September 3, 2017
With Thursday School fast approaching, I thought it would be beneficial to consider the opportunities this program presents to each of us and how we can make the most of them in better utilizing and cultivating our God-given gifts.
As well you know, Thursday school is a program designed by this congregation to both prepare and supply pre-school age, adolescent children with the necessary skills to be successful in their secular education within the education system; as well as, and more importantly instill within them Biblical principles and truths. The brevity of which cannot be overstated. Our society functions at its highest capacity and with efficiency when the populous has developed necessary skills with which to contribute: and to do so with a high moral character. Therefore, Thursday school has been designed to give students a firm foundation in the only measure that can substantiate and produce high moral character-the word of God. Needless to say, this program deserves our very best effort: and those who commit themselves to its success, our encouragement and support. Thus begs the question: What can you do to help it be a success. For the purpose of this article I would like to suggest two.
First of all, understand its purpose. It is easy to look at programs like Thursday school and say, “What fruit has it produced? Has it established any tangible conversions? Are our numbers growing because of it?” In so doing, we are forgetting our responsibility in the matter, and placing emphasis solely on the results. Let us be reminded what the Bible says in J Corinthians 3:5-11. “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God‘s fellow workers; you are God‘s field, you are God‘s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our responsibility is to plant and water. It is to lay a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us take heart in knowing that the coordinators and teachers of this effort have always and will always keep that goal in full view. Even so, they understand the brevity of their task and shoulder the responsibility of laying the foundation of Jesus Christ in every single student that passes through this program. In so doing, we understand that every opportunity and every effort to teach a young mind about Christ is worth the time, energy, and sacrifice required.
Secondly and finally, get involved. Sure, the teaching spots have been filled. Sure, we may have enough staff to cover our bases. However, keeping those positions filled throughout the course of the year can be tedious. So, volunteer yourself and be available to fill-in when necessary. Even more so, be a constant source of encouragement and support to those who do serve. Understanding that they make sacrifices unrealized to our minds in order to be here week in and week out. Furthermore, understand that the work can indeed become weary, and it goes a long way to know your work is not in vain. That your hard work and sacrifice is acknowledged and appreciated, not constantly criticized and questioned. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Furthermore, pray for the efforts being set forth. As we all know, the power of prayer cannot be overstated. It has been the catalyst for change throughout the course of history. Thus, let us never cease in our efforts to pray for the safety, security, and success of this valued program. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing” That is, under any condition: even when things seem to be going according to plan. Pray that God will use this program to produce fruit and that those who are involved find the re- solve and care necessary to give their all to these children. Pray that opportunities of evangelism will surface. Pray that we have the courage to utilize those opportunities to their fullest potential. All in all, don’t sit idly by and watch others do the work. No matter your schedule or your ability, you can certainly contribute to the success of this valuable tool to be used for the glory of God in this community.
By Jeremy Tucker