Why We Read the Word
The word of God is central to who we are and what we do as a church family. It is by the word of God that we come to know God and what he calls us to as a church family and individual disciples. It is why each Sunday, our rhythms of worship are centred around and saturated by Scriptures.
As Anglicans, every aspect of our services is shaped by our love of the scriptures and our desire to know God and honour him by them. The reading and sermon are central to our Sunday Worship each week. However, it is not just enough for us to read the bible each day or hear it read to us each Sunday if we want to know God. What it means to live for him, like the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit, then we must also be a people who actively engage with the word of God and try and understand what it is teaching us about our triune God and what it means to be faithful to him in our own context.
What the Word is Useful For
One of the ways that we can study Scripture corporately (together) each Sunday is by coming ready to hear the word and what God might be saying to us through the sermon. As Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy:
Thus as individuals and a church family, we should come together each Sunday expecting to hear the scriptures read and explained in such a way that we might come to know Jesus as Lord for the first time or might continue to grow in our relationship and walk with him through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us and through us. One of the best ways for this to happen in church is when together we work through a book of the Bible section by section. That is why over the next three months, as a church family, we are going to work our way through the Gospel of Mark because there is no better book to help us think about our own relationship with Jesus and what it means to know him as Lord and call ourselves Christian or even to encounter him for the first time.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness," 2 Tim 3:16
One of the best ways to prepare ourselves for Sunday is to come having spent some time in the passage of Scriptures ourselves, which is why we wanted to put out the Schedule for the next three months so that each week together, we might study the course during the week before it is preached.
Preparing for Each Sunday
So here is an overview of our Sundays for the next three months. Why don't you take some time each week to:
- Read the passage of Scripture and take some notes about what thnk about what it is teaching.
- Pray that as you ruminate on it over the week, God might reveal more about Himself to you.
- Pray for our Sunday services and the person who will preach each week that they will have clarity in their preparation and be willing to be used by God.
Our Summer Preaching Outline
|Sunday, July 17, 2022||Mark 1:16-20||The Call To Follow|
|Sunday, July 24, 2022||Mark 1:21-28||A Demonstration of Authority|
|Sunday, July 31, 2022||Mark 1:29-45||The King Shall Proclaim|
|Sunday, August 7, 2022||Mark 2:1-12||The King Shall Forgive Sins|
|Sunday, August 14, 2022||Mark 2:13-17||The Profile of Discipleship|
|Sunday, August 21, 2022||Mark 2:18-22||The King Is Only Good|
|Sunday, August 28, 2022||Mark 2:23-28||The King of the Sabbath|
|Sunday, September 4, 2022||Mark 3:1-6||The Enemies of the King|
|Sunday, September 11, 2022||Mark 3:7-19||Jesus Calls his Disciples|
|Sunday, September 18, 2022||Mark 3:20-35||The Family of the Kingdom|
|Sunday, September 25, 2022||Mark 4:1-20||The Seeds of the Kingdom|