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.
After Trinity Sunday and Pentecost we move into “Proper Time” in the Church Lectionary. During this period between Pentecost and Advent, the Old Testament, Gospel and Epistle readings follow separate tracks, with no deliberate thematic connection between them. Those who know me will understand why I may often choose to concentrate on the Old Testament track, though there are usually connections with the NT readings ready to be explored.
JEREMIAH 18 (8th September) – THE POTTER’S HOUSE
So back to the Old Testament track. However I will still incorporate NT and Gospel passages where there is a common theme to follow through.
The vision of the Potter’s House in Jeremiah 18 (reinforced especially by the message of Psalm 139) reminds us that it was God who formed us from our mothers womb, and if the image that God planted in us becomes marred and spoiled, God can remould and reshape us as easily as the potter remolds his spoiled lump of clay.
The story of Onesimus (in Paul’s letter to Philemon) gives us a practical example of God changing the life of a runaway slave, who was once “useless” to his master, but has been changed by the grace of God and become a brother in Christ. No-one is so far from God as to be outside the scope of His redeeming love.
JEREMIAH 4 (15th September) – THE REPAIR SHOP
The theme of God’s restoring power continues. In Jeremiah 4 God describes his intention to deconstruct the nation of Judah, as the watchmaker deconstructs a broken clock, taking apart every cog and pin in order to clean, polish and restore it to its original glory.
Paul himself confesses to once being a blasphemer and a violent man, a persecutor of the church. But God changed him, remade him to be a valued servant in the spreading of the Gospel message. God’s Spirit is patiently, lovingly and powerfully working in each of our lives to change us from glory to glory and present us as a treasured possession before our Father in heaven.
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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
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
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
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
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)