From the Pastor's Study

An eight year old's explanation of God

 Mat 21:16  “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” 


When given a third-grade homework assignment to "EXPLAIN GOD," this is what 8-year-old, Danny Dutton, of Chula Vista, CA, had to say. 

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way He doesn't have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers. 

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. 

God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting His time by going over your Mom and Dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have. 

Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church. 

Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and people finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind, like His Father, and He told His Father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said "O.K." His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so, He told Him He didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and, they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time. 

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God. Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway. 

If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids. 

But... you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases. 

And... that's why I believe in God. By Danny Dutton 

Well said Danny… ☺

Maranatha, Brother Homer S. Hutto!


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Fall 2019 Unit 2 Introduction

The Son of God in the Gospel of John

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     The four Gospels each have a particular perspective in telling the story of Jesus’ life and ministry. Some scholars point out that Matthew can be seen as highlighting Jesus as the Messianic King (a Gospel to the Jews); Mark, the Suffering Servant (a Gospel to persecuted Christians); and Luke, the Savior, who is both human and divine (a Gospel to the Gentiles). The Gospel of John emphasizes the eternal nature and uniqueness of Jesus as the Son of God (see John 20:31). 

     This unit provides special focus on Jesus as the Son of God in the Book of John. For this reason, you will note that while the events of the Passion of Christ in chapters 20–22 are not covered, the spiritual significance of His death, resurrection, and ascension are explored in great depth. In recent years, it has been increasingly important that Christians be able to respond to questions like “Who is Jesus, and why is He different from other religious leaders?”; “How does a person find God?”; and “Why do Christians think Jesus is the only way?” The world is becoming more and more skeptical when it comes to even the most basic claims of Christianity. We do well to help students of the Bible understand what Scripture says about who Jesus is and what He teaches. The Gospel of John is a rich source of help and understanding as we equip students to defend their faith.

     As you teach these lessons, you will see how Jesus emphasized a number of themes regarding who He is and what He came to the world to do. Lesson 7 offers a unique look at the Incarnation; rather than describe the events of Jesus’ birth, it identifies who Jesus is—the eternally existent Son of God, and why He came—to bring light and truth to the world. John 1, then, contains the seeds of Jesus’ later proclamations that He is worthy of worship and glory, and is the only Way to salvation. This is affirmed in Lesson 8, where the exclusive claims of Jesus as Savior of the world form the answer to a good man’s deepest spiritual questions.

      Lessons 9 through 11 build our understanding of who Jesus is by introducing us to more of His claims. Jesus is our authority, as the only Son of God. He is the only way to find freedom from the slavery that grips all who are lost in sin. And, as the Son of God, He alone can grant eternal life. 

     Lesson 12 is especially important. One of the great sins of the secular mindset is the idea that, “If there is a God, then there is more than one way to know Him.” It is considered a virtue by many to accept every opinion on morality and faith a   

valid truth. Conversely, all claims of exclusive truth are branded as bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Yet Jesus declared that He is the only means by which we can approach the Father, the only way we can find the truth about God. While this claim is unpopular, it is critical for students to learn what Jesus said and recognize it as absolute truth.

     The unit concludes with a lesson on Jesus’ beautiful prayer in John 17. This prayer not only provides us with an example of how and what we should pray for, but it should also inspire the body of Christ toward genuine Christian unity—which was a central theme of the prayer. We pursue such unity not only so people will come to faith in Christ, but to reflect the marvelous truth that Jesus is the Son of God, one with the Father.

  


  

Fall 2019 Unit 1 Job: A Life of Integrity

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Lesson 6 Job Repents; God Restores

October 6, 2019

Fall 2019 Unit 2 The Son of God in the Gospel of John Lesson 7 The Incarnate Son

October 13, 2019

Lesson 8 Salvation Through God’s Son

October 20, 2019 

Lesson 9 The Authority of the Son

 October 27, 2019 

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