Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday thoughts

My Sunday Thoughts today come from Marc's Gospel Doctrine class – I think that's a first. (In the past, Sunday School has been an hour to be endured, but Marc is such a good teacher that it is actually interesting and informative.)

We were reading in Acts today, and discussing how Christ's disciples were transformed from those who were taught at His feet, sometimes confused, into men of God in their own right who testified boldly and performed miracles of their own:

Acts 4:

7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what apower, or by what bname, have ye done this?

8 Then Peter, filled with the aHoly Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the aname of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the astone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there asalvation in any other: for there is none other bname under heaven given among men, whereby we must be csaved.

13 ¶Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were aunlearned and bignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

They spent 40 days being taught by the resurrected, glorified Savior, and then they received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Marc recalled going to see Leontyne Price in concert when he was just a boy. She ended with an encore of the spiritual Who'll Be a Witness, and when she said "I'll be a witness for my Lord," and struck her chest, he was moved.

He challenged us all to remember that we have that same gift of the Holy Ghost. We can all be a powerful witness for the Lord.

Of all the good things that I heard at church today, this is the one that I most want to keep close to my heart.


Jill said...

This sounds like a good lesson. We had a 5th Sunday combined lesson from a BYU Professor in our ward who specializes in the New Testament. He spoke all about John and made me realize I know nothing.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Ohhhhhhh, I'm so glad you got to hear Max bless the sacrament.

Standing as a witness at all times and in all things and in all places is a great thing to be reminded of today. Thank you. I always hope I won't let the Savior down, and consequently need to be reminded to be prepared always. Thank you.

I'll bet Marc's lessons are good, very good.

Charlotte said...

It's always reassuring to remember that Christ's disciples were like us in many ways, flawed but full of godly potential.

And that is so neat that Max blessed the sacrament! I still feel waves of sisterly pride whenever I get to hear John bless the sacrament. said...

I too, am so happy and proud of the young man that Max has become, to be worthy of blessing the sacrament.

We had the same lesson, and those same words were spoken. I don't enjoy our teacher's personality very much, but he is a thoughtful and tender teacher. I was touched by the disciples who performed miracles that were recognized as such by those who had persecuted the Savior...yet His disciples carried on his work.

I would like to have Marc as a teacher.

Rebekah said...

I just started reading Jesus the Christ and I enjoyed the portion on Christ's pre-mortal relationship with His apostles. I imagine that He could hardly contain His joy the day that He approached them and called them to follow Him. He must have been anxiously waiting to 'know' them again, and I can't imagine the love He felt as He saw them transform into disciples.

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