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Bible Study – July 2021

Getting ready! Joseph’s story In our last study we looked at Mary and Elizabeth, and how their getting ready for the next stage of their lives was disrupted by God for a different, greater purpose. They responded with joy and understanding that, through his interruption in their lives, God was bringing salvation to the world. Today, let’s consider Joseph. He too was getting ready: for marriage to Mary, for children – maybe a son or …

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Bible Study – June 2021

Think of a major event in your past life: perhaps finishing a study course, getting married, having a baby, the trip of a lifetime …
Can you remember how it was for you preparing for that event? Getting ready?
The nights lying awake planning, down to the smallest details.
So many phone calls, conversations, errands – and the lists!
How did you feel? What were your thoughts?
Our June Bible Study, lead by Pauline Simonsen looks into the idea of Getty Ready … study along.

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Bible Study – May 2021

Receiving “new things” “New” is what is given to us through Christ Jesus, and worked in, and into, us by the Holy Spirit, our God-given Helper. Last month we took time in Isaiah 43, where the Lord says, “See, I am doing a new thing”, using the metaphor or picture of bringing life into dry wasteland, relating that to his people. It’s amazing that every day the Lord is doing new things! He makes everything …

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Bible Study – April 2021

See, I am doing a new thing The Lord likes to be involved in our lives. He has created us to be in relationship with him, yet he also values highly the freedom he has given us to choose, whether we will go our own way, away from him; or whether we will trust him and let him lead us into his best for us. We are not robots. We freely receive from the Lord …

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Bible Study – March 2021

ALL THINGS BEING NEW – Daily Renewal You are new in Christ! Yay! Set apart by God! Hooray! Now what? New as we are, we still live in the fallen flesh. We, the children of God, sin. So, who are the baptised in Christ? Are we just the new person? Are we an odd mix of the old and the new? We live in a broken world, and the old self (it’s still there) is continuously …

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Bible Study – February 2021

ALL THINGS BEING NEW – New in Christ  What a wonderful time the new year is—full of hopes and promises. New Year’s resolutions are loaded with the assumption that this year will be the best year yet, at least better than 2020 (let’s not talk about that, right?). We promise to remake ourselves into new person. This year I will be a new me, the best version of myself that I can be.  Yet, even if we …

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Bible Study – January 2021

We pray the Word of Christ continues to live in you richly through the singing of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We encourage you to sing a new song each month of AD 2021. Singing God’s Word brings hope and peace to all ages We’ve often heard it said that Christmas is really “a special time just for kids”. We disagree. It’s a joyful time for all people, the young, those in their middle …

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Bible Study – December 2020

Sing God’s Word The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:15,16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (ESV) Singing Christ’s Word is an effective and joyful way of teaching, learning, and passing on the Christian faith. When God joins his Word to music through singing, he does extraordinary things, especially in families. His Word …

Bible Study – November 2020

God is a Farmer (Part 2) Open with a short prayer. During October and November, we are exploring the Biblical metaphor “God is a farmer.” As a farmer, God has planted you in his field (i.e. the world). He provides everything you need to grow and mature in faith, particularly his Word and Spirit. God employs farmhands — like you! — to work in his field to produce good fruit for his harvest. Read Isaiah …

Bible Study – October 2020

God is a Farmer (Part 1) Open with a short prayer. William Shakespeare once wrote: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. And one [person] in [their] time plays many parts.” Metaphors, such as this, are more than literary devices: they carry meaning and reveal truth, they help us to understand and know. Metaphors are usually written: Thing A is Thing B. …

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Bible Study – September 2020

Let Your Light Shine Read Matthew 5:14-16. Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray that you would enlighten our hearts and minds today. Amen. This is the greatest compliment from Jesus, who commands us to be what he is: his light into this dark world. Never before do we need his light, in our world, as we do now. The abundance of the many self-help books is not what people really need. Furthermore, Jesus’ light is FREE. …

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Bible Study – August 2020

Jesus said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows me, will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life. Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray that you would enlighten our hearts and minds today. Amen. It is fascinating to go into a dark room at night, then turn on the light, and to watch “the darkness flee.” Where did it go? Does it hide behind the furniture or under the …