Looking back over week one of the SOE it was a great week –
tiring but rewarding. We were able to cover a lot in a short amount of time. We looked at how a person is approved by God. Not by our performance or goodness but only
by the grace he lavishes out on us. We
also looked at the maturity process according to 1 John which seemed to have
brought a new found freedom and excitement to the student’s faith.
Changing tact a bit we looked at “The Hour that changed the
World”. The life and discipline of
prayer. What an inspiring time as we
unlocked important yet neglected aspects of prayer like waiting, watching, Scripture
praying and listening. So often we treat
prayer like a one way communication. We
forget that Christianity is about relationship and God is eagerly communicating
to us all day long, yet often we fail to take the direction that he is
constantly giving to us. As the Lord
encourages us to take prayer more seriously and rely more on him we begin to
dig deep into his Word taking a fresh look at its power and the importance of
dividing it correctly. The Word of God
is powerful but so many times we can
limit its power by ripping it out of context and apply God’s word to our lives
in ways the Lord never meant for us to do.
By the end of the personal development section of the course
we were tired – mentally, physically and emotionally spent yet God has been at
work. He has helped us become more
secure in who we are in Christ. He’s
inspired us to not settle for the pleasures of the world but pursue Him and
only Him. He has given us a mission to
preach and defend His Word with our whole being to our very last breath in his
strength. This as a class is what we
desire to do. This is the least we can
do because Christ breathed his last for us!
To be continued.