Happy Monday, Friends. Today we have a special Q & A with UFC College Pastor Sean Duncan and his wife Chelsey. On Sunday, Sean introduced UFC's first discipleship practice — Learning — with a sermon from Matthew 11:25-30. He challenged us to read the Bible, apply the Bible, rest in the Bible, and enjoy the Bible as we seek to be like Jesus. Sean began his sermon with background on the earlier verses of Matthew 11 as John the Baptist's disciples asked Jesus, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another" (vs. 3). For those of you who listened to Jamie Harms' teaching from Thursday, you'll see the connection to the question, "Who do you say that I am?" (Luke 9:18-27).
Editor's Note: We had a sweet start to our study of First Thessalonians on Thursday with a group in the morning (some women participating via Zoom) and another in the evening. It's not too late to join us in person, on Zoom, or via the blog. To sign up for weekly emails and information on in-person and Zoom meetings, please click here. Today's post includes everything you'll need to get started, but as Jamie Harms reminded us, the key is being in God's Word each day. Yes, the questions and activities in the study guide are good, but if all you have time for is a few minutes each day, read and reread First Thessalonians. This letter written around A.D. 50 has much to say to us in A.D. 2021 and connects beautifully to UFC's discipleship series, which began last Sunday and will continue for the next seven weeks. Learn more here.
My heart feels heavy and sick. The hope that we had for this to be a normal school year, for our community and activities to be as they used to be, for peace between neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ to reign, for our world to not be so topsy turvy has disappointed us. Hope has been deferred once again, and we are tired. As I chat with other women, I know I am not alone in this sentiment. So many of us are weary and overwhelmed as we settle into a fall routine, and we see that when we place our hope in things of this world, like everything going back to normal, we find it wanting. But we do not have to live as those without hope.