Picked up again tonight on our Bible readings at the gym, started at 10 pm, after the last person finished her workout. (I was next-to-last.) We had six people present, not bad considering we’ve been out for two months. Four of the six are not Christians according to New Testament teaching. In two weeks we’ll have another.
So, yeah, me in gym clothes, sweaty, teaching at 10-10.30 pm. Better than it sounds.
One more lesson tonight in the “Divine Initiative” series here in Chillicothe OH, on “The Family of God.” The Lord’s grace gives us community. We cannot survive alone. We need each other. God created us as social beings, as souls who need fellowship for growth and service. The key word is love. The spiritual family deserves greater priority than the physical. It is more important. Let us live in family, and learn to serve and love.
When the simple life of the gospel is preserved and kept from getting complicated, the work of entrusting the sacred testimony to faithful men continues to be a simple process.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Tim 2.2 ESV.
The work of evangelism and edification means that your teaching usually will be on a simple level. You may miss digging deeper into the Word of God. You might even be tempted to pursue rather involved discussions of the academics. And while going beyond the basic teachings is necessary for your spiritual growth, you must always come back to those fundamental truths of the gospel: what is necessary for salvation, how saints are to be faithful, the nature of God, the work of the Spirit, redemption through the Cross, the church’s identity and mission. O Soul, do not chafe when you have taught the same basic lesson a hundred times. May God give you a thousand more opportunities to teach it!
Tomorrow is a city holiday, so it’s the beginning of a long weekend for many folks here. I’ve worked out at the gym three days this week, so I’ve gotten my minimal time in. Minimal by my mind’s measure. If all goes well tomorrow afternoon, I’ll have taught three Bible studies since Wednesday. Plus other stuff. The study tonight started at 10 pm, at the gym.
#1. I’ve taught the Bible at some different venues before, but tomorrow night will be my first to speak at an exercise gym. Pray I do well.
#2. Sow the seed and let God produce the harvest. Jesus’ parable of the sower shows that we’ve no idea who will be good soil. Our guesses often err badly.
#3. People seem to be providing all sorts of motivations for me to leave The Snuggery (my office), where I’ve been for 16 years. Where to go?
#4. Lately, I’m preferring dark themes for my email account, social media sites, and other digital spots. It’s easier on the eyes, right?
#5. Our afternoons of late have been high heat and then strong rains.
#6. An original verse:
The devil makes himself an angel of light;
But outward beauty doesn’t make it right.
#7. A Bible verse: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ” 2 Cor 11.2.
Lots of teaching series in past years about various aspects of Jesus’ life. His compliments, his rebukes, and this one I’d even forgotten about: his attitudes. This post reminded me:
Jesus, the Big Spender
THE LIST. Peter’s list of virtues, 2Pet 1.5-7:
- They are the virtues of Christ, v. 3.
- An incomplete list, but representative (7 of them).
- Last is love, to bind them all together.
These my points tonight in the series, “The Good Addition.”
Too clever by a degree. That’s some preaching and teaching I hear or read. Phrasing is often cutesy. Am I guilty of it, too? Hmm.
The wife speaks at a ladies event tomorrow, and I thought I was just the driver. Looks like I’ll wind up doing a class for some men. Thought I was going to get off this weekend. We’ll enjoy it, however.