Sunday, June 19, 2016

Study - Learning Will Take You Places

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15

 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19,20.

Our school's theme this year is "Learning Will Take You Places". Teachers made Flat Stanley to take with us this summer on vacation and other interesting places. My grandchildren helped me make Flat Stanley and his friend Flat Sally and Go Dog (We made up the extra characters). Friday we took a day trip to several of the places near our home, Campbell's Covered Bridge (the last in SC, I think), Pleasant Ridge Park and Poinsett Bridge. Kady had checked out books at the library to find interesting places to visit. She was reading to her younger brother while we traveled between places. Having already learned some facts about the places they were visiting made the visit and the place more meaningful.

 (Salamander at Campbell's Covered Bridge)
 Monument to Poinsett Bridge and its Greenville architect, Joel Poinsett. 
Poinsett Bridge was constructed to span the river on the original Hwy 25 from Greenville, SC to Asheville, NC. The wagon road is now a dirt trail.

Jesus commanded us to study and to go into all the world and preach the gospel, baptize the believers and teach them how to live like Christians. How will we know how to preach and teach if we ourselves are not well studied? Scripture tells us so many interesting and important things. It gives us reasons for Christian living. It is our guide. Prayer and the Word is our conversation with the Master Teacher.  When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman, she was in walking distance, yet she was not the typical person for Jews to converse with, to say the least. Jesus knew she was a Samaritan. He knew her culture. He new everything about her. We can't know everything about everyone. We are not God, but through study both of the Word and cultures we can learn how best to approach others with the gospel. Paul knew about Roman culture when he preached on Mars Hill about the unknown god. 

 Where can you begin? Imagine where God can take you if you are trying to follow His commands.

We'd love to hear what you are discovering that will be beneficial in sharing with others, both the lost and saved. Be sure to leave a comment in the section below.

Hey Kids: 
Making a Flat Stanley and traveling with him can be lots of fun, but what if you mailed him to places you can't yet go. That, I think was the original purpose of "flat".
What if you placed your Flat Stanley in an envelope with a stamped, self-addressed envelope and mailed him to a missionary sponsored by your church? 
Don't forget to include a letter telling the missionary you'd like to learn more about their work and the culture and language of the people. 
Hopefully, your missionary will send you information and maybe a picture. 
In the meantime, be sure to pray for the missionary and his family. Research the country and culture to get a better understanding of the place and people. 
Who knows how God will one day use your study to influence others.

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