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We have now made it through the entire Apostles’ Creed. After 13 weeks (give or take) we have heard and reflected on the ancient words found in the creed. Some of the lines reminded us of the character of God and who he is. Other lines showed us Christ and his mission on earth and his atoning death and glorious resurrection. Yet other lines taught us of the Holy Spirit and we together saw how to keep our eyes open for his work in the world. And lines like the one we studied Sunday touch on the mystery of God.

As you read the selected texts this week, we will follow the pattern of the above-mentioned lines. Some passages will look at the nature of God, others will look at Christ, others the Holy Spirit, others the mystery of God. As you read think about where God has led you these past 13 weeks. How do you view the words of the creed differently than when this series began? Did the series challenge you in any new ways?  

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Readings

            “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment- to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:7-10

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Sunday

Revelation 21:1-7

Nehemiah 9:5b-6

Luke 2:1-21

Psalm 51

Romans 8:18-25

Acts 5:12-16

Matthew 26:17-30

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Re read this passage that was read on Sunday. Does anything new stand out to you in these verses?
  2. God is our Father. He alone is Lord! We like to put things in place of God, including ourselves. What things have you put before God this past week or two? Read this passage today and be reminded God is in all and through all- and we get to call him Father. How neat is that? If you are feeling ambitus read the rest of this chapter of Nehemiah smiley
  3. Yes this is the Christmas Story, but so often we only crack our Bibles to this passage at or around December 25. Today read this story again. Say as much as you can from memory. Does something surprise you this time reading the passage? In what ways does this miracle birth give you hope?
  4. We typically think about the Holy Spirit in the context of the New Testament. How does this Psalm show us the Spirit (look especially at verse 6)?
  5. I think the language in this passage is so beautiful with phrases like- “that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay…” and “as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” Get creative today and take a phrase from this passage and draw a picture of it. It can be literal or abstract. After you are finished tuck the picture in your Bible at this passage.
  6. This passage gives a great look inside the early church and the apostles. We can see them here as covenant partners with God, aiding in the process of renewal. We too are covenant partners with God. What are ways God can use us to bring renewal here in Lethbridge and beyond. Say a prayer today for our missionary Diana Boot, who shared her story with us on Sunday.
  7. This is the story of the Last Supper. While it was the last supper Jesus would have with his disciples we could also frame this as the first communion. As we celebrate communion today be reminded once again of Jesus’ love for you. Pray that all who come to table today may be reminded they belong to God!