St. Timothy Lutheran Church-NALC Goose Creek, SC
Summer School 2
Teachings of Jesus

July 21 - August 18, 2019
5 weeks
We are well into summer which begins our second session of summer school.  In this series we continue to look at five additional teachings which help us understand our unique relationship with our God. Along the way we will encounter mystery, awe, wonder, fear, excitement and insight!

July 21
Home or Heart?
Genesis 18:1-10a;   Colossians 1:15-28;      Luke 10:38-4

There is nothing wrong with serving the Lord, as long as it does not interfere with our faith. It is possible that we continue in service, serving on this ministry team and that task force, as an alternative to growing in faith. Too often eulogies betray the deceased’s true affections and hopes. “She was a good worker in her church.” Beware Christ does not say, “But I never knew you” (Matt 7:23). Our hope is in the Word of the Lord, never in our service to Him.

July 28
Please and Thank You
Genesis 18:20-32;   Colossians 2:6-15;   Luke 11:1-13

It is imperative that we always remember the blessings that we have in Christ. It is far too easy to think of what we do not have (or rather, the things we want to have) instead of to be thankful for what we do have. And we have everything since we have Christ! Since you have received Christ, live your lives in Him. Remember your rootedness and that you are being built up (or growing) in Him. Continue in the faith by being faithful—even in difficult times.

August 4
Stuff It!
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14: 2:18-23;   Colossians 3:1-11;   Luke 12:13-21

What is important?  What has real, lasting value in our lives?  What are we investing our efforts and energies in?  Today we are encouraged to choose those things which really matter; things which do not rust and wear out.  Today we hear a call to invest our very lives in our relationship with Jesus and those whom He has placed in our lives.  Everything else is vanity.

August 11

Faith in Action
Genesis 15:1-6;   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16;   Luke 12:32-40

Martin Luther is reported to say that we are saved by faith apart from the works of law, but faith without works is not faith.  Faith is what we do after we say “I believe.”   It is a reordering of our very concept of life and why God placed us here.  Today we explore the distinction between intellectual assent and faith, as we begin to see that God has a whole new dimension of life waiting for us.

August 18
Refiner's Fire
Jeremiah 23:23-29;   Hebrews 11:29-12:2;   Luke 12:49-56

Fire has always been that thing which brings tremendous good and tremendous harm or tragedy.  Occasionally, in the moment, the distinction is not obvious.  Today, Jesus reminds us that He brings fire.  His fire, in virtually all circumstances is a cleansing and refining fire.  Today we look at that analogy, and discover that He is doing what only He can do – preserving the essential and removing the rest, so that we can be our most effective and focused at serving Him in our unique calling.

St. Timothy Lutheran Church 200 S. Goose Creek Blvd. P.O. Box 807 Goose Creek, SC 29445 843.553.4175