I know not everyone holds this opinion, but I love the new school year; I always have and probably always will.
As a child, I eagerly anticipated that first day of school each hot summer day in August or early September. It was true no matter what grade I was in. (I can’t say that I always felt that way the following week, but starting fresh was always something I looked forward to.) Who would be my new teacher? Which friends would be in class with me? New blue jeans, shoes, school supplies and, in those days, a new lunch box were looked forward to.
I still look forward to the new school year, but not for the same reasons.
Each August when school starts now, I see the opportunity to get a fresh start in Bible Study as well. People have been away on vacation or just consumed with summer activities. I love going on vacation, but I equally enjoy coming home. And that’s what the new church year feels like to me—coming home, starting fresh, getting back into a familiar routine—a healthy routine—especially from a spiritual viewpoint.
Sunday is an excellent time to make a fresh start in your commitment to Bible Study and to your relationship with the Lord. Children and students promote to their new classes. Kindergartners are “big enough” to join the rest of the church family in worship. New young adult classes are being formed at the 9:30 hour. Many FBC members are becoming teachers and intentional disciple-makers, some for the first time. So many opportunities to connect with Christ and to members of his family.
I challenge you to use the remaining Sundays in August as a springboard to growing and learning in your walk with Jesus.
We will have our introduction to Discipleship Classes for adults on Sunday evening, August 30, at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Center. Learn about and sign up for Discipleship 101, 201, or 301, as well as other men’s or women’s studies. You can also sign your students up for choirs on that night.
Looking forward to all God has in store for us in the new school year.
Posted on Wed, August 19, 2015
by Brad Williamson