Sharpen your blade. You live in a gray-shaded world, a twilight realm where good and evil intertwine and mirages abound. The enemy lurks. The King is calling.
Your mission awaits. As a soldier in the army of God, you have been given everything you need to face these war zones of life. But owning the tools is not enough. You must train yourself to properly use them. Otherwise you might lop off your own hand rather than defeat the enemy.
So strap on your armor. Pick up your sword. Take a deep breath.
Basic training is about to begin.
As a curriculum designed for high school students, Bearing the Sword teaches the basics of discernment and critical thinking. This is done through intensive Bible study and the analysis of media, specifically pre-selected film clips.
(This excerpt is taken from both the manual and the workbook.)
Week 1, Day 1~Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time in a strange land where mirages masqueraded as reality and substance was oft dismissed as shadow, a great famine beset the people of a mighty king. Vines withered.
Trees bore no fruit. The fields failed to produce anything but a few scraggly heads of grain that would be not worth harvesting except for the greatness of the famine. Bread became scarce and so did hope.
Therefore, the mighty king prepared a special mission.
This mission was of great importance, yet entirely unpredictable. It would require everything of the one upon whom it was bestowed.
And whom did the mighty king choose? A great knight? A seasoned commander? No, the king chose to bestow this mission upon a gifted but unsuspecting young apprentice: You.
Yes, you. God has prepared a special mission for you (Ephesians 2:10). What exactly this mission is I do not know, nor which gifts He has chosen to give you. Neither has He revealed to me where your journey will take you.
But this I do know: the way will be fraught with peril. “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) For the enemy prowls around looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) and will stoop to any means to catch his prey, even masquerading as something beautiful and good (2 Corinthians 11:14). So we must prepare ourselves to face it.
Yet if we know not what form the danger will take, how can we prepare for it?
Because the sword of truth can slay any foe we face, for the Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates. It divides, even separating soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It slices through thoughts and attitudes, because everything is laid bare before the God of the word and the Word Who is with Him (Hebrews 4:12-13, Proverbs 15:11, Ecclesiastes 12:14, John 1:1). However, owning a sword is not enough. We must do something with it. We must learn how to wield the truth.
So your mission awaits. Are your ready to start your training?
Sword Clash (Discussion Questions):
How does the thought of having a specific purpose make you feel?
What kind of mission might God be preparing you for?
What kind of dangers might you encounter?
What do you expect during the coming weeks of study?
Sharpening Your Sword (Bible Study):
This week’s memory verse is Hebrews 4:12. Take the time today to memorize it.
Read Ephesians 2:10 and 2 Peter 1:3. In light of having a mission to fulfill, what does this mean to you?
Read Ephesians 6:10-18. Beside each piece of armor, name what purpose that piece would serve in the physical realm. Then explain how that physical attribute applies to the spiritual parallel.
Does anything else stand out to you from Ephesians 6:10-18? If so, what and why?
Communicating With Your Commander (Prayer):
Thank God for equipping you for whatever work He may have for you. Ask Him for the faithfulness to fulfill that mission.
Additional excerpts can be found at www.chawnaschroeder.com/nonfiction.html
Chawna Schroeder spends her days working as a professional liar, better known to most people as a novelist. She loves spinning stories and fabricating fantastical tales about characters caught between two worlds—not to mention fiction writing provides the easiest explanation for her imaginary friends. Otherwise, people tend to look strangely at an adult conversing with invisible people.
When Chawna isn’t working or meeting other novelists’ imaginary friends, you can usually find her poring over her studies in biblical Greek and Hebrew. She has studied both languages under a seminary-trained pastor for several years and has done some teaching of the Greek and Hebrew.
Since she doesn’t have a split-personality (despite what family members and friends may contend), these duel passions for fiction and Scripture must share the same mind and therefore often collide. Sometimes that’s not a problem; fiction and Scripture meet and part on congenial terms. But at other times they get into a fight. So what is a writer to do? Write, of course!
So Chawna is writing Bearing the Sword, a six-part curriculum teaching discernment through the study of Scripture and the application of principles to fiction. In addition to this, she vends at home-educator conferences and posts on her blog, Imagination Investigation (www.chawnaschroeder.blogspot.com), where she explores the boundaries of fiction and faith, reviews books, and writes about the occupation of writing.
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