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BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.

This week's Bible study is adapted from the MasterWork curriculum.

Bible Passage: Matthew 25:40; Deuteronomy 31:8, 1 Timothy 4:12

Discussion Question: What kinds of ripples and waves are you setting into motion with your words and works for Christ?

Food for Thought:

Scores of little kids as well as older folks alike were captivated last month by the Olympic Games. Whether they were wishing to have an opportunity to compete one day or nostalgic for what could've been, the Games will create ripples and waves in the sports community for months to come. Others will work on their athletic craft until the next Olympics in 2016.

One athlete who captured the hearts of thousands worldwide is Oscar Pistorius. The South African runner who competed for gold in the 400 meters track event and carried his country's flag during the closing ceremonies was born without the smaller bones in his lower legs.

He never thought of himself as disabled. "My mother used to tell us, 'Carl, put on your shoes. Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs.' So I grew up not thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes."

Jonathon McEvoy, Olympics correspondent for the London Daily Mail, wrote, "Oscar is a giant of modern sport. A pioneer. The master not only of the possible but the seemingly impossible." Pistorium, however, credits just one for his success in life and on the track. He has a public commitment to Christ: "God is the most important person in the world to me," he says. "If I'm on the right path spiritually, it helps with everything else…. He is the reason for my success and the one that takes me from strength to strength. Christ makes all the difference. He aids me in my struggles and makes my glories that much greater."


That's something we all need to keep on our minds and in our hearts despite the number of medals we may never earn.


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