Archive for January, 2015

Bible Classes Don’t Just Happen

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In 2007 the “Rocky Mtn Christian” published an article titled ‘Dynamic Bible Classes Don’t Just Happen’. Dynamic or otherwise, it is certain that Bible classes do not just happen.
We usually have two or three ongoing weekly scheduled Bible classes for the members of this church. Sadly, it seems the majority of the church does not avail themselves of these opportunities to study God’s word.
Let us briefly note six ingredients necessary for a Bible class. As you read consider which of these, if any, you are doing.
First, for a Bible class to happen, it will take prayer. No, not the opening and closing prayer during class time. In this case prayer refers to the continued prayers of the teacher and students for the blessing of God upon the effort to learn His will for our lives, that hearts will be open to the Word, and that souls would come to a knowledge of the truth.
Secondly, attendance is necessary. What if the class assembled and the teacher never appears. What happens? The answer is the same if the teacher is there and the student(s) never arrive!
Next, Bible classes take planning. This is one of the reasons we have themes for the year & quarters. The students & teachers must have an understanding of what is to be accomplished in study.
Another ingredient is time. We’re not talking about the 45 minutes we spend in class. It takes time for the teacher to prepare. It should also take time for the students to prepare. How much time do you spend preparing for class? (assuming you come to class)
Fifth, for a Bible class to ‘happen’ takes study. This involves reading, thinking about what is read and making the application to one’s life. A key ingredient in studying is memorization of scripture.
Finally, the last ingredient for the study to happen is sacrifice. This may be the key ingredient that makes the other five possible. This may also be the reason so few attend Bible class!
Let’s add a seventh ingredient–You!

Thoughts on Worship

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The church assembles together upon the first day of the week primarily to worship God. The primary factor in our worship is its acceptability to God. (If not, then why worship?) Our worship, then, must be according to His revealed will. In John 4:24 we are commanded to worship in spirit and in truth.
Consider briefly some “spirit” matters regarding our worship.
In our worship to God we should offer our best efforts. Is our worship worthy of the Lord? Do we dare come before the Creator in a careless or flippant manner?
We must worship with reverence and awe(Heb. 12:28). Worship must be conducted in such a way that souls are edified and well-fed. The worship service should be a time of learning more about God and His will for us.
All of these things should be on our minds as we assemble. So, how should we prepare for our worship assemblies? Here are some suggestions.

Show respect by our silence(Psalms 46:10)

Be prepared to listen and ACCEPT instruction from God’s word(Josh 3:9; Psalms 119:117).

Clear your mind of all thoughts that would draw your attention away from God. Think thoughts of praise and adoration for God(Hab.
2:20; James 4:8).

Understand that worship is a solemn occasion. It is not “showtime” or “happy hour” that brings us together. Rather, it is standing on holy ground in the presence of our Creator. This sacred reverence should be reflected in our attitudes, our dress, our singing, our prayers, our communion, and lessons. Because Jesus is with us as we assemble, we must respect His majesty and power(Mt. 28:18).