It has been a few months now since I’ve returned to the Discipleship Program for my second year and what a year it’s been already!
We are currently studying the history of the church. I know, I was
thinking the same thing… Why study church history? I asked our GFA
director this question and he mentioned that it is important to know the
history of the church because it’s my testimony, and as a believer it’s
my history. Though I accepted the answer, I still didn’t quite
understand until we actually started going through our classes. I am
also reading “Destined for the Throne” by Paul Billheimer; it has also
really helped me to understand why church history is so important. Jesus
is coming back for the church, His bride, that’s all believers of the
past, present and future generations. What the early church believed and
did impacts what I believe and do today, the early church also looked
back to what the Israelites believed and had them as a role model.
As I am reading through the Old Testament (my goal is to finish
reading through the Bible by the end of the year) with this new thought
of the church having existed since the beginning of time it has helped
me to understand the Holiness of God and His great mercy and amazing
love towards us. All throughout history God has been building up His
church and preparing it to reign with Him in Heaven.
As I read Deuteronomy, there are so many verses where God only asks
the Israelites to obey Him and He promises that when they do He will
bless them. The word “obedience” is not a pleasant thought, it makes me
feel like I’m going to be bound and never able to do what I want.
Deuteronomy 11:22 (NLT Version) says; “Be careful to obey all these
commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in
His ways and holding tightly to Him.” Reading this verse helped me put
the word obedience into a whole new perspective! Now when I obey the
Lord I know that He knows how much I love Him. My obedience is proof of
my love and yet I find myself more often than not disobeying just as the
Israelites seemed to do.
Reading about the Israelites journey and how God had to deal with
their sin makes me so grateful for His great mercy! If he would still
deal with us and our sin the way He did with the
Israelites’ sin I would have been condemned to death a long time ago!!
What a merciful and compassionate God we serve, who so willingly
forgives us when we ask and who with patience continues to lead us to
our everlasting Home!!
Written by a Discipleship Program Student