This is no joke. A truck driver, meat cutter, and a cop met in a small group for Bible study going over Sunday’s sermon. They opened their Bibles and opened their lives with each other. Letting the teaching from Romans 8:17-30 sort through their personal experiences was not easy. They all had seen the rough edges of life and had no doubt that “Everything was broken” and indeed creation groans and people groan too. But they also knew that “Everything will be fixed one day” even though that may seem as far off as when Romans 8 was written 2,000 years ago. However, the hope “in which we were saved” is no vacuous wish upon a star. It is a certain hope in the Faithful One who made the promises (Hebrews 10:23). Our God is the One who has planned it all and brings it to completion. He foreknew, He predestined, He called, He justified, and He glorified those who love Him. He’s working all things together for good–the good of the truck driver, meat cutter, and cop–of those called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

But wait, there’s more! Besides the three already mentioned there’s also a realtor, nurse practitioner, investment advisor, stay at home mom, and some other characters. Weekly meeting together, they are “assembling” together in the best way. They are putting Bible into life, fitting the pieces together, tightening up loose theology, finding where the ‘spare’ parts belong. This process only happens in small groups, not large group worship. In our church, small groups are working. They learned last Sunday that “God’s goal is for our glory, not just getting by.” Destined for glory, they are getting excited! At least excited in some small, Baptist kind of way. Nothing too showy, but very real nonetheless.

2 Thoughts on “A truck driver, meat cutter, and a cop

  1. Tom and Sheri Bashor on November 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm said:

    Amen!

  2. Margaret on December 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm said:

    Ready to learn more of how we are accepted in Him, with no condemnation.

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