- Who we are
- What we do
We have the tremendous privilege each and every year to enter into our local schools in order to teach young people the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most of us who read this have probably benefited from this ministry in our lives. In addition to this privilege is the knowledge that in our context the teachers and the students of the schools that we enter really appreciate this role that we have in the community. Here are five quick reasons that you should consider teaching Scripture:
- To inform children of the saving work of Jesus
- To provide pastoral care to young people, some of whom have no avenue for this
- To engage in a real way by serving God in this community
- To serve the community by making God known
- To build relationships with other members of the community, many of whom don’t know Jesus
I realise that this can be scary, but you don’t need to start teaching straight away. We always need helpers in our classes. However, there are some requirements that are important. If you would like to know more please speak to me about potentially serving in this way.
We all know the damaging effects that exposure to the harsh Australian summer sun can have on our sensitive skin. For this reason the Cancer council of Australia has encouraged us through their advertising campaigns that we need to take steps to protect ourselves. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat (they have now included seek some shade and slide on some sunnies) are the instructions that we have been given that will help us to be protected. But I dare say that for many of us, particularly those of us who are younger, we often underestimate the damage that the sun can cause.
The same can be said about sin. The effects of sin are even more damaging, and sadly more often ignored. The apostle Paul reminds us that we need to be protected. Rather than slip, slop and slap Paul tells us:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6: 11
This holiday period let’s not be complacent about the damaging effects of sin. Let’s continue to protect ourselves with the armour that God has made available.