Information about the psalmstudy site, publisher Jim MacGregor, and Jim's teaching mission

About PsalmStudy ™ - Teaching Mission

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Introduction

This paper states what I believe my mission in life is and explains how I arrived at this belief.

My Teaching Mission

God called me to proclaim our justification before God and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus by teaching the Bible, God's Holy Word, to adults.  I am to prayerfully read and study the Bible and to lead and participate in discussions that help adults to understand the meaning of Scripture and to learn the truths that Scripture teaches.  In doing that, I am to demonstrate how all Scripture witnesses to Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.  My purpose is to equip myself and other adults for good works that reflect our faith.  I am moved by these four lessons from the Bible that explain the meaning and use of Scripture, the diligence with which we should study it, and the different ways in which we are called to apply it in our congregations.

How I Got Here

Called to teach with the silhouette image of a student raising his hand.
Throughout my Army career, during which I earned a master's degree in Adult Education, and subsequent career as a contractor I learned skills in identifying information needed for a purpose, conducting research to discover the needed information, and finding pertinent connections among sometimes seemingly unrelated pieces of information.  I developed strong analytical and documentation skills, an ability to identify information needs and research them from multiple sources, ability to explain the meaning of research results, and experience in collaborating with and presenting information to groups with large and diverse participants.

The skills just mentioned apply also to Bible learning and teaching.  The Bible study leader identifies information needed for a spiritual purpose, searches the Scriptures to discover the needed information, compares and analyzes Scripture with Scripture to identify basic cross-references, and discovers pertinent connections among seemingly unrelated bits of history and prophecy.  The Bible study leader uses curriculum development skills to package and deliver explanations of the meaning of Scripture to people with diverse confessional backgrounds and levels of knowledge of the Bible.

I sense that I am called to teach the Bible to adults, because of recent events in my life.  Those events suggest that God is working in my life to reorganize it and move it in a new direction that He now wants me to go.  God has relieved me of wage earning work, prompted me to give up my hobby of fifteen years without my missing it, and given me time to study the Bible and prepare Adult Sunday School lessons.  No longer working for wages, relying solely on retirement income for sustenance, finding life to be exciting all of every day, and sensing the positive feedback that I get from adult participants in Bible study - all lead me to believe that I am to fulfill the role of Bible study leader of adults.

Some Terms and a Prayer

These terms apply to my mission.

The first two terms, interpretation and illumination, involve both the Bible study leader and the participants sharing what they have learned and what insights or difficulties they have with knowing Jesus or Scripture in general. The learning environment is one of give and take - of mutual sharing:

The third term, application, involves both the study leader and participants prayerfully asking our Lord for His help in applying what we have learned to every situation in our daily lives.

We should pray before each lesson to ask the Lord's help in reading, studying, and discussing His Holy Word intelligently and with the understanding He wants us to have; to ask Him for help in remembering what we learn; and to ask Him to use His power in our lives to apply what we learn to each life's situation to the glory of His Holy Name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I live in Springfield, Virginia, and may be reached .

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