Did God speak to Pastor Blair?
Posted October 22 | Dr. Blair Waddell
Last Sunday, I made a startling statement during the worship service. At the conclusion during the announcement time, I said “God told me he wants you in Sunday School.” Some of you might have thought I said that to be dramatic or to be amusing. But let me promise you, I will never (ever) make light of speaking on behalf of God. When I made that statement, I was serious. If you are a member of Providence Baptist Church, God wants you to be in Sunday School. So you might be asking at this point, how did God tell you this? I would respond that God spoke to me the same way he speaks to me everyday … through his word. (For an old article that inspired me to this see, click The Morning I Heard from God by John Piper)
I truly believe the Bible to be the word of God. When the author of Hebrews writes “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 ESV), I believe it. I believe the word is living and active today. This is why I spend much time immersing myself in the Bible for my own personal relationship with God. It is vital (read that word carefully) that I stay in the scriptures for more than just sermon preparation. And this is the desire of our current teachers at PBC- to teach you to do the same.
So how did I come to the realization that God wants you to be specifically in Sunday School? Your Teaching Ministry team has begun to clarify our purpose for the single hour we have before the worship service. For that we went to the great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV). Our purpose is to be disciple makers. To be a disciple first comes through the authority of the triune God who saved us and brought us into fellowship with the church. Then we have a responsibility to teach all that God has commanded us in his word. Of course, some of that comes through the proclamation of the word in the worship service. But it also occurs in deep Bible study that can only happen in a small group setting where questions can be raised and answered in love. So we (the Teaching Ministry team) see a Biblical mandate in how we do Sunday School and for that reason we have been diligently revamping adult Sunday School to be more scripturally based to increase our love for God and help share our faith with others as each of us become disciple makers. Therefore, I do believe God told me that you need to be in Sunday School because of the reason for its existence in the word.
I hope you will join us Sunday morning at the nine o’clock hour. Don’t let pride or fatigue keep you from experiencing the majesty of God’s word. We are offering great classes that fulfill our commission to be disciple makers. We have Dennon Clardy teaching on evangelism, Greg Barnett teaching on the New Testament and Mike Watson on systematic theology. While the classes are designed to challenge your thinking, none of them are over your head. Decide on one of these excellent choices and begin participating with us this Sunday.