Jeremiah and I both love learning. I am thankful that our kids seem to be catching this as well. I hope I never stop wanting to learn, and that I continue to experience learning in many different venues–in the classroom, by trying new experiences, by watching and loving children, through struggles and challenging circumstances, by being a student of other cultures, by listening to people different from myself and, most importantly in my view, by continuing to read God’s Word and seeking to know Him more.
This summer we have the great privilege to focus on deepening our knowledge of God in a classroom setting. Cru has some excellent theology classes so that its staff continue to grow and learn theologically and in ministry. These classes help us keep Christ at the center of our motivations and strategies as we continue to serve, reach out to, and minister to college students (for those of us in the Campus Ministry) around the country and the world. It helps us to deepen our trust in and dependence on God in our personal life and minstry life, and reminds us that what matters most is His glory, not our own.
I have found that I am learning a lot about things that I thought I knew already, but had not grasped the depth and beauty of them as fully. For example, taking a closer look at God’s attributes has both encouraged and amazed me. Similarly, studying the theology of salvation has blessed me. Christ accomplished so much through his life, death and resurrection, and yet it is so personal in how it applies to us individually in a real way–both at the point of receiving Christ as Lord, and for our whole lives after that. We are not just forgiven, but are seen as having Christ’s perfect record; we are not just given a gift, but are adopted and loved as God’s children (an amazing forever family); because we know we are loved as His children, we can experience discipline and sanctification as a safe, joyful experience for our good. Those are just some of the thoughts that have blessed and challenged me.
In addition to theology, my Apologetics class has been great. Apologetics is not just about “defending the faith,” but is really about learning how to listen and care about people, noticing and humbly addressing people’s barriers to understanding who God is and why belief in Him and in God’s Word is relevant and meaningful to our lives.
I also enjoy that Jeremiah and I have so many great conversations about what we are each learning in our different classes. We end up encouraging and challenging each other, and also enjoy talking about life and how our beliefs about God intersect it. We would also love to hear about what you are learning from God and through life. Don’t hesitate to email us and let us know how you are doing!