For almost fifty years I have been seriously studying the Bible. It never ceases to amaze me that I learn something new every time I do. When I study for a class or sermon I learn so much more than I can share in the allotted time. Even if the passage is one I have studied many times before there is still freshness to it.
For example the recent sermon series on the Thessalonians letters impressed me with the importance of our work in the eyes of the Lord. The church there seemed to have a problem with folks eating from the common pantry and then lazing around. Paul told the church that those who wouldn’t work shouldn’t eat. But, it seems that the work issue went deeper than that. We know that for a while Paul worked at his trade of tent making or leather work, or whatever it was, for sometime in Thessalonica. There is no doubt people came to know Jesus during this time.
Could our work be a platform for sharing the gospel? PC police notwithstanding, I think that is very much in God’s plan.
Here is a short list of what the Sunday morning sermons will cover in the next few weeks: On Sunday, June 21, we will begin a short series on handling struggles in our lives. Being human means that there can be illness, disasters, death of loved ones, and other disappointments in our lives. Christians aren’t exempt from the struggles of life. In fact, Jesus said that in this world we will have troubles. Frankly, sometimes being a Christian increases our challenges. And, on top of that it seems as if God doesn’t hear when we cry out for help.
Then the rest of the summer will be spent on a series from John’s letters. As I began preparing for this series I read something Carrie Sinclair-Wolcott wrote about these short New Testament letters.
“In a crowd of bad-smelling, unnerving neighbors Jesus gave the two great commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. And then Jesus—God in human form—showed us how to obey these inseparable commandments.
“Jesus walked through the crowds of desperate people, into the sinner’s house, and right up to the Samaritan woman (John 4). He touched the sick, the broken and the shunned.
“To the writer of 1 John, Jesus’ actions on earth matter. If we want to love, we must ‘walk just as [Jesus] walked’ (1 John 2:6).”
Wow. I think she hit the nail on the head. This should be a great study that is applicable to every generation.
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