Stephen Beechwood is a Sunday school teacher. He attended and led Bible studies and delivered both children sermons and adult sermons when a guest preacher was needed to fill the pulpit. He is excited today to share his passion for God’s divine Word. But that wasn’t always the case.
As a boy, Stephen’s dad had a clever way to get him to attend Sunday school. His dad said, “If you don’t go to church with us on Sunday morning, you will not be allowed to play baseball with your friends on Sunday afternoon.” Needless to say, Stephen had near-perfect attendance all those years. The Sunday following Stephen’s eighteenth birthday, his dad came to him and said, “You are now a legal adult and can make up your own mind whether or not you want to attend church.” Stephen was already dressed for church that morning, so he went, but rarely did he do so again except for weddings (including his own) and funerals.
Ten years later, on a Saturday morning, his seven-year-old daughter asked, “Is that our church?” She asked the same question each time they drove past one while out running errands. The following day marked the beginning of attending church again, and a new relationship developed between Stephen and Jesus Christ.
“Writing a book was never an item on my bucket list. What I wanted to do instead was to simply jot down some notes that would help my children understand what I know to be true from my years of reading the Bible. As I began gathering my notes from my personal studies, group Bible studies, and commentaries and sermons I’ve heard over the years, I realized I had lots of notes that somehow needed to be organized. My logical conclusion was to organize them according to the outline of a book even though I had no intention of sending these pages to a publisher for consideration.”
“My hope from the very beginning was, and continues to be, that you may benefit from my journey with God when you begin your own journey based on reading His Word.”