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Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Importance of Bible Class

Pastor’s Window for September 2008

The Importance of Bible Class

Beloved in the Lord,

St. Peter ends his second epistle with these words: “You therefore, beloved… take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18; ESV). St. Peter is warning us against falling into false doctrine and manifest sin. In fact, that is the purpose of his letter, to warn against false teachers who lead us to believe false doctrine and lead ungodly lives. And Peter tells us how we can avoid falling into the traps set by these false teachers… by growing in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How do we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord? As Lutherans, we learned the answer in Catechism class: The means of grace, the Word and the Sacraments! This especially takes place in the Divine Service in remembrance of our Baptism, the Absolution, Scripture readings and sermon, the Lord’s Supper, and throughout our hymns and liturgy. It also takes place in our individual and family Scripture readings, devotions, and prayers. But there is another component of our growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, available to us several times throughout the week, and this is a component we often neglect. That component is Bible class, the study of God’s Word in the Holy Scriptures.

September is a month of new beginnings, much like the New Year. September signals the end of the lazy, hazy days of Summer as the kids go back to school and we get back into the routine of shuffling the family back and forth to sporting events and meetings and plays and recitals and any number of other activities. All of the things we had a “break” from over the Summer start up again. The same is true for the routine here at Epiphany. So my suggestion is this: As you are getting back into the swing of things this September, make a commitment to take advantage of our Bible class opportunities so that you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you haven’t typically attended one of our Bible classes, or if you haven’t been active in Bible class over the Summer, September is a great time to start.

We are blessed with a number of opportunities to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ in Bible classes here at Epiphany. Our Sunday morning Bible class continues to study Romans. We often get off track, but have some great discussions along the way. Adults set an example for the Sunday School children as they attend adult Bible class during the Sunday School hour. Our Wednesday morning Bible class (10:30 am) is studying the differences between Christianity and false religions, and how Christians should respond to those false religions. On Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at 7 pm, our Adult Information Class (AIC) starts up. Come and review the basics of the Christian faith. Bring a friend! The members are also always welcome to attend our youth Catechism class on Wednesdays at 4:45, beginning September 10th. Our full Wednesday evening routine begins on the 10th as well, with Supper at 6, followed by a study of the previous Sunday’s epistle lesson and the Eucharist at 7. Men have an opportunity to gather for fellowship and study one Saturday every month at the Men’s Breakfast (watch your calendars for dates). And this year we have the privilege of hosting a Spiritual Renewal Retreat on Christian Prayer, held jointly with our sister congregation, Good Shepherd in Middleville. The retreat, also called the St. James Conference (the feast of St. James, the Brother of Jesus, falls on October 23rd), will be an all day event, beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 25th.

I strongly encourage every member to take advantage of at least one of our Bible study opportunities. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t need it. You do. False teachers are everywhere, all-too-ready to suck you in, and of course, your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour you (1 Peter 5:8). Bible study is one of the ways you grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that you will recognize the traps placed by the enemy, avoid them, and walk in the truth of God’s Word.

Pastor Krenz

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