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By faith

Welcome to St Clement’s.

Each Wednesday morning, I join with others from St Clement’s to teach Scripture classes at Mosman Public School. I teach year 2 and 4, and this term we’re looking at key people in the Old Testament and seeing how they had faith or trust in God.

As an introduction, a couple of weeks ago my year 4 class looked at Hebrews chapter 11. If you know the chapter it lists lots of people from the Old Testament, and goes like this, ‘By faith Abel… By faith Noah… By faith Abraham… By faith Moses… By faith the people…’. It was so exciting to see the kids get the point the writer is making! That all these people had faith in God, the God who can be trusted to keep his promises.

The writer of Hebrews explains in chapter 11:13 that, ‘All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. (NIV)’. The writer goes on to explain that God had promised them a better country, a heavenly one, that we, if we share their faith in God, will be a part of too.

As we look at Ecclesiastes this term, we’ll be challenged in many ways to see ourselves as foreigners and strangers on earth. For the Teacher shows us that finding ultimate meaning in the things of this world is ‘chasing after the wind’. And yet many around us try to ‘chase the wind’ and we join in as well. Instead we need to see that true meaning is only found in God’s promise of a better country, a perfect kingdom, that has broken in to His world through His Son Jesus Christ. Will you, along with those before us, hold on to this promise? Or will you chase the wind?

Andy

Ps. If you’d like to be a helper in my Scripture classes do let me know!

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