A Year of Getting to Know God through the Bible

Welcome to Getting to Know God through the Bible!  Here you will find readings, reflections, prayers, and questions for your own reflection to help you get to know the story of the Bible and the God revealed there. By using these materials, you will come away with a better understanding of who God is, what the Bible really says, and why the Bible is so important to us as a source for understanding who we are too.  On this page, you’ll find the second part of our series–on the New Testament.  Our Old Testament series can be found here.

This series is based on our 5:30 Sunday Evening Worship service at St. Anne’s.  You are always welcome to join us at this beautiful 30 minute service.  Come as you are!

Giselle Bauche Pentecost

Week Thirty-Four: The God Who Shows No Partiality

This week’s Scripture reading: Acts 10:34-35

“Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

Questions for Reflection:

Once again, through the agency of the Holy Spirit, God knocks down one of our dividing walls and leaves us astounded. How might we benefit from a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit? What would that look like, and what would be your prayer? James 2:1-9 shows us that partiality is no easy trait to leave behind.

This week’s prayer:

“O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 840)

 

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Cimabue, The Crucifix of San Domenico, Arezzo

Week Thirty-Three: The God Who Is Love

This week’s Scripture reading: 1 John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

For Further Reading: John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Questions for Reflection:

What is love?  Is it more like a feeling or more like an action?  What does it mean when we say God is love?  Are we describing how God feels about the world or how God acts toward the world or both?  The author of 1 John points us to sending of Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins as the supreme act of God’s love.  How does the cross reveal God’s love?  How ought God’s love revealed in Christ shape our human loves?

This week’s prayer:

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of Heav’n to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart.  Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee; Changed from glory into glory, Till in Heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

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Week Thirty-Two: The Living God

This week’s Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“In every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God.”

Question for Reflection:

The living God of the Old Testament is often contrasted with the dead idols made by man. Psalm 115 and Isaiah 44:9-20 are good examples. In the New Testament, a young woman’s body became the womb through which God entered the world. Two millennia later, what does it mean to say: God is Alive!?

This week’s prayer:

“Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; of Sarah, Rebecca and Leah; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us that we may aid the coming of your kingdom and become instruments of your peace. Amen.

 

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Week Thirty-One: God’s New Family

This week’s Scripture reading: Galatians 3:26

“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”

Questions for Reflection:

Through Jesus Christ, God brought a new understanding of family into the ancient world and into our world. Where do you see this new family at work in the Church today? Isaiah 43:19 and 1st Peter 2:9-10 give us a sense of God’s purpose in calling His new family into being. How can our witness as a family where all are one in Christ counter the ongoing divisions in our nation and in the world?

This week’s prayer:

“Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen. – (BCP p. 835).

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