How do we read the Bible well? Why did God choose to give us 66 books of such varying kinds over the span of more than 2000 years? What do we know about His intention for its use in our own lives and in the life of the church?
The Bible is not a rulebook, or a handbook to Christian life, or even an information source about God. Rather, it is God’s living Word, through which He reveals Himself to us and engages us in a relationship with Him.
How do we read the Bible in this way, using our Bible reading to enter into a daily encounter with the Living God? How do we know that we are understanding it correctly? And where do we turn for help when we reach parts that we don’t understand?
This class is focussed on helping each of us develop better Bible reading habits. It will be taught by Anthony Brown in two three-week blocks with a two-week break over Easter in the middle. It is suitable for any Bible reader, including those just beginning and those with many years of Bible reading behind them, as well as those engaged in teaching the Bible in small groups.
Growth Class: How to Read the Bible
This series of 6 classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm over Zoom.
Dates: March 11, 18, 25 and April 15, 22, 29
Register here by March 4.
By now, you would have received the email releasing our Ash Wednesday service, we hope that it will minister to you as we begin this Lenten season. Previously, we introduced the concept of Almsgiving and we encouraged you to be particularly attentive to serving others (your neighbours, colleagues, family, and friends) in creative ways.
Another way for us to grow during Lent is to read a good spiritual book. C.S. Lewis wrote (in the preface of Athanasius) that for every ‘new book’ we read, we should read an ‘older one’. Some food for thought there! Here is a short list. Hopefully, you will be able to find a gem:
St. Augustine, Confession
Augustine’s autobiography is filled with nuggets of gold. The pear theft story in 2.9-14 is priceless!
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
Short reflections that have inspired Christians through the centuries. Free versions online for those who are extremely frugal.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
A collection of essays by C.S. Lewis. Begin with topics that interest you. Counting the Cost(Bk 4, chpt 9) is great!
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer
This is a more difficult read but stay with it and you’ll find some real deep insights on prayer.
Eugene Peterson, Memoirs
Short stories from the author’s life that invite you to reflect on your own.
Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus – Reflections on Christian Leadership
Short little book of 80 pages that can be read in a day but will require a lifetime to put into practice.
Or, perhaps you can choose a book on your bookshelf (or Kindle) that you can reread for spiritual growth. Half-way through Lent, we’ll invite you to submit stories of how you’re experiencing God in this season.
Blessings to you on this Lenten journey,
LENTEN NEIGHBOURHOOD CONVERSATIONS
In January, one of the ways we reached out to the neighbourhood, in particular in the "Cambie+" area, was through the ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. (If you missed this, we still long for your participation and prayers: you can still watch the ecumenical service, featuring a few FBC faces, and follow the eight-day reflection guide.)
In February, another way to reach out to the neighbourhood is through Lenten reflection, prayer, and conversation. If you find yourself free on Tuesdays at 10 am (which, regrettably, the Pastoral Team does not), consider participating in the weekly Zoom Lenten reflections held by the Missional Commons Group (of Facebook). This online collective seeks to think well upon this essential Christian question: What does it look like to pay attention to what God is revealing to us in the stories of people in our congregations and neighbourhoods?
The Lenten conversations will run from February 16 to March 23. Based on the Lord's prayer, the dialogue will focus on how that foundational prayer is calling us to our own neighbourhoods. The Pastoral Team would be most encouraged by your participation. Contact Stuart at , if you have any questions.