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Participating in ongoing learning is an excellent thing to do and I have often said that it is good to learn from others who can challenge us, but the best thing to do is to learn from a person of faith. It is good to learn from someone who may have had a different experience to you and can challenge the way you think but if that person has no faith in Jesus, be on your guard. If that person hates God we must be careful not be influenced by their selfish and unGodly thinking. In fact in 2 Timothy 3:5 it says to, “avoid such people.”

‘Participating in ongoing learning’ could be another way of speaking about being a ‘disciple’. So a decade of discipleship means that we are to never stop learning about Jesus and how we and others can follow Him.

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:12-17, ESV.

There is a saying, “Be in the world but not of it”. Not easy to do but there is a definition from gotquestions.org saying, “By the simple definition that the word ‘world’ refers to a world system ruled by Satan, we can more readily appreciate Christ’s claims that believers are no longer of the world—we are no longer ruled by sin, nor are we bound by the principles of the world. In addition, we are being changed into the image of Christ, causing our interest in the things of the world to become less and less as we mature in Christ.”