NT in a Year

NT in a Year

Anybody want to read the Bible?

A disclaimer here is that some of you will hear this at the Parish Picnic on July 18th. However, I wanted to give you a head start to begin thinking about this idea, or challenge that I am laying before you …

Last year, on the day of my installation in the parish, I offered you a challenge. You may remember it was called the “Pastor Mike One a Year Challenge”. The basic idea was for each person in the parish to bring one visitor between the end of August 2009 and the beginning of September 2010. We have seen some fruits of this as we have had visitors, we have gained a few new members, and we have had the opportunity to worship with friends who you have brought with you. If we want to tally the results of this challenge, we can say that we have about four people who regularly visit and worship with us at Newry, and seven who are regular visitors with us at Geeseytown. Not too bad, and let’s keep going.

So now I have another invitation for you. If we wanted to give it a name it might be the, “Pastor Mike – New Testament in a Year Challenge and Bible Study”. Maybe not as catchy a name but I think you get the general idea. This is an invitation to join in a group of members from the parish who will taking on the discipline of reading and studying the New Testament over the course of one year. The reading is not that heavy actually, it requires that we read five (5) chapters of the New Testament each week. We would then meet, most likely on Thursday evenings, to study and discuss the chapters which we had read for the week.

What I would like to ask you to do is consider joining me and whoever else feels called to participate in this discipline, of walking through the Bible over the course of the next year. I believe there would be many benefits of participating in this study. Of course the primary goal is to get us engaged in Holy Scripture. But this process would hopefully give us more a feeling of the total landscape of the New Testament, and would give us the opportunity to read and explore large sections of scripture, each week, in their context. Unfortunately too many times we only get the small sections that are the assigned reading for that particular Sunday. When this happens we can miss the greater meaning of what one of the Gospels are trying to teach us, how Paul is framing his argument, or what image the vision of Revelation is trying to present.

Ideally, I would hope that you would both read and participate in our weekly Bible study. However, if you would like to simply sign on as a reader then that is okay too. I have found, however that when we join a discussion group we are much more likely to do the reading and keep ourselves focused on the task.

So please consider this. I will introduce this idea at our Parish Picnic and if there is interest in anyone joining this project, we would most likely begin our study after Labor Day.

God bless and I hope all is well for you and yours.
In Christ,
Pastor Mike

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