Matthew 16:13-16 “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”
Next week we begin the season of Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday on March 5. Whether or not you grew up with the practice, it can be a chance to focus on growing closer to God.
It is about bowing before our Maker and asking him to create in us clean hearts. Yes, it is a practice we should do 365 days a year, but like Christmas, it is simply not something we do 365 days a year. It is never and can never be something that makes us worthy of the gift, but God can use it in our lives as a tool. The tool itself is not sacred, only the One who wields it upon us as we offer our lives into his hands.
During Lent, some people chose to give up something and others chose to take something on. One possibility we would like to offer for you to take on is a Bible study for the whole Waynesburg community, focusing on the question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” We would love for the entire campus to ask this question over the next six weeks and look at what the scriptures have to say as the answer. Hard copies of this study will be available within a couple of days and placed around campus, but the electronic version is available now by clicking on this link: goo.gl/X2SMQZ
Each week’s study will be tied into the chapel service of the week, as well as the Newman club, Hispanic worship service, Upper Room, Ekklesia group, and many other Christian groups on campus.
Consider asking a couple of friends, colleagues, or dorm mates to take this on with you over the next few weeks. Or, if you prefer, study it on your own and see what the still small voice of the Lord wants to say to you. And may it draw us all closer to our Lord.
Rev. Carolyn Poteet