Tuesday, October 27, 2015

College Reading

Have you ever wondered what a Bible college student's homework looks like?

We read a lot. Just like any other college student, reading is central to our learning process. Our professors like to remind us that we are now responsible for our own learning and must do the work ourselves too if we want to grow and participate in class discussion to really engage with the materials.

But the great thing about reading for Bible classes? Reading can become worship. We all know that sometimes reading is a tedious time-consuming task; but other times, it points so much to truth that I can't help but praise the Lord. It's a wonderful privilege when homework is like that. It's still hard, but it has purpose and meaning, which makes it all worth it.

Here's a glimpse into the reading I had to do today for my Theology and Philosophy of Children's Ministry Class (a.k.a. Foundations for Children's Ministry). We are talking about spiritual warfare and the Armor of God in class this week. It's a serious matter! Our image of plastic armor and coloring pages of soldiers from Sunday school haven't helped us understand the matter. I'm in the process of re-learning what it means to put on the Armor and truly stand firm in this battle against the flesh, the world, and the evil one.

If you are in need of encouragement, or feeling helpless in battle, listen or read these sermons that we had to read as homework today. I pray they will show you how great our God is, and how firm we can be because of Christ.

Click on the sermon title to find the link to listen/read:

Praying at All Times
The Armor of God: The Belt of Truthfulness and the Breastplate of Righteousness
The Believer's Armor, Part 2: The Breastplate of Righteousness 


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