When my family and I would be loaded in the car and ready to drive home, my grandma would quote loudly over the car from Genesis 31:49 “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight.” While her every intention was to bless us on our way, this verse is not a blessing, it is a curse between Jacob and Laban if they or their families or slaves would cross over a boundary.
When this was explained to Grandma, she couldn’t understand why we didn’t put a constructive spin on the verses so they would convey what she wanted.
In your local congregation you may find that materials other than the AFLC publications are being used for women’s Bible studies or Sunday School curriculum. These writers and editors may have the same inaccurate belief of scripture and may not be easily detected in the material. Why is this a concern? Because as conservative Lutherans we should be studying material that reflects our beliefs and builds our faith in what is consistent with our convictions.
One of the main focuses of the national WMF is to provide Bible studies that remain faithful to the Word of God. The WMF Bible studies are written by women of the AFLC who hold to the tenets of the Free Lutheran faith and who first and foremost love the Lord our God. They are edited by an AFLC pastor and wife, a lay person and then another AFLC pastor, as well as WMF national board members.
The 2017 WMF Bible study is Lessons in Acts, and is a theme study through the book of Acts. Instead of a chronological approach, this study will address a wide variety of themes and their applications for us. What can we learn from the early followers of Christ? How did they respond to and resolve the problems they encountered? Can we imitate the living examples of ministry described? Can we, too, “turn the world upside down?” (Acts 17:6 ESV) The author is Joan Culler from Hagerstown, MD. Orders can be placed through the WMF executive secretary, Dawn Johnson, at [email protected]