bored and perhaps soon drop out.
Whenever we are teaching bible classes in the Lord’s church, it is imperative for the teacher to know the level of each of his students. Not all should be in the same class for reasons previously expressed. The church elders need to know their members and what they are in need of in order to bring out the best of them. Therefore, the church teacher needs a better understanding of his students, as much as the students are in need of the teacher’s expertise.
Once members have left the first principles they need to go on to higher perfection (Heb 6:1). Eventually, they should be able to become preachers and teachers, elders, and deacons, and mature Christians. It is imperative that each member of the Lord’s church be ready and prepared to do battle in the Lord’s army. They must be ready to give an answer, contend and defend the Word of truth, and prove all things (1 Pet 3:15 ff; Jude 3; Philip 1:15-18; 1 Thess 5:21). They must put on the whole armor of God in order to stand against the trickery of the Devil (Eph 6:11-18).
Unless we want to remain a novice, we must read, study, and learn of God’s Word in order to discern between both good and evil (Heb 5:12-14). In part, this is the responsibility of every Christian (1 Pet 2:2 f; 2 Tim 2:15). In part it is the responsibility of the elders, preachers, and teachers of the Lord’s church (Acts 20:28-30 f; 2 Tim 4:2-5). If you are a sincere learner of God’s Word, have a little chat with your elders or teachers and let them know what you are in need of, and work with them to get the proper education of God’s Word. It could be the difference between many members dying on the vine and falling away, as opposed to thriving and prospering in the Word of the Lord.