Our last bible study of the year is scheduled for Dec. 27th. I hope some of you will be recovered from the holiday enough to find the time to join us. J (for anyone new that’s Tuesday Dec. 27th at 7:00 pm downstairs in our church.)
I think this time we will depart a little bit from our routine of tearing apart the passages to be used for the following Sunday’s sermon and instead ask everyone to bring their favorite passage that relates to our topic.
What topic you ask? Well as we are close to starting a brand new year I’ve been struck by how much fear is in the hearts of family, friends, and folks in general. People express fear of ISIS, other countries, the incoming administration, their personal situations, the conditions of loved ones, and just so many other things. I cringe every time I hear someone start off with how afraid or overly concerned they are about this, that or the other thing. This is not the way God intended for us to live folks!
Let’s start the new year with our minds and hearts filled with the words He has given us to encourage and comfort us! If you truly believe there is no reason not to look forward to, and be excited about, everything 2017 will bring.
So I invite each of you to bring your favorite Bible passage that helps us deal with the concerns we all have from time to time – keep things in perspective – and keep from being afraid of the future.
We will talk a little (very little) about the things that frighten us and then read some of the words God has given us to deal with such human nonsense – the passages I hope you will bring to our attention.
Whenever I am troubled I often recall the song we so often sang on our school bus years ago – “He’s got the whole world…”. That’s the point!
Don’t let me down because if nobody brings anything to the table this may be our shortest study to date! J
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34