Congregational Bible Reading Scheme –

Week  – from 1st March 2021

These readings are linked to the passage in John , on which the Sunday sermon was based, click on the images to see the Service.

 

It is important to begin with prayer.

Prayer –

Lord, it was You Who caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning. Teach me today in the power of Your Holy Spirit, the truths that You would have me learn

 

Lord, I know that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Feed me on Your Word I pray, and make me hungry for the living Manna that came down from heaven, the heavenly Bread of Life and true and living Water, Who alone can bring us into our eternal inheritance.

May the Spirit of all Truth open my mind today as I read and study Your Word. May I be willing to be led into all truth and to be taught what is the will of the Father in my life. And give me a willing heart and the opportunity to share with others the pearls of truth You would teach me today. In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

How we suggest you approach this.

You may approach the reading of these passages in whatever way is best for you. Here are a few thoughts from your Elders given only as help and guidelines.

 

 

CONGREGATIONAL BIBLE READING PLAN –  WEEK BEGINNING 1st March 

CONGREGATIONAL BIBLE READING PLAN 

SERMON PASSAGE – John 8:1-11
Summary – Jesus showed mercy to this woman as it says in John 3:17 “For the son of man did not come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.”
We all need mercy from God. Her accusers thought they had no sin but they lacked the quality of mercy. Only the merciful will receive mercy from God.
All the readings focus on God’s mercy shown to sinful people
Psalm 51:1-19 – a heartfelt confession of sin
Luke 15:11-32 – the two lost sons and the prodigal love of the Father who wanted both of them to be in a close relationship with him
Luke 18:9-14 and 19:1-10 – the tax collector in prayer who finds forgiveness, and then Zaccheus the tax collector who repents and finds salvation when Jesus shows to him the love of God
1st Timothy 1: 1-20 or shorter option 12-17
Philemon – Paul asks his friend Philemon to receive back his runaway slave Onesimus with mercy, and instead of punishing him severely, to welcome him as a new brother in the Lord

 

 

 

Questions to use as you read.

  1. What truths about God and what He has done stand out for you from this passage?
  2. What in this passage helped you understand more of Jesus – who he is, his message and his mission?
  3. Deeper reflection – can you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to make a definite personal response to a truth from  this passage? e.g. something  to thank and praise God for.
  4. Is there something here that you could share with someone else,  or use in praying for some person or  situation you are concerned about? 

Don’t feel compelled to do every reading

Do not feel you must use all 5 readings; do not feel guilty if you cannot complete all each day; some portions are longer than others.

Follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Meeting God is the goal.

Why not keep a notebook?

Consider pondering the questions in your mind during the day , taking them with you as you go.

If you set out on this journey you may want to keep a notebook to record those things which the Lord shows you.

The Eldership are prayerfully supporting you.

The elders are praying in unity of spirit that God will speak to you as you take time to read  God’s Word and that the Holy Spirit will use this initiative to powerfully build up  our congregation.

 

We would like small cell groups to form to share together– more about that in the new year!