We’re back to Sunday school! I mean with the kids, not grown-ups. It was great. We only had three, but it was fun. I love teaching kids – and consequently learning myself – critical thinking skills when it comes to reading the Bible. It’s so easy to take everything at face-value instead of asking ourselves what God is trying to teach us about Himself and His Kingdom.
Jesus used lots of parables with similes and metaphors in His teaching. We learned there are at least 30 parables in the New Testament! The Kingdom of heaven is like….
Our job is to take short stories like the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son – all found the Luke chapter 15 – and figure out what we are learning about God. The kids figured out right away that Jesus wasn’t really talking about sheep, coins, and sons. Smart kids.
A New Book
But, if you’re following the podcast, we’re not in the Gospels anymore, are we? The new book we start today and its four short chapters is the book of Philippians. It is widely accepted that Paul was the author of this letter, he wrote it from prison in Rome in approximately AD 60, and the intended audience was the church at Philippi. This is a book of joy and pursuing contentment through Christ. There is only one major theological theme in Philippians, and we will explore that in chapter 2.
Chapter three highlights Paul’s spiritual autobiography and goes on to define pursuing Christ-likeness as our most defining element of spiritual growth. Despite Paul’s imprisonment, he is joyful and thankful and content. You will likely recognize many familiar verses and passages in Chapter 4. I promise you will come away refreshed and encouraged and joyful that you know Christ.