I am fortunate to teach a Sunday School class called the Pathfinders. During the pandemic, we have been forced to share by electronic means rather than face-to-face. We miss something when we cannot see or hug a fellow class member. That is especially true when we face issues or want to comfort friends in need. I have been impressed by the outreach of so many of our class through cards, phone calls and emails during the times when we have “hunkered down” by social distancing to avoid spreading or contracting the disease.
While the church is designed to reach out to the wider community with its message, one of the ancillary functions is “fellowship.” The most important social relationships we know are supported and grow through social, or even spiritual, contacts. Larger gatherings are important for evangelism, instruction and worship. But smaller connections very often foster more intimate and essential contacts in our church fellowships. These kinds of groups offer us the opportunity of learning more about the Bible and how it applies to our daily lives.
As we have studied the Psalms recently, we have learned to look more carefully at the media presentations we see during this political season. The Bible uses some unique words to instruct us in recognizing and applying truth to our lives.
One of those words is knowledge. Listening to what is being said means to understand what is true and what is false. Accurate knowledge allows us to weigh the truth of a claim. A politician may say, “I did, or I will, or I have…,” but very often simply listening to the content will tell us that the claim is false. Listening for and to truth can help us choose candidates or parties during an election.
Another word we can use in wading through the claims of politicians is insight. This word can help us to “see through” some of the misleading promises or claims we hear. Careful listening not only allows us to hear the words but guides us to see the manipulations in the advertising.
A final word we discover in the Bible is the word wisdom. Recognizing man’s pride and personal deceitfulness is what is described in Biblical terms as the wisdom of God. Step one is the factual foundation which is included in knowledge. The use of that knowledge is the application of insight in the process. And the understanding of what we learn and how we apply it to our everyday living is where wisdom comes into play.
The process of maturing in our understanding and applying the truth we discover in Scripture allows us to feel more secure in the choices we make. As we discuss these issues and debate how they are applied to each day, we appreciate the growth of knowledge, insight and wisdom in our decision making and maturity. That’s what keeps some of us coming to the lessons we learn in Sunday School. If you thought it was only for children, discover what studying the Bible can do for you!