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Why Scripture and Prayer (this is a math class)?
When I was a student at Mississippi College, Dr. Bill Nettles taught me physics. He began every class with reading part of a psalm and then he prayed. I had never been in a (non-Bible) class that started in such a manner, and at first it struck me as kind of unusual, but the same God of the Bible is also Lord of physics. Therefore my thoughts quickly moved from “this is different” to “Yes, this is great!”
Colossians 1:15-16 says “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
There are four words in this verse that should completely revolutionize how one looks and thinks about our world. Those words are “all things” and “for Him.” Not only did God create all things but He created them for Himself. The Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper said, “there is not a square inch in the whole domain of human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all does not cry out out: ‘Mine!’” An implication of Colossians 1:15-16 is that everything God has blessed a person with is “for Him.” Christ says “Mine!” There is not some corner of ones life that should not be for Christ. When one thinks, he should think for Christ. When one speaks, he should speak “for Him.” When one works he should work “for Him.” There is no part of ones life that should be divorced from Christ. Everything one has whether tangible or intangible should be for Christ “all things…for Him”
Therefore we can never separate Christ from math or any other discipline. They are His. When I read scripture and pray in class it is because I want everyone to know that this class is for Christ and to recognize that He is the author of truth, wisdom, understanding and math and therefore is the ultimate teacher. One will never truly understand the material of any course if we do not first realize that Christ is the author and everything is for Christ’s glory.
I also hope that a quick word from scripture and prayer will be an encouragement. I pray that each student and myself would constantly “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
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