“The Life of Faith”
“Ordinary Time” is a valuable season in the Christian Year. Signified by the color green, it reminds us that regular worship is fundamental to the Christian life. This summer our theme will be “The Life of Faith.” We will be focusing on faith as a lifelong process of growth. The Bible offers us important insights into the common experiences of living with God through Christ. Our guides will emerge from all parts of the Bible. Mark will invite us to respond to the invitation of Christ to follow him. John will take us deep into the mystery of being united to Christ. James will challenge us to show the genuineness of faith through righteous deeds. Job, Ruth, and Naomi, will role-model for us how to be faithful in suffering. At the end of the summer, the book of Hebrews will urge us to complete the life of faith and the book of Revelation will reveal to us the glorified Christ. When all is said and done, our Lord and Savior promises us that genuine, deep, persevering faith, will be vindicated.
MARK: FAITH AWAKENED
The Gospel of Mark is the story of Jesus, the Son of God (Mark 1:1). Jesus comes with divine authority and power. He teaches, he confronts, he forgives, he heals -- he awakens us to faith.
June 3 Rule of Life Mark 2:23-3:6
June 10 Being a Disciple Mark 3:20-35
June 17 Life in the Kingdom Mark 4:26-34
June 24 Facing Storms Mark 4:35-41
July 1 Receiving Healing Mark 5:21-43
July 8 Sharing the Good News Mark 6:1-13
July 15 Paying the Price Mark 6:14-29
July 22 Compassion for the Crowd Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
JOHN: FAITH GOES DEEPER
The gospel of John encourages us to draw all our spiritual nourishment from Christ. He is the Heavenly One, sent from God. He invites us to seek only the Kingdom of God, which he reveals. It is a gift from God to be able to do so. When our lives are constantly guided by Jesus’ death we will share in his eternal life. There is no one else to whom we can turn for truth and life.
July 29 Amazed by Christ John 6:1-21
August 5 Hungry for Christ John 6:24-35
August 12 Invited to Christ John 6:35, 41-51
August 19 Nourished by Christ John 6:51-58
August 26 Living on Christ John 6:56-69
JAMES: FAITH TAKES ACTION
James, a pillar of the ancient church, writes his letter to all Christians who want to know that their faith in Jesus is genuine and growing. Far from being merely intellectual assent to “beliefs”, faith shows itself through action. A person of faith is always seeking to be righteous. A Christian is known for honoring others, exercising self-control, displaying wisdom, and living a life of prayer.
September 2 A Righteous Life James 1:17-27
September 9 Honoring other Christians James 2:1-17
September 16 Tame the Tongue James 3:1-12
September 23 Wisdom from Above James 3:13-4:3, 7-8
September 30 The Prayer of Faith James 5:13-20
JOB and RUTH: FAITH SUFFERS
The Bible teaches us that people of genuine faith and righteous life are not exempt from suffering. The Bible shows us that pain prompts us to cry out to God, to seek justice, and to encounter God in new ways. Grief and loss impact God’s people in profound ways, yet God proves his faithfulness.
October 7 Job is Tested Job 1:1; 2:1-10
October 14 Job Cries for Justice Job 23:1-9, 16-17
October 21 The LORD Answers Job Job 38:1-7, 34-41
October 28 The LORD Restores Job Job 42:1-6, 10-17
November 4 Family Tragedy of Ruth Ruth 1:1-18
November 11 A New Family Emerges Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
HEBREWS: FAITH PERSEVERES
The ancient Hebrews had to make a long journey from bondage in Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land. Sometimes they would get tired or discouraged or distracted...and they would lose faith in God. Not all of them were successful in the journey. The author of Hebrews says, Don’t let the same thing happen to you. You have been called to Heaven -- be committed to the journey. Stay strong in faith!
November 18 Hold Fast Your Faith Hebrews 10:11-25
REVELATION: FAITH VINDICATED
Christ the King Sunday The Lord Jesus Revealed Revelation 1:4-8
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