Bible study rarely happens by accident. It is really good to set aside times to read the Bible each day. Then the next question is, but what shall I read? If you already know your Bible well, you will be able to pick parts of it to read that relate well to a current need. Which raises another question, how do we gain sufficient familiarity with what the Bible says to know where to look in it? Again, the answer to that is to read it, read it, and read it some more! Then, with the aid of a good concordance perhaps, we’ll be able to find our way around the library we call “the Bible”.
Another question arises, especially if you have an organized mind. “If I’m going to read through the Bible repeatedly, shouldn’t I adopt some sort of reading plan, so I cover it all in a reasonable period of time?” Our answer would be, “Yes!” And we have the Bible reading plan for you.
We started with this plan almost 50 weeks ago, so those who have been using it daily will have almost their first year done. You can begin using it at any time though, since it will eventually repeat and you won’t miss a page of the Bible! In fact, if you stick with the Plan, you’ll read the whole of the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in the space of three years.
Welcome to Food and Friendship, a free soup and bagel lunch in the lovely basement room at the Mount Forest Library on the second Tuesday each month. Our next lunch is arranged for TUESDAY, APRIL 9TH
Join us at 12noon-1:00pm, and bring a friend.
Although it’s Spring it has still felt like wintertime, and good to be able to meet in a warm room, check out the book stand, listen to the music and enjoy a good meal. Share your faith. Show Christian love to one another. Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” He loved us enough to die for us; will we love enough to live for Him?
Friday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm kids enjoy Bible Explorers, held in the Community Room in the basement of the Mount Forest Library. Usually they will enjoy a fun activity for starters, followed by time making crafts. Then there is (rather loud!) singing of Camp Choruses and similar fun songs. There is always a Bible story to learn about, and a memory verse that’s worth remembering. The time flies, and judging by the evident desire of the kids to come back again and again, we must be doing something right!.
Kids who attend will make friends with others and can now be planning to go to the Day Camp run by Mount Forest Camp in the Summer.
Apart from the occasional snow day in Winter, we try to operate nearly every Friday during Fall, Winter and Spring.
Check out the Bible Explorers FaceBook page at: FB Our next series will be looking at the topic of The Blooming Tree:
There are different ways to consider the main lines of what God says in the Bible. After years of personal study, a very competent Bible teacher of the 20th Century set out some key subjects as a starting point. His suggested approach is provided in full in our Resources Section.
Here is a recap of the main headings. If you see matters you want to study further just start by reading the fuller document here, where you will be able to track the Bible verses supporting each key point.
SECTION 1 – THE INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURE
The importance of the subject
What is meant by the term “Inspiration”?
How the Scriptures themselves regard Inspiration
How the Lord Jesus and the New Testament writers
accepted the veracity of the Old Testament Scriptures
Fulfilled prophecy as evidence of the divine
origin of Scripture.
The exactness of the inspired Word
God’s sovereign care of His inspired word at the
hand of copyists, translations and versions.
SECTION 2 –
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Belief in the existence of God
The Being of God
The Attributes of God
SECTION 3 –
THE CREATION AND ENTRANCE OF SIN
The Creation of the Universe
The creation of the angels
The entrance of sin
SECTION 4 –
THE PATRIARCHS AND PREPARATION OF ISRAEL
The Patriarchal Period
The beginnings of the nation
Education as to a coming Redeemer
How Israel developed historically
How Israel degenerated spiritually
SECTION 5 –
THE FULNESS OF THE TIME
close of the appointed period
The Resurrection and Ascension
SECTION 6 –
THE PRESENT WORK OF THE SON AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Yet some will be struggling today with earthly loss, and the surrounding festivities will not lessen it. We may wonder at God’s feelings as His Son was born as the baby, Jesus. What would be a delightful event for so many, was for Him the next painful step towards an inevitably more painful one. Daily there would be fresh emphasis on the saddening reality that the miracle of Jesus’ birth would soon have to be eclipsed again by the miracle of His dying. We cannot imagine God the Father’s suffering as He watched what unfolded on earth. Yet it was far from accidental. In fact it was all part of a bigger plan that would resolve the very problem that caused Jesus’ death.
Whether we are celebrating with friends and family or commiserating with those enduring pain and grief, it is worth remembering that God has a plan that cannot fail to succeed. We shall yet see the truth of all the things God says about His Son, including those mentioned on our candy cane verses.
Friday night here is the annual Christmas Parade night!
This brings an opportunity to hand out candy canes. There is folklore about the origin of candy canes, which perhaps has little basis in fact. It would be nice to think that when we give these gifts to very appreciative children along the parade route, they will see some significance to them, or perhaps ask about why they are the shape they are for instance. People have thought they are in the shape of a “J” to remind us of Jesus. And they are white with red stripes to remind us that after a spotless life His blood was shed, when He took God’s punishment for our wrongdoings. No doubt we can think of other things about them that may remind us of Bible truth, though it is quite likely all our best thoughts will not be shared by the youngsters who receive the candy canes; they just enjoy the treat, and we are very glad that’s the case.
However, we do want everyone (parents and children!) to know what the Bible does say about Jesus, so we attach to each candy cane a label with a couple of descriptive Bible verses. Check it out in the picture if you can, but better still come and see the real thing at the Parade if you can.
This is a weekly adult Bible study, and for the coming few weeks we are looking at what is pre-occupying many Christians: the coming of the Lord. We have studied the hope that was evident in faithful people waiting for the Messiah to be born, and our hope that has been made real by His coming. Now we are going to look at the preparations made in advance of His coming, and challenge ourselves with the application of these things in our day.
Isa.40:3-5; Lk.3:1-22 (What was/is baptism all about?)
Questions for starters:
1. If the prophecy by Isaiah was about a coming king, why was the cry to be heard in the wilderness, away from the city? Where should God’s highway lead to?
2. What is the point of raising valleys and flattening mountains about? Did that happen when Jesus was born? What are the obstacles in our lives?
3. In Lk.3:3 (and see Matthew 3), John prepares the Jews to receive the Messiah by baptizing them; where did he get that procedure from?
4. What is meant by: “…a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”; in what way were they preparing to meet their saviour?
5. John said that the Messiah would baptize them with the Holy Spirit (Lk.3:16); how was that fulfilled?
6. Why was Jesus baptized (Lk.3:21, and see Matthew 3:13-17)?
7. What did Jesus mean by saying He had another “baptism to be baptized with” (Lk.12:50) and why did He use that description? What was He preparing for?
8. When Philip used another prophecy of Isaiah (see Acts 8:26-39) it resulted in the person he spoke to getting baptized. Why? And what can we learn from this account about how and when we should get baptized today?
9. What is the connection between being baptized and being part of God’s kingdom?
Many think at Christmastime of the coming of Christ. People hoped for it to happen before Jesus was born. So we could call this a season of hope. At our Food for Thought Bible studies over the next month we’ll look at the coming of Messiah, the promise of it, the fulfillment of that promise, and the effects for us. Here are the starter questions, this week about “the hope”:
Isaiah 9:1-2,6-7 first.
1. This is a prophecy about the Messiah coming. What is meant by “people walking in darkness”?
2. When did Isaiah expect his predictions to happen? Is his prophecy all fulfilled now, or is some still to be hoped for?
3. Why is the order of v.6 important? Would our hope be any different if it said: “For to us a son is born, to us a child is given”?
4. Why is Messiah being a wonderful counsellor a source of hope?
5. If Messiah is “Mighty God” does that mean he is less than “Almighty God”? Were the Jews to hope for a God-like man or man who is God?
6. Why would the Son of God be described as “Everlasting Father”?
7. Is the “prince of peace” a lesser title than King? Why would “prince” be used in this prophecy? See also Acts 5:31
Romans 13:11-14 next.
1. What is meant by the “salvation” mentioned in v.11?
2. If we are truly hoping for that salvation to arrive, what difference should it make in our lives now? Is that a vain hope?
You may have other points to raise about this Bible passage. Let us know, and if you’re local, come and join in at 7:30pm!
Once a month in the cooler months (!) we are delighted to provide a free soup and bagel lunch, in the comfortable Community Room of the Mount Forest Library Basement (which is conveniently served by an elevator). Our next meal is currently planned for December 11th.
Don’t miss out on sharing in these events.
Check local notice boards in the Library and local stores (including the Thrift Store) for the date of the next lunch (and we’ll post it on this web page too, as above).
Lunch is served between 12 noon and 1:00pm. All are welcome.