But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Three Things Jesus Did
“Here are three things Jesus did while I was at BCS for four years,” says Benjamin Jensen, who just completed a Master of Divinity degree:
1) Through wise and godly teachers, I was shown not only what the Bible says, but how to read it well for myself. Like that old adage: "Give a man a verse, and he'll be fed for a day. Teach a man to read the Word, and he'll be full for a lifetime (and beyond)."
2) My heart was knit together in love with my brothers in Christ (Colossians 2:2). They will be lifelong friends, which is a rare diamond in our self-absorbed world.
3) I believe now, more than ever in my life, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is beautiful and powerful and life-giving, and that it affects EVERYTHING.
In short, I learned much knowledge, yes, and that is good. But more significant: By the grace of God, I learned love.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.