STUDIES THROUGH THE CHURCH YEAR
The studies provided here are based on the main Sunday lectionary readings for the church year (Year C). You are welcome to use these studies for your own meditation, for Home Group sessions, or as an additional resource to complement and reinforce the message of the Sunday sermon.
If you enjoyed the studies for Advent, here is the next series of studies for Christmas and Epiphany.
CHRISTMAS 1: (Dec 30th) Jesus at the Temple
Our one brief snapshot of Jesus’ childhood. At age 12, Jesus travels on pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the annual festivities with family and friends, and ends up debating with teachers and scholars in the Temple. The snapshot shows us a very human child, but one who is learning from his devoted parents, studying the Scriptures, and growing in favour with God and man. Are we, as individuals and as the body of Christ, still learning to grow in favour with God and man?
EPIPHANY: (Jan 6th) A Mystery Revealed
Today’s reading from Isaiah prophecies that “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60:3 NIV). The coming of the Wise Men can well be seen as a fulfilment of the prophecy, representing the coming of the Gentile nations into the light of the newborn King.
The Epiphany readings that follow all include a reminder that the “Mystery Revealed” is the truth that God’s plan of salvation includes the whole world, people from every language, tribe and nation.
EPIPHANY 2: (Jan 13th) Baptism of Fire
Between Epiphany and Easter we follow a chronological journey through the earthly ministry of Christ, starting this week with his Baptism, and following the journey through to Lent, to the events of Passion week, and to his death and resurrection that first Easter tide.
We focus our thought in this study on John the Baptist’s description of Jesus as the one who will baptise “with the Holy Spirit and fire”.
EPIPHANY 3: (Jan 20th) First Miracle – A Wedding to Remember
Isaiah’s vision is of God making his bride a very public spectacle. She will clothed in bright shining wedding garments – garments of righteousness that make her “shine out like the dawn”, so that all nations will see her glory. So it’s fitting that Jesus’ first miracle should take place at a wedding, reminding us that he has come as the Bridegroom to claim his Bride.
EPIPHANY 4: (Jan 27th) First Sermon
Here is our first recorded event in which the Living Word of God is preaching from the Old Testament Scriptures – bringing the inspired Word to life. The Greek word logos, which is used to refer both to Jesus the living Word in John 1:1, and the New Testament “word”, actually refers (according to Strong) as a “word uttered by a living voice”. That first audience at the synagogue rejected the living Word, but to those who hear it is the power of salvation
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ADVENT 1 (Dec 2nd) – Keeping Faith in the Promise
ADVENT 2 (Dec 9th) – Better than the Routine
ADVENT 3 (Dec 16th) – God is Right Here, Right Now
ADVENT 4 (Dec 23rd) – A Body You Prepared for Me