John Calvin said, “None will ever be a good minister of the Word of God unless he is first of all a scholar.”
Related to that, Rod Decker posted an excerpt from Machen on the the value of studying Greek. Machen says:
The widening breach between the minister and his Greek Testament may be traced to two principal causes. The modern minister objects to his Greek New Testament or is indifferent to it, first, because he is becoming less interested in his Greek, and second, because he is becoming less interested in his New Testament.
Read the entire thing HERE.