Who Knocked Down The Walls of Jericho?

This is a true story.

An old lady wanted to talk to the pastor after a worship service. She wants to thank him for the help she received from his sermons. “You do correctly handle the Bible,” she said to the pastor. “Do you know that until this morning I had always thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were man and wife?”

Now that’s sad.

Here’s another one. The Sunday school teacher called in sick. So the pastor taught a boys’ class in his place. He decided to test the kids. So he asked who knocked down the walls of Jericho. All the boys denied any involvement and instead blamed his seatmate for it. It was a shocking experience for the pastor.

At the next board meeting he lamented about the experience. “Not one of them knows who knocked down the walls of Jericho!” The group was silent until finally one seasoned deacon spoke up. “Pastor, I’ve known all those boys since they were born and they’re good boys. If they said they didn’t know, I believe them. Let’s just take some money out of the repair and maintenance fund, fix the walls, and let it go at that.”

Now, that is fictional. But the message is clear. Bible ignorance is an ever present danger. If we stop growing, we start decaying. And we are commanded: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV)

That’s why we would like to encourage you to join our Sunday Adult Bible Study. We are going through the “How to Correctly Handle the Bible” series. After that we plan to offer the “Foundations” series, a practical study of what the Bible says about the most important issues of life. Bestselling author Dr. Rick Warren has this to say about that series: “Foundations is the biblical basis of the Purpose-Driven Life. You must understand these life-changing truths to enjoy God’s purposes for you.” We will also hold a Baptismal and Membership series (Class 101) starting November 6, Sunday.

Come let us learn together. Remember we study the Bible not just to increase our knowledge but, much more, to change our lives. And by the way, for those who are asking. No, that old lady is not from Makati Gospel Church. :-)

[1] From the illustration database of the Biblical Studies Foundation (http://www.bible.org)


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