Associate Pastor's Report

We have been stuck in this state of not being able to do much here at the church and so there is not a lot of ministry activities to write about. Therefore, I guess I can write about anything I want (sorry). One thing that has been in the forefront of my mind lately is that we have to always keep learning. We should never be satisfied that we know enough.

 

I have to admit that some of this comes from conversations I have with my oldest boy about school. I try to help him understand that in the vast ocean of knowledge he only knows a sliver of what can be known. It is very important that he continues learning. I, of course, must model this for him by continuing to learn myself. So how can we continue learning?

 

I think one of the best ways to continue learning is by being a reader. I never had a love for reading like some do and it has always been work for me. Having said that, it has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done. When we read we do not only take in information but we think through it. We follow a train of thought wondering where the author is going or we evaluate the worldview out of which the book or article has been written. However we approach the book we continue to learn.

 

This comes to the question of what as Christians should we strive to learn? The easy answer is… EVERYTHING. First of all, we should be most concerned with reading God’s Word. Continuing to learn more about the God we worship and how he has called us to live. Secondly, we should reach out and learn about as much as we can. Saint Augustine put it this way in his On Christian Doctrine, he writes, “Nay, but let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master…” (II.18). Or, as R.C. Sproul summarizes it, “All truth is God’s truth”.

 

So keep learning and keep reading!

 

John Thompson

Associate Pastor

 

Bethlehem
Baptist
Church

804-272-0597

bethlehembaptist@comcast.net

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9600 Midlothian Turnpike

North Chesterfield, VA 23235

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