It worked before – twice actually – so we thought we’d try it again. I’m thinking about a few years ago when we invited Sunday School classes to study the same curriculum and we explored the same biblical passages and themes during Sunday morning worship. It sparked dialog and conversation, a few disagreements, some really good questions, and kept me on my toes. It was awesome – both times. So let’s try it again.
Beginning this Sunday, September 5th, the majority of our adult Sunday School classes will journey together through Miracles: The Transforming Power of Jesus. It’s a study of Matthew’s gospel that will lead us through the fall season all the way to the beginning of Advent. We will have a couple of interruptions along the way during morning worship, but will then return to the same lessons used during Sunday School classes. We will investigate the same passages and themes during those morning worship services that our small groups are discovering.
If you are not yet part of a Sunday morning group or class, this is a good reason to get started. If you’ve been out a while, this is a good excuse to come back. This Sunday will focus on “Overcoming Temptation,” examining Matthew 4:1-11 and Matthew 6:9-13.
Please read the biblical text this weekend as you we prepare to study and worship. What questions do you find yourself asking? Which character in the story do you identify with? What emotions do you feel as you reread the biblical texts again? What qualities or truths presented in the biblical text resonate with you – you would love to see more of them in your life?
So let’s read, let’s pray, let’s think about it – and see what God will do this fall. We all feel some anxiety and stress. We are all concerned about our world. But we are resurrection people, after all! What opportunities await such people of faith?