Oct22SunOctober 22, 2017
The discussion had been disturbing. The young woman I was counseling was in deep-dish trouble. Her relationships were dysfunctional, she was up to her armpits in debt, and most of her decisions were based on a daily reading of her horoscope.
But the most disturbing thing was that she had grown up attending church. She was supposed to know how to manage life, but she didn’t. Her spiritual journey included a lot of lessons to help her feel good, but very few to help her be good.
That isn’t the way Church is supposed to be.
The Apostle Paul said that in the Church we are to “in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Eph 4:15). We have the Scriptures for, as he told Timothy, “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
The church is supposed to be God’s university on planet earth, a learning center for Biblical life lessons, a place where each member is constantly growing up into maturity in Christ.
A healthy church is a place where the Christian’s life foundations are laid, where we learn how the Bible applies to everyday life. Healthy churches equip believers to discern between wisdom and the world’s empty values.
Consider some issues believers should be able to think through and come to soundly biblical conclusions: How best to manage our finances? How are we to think about gun violence? What is the best way to help Puerto Rico recover? Should we stay in NAFTA? How about student loan debt? How should we lower the burden on college students? How can we discern between so-called fake news and the real thing?
The list of things we need to know how to think about is endless and simple answers elude us. How should serious-minded believers respond? Can the Bible help?
The Bible doesn’t always teach us what to think. But it can teach us how to think biblically on issues from Abortion to Zoning laws. That’s what it means to develop a biblical worldview. Healthy Christians develop a biblical worldview in God’s university, the local church, becoming in the process better parents, better students, better leaders, better workers, and better citizens.
I’m so grateful for the dedicated Sunday School teachers and small group leaders FCC has benefited from over the years! The list is long, and I’m sure I will leave some out, but includes Jim Cofield, Leigh Felton, Shawn Bailey, Phil Ramsey, Shelley Ramsey, Desiree’ Shaffer, Joy Coe, Scott Foran, Hank Bruining, Kevin Knouse, Marty Gillian, Kevin Jones, Clay Sprecher, Marc Boucher, Krista Skelton, Stephanie Flowers, Jane Plapp, and of course Jamie Laine, Gwyneth Knouse, and Lynn Good. Each one has helped us “grow up in all things into Christ,” to think biblically about our world.
And what about you? Do you have the ability to teach? Have you ever tried? Could you take a rotation in Children’s Church, or as a substitute Sunday School teacher?
Just like the young woman in my office that day, the church needs good teachers on all levels now more than ever. Ask God if he is calling you to lay the foundation for someone else’s future.