This morning we were back in Sébapleu (the 5th village from yesterday) before 9:00 for a session of baptismal counseling. About 15 people were present, 10 of whom were just starting their preparation. I took this whole session to show Lee how I handle such counselling in this context.
I started by addressing the first-time counselees. We distributed a Bible to each person who qualified. Then we read scriptures about how the world has been deceived since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Satan is called the “god of this world” who has blinded the minds of what Revelation calls “the whole world.” It is a privilege to have the veil removed from our eyes, so we can respond to God.
When Paul spoke of our need to obey the law of God in the spirit and not just in the letter, we turned to Matthew 5 to see the difference Jesus made between the the two. “You have heard it said… But I say to you…” Jesus explained the difference using three of the 10 commandments, I asked them to do, as homework, an analysis of the other 7 of the 10, to clearly understand the letter and the spirit. We will discuss this tomorrow.
We discussed repentance and the difference between the sorrow of the world and godly sorrow that leads to lasting repentance. Then I took questions for a quarter of an hour, mostly about the situation of a baptized man married to an unbelieving wife, which is the case for most of them. This session lasted about 90 minute.
We arrived back at the hotel about 2:00 pm, I asked the men to come back at 6:00 pm so we could have dinner together. They left and Lee and I had a light lunch. In the afternoon I worked on my laptop, and had a refreshing facetime conversation with Marjolaine. At 6:00 Lee and I want to the restaurant, we waited until 6:45 and figured the men had been held up somehow, so we ordered. A few minutes after we ordered, right at 7:00 pm, the three men arrived. They had taken a nap, and overslept. Our plates of spaghetti arrived before they had even ordered.