Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ephesians 2:19-22

Relax, Read and Reflect (3R's)
Prayer Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen

Ephesians 2:19-22 (New International Version)
19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
This is Paul defining what a church really is. A church is not a building, it is the people,(remember the Sunday School rhyme?) A church is a living thing, and we show God's love to others by how we act with other christians. A church is truly God's house, and we are all part of the household. God's spirit lives on earth through the church. No pressure.
Our beliefs and our church is built on a firm foundation, apostles, prophets and Christ as the cornerstone. This means that we need to look at the teachings and writings to guide us and strengthen us. New interpretations of doctrine are fine, but as a church, we can not base our beliefs on them. Theologies come and go, but the word of the Lord lives on forever. God's church, like well built buildings, need to have some flexibility. If we are too rigid, we will collapse.
The church as we know it has been under construction for 2000 years, and it is still being built. God is working in us and through us to build a temple. Remember, God's Temple lives and breathes.

Prayer Lord, help us be a strong church. Help us stand on your foundation and be able to move
as needed. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today:
Read Ephesians 3:1-6
Remember-we are God's church
Practice being strong, and being flexible.


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