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Reflection from Neville Piper

Recently I was asked if I would like to contribute a blog about the Bible Study Group of which I am a member. I do so gladly. Back in the days when the church’s weekly newsletter was printed and handed out to everyone who came to church I wrote an article in which I urged all church attendees to consider joining at least one Bible Study Group. As wise and helpful as Sunday sermons may be (and we are privileged here at Robina to have some wonderful preachers), they cannot provide the breadth and depth of teaching that we each need in order to grow in our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word as we should. So, before I start to talk about our group, let me encourage every reader, health and circumstances permitting (and if you have not already done so), to actively consider joining at least one such a group. If you can’t find a group that fits in with your available times, contact the Church Office and indicate what times and days would suit you. Where a day and time would suit enough enquirers, I’m sure Stewart would be thrilled to organise a new group; in a church of our size we should be well able to support at least ten such groups.

Our own study group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 in the “Verandah” room behind the Church Office. In this group, we try to look at books of the Bible or spiritual topics in order to understand what God’s Word has to say, to understand its  implications for the original audience as well as for us today and how we can apply what we learn in our daily lives. This last week we finished an 8-week study of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians that we all found interesting and instructive. (If any other group leaders would like to undertake this study, please ring me on 0403903928 and I can provide you with electronic versions of the Study Leader’s Notes and Participants Work Books.)

Three years ago, I prepared a 27-page table harmonising the four Gospel accounts of the period from the close of the Last Supper through Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension in order to get a clearer picture of the details and sequence of the events described. The group of which I was a member found it very instructive to look at what each of the Gospel authors chose to include or omit from their own accounts, keeping in mind the audience for which each was writing and their purpose in doing so. Now, fresh from this past season of Easter, our Wednesday group is about to undertake the same study. I expect that it will take 3-5 weeks to complete. Anyone who is interested and for whom Wednesday afternoons are convenient are warmly invited to join us – there is no limit on gender or age. Every attendee will receive a printed copy of the document.

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