By Linda Farmer | Special to the Index
The Mineral Wells Bible Study Club began its 2011-12 season on Sept. 14th at Holiday Hills Country Club hosted by Rhoda Moore. There were 16 members present. We were served a very good chicken salad fruit plate, and Rhoda brought each of us a red carnation. Rhoda opened in prayer, then Becky Poynor taught the lesson from the 12th chapter of Luke.
The chapter begins with a warning from Jesus to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Leaven represents the presence of corruption, “for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”
Then Jesus teaches the fear of God in vs. 4 saying, “do not be afraid of those who kill the body.” Even in the context of physical persecution, the only one to be feared is God.
In vs. 8, Jesus teaches us to confess Him before men for he who denies Jesus before men will be denied before the angels of God, meaning every act of denial of Christ on Earth will meet with commensurate denial of rewards at the judgment seat – not denial of salvation but of rewards. Anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
In vs. 15, Jesus says to beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. On to vs. 22 where Jesus teaches us not to worry about our life. What we will eat, drink or wear, for life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. We are to consider God’s care for the raven and how much more He values us. It is clear that worry is utterly useless and shows a lack of faith in God’s plan for our lives. Knowing God and investing in His purposes should be the treasure we seek.
In vs. 35, Jesus is telling the disciples to be ready for service. The blessed mentioned in vs. 37 are those who watch attentively. Jesus is calling for faithful and obedient service. Jesus says “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.” If the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. The message Jesus is trying to relate to us is; be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour not expected. Verse 54 says whenever you see a cloud rising out of the West, we say it looks like rain, but we do not discern the time. The chapter ends with Jesus telling us to make peace with our adversary.
After prayer concerns were shared, the meeting was closed with members reciting the club prayer.
The next meeting is Sept. 28 at Leaning Tree Church with Becky Poynor as hostess.
By Linda Farmer | Special to the Index
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