Sunday, August 28, 2011

Churchy stuff

I just got called to be a Sunday School teacher at church. I'm maaaaaybe a little intimidated, but I think it will be really good for me.

And I just got called tonight to speak in church on September 18th. I'll be speaking for 10 minutes about Matthew 7:21-19.

 21 ¶Not every one that asaith unto me, bLord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that cdoeth the dwill of my Father which is in heaven.e
 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not aprophesied in thy name? and in thy bname have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never aknew you: bdepart from me, ye that work ciniquity.
 24 ¶Therefore whosoever aheareth these sayings of mine, and bdoeth them, cI will liken him unto a dwise man, which ebuilt his house upon fa rock:
 25 And the arain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and bbeat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a crock.
 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a afoolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that ahouse; and it bfell: and great was the fall of it.
 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended athese sayings, the people were bastonished at his cdoctrine:
 29 For he taught them as one having aauthority, and not as bthe scribes.

One scripture that I know I'll be sharing is from the Doctrine and Covenants 88:34:
34 And again, verily I say unto you, that which is agoverned by law is also preserved by law and perfected and bsanctified by the same.

I love the promise of that scripture--the obedience we offer is rewarded not only with blessings from God because of our obedience, but we are also sanctified simultaneously. 

So,  it will be an interesting few weeks as I prepare for my talk while starting school and working. I would love to hear your thoughts on these scriptures, if you feel like sharing... 


Billy Bob Bambino Bombabious Baby the Third said...

You knew I'd chime in... ;-)

Couple of thoughts:

I really like this passage of scripture. The Lord is making a specific and direct indictment against the scribes, who taught without authority and did miracles and things ostensibly in the name of the Lord, but really were far from Him. A question is raised - how is it possible that the Lord could not know such miraculous people? Doesn't He know all of us?

The second part is also an exposition and denunciation of those who profess to know more than the Savior and who build on more than His doctrine. The fall of the sandy foundation house seems to be associated with pride (see Lehi's dream). Having been through a hurricane, I can attest first-hand to the need for a good, solid foundation. In fact, down here they make the houses a complete whole thing, strapped tightly and as one system to the foundation. That's the only way to ensure the structure's survival... The foundation of the gospel is the doctrine of Christ, which is so simple yet powerful: through the Atonement of Christ, man can overcome the effects of sin and death; death is overcome by the resurrection, and sin is overcome by the first principles and ordinances of the gospel (faith, repentance, et al).

Whenever it says "authority" or "power and authority" in the scriptures, I mentally associate that with the priesthood. Christ had it; the scribes did not.

As for the D&C verse - Preservation, perfection, and sanctification. Yep - all things that I want! I guess I'd better find out what the law is and subject myself to its governance...

I wish I could hear you talk! I'm sure it's going to be great. You'll have to post it on here when you're done so I can make snarky remarks about it... ;-)

Jessica Marie said...

I get to speak this coming Sunday (the 11th) on Matthew 5:34-37. Good times. I'm excited that you will be teaching Sunday School.