Clergy Corner by Fr. Jim
Reading the Bible is how we get to know God. We were created by God, for God. Our creation as humans is about that relationship with God for which we have been created. Prayer …talking to God, is certainly an important part of that relationship. However, the Bible is our source book for understanding the nature of God, particularly with a focus on the new testament scriptures.
It seems to me that, if our Israelite ancestors had understood the relationship and the expectations of their creator, God would not have had to come to us in human form to help us understand what our relationship to God and to each other needs to look like and feel like. To increase our understanding we have to study Holy Scripture.
To grow and mature in our faith, hope, and love for God and others, prayer and scripture reading are foundational to all believers. This is the reason we have Sunday School. It is the reason we are having the Bible challenge. Yes, you can do it on your own …but do you?
By participating in group studies, there is a level of accountability and discipline that is not there when you try to do it on your own. Also, when studying with a group, you gain insights about that relationship with God that we are to be seeking that you may not have thought of on your own.
We have a “Zoom” Bible study on Wednesday evening. We may be switching that format to “Google Meet”, but the format will remain the same.
The format: Open with a prayer; read a passage of scripture from the gospel of John, on our own, (usually half a chapter per session) and discuss it; read the authors reflection about the scripture reading and discuss it; answer one or two questions that the author of the reflection has posed; close in prayer. The discussion takes approximately 30 minutes.
Consider joining this group in Bible study. It is important for your spiritual growth and knowledge of God. Just let Fr. Jim know, and you will get an invitation with the scripture assignment for the week.