‘Theology Matters’ is a blog series on the Asian American Christian Fellowship at UCLA’s book study of “Dug Down Deep” by Joshua Harris. In this series I will be posting updates, reminders, thoughts, and study questions all about the book.
Done! I’ve finished my assigned book and I’m ready to meet with the rest of the leaders of AACF to see where we go from here. We’ll be meeting tonight (Monday) to discuss the different book options; we’ll go through the four different books methodically, vetting each to determine which is most fit for a giant, all-fellowship book study on theology.
What have I learned already through this process? Well, preparation is key. Whether you’re leading a relationship or leading a fellowship, you need to prepare for whatever God tells you to pursue.
In the case of this book study, not only do you have to keep sight of the goal (our goal is to equip brethren with an appetite for theology to the glory of God), but you need to be administratively prepared as well. Believe it or not, it’s hard to keep people motivated to read, especially to read a book thoroughly. Preparation for this book study has also called attention to organization and foresight. Already, I have contacted a number of publishing companies in an attempt to wrangle a deal out of them: some have kindly replied (30% OFF!), while others have been a bit slow to respond. I’m also looking to contact various bookstores to see if they would be more charitable to broken college students. Not to mention the time it takes to find and copy/paste those funny Peanuts cartoons on my blog. All this before we’ve even mentioned the book study idea to the entire fellowship!
God has been so gracious in helping me and the rest of leadership prepare for the next academic quarter. I trust that God is faithful in allowing us to properly equip college students, namely the younger brothers and sisters in the fellowship. The Lord knows that us old fogies won’t be here forever. I guess this book study is giving the elders an opportunity to make up for all the bad examples we’ve given the younger. I know God will use it for his glory, and that’s all I can ask for.
It’s funny though. As I scrambled these past few weeks to read, study, and contact people/places, I noticed the ironic symbolism. I was preparing a book study that would be preparing people for the day that they meet their Maker. Did you get that? We’re preparing for the preparation. Again? This book study’s purpose is to spark peoples’ interest in knowing their God; and the more we know our God, the more we are sanctifying/preparing ourselves for our next life in heaven.
You see? We’re preparing people to prepare. It reminded me of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi where he writes that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). We’re actively helping people prepare for their life in heaven because that’s where our true home is! How embarrassing would it be to get up to heaven and not know anything about the God you had claimed to love and worship all your life? To get up there and be surprised at the Triune Godhead, or to not know that the Bible was God’s divine word all along. As Christians, God calls us to sanctify ourselves in preparation for the glorification we will enjoy when Christ returns (Rom. 6:19, 22)!
So just as I spent the week preparing for our book study next quarter, our entire lives should be marked by preparation for the coming kingdom of God. It’s not easy—you might face trials and you might have to make sacrifices—but it all goes towards our own sanctification for the glory of Jesus Christ and him crucified. So as we continue our preparation for this book study this week please be in prayer for the leadership of AACF and our sanctification. Also, be thoughtful about how your own preparation towards holiness might have stalled, or how you can help sanctify those around you. Again, preparation is key.