This week Erynn Sprouse, Kristy Huntsman and I have the tremendous blessing of being able to spend the week at Future Teacher Training Camp in Owasso, OK. Titus 2:3 tells us that, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
Thanks to the oversight of the Owasso church of Christ’s eldership, the hard work of director Allan Lay and director on-site Jeanne Lay and our fellow teachers, we have the incredible opportunity to let our cup overflow and fulfill this scripture by spending an entire week teaching young women:
– What Scripture says regarding our proper role as women both in the home and in the church
– How to exegetically study a book of the Bible by taking them through 1 Peter
– Homiletics (how to prepare a lesson for a devotional or ladies’ day)
– How to prepare an age-appropriate Bible class
– How to do in-depth Bible study and use study tools appropriately
– How to create appropriate visual aids for Bible classes
– Public speaking skills (for a devo or ladies’ day)
– And what it looks like to be a woman professing Godliness on a daily basis
I am so thankful for this opportunity, and I am thankful for the amazing young women who have taken time out of their busy summer to come and study God’s word with us. Sisters let me tell you, from what I have seen this week the future of the Lord’s church is in capable hands, we just have to equip those hands for the job. It is frequently said that elders and deacons do not simply grow on an elder or deacon tree, but rather they must be trained and equipped from the time they are little boys. The same goes for their wives. If we want Biblically sound, wise, servant-hearted wives for our elders, ministers and deacons, we must be actively training our young ladies as such.
One way in which Erynn, Kristy and I are striving to accomplish this is by spending a week working one-on-one with these amazing young ladies, but we have done them a tremendous disservice if these relationships and this influence stop at the end of the week. We MUST continue reaching out to these hearts on a regular basis. What about you? How are you letting your cup overflow by training our young women?