Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

A CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY OF HOW TO FULLY EQUIP GOD’S PEOPLE TO SERVE HIM IN LOCAL CHURCHES

The Master Teacher is our example and we want to follow His model in our teaching. In the Great and Glorious Commission He handed out teaching certificates to all who love Him. “All power is given to Me … Go … and teach, make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:18-20).

Our encouraging example, Christ, spent most of His time instructing twelve apostles. Having no other plan, Jesus is commanding us to carry out His commission. Our views on education, on making disciples, on Bible doctrine, and on eternal life come directly from Christ, the greatest of all philosophers. “In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). His inherent genius as Master Educator is seen in Jesus at age 12 in God’s temple, “sitting among the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions” (Lk. 2:46). This concise verse on the Lord’s interactive teaching is the scriptural method for us to follow. Jesus often sat among His disciples knowing that a relaxed and informal outdoor classroom encourages active student involvement. He listened to their questions and problems, and asked probing questions. Read the four Gospels, counting the number of questions Jesus asked, and the students asked.

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Back-to-school humor

  • Summer is over. Time to officially remember what day of the week it is!
  • “Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” (Bill Dodds)
  • Receiving new textbooks, one student to another: “Psst. How do you turn this thing on?”
  • Parent: “What did you learn today?” Kindergartner: “Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.”

THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD
meditation on God's unchanging nature

I am the LORD, I change not.
Malachi 3:6

Our life is a life of change and our world is a world of change. Everything around us is in the process of changing all the time and at times it is quite unsettling to us. People who study stress and the causes of stress, tell us that any change causes stress, from the death of a loved one to starting school in the fall. Because of the way God made us, with a desire for eternity, the changes of life, ending as it does in death, are very difficult for us to endure. We find ourselves constantly making mental and emotional adjustments in order to cope with the relentless fluctuations of living on this earth.

With this in mind, the unchangeableness of our God speaks to the heartfelt need of our soul for stability and permanence. When everything around us is not only in a state of unsettling fluidity, but is fading away, the God who does not change answers to the yearning of our soul for something that is lasting. The Bible reveals to us a God who is immutable. The Scriptures teach us that He is always the same. He does not grow in form or in knowledge like we do. His power does not get stronger as the years go on. He does not learn anything new. He is not moody or irritable. He does not change His mind.

A FUN TEST FOR LEARNING BIBLE DOCTRINE

  1. What is my chief purpose in life? (To glorify God in Christ and to enjoy Him forever. 1 Cor. 10:31, Ps. 73:25, Job 22:21)
  2. In John 4:24, what is Jesus telling us about God and how to worship? (“God is a Spirit: and they … must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”)
  3. What is the meaning of the word “doctrine”? (Teaching)
  4. Name 4 ways God has revealed Himself. God is speaking to us in:
    1. Nature, Creation – Ps. 19:1
    2. Conscience – Rom. 2:14-16
    3. Christ, who is Truth Incarnate – Jn. 14:6-9
    4. Scripture – 2 Tim. 3:15-17
  5. Who moved Holy men to write God’s Word? (The Holy Spirit – 2 Pet. 1:21)
  6. In 2 Tim. 3:16, what does “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” mean? (All Scripture is God breathed out.)

All Church Picnic
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Games at 2:30 p.m.
Dinner at 4:00 p.m.
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and all the fixings will be provided
Sign-up sheet coming soon to the church notice board
Location: Spindler Park in Eastpointe
(Located on Stephens Road, west of I-94)
Rain or Shine
Fun for the whole family!

To tell the truth
To prepare for a sermon on honesty, a pastor asked church members to read Joshua 25. The next week, he asked, “How many of you read it?” Half the hands in the church went up.

“Great,” the pastor said. “You’re the ones I want to talk to…because Joshua has only 24 chapters.”

—From The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, Charles Swindoll

A 90-10 split
When the weather prediction is for a 10 percent chance of rain, do we sigh and grumble and stay indoors? Or do we go ahead and picnic, golf or hike because the chance of bad weather is so low?

When doctors say our child has a 90 percent chance of full recovery from a deadly illness, don’t we rejoice at the great prognosis? We quickly decide we can live with the slight chance of some impairment.

When a really tough exam comes back with a 90 percent grade, aren’t we glad to have done well?

When a politician runs for office, 90 percent of the vote would be considered an overwhelming mandate.

Why then, when God gives us 100 percent of our material blessings, are we so horrified at the thought of giving him 10 percent back?