Yesterday was my first class as Gospel Doctrine instructor. I think it went well. We discussed lesson 12: â€œThe Gathering of My Peopleâ€, focusing on the qualities we must have before we can be gathered with the Lord’s people. We had lots of participation and I think some things said caused some people to ponder what they hadn’t considered before.
That being said, one thing bugged me.
At one point, we were turning to the eighth chapter of Amos. After asking everyone to turn to it, I mentioned Amos was in the Old Testament. Not long after, we turned to John 17, which I mentioned was in the New Testament.
At this point, I said something to the effect that I guess I can assume that if they are in the Gospel Doctrine class, they should already know that John is in the New Testament.
A handful of persons responded by saying it’s not a safe assumption and asked for the page number for the verse we were going to read.
In my opinion though, if you’re twice my ageâ€”especially if you have been a member all your lifeâ€”and in the Gospel Doctrine class, you should know that John is in the New Testament; you should know that Amos is in the Old Testament.
I don’t think I can expect class members to know that Amos is after Joel and before Obadiah, but I do not think it is unreasonable that they should know it’s in the latter part of the Old Testament somewhere between Ezekiel and Zephaniah. At the very least, they should know it’s in the Old Testament.
I don’t think I can expect class members to know that John is the last of the four Gospels, but I do not think it is unreasonable that they should know it discusses Jesus’s ministry, and is thus at the start of the New Testament. At the very least, they should know it’s in the New Testament.
If you don’t know Amos is in the Old Testament and John is in the New Testament, I have to question how?Ç¬ï¿½ in-depth your scripture study has been.
If you need someone to tell you the page number of a passage because you either don’t know about the table of contents at the front of your bible or you don’t want to be bothered, I have to question who serious your scripture study has been.
Seriously, if this comes up in my next class, it’s not going to be pretty.