This week at Bible study one of our members- Andrew returned after a bit of a holiday around Australia. It was good to have him back after 6 weeks.
We started off looking at the first 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion. Some interesting statements in here. I think I’ll get a series of those as we continue looking at them.
We delved into our continued study of evangelism with being beautiful. This was an interesting study, and quite hard for me to ponder and respond.
We started off reading an extract from an interview with Tim Winton, the Australian novelist and Christian, by Andrew Denton on Enough Rope. Tim tells a story of his familys interaction with Len Thomas, a man from the local church who sacrificially came to bathe Tim’s dad after being involved in bad accident where he was knocked off his police motorcycle through a factory wall.
It is through acts like these that we can show Christ’s love for non-Christians, building relationships and sharing our faith. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:16:”let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” and Peter paraphrases in 1 Peter 2:12:Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
We went on to look at Titus 2:1-10:1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
This is such an amazing passage that, I guess, describes the fusion of actions/behaviour with sound doctrine, or how the gospel of grace produces in believers a graciousness that points back to the gospel of grace.
So my brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage you to continue good works and service as a result of the regenerating Spirit.
To my non-Christian readers, I hope that I and other Christians you know are treating you well and that you appreciate all that they do. I hope that you will be able to glorify God on the day he visits with us.