[DISCLAIMER: Young energetic pastor is still completely nerding out and inviting you along.]
Last week we began looking at, dissecting, and celebrating the Great Ends of the Church that are lined out in the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
. They can be found in the Book of Order
, here they are:
F-1.0304 The Great Ends of the Church
The great ends of the Church are:
the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
the maintenance of divine worship;
the preservation of the truth;
the promotion of social righteousness; and
the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
We will be taking one end each Sunday, this Sunday, May 26 we will be looking at "the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God." We will also have a time for the Tabitha Hospice to share how they respond to this "great end".
Over this period of time, the Men's Bible Study (Thursday, 6:30 AM at Janie's Confections
) will be diving head long into this subject. We will be following a book called Consultations on Common Texts
engaging daily with the Bible. We also will (or those that would like) be journaling through these texts as we read them with the Great Ends of the Church in mind.
I invite you to join with us on this quest to look at the history of the PC(USA) and the calling to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. I will be posting the readings for the week each Monday morning so you follow along. I will also attempt to journal here through the texts. I will also be cross posting this on my blog (NebraskaBolt.wordpress.com) and would welcome any comments or thoughts as we travel this journey together.
The way the scriptures are set up, the selections for Monday-Wednesday reflect on the previous week and the selections from Thursday-Saturday are preparing for the upcoming Sunday. (I know it's a little confusing, but you'll get the hang of it.)
The scriptures for this week are:
Monday, May 20
1 Corinthians 2:1-11
Tuesday, May 21
1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Wednesday, May 22
Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 24 Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
My plan for Sunday, May 26 is to preach on Romans 5:1-5.
I think this could be a great opportunity for us, as a church body, to learn and study together.