STUDIES THROUGH THE CHURCH YEAR

 

The studies provided here are based on the main Sunday lectionary readings for the church year. 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. 

 

We are approaching the beginning of a new Church Year once again and heading into Advent.

The Advent Studies below have have been written to accompany the readings for this Advent season, during which the Gospel passages are taken from Matthew… the Gospel of the King.

If you plan to use these studies in your Home Groups, additional discussion questions are available for Home Group leaders, but I have sought to ensure they will also be suitable for personal reflection and study as we prepare for the coming of Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

ADVENT 1     Pilgrims in a fallen world… are we nearly there yet?

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ADVENT 2     The Kingdom of Heaven is Now

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ADVENT 3     Signs of the Kingdom

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ADVENT 4  The King is with us  (but what kind of King is he?)

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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
CHRISTMAS 1 (Dec 30th) Jesus at the Temple

EPIPHANY      (Jan 6th) A Mystery Revealed
EPIPHANY 2   (Jan 13th) Baptism of Fire
EPIPHANY 3   (Jan 20th) First Miracle – A Wedding to Remember
EPIPHANY 4   (Jan 27th) First Sermon

5th BEFORE LENT     (Feb 3rd) First-born son – Presentation of Christ at the Temple
4th BEFORE LENT     (Feb 10th) First Disciples – serving a mighty God
3rd BEFORE LENT     (Feb 17th) First Risen from the Dead – blessings and woes
2nd BEFORE LENT    (Feb 24th) First in Honour – Jesus calms the storm
NEXT BEFORE LENT (Mar 3rd) First Glimpse of Glory – the transfiguration

LENT 1   (March 10th)  There but for the Grace of God…
LENT 2  (March 17th)   Grace rejected… but never withheld
LENT 3  (March 24th)  No excuse for unfruitfulness
LENT 4  (March 31st)   When the world lets us down
LENT 5  (April 7th)  All for God

PALM SUNDAY     (April 14th) – The Shame and the Glory
EASTER SUNDAY (April 21st) – Heaven Opened

EASTER 2    (April 28th) – What Next?
EASTER 3    (May 5th)    – Shadow of the Cross
EASTER 4    (May 12th)  – One Step at a Time
EASTER 5    (May 19th)  – Crossing Cultural Barriers
EASTER 6    (May 26th) – God’s Blessing on the Nations
EASTER 7    (June 2nd) – Only Believe

PENTECOST            (June 9th)   – Language of the Spirit
TRINITY SUNDAY   (June 16th) – The Wisdom of God

ELIJAH 1     (June 23rd) – Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
ELIJAH 2    (June 30th) – The Widow of Zarephath
ELIJAH 3    (July 7th)     – Naboth’s Vineyard
ELIJAH 4    (July 14th)   – Elijah flees from Jezebel
ELIJAH 5     (July 21st)    – Chariots of Fire

HOSEA 1    (28th July) Israel’s Unfaithfulness
HOSEA 11   (4th August) A God of Compassion

HEBREWS 11               (11th August) – Heroes of Faith
HEBREWS 11:29-12:2  (18th August) – Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
HEBREWS 12:18-29    (25th August) – City of the Living God
HEBREWS 13              (1st September) – Broken Cisterns (and the True Source)

JEREMIAH 18             (8th September)     The Potters House
JEREMIAH 4               (15th September)   The Repair Shop
JEREMIAH 8               (22nd September)  Bridging the Gap
JEREMIAH 32             (29th September)   A Hope and a Future
LAMENTATIONS 1, 3  (6th October)          “The pain then is part of the happiness now”
JEREMIAH 29              (13th October)        Integrating without Compromising
JEREMIAH 31               (20th October)       Written on our heart
JOEL 2                          (27th October)        Restoring the Years the Locusts have Eaten