Tomorrow at Explore, Colin leads us towards a high point of The Bible Timeline story, Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem as told in Luke 19. For Jesus it’s a royal occasion and the people cheered and started to sing Psalm 118, a psalm we studied two weeks ago at Explore.
We’d love you to join us! 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.
The word gospel simply means good news and so therefore the four gospels are the good news of Jesus Christ. Not only do they teach us the teachings and life of Jesus Christ during his ministry, but they are also historically accurate. Those who would endeavour to decry the teachings of Jesus come up against the stone wall of the accuracy of the Biblical accounts which is not surprising when you consider the character of the writers
of the gospels. Matthew and John were both disciples of the Lord Jesus. Mark became a disciple of Peter so that in a sense Mark is Peter’s gospel and, of course Luke was a disciple of the apostle Paul.
Each Gospel tells the same story, often describing the same events in almost the same words. Why, then, are their four accounts of Jesus’ life in the New Testament? The reason is that each of the Gospel writers shapes his account of Christ’s life for a different group of people in the first century Roman Empire. Matthew shaped his account for the Jewish reader, emphasising how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament’s prophecies about the Messiah. Mark shaped his account for the Romans, to show that Jesus was man of action. Luke shaped his account for the Greeks, to show that Christ was the ideal human being. John’s Gospel emphasises Christ’s deity, and was written to stimulate saving faith in Jesus, the Son of God.
(taken from The Bible: The Smart Guide to the Bible Series by Larry Richards)
While the Gospels are biographical, they are actually thematic portraits of Christ’s life that place very little emphasis on His early life and follow the chronology of His life,
but not slavishly. Not all the Gospels cover the same events in His life. When all four Gospels are put together and “harmonised,” only about fifty days of Jesus’ active ministry are dealt with.
Jesus came in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophesies of a saviour and offers salvation and the true kingdom of God. While some accept Him, most rejected Him, and He was crucified.
(taken from Understanding the Bible in 15 minutes a day by Max Anders)
The Explore Bible Study is back! Tomorrow is a fourth Sunday in the month, so no morning Explore meeting, but join us at 4.30pm at Colin and Annette’s house for tea and cake and then a Bible Study from 5-6pm. Children are welcome. Bring a Bible and some cake! The children can play whilst the adults study.
We’re excited about this one! Colin‘s going to help us unlock the story of the Sheep and the goats from Matthew 25:31-46. It turns out that telling sheep and goats apart is not as obvious as appears. Which people are ‘in the right’ and what is Jesus’ criterion for judging? Are you more like a goat or a sheep? Come and join us as we continue the Bible Timeline! If it’s still warm enough, we’ll have the tea and cakes in the garden: We’ve mowed the lawn!
The rain has come and the thaw is happening, so we’re hoping to meet as usual tomorrow. Only drive or walk if it is safe for you.
Colin will lead us in looking at the rich young man that Jesus told to sell everything in Matthew 19:16-30. In what way is it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom? What did Jesus mean when he said here that ‘Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first’? We’ll be looking at how we can welcome the least in society and encourage an appropriate view of possessions.
Ottery St Mary Parish Church, 11.15am.
Photograph taken by Dan Hoare, posted on Ottery Matters Facebook page. You can view the full picture and Dan’s post here.
Join us 11.15am tomorrow, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, when Annette leads us in looking at the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector. Why did the tax collector go home vindicated? People may denounce and attack us, but what does it mean that God’s future verdict about us is already known in the present? Rev Nigel Mason, Hospiscare chaplain, returns to lead us in Communion (he was with us for our service on New Year’s Eve). The service will be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch.
Tomorrow at Explore, Leisa opens up the story of The Prodigal Son. The three stories in Luke 15 are ways of saying, ‘This is why we’re celebrating!’ What was Jesus doing? Is this something we should be doing? What is the role of celebration in the bigger Bible story? 11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church.
Roy and Pat help us understand the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10, and how it fits in with the wider Bible story. 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.
In Jewish culture to sit at someone’s feet meant to be their student, not to exhibit a devoted, doglike adoring posture. To sit at the feet of a teacher was what you did if you wanted to teach like that yourself. What does it mean that Jesus affirmed Mary’s right to be his student?
Tomorrow, 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Annette brings us back to the Bible Timeline series. We started in Genesis and we’ve got to Jesus; this time we’re looking at the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. How does this fit in with what we thought about during the Love Does series, and how does Jesus’ teaching here fit in with the Old Testament law and the broader Bible Story?
Leisa will be with us to lead Communion and the service will be followed by a bring and share lunch. You are invited, come and join us!
A fourth Sunday in the month tomorrow, so no morning Explore meeting, but in the afternoon, a Bible Study at Colin and Annette’s, looking at John 8:1-11 and The Woman Caught Breaking the Law; it illustrates the difference between ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘Tolerance’.
4.30 – 6pm, Karibu, Sandhill Street, Ottery St Mary. We start with tea and cakes and then study. Children are welcome. Please bring some cake.
Annette and Richard Allen introduce the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9) in our Bible Timeline series. The scene offers a strange parallel and contrast to the Crucifixion. What similarities and differences do you see?
There’ll be Communion and a Bring and Share lunch after. 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church. Come and join us!