During this 2019, two bible study courses have run for those eager to stretch their biblical understanding.
First, we studied the ‘Book of Daniel’ over 6 consecutive Friday mornings at the Rectory. Daniel is a story of hope and trust in God, even in the most difficult and adverse situations. We related the ancient message to the world we live in today …. surprisingly over 2500 year’s basic human instinct has not changed. The drivers of the ancient world are still those forces that power us today! We end with a soup and roll lunch. We also felt a growing and trusting fellowship was developing from people from across of benefice.
I am currently leading a second course, exploring the history and theology of the ‘Letter to the Hebrews’. This is another amazing text written to support the very early Jewish Christians. These people struggled with their new beliefs in a world trying to undermine them whichever way they turned. This time the course is being run on a Monday evening at Brookenby, allowing those that work to attend. This group is now 10 strong and it is rewarding to see the enthusiasm develop over discussion of what is a difficult and, in some ways, challenging text with many complex ideas.
To grow in discipleship, studying to understand scripture and our churches traditions is a must. It is only when we are confident disciples in our own right, and by that I mean sure in our faith and beliefs, then we are able to articulate to others our understanding with confidence.
Leslie Giller runs a fortnightly Monday afternoon study group at Brookenby. This group meets at 2pm and works through bible texts of the groups’ choice. Please contact Leslie if you wish to know more about this group.
Study is great fun, but it is also an amazing opportunity for like-minded Christians to meet and develop a trusting fellowship across parish boundaries. Please join in.
We are running a Lent course across the Deanery during March to explore the ‘5 Marks of Mission’. These 5 Marks were defined by the Anglican Consultative Council to give some clarity and definition to what we as Anglicans actually mean by mission. In simplest terms we may define mission as helping to proclaim, promote and sustain the Kingdom of God.
Five key areas have been defined ‘TREASURING, TEACHING, TENDING, TRANSFORMING & TELLING’.
The course is entitled - Mission in Today’s World
It will consist of 5 sessions, each one concentrating on one of the Marks of Mission. Each session will be led by an outside speaker, whose organisation represents in its mission outworking’s that particular Mark very closely. The sessions will alternate between Market Rasen Church Hall and Brookenby Church.
Each session is free standing and will follow the following itinerary
7.30pm Welcome, Introduction and opening prayer
7.35pm External speaker reflects on a specific Mark (styles may vary)
8.15pm Question & Answer (20 mins or so)