The Disciplers study group, Wednesday Fellowship, in Knoxville, Tennessee has combined five studies this year which they have named "Walking in Christ, Expecting His Return". The books they are studying include Amos, Colossians, Malachi, 1 John, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Penny Cole, who teaches the class, wrote us a note telling sharing what they have been learning and how the study has helped them in their everyday lives, especially in seeing how God wants us, as Christians, to be living in a dark world. I hope you'll read Penny's note and perhaps consider these books for your next study. ~Suzie
1 John is where we are now learning what it actually looks like to "walk in Christ, expecting His return”. We are learning that walking in Christ is based on right doctrine (that Jesus is the divine Son of God and the propitiation for our sin). Walking in Christ is evidenced by right living - with changed lives as children of God. Walking in Christ is also expressed by right loving - loving even those with whom we disagree - and this is possible because His Spirit and His word abides in us. We will end the year with Thessalonians which will prepare us to 'expect His return'. I hope we will finish these studies understanding that it is IMPORTANT how we live our lives. Walking in Christ is intentional. It can't be done until we realize our own vulnerabilities and sinful tendencies while at the same time understanding what it means to be a child of God and how that knowledge should shape our perspective. Do we waste the time that we have left hating the world and avoiding those who have a different world view or do we remember that Christ came to seek and to save the lost and He has entrusted us with the responsibility to be salt and light even among people with whom we disagree. He IS returning (possibly sooner rather than later). How am I living my life? Am I raging against the world or am I walking in Christ as He is still about the business of seeking and saving the lost? I have loved this study of these 5 books. I do hope the others have as well! I hope you have seen that these 5 books make a wonderful study of "Walking in Christ, Expecting His Return".