I have two terrific SS (Sunday School) teachers. They take time every week to read the material, check other sources for what they say about the subject or the time frame. One of the teachers has a Masters Degree in Biblical Languages and the other teacher reads extensively and brings us many perspectives from Oswald Chambers, Matthew Henry
and some people I’ve never heard before but because of this teacher, I follow up with further “Google” research and learn more!
I am always looking at a biblical passage for how it applies to my life. I am a “rubber-meets-the road” disciple. The variety of ways that God uses words to convey who and what He is and who and what I am to Him is amazing.
Some passages are just beautiful in the pictures I see through the inspired words.
God is our
refuge and strength, an ever-present help in
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. – Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
Some passages are encouraging, even assuring in the message of God’s love & commitment to me.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. – Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
And some passages are clear in their teaching of how God wants me to live my life as His disciple.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
I believe one of the most important passages in the New Testament gives me reassurance of my Father God’s relationship with me and a mandate that I should continue to come together with other disciples to learn and grow together as a family of God’s children.
… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:22-25 (NIV)
I don’t always feel like going to church on Sunday. And some weeks, I really don’t feel like getting there another hour earlier for Sunday School. And then it hits me. God is with me 24 hours/day, 7 days/week – and I’m whining about giving 1-2 hours in my week to study and worship Him!?!
I am not too old to continue to go to school and learn something new, about my Father God from my wonderful teachers and fellow students:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)