The September newsletter is a certain sign that summer is coming to an end. Praise God for what was hopefully a season of rest, family reunions, vacation or staycation, or the warmth of sunshine. Â
As we turn the page on our calendars, itâ€™s a good time to consider our own quest to be disciples of Jesus and lifelong learners of scripture. Just as Jesus called the first disciples to follow him, drawing them away from fishing boats and tax tables and their daily routines, Christ also calls you and I to follow him, intending to impact and restructure our own daily routines.
Disciples are students first. Jesus, our rabbi, has called us to study his words and learn from teachings. Yes, we fulfill our call to be disciples by gathering to worship as a faith community on Sunday morning, hearing the Word of God read and proclaimed. But to grow deeply as students of Jesus, we will also need to engage in study of Godâ€™s word, reading it regularly, mining it for wisdom, and learning it well enough that we can engage in conversation about it. You can do this alone, of course, but scripture reminds us that â€œiron sharpens ironâ€ (Proverbs 27:17) and learning alongside other disciples is a great way to learn and grow.
Starting Monday, September 10, at 6pm, we will spend six weeks studying passages from Lukeâ€™s Gospel. The first night, weâ€™ll look at Luke 5, and Jesusâ€™ call to his disciples to follow him and fish for people. In the weeks that follow, weâ€™ll journey with Jesus, asking questions like â€œwho is my neighbor?â€ â€œHow do we welcome new followers of Jesus?â€ and â€œwhat does it mean to be great in Godâ€™s Kingdom?â€
These Bible Study sessions will take place in the church Fellowship Hall and will last about an hour and fifteen minutes. If you want to be a lifelong learner of scripture and student of Jesus, youâ€™re invited! If you have a friend or neighbor who might be interested in Bible Study, invite him or her to join us!
I hope youâ€™ll plan to join us on Mondays in September (and October), as we continue our pursuit to learn and grow as disciples of Christ.
Grace and Peace,