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Communal Reading of Scripture 2018

“‘The grass withers, and the flower falls but the word of the Lord remains forever’. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1 v24-25.

Reading the Scripture may be part of the rhythm of your day, maybe not. Fuller Seminary have put together a ‘communal’ reading project to encourage people like ourselves to read together. As part of learning and encouraging the reading of Scripture it is also helpful in recognising the more communal aspect of our shared life as a church, something that needs recovering against individualistic notions of faith today.

May you not only be encouraged to share in knowing that others are reading the same passages each week(Session), but may you be encouraged to find ways simply to read portions as a family, with someone else or home group throughout the week. Below is the reading plan and also a link through to audio helps for each session. Journey well!

We are uprooted from our own existence and are taken back to the holy history of God on earth. There God has dealt with us, with our needs and our sins, by means of the divine wrath and grace. What is important is not that God is a spectator and participant in our life today, but that we are attentive listeners and participants in God’s action in the sacred story, the story of Christ on earth. God is with us today only as long as we are there.

Our salvation is ‘from outside ourselves’ (extra nos). I find salvation, not in my own life story, but only in the story of Jesus Christ . . . What we call our life, our troubles, and our guilt is by no means the whole of reality; our life, our need, our guilt, and our deliverance are there in the Scriptures. (John Webster, “Holy Scripture,” 83 citing Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together,” 62.)

Link here for the reading plan & here and click on each weekly session that will take you to the audio portions. It might also be helpful to have some helpful information on the various books as you go. The Bible Society have a Book club with simple aids that will just help set the scene as you read the different books.