From United Methodist Mega-Church Pastor, Adam Hamilton: They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Waretown UMC In this five-week faith discussion and discovery theme which includes a Sunday Worship Theme, Weekly Group Discussion, and Weekly Prayers and Take-Home Actions we will explore the WHOLE truth of God, faith, and life!
Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
God of Promise and Hope,
I thank you for your words in Scripture. They comfort, challenge, inspire, and convict. Help me to see and understand your will and plan as well as your love and wisdom. Show me that your Word is not just fixed sentences in an old book… but a living, moving, spirit-filled presence I take into my everyday life. This week as I read your word with an open heart and mind, show me the truth it contains that I can apply today. Also, show me the wisdom that extends beyond the truth for today… that your words and promises are living and moving in the human community and revealing many dimensions of truth for your people.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read Psalm 119, 2 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Week 4: Questions for Reflection
God’s Word is meant to reveal to us the plans and promises of God. While ALL Scripture is true, we are called to discern and interpret that truth in the context of our lives. We dishonor the Scriptures when we over-simplify their truth on the one hand, or over-interpret them to say what we want them to, on the other hand. The truth God has for us in Scripture is where God’s eternal will meets our ever-changing lives.
Lots of people have lots of perspectives about how to understand the truth of Scripture. The more we read the Bible and prayerfully wrestle with its contents, the more authentic and spiritually mature our perspective will be. READ MORE SCRIPTURE! READ DAILY! READ WITH QUALITY TIME!
Pick out three Scriptures of your choice: one that is literally and specifically true (Thou shall not murder for example), one that is generally true as a principle (God is love for example) and one that is an illustration of truth (the parable of the prodigal son for example). Appreciate the different ways we find truth in Scripture.
What is your favorite Scripture? Why? What truth does it communicate and how?