Family Bible Study lesson for May 25: Serving God Together as a Family
May 9 2003 by Crate Jones , Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; Romans 16:3-5a; 1 Corinthians 16:19

Family Bible Study lesson for May 25: Serving God Together as a Family | Friday, May 9, 2003

Friday, May 9, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for May 25: Serving God Together as a Family

By Crate Jones Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; Romans 16:3-5a; 1 Corinthians 16:19

As a student at Wake Forest, I once lived with the Steen family in a house on a curvy street. Late one night, an inebriated hot-rodder barreled into Harold's '33 Willis, slamming it into the car behind it. Being in the middle, all bowed up, it looked like it had just taken a deep breath.

His wife, Vertie, sat up in the bed and excitedly asked, "Harold, what was that?"

He calmly replied, "Aw, go back to sleep. It wasn't anything but somebody ran into the car."

He went out to check, knowing that God had provided the car and was sure He would provide another. He did - a better one at that. This family had something the Lord wants all families to have: Unwreckable faith, hope and love.

Labor with God's people

Acts 18:1-4 NIV

On Paul's second missionary journey, he met a Christian family: Priscilla and Aquila. They became friends. All were tent makers and supported each other in their ministry.

They were Paul's extended family, providing a place for him to stay and a source of encouragement.

Christians working together should not be in competition. One ought to complement (something that completes) the other.

Throughout our ministry, my wife has truly been a helpmate. God gifted her with talents of teaching, speaking, singing, counseling, a heart of love and husband-encourager

At times, when she taught or had delivered a heart-touching message, someone would give me a piece of advice: "You'd better watch out; she's a better preacher than you are."

My reply was: "I know it. And she's a better teacher, she can sing and she's prettier."

We do not compete but seek to complement one another.

Mentor other believers

Acts 18:24-28 NIV

A mentor is a teacher, advisor - a helper of someone's deficiencies. Priscilla and Aquila were mentors to Apollos who needed help with his theology. "They explained to him the way of God more adequately." Then, in public debate. "he proved from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ" (Acts 18:26,28).

All of us need mentoring at times. Being a fresh graduate from seminary, more times than one, I might misquote a verse of Scripture in a sermon or make some other blunder. "Papa" Thomas, in his 80s and a deacon at Cartledge Creek Baptist Church, would gently correct me. He helped my spiritual growth by his knowledge and, especially, by example.

I think of Mrs. John McLeod, English teacher at Mars Hill. My English and grammar needed a major overhaul. As ministerial student, Frank Rogers, once said, "I wouldn't have recognized a preposition if I'd met one coming down the road."

She would stay with me after class, put sentences on the blackboard and explain them. Her love for students still lives in my heart. Now, when I see a preposition, I can say, "Howdy!

Open homes for Christian fellowship

Romans 16:5a NIV

Paul's friends opened their home to him; we can do likewise. During our years at Rolesville Baptist Church, we had twice-monthly meetings in our home with the young people.

We laughed, sang, shared concerns, studied the Bible and got on our knees to pray.

One night, our small son, Mark, prayed his first public prayer. It was short and powerful - just two words, "Dear God," but it was enough. The presence of Jesus and the love of the Holy Spirit were always evident.

Then we would gather around the piano, sing hymns and fun songs, enjoy refreshments, laugh some more and say goodnight.

A number of those young folks went into Christian service. Ray Frazier, nephew of the late Dr. Winston Pearce, became a pastor and now serves as an intentional interim pastor.

In a letter we recently received from him are these words: "I recall often with thanksgiving the influence you two are on my life and ministry. Most often, when I'm explaining to a search committee or elsewhere, who I am and how I came to be who I am, I mention the youth gatherings in your home and the prayer times there. Thank you again, so very much."

As the old song goes, "Precious memories; how they linger, how they ever flood our souls."

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5/9/2003 12:00:00 AM by Crate Jones , Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; Romans 16:3-5a; 1 Corinthians 16:19 | with 0 comments
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