St. John studies is a blog devoted to Christian Education online. It is administered by David Carter, a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and someone who worked with Christian Education for several years at the church. As a Christian and a Methodist I believe in John Wesley’s concept of “sanctifying grace” which means that after we are brought into relationship with Jesus [justifying grace], we are recipients of sanctifying grace. This is the change that is brought about by knowing God, Jesus and recognizing that we have a Holy Spirit. Part of experiencing that change is making some effort to learn about our faith.
I believe in learning. At the same time I admit that, I recognize that life is so busy and demanding. There are so many distractions. Maybe study has taken a back seat to the fast-paced life we lead. I think that believers in Christ should have a natural curiosity about Him and should find time to learn about Him. Maybe if reading the Bible is too difficult, we can find other good things to read and discuss.
Maybe this blog will develop a small church community of learners; who knows? Some who come to this blog will want to move faster through the book we are discussing and that is perfectly ok. Posts will go up every other day and I will monitor comments throughout the week as I can and I will try to respond. I am not a experienced blogger. This is my first effort. I have been wanting to do “St. John Studies” for several years but the time was never right. Now seems right.
Disclaimer: I am a learner like you. I am not a seminary trained theologian. I have a PhD in communication but not in theology. I am a Sunday School teacher. I do have a “natural curiosity” about my faith. I want to learn more and through my learning, I want to grow closer to God. I volunteer in several places at my church but I am not a paid staff member. Officially, I do not represent the church. As Thom Rainer would say, I try to be a good “Church Member” but that is really all I am–a member of the church, like you.