April 2018 Ministry Update (Sunday School)

Bob Roane

Dear Praying Friends and Supporters,

As you know, I produce detailed Adult SS lessons at Christ EPC where I worship and teach each week. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries target an audience level between traditional Sunday school and seminary and that’s where I aim also. Many of you get consistently good teaching at your churches from good teachers. People in other churches, unchurched people, and men in prison often get weak and confusing teaching, so they welcome our class notes. Every week, people ask me for counsel or ask questions on topics that I’ve taught on, so I bring or email them full notes or excerpts or direct them to our website. This is wonderful shepherding tool that you make possible. Like Paul, I teach publicly and house to house (Acts 20:20). I plan to put more lessons on our website soon. See: www.WOHBM.org

One man at Jester III Prison is Hispanic and Roman Catholic. He asks for extra class handout to give to his sister in the free world. She is using them, along with the hymns we sing at prison, at her Ladies Bible study. God is so good! It reminds me of Ecclesiastes 11:1 in various translations:

Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. (NKJ)
Be generous, and someday you will be rewarded. (CEV)
Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. (MSG)
Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you. (NLT)

The gist of the verse (in context) is about investing wisely and being generous, especially giving to the poor, and trusting the Lord’s providence to bless it in due time. It’s like Jesus’ teaching about sowing and reaping. When the Bible likens ministry to planting, watering, and reaping (1 Cor 3:6), it suggests a length of time. God will bring forth fruit to His glory in His time. It’s our duty to do the sowing; the Lord takes care of the growing.

Vic Williams used to give out our SS class notes to his unsaved neighbors in Houston. Bill Rice used to take them to men in solitary confinement at Darrington Prison. Others at CEPC, Belhaven University, Iglesia Presbiteriana Oaklawn, and other places use our notes to bring God’s message to individuals or groups. People who can’t or won’t read whole books are often very receptive to smaller chunks of Holy Spirit truth.

Your prayer, support, and encouragement makes that possible! Thanks be to God and thank you!

Very gratefully in Jesus’ love, Bob

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