Housegroups are a great way of enjoying fellowship with friends whilst reading and studying the Bible. We currently have a number of groups running on either a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis hosted by church members within their own houses.
If you would like to join a group, please enquire via the Parish Office.
AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO DAILY BIBLE READING
Christians read the Bible motivated by what Jesus has done for us:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
What does the Bible say about daily Bible reading?
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4:
man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. This is a strong encouragement to not only eat our food daily, but also to read our Bible daily.
And Paul in Romans 10:17:
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
What is so great about the Bible?
The apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 says:
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Why should we read the Old Testament?
The Old Testament does not only provide some context to Jesus' ministry, it also tells us a lot about Jesus. Jesus said in Luke 24:44:
everything written about me in the Law of Moses (ie Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers) and the Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc) and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
Daily Bible study guides
To make daily Bible reading a bit easier and to make it easier for us to encourage one another, we recommend to use one of the 3 daily Bible study guides below. Each guide has some commentary on a particular Bible passage of the day. In addition, each of these guides sets out recommended Bible reading for the day that allows you to read the whole Bible in a year.
Scripture Union: Encounter with God:
Encounter with God is Scripture Union's daily Bible hardcopy reading guide. Encounter with God is available as single copies or yearly subscriptions.Testimonial:
I have been using Encounter with God for many years and would strongly recommend these Scripture Union Bible Reading Notes. They comprise set passages for each day, with helpful comment to enable one to understand the passage, and aim to take one through the whole Bible in five years. Certain parts of the Bible are omitted (such as lists of names and the like), but it is easy to read them for oneself if one really wishes to do so. The Notes are directed to helping the reader to understand the daily passage, to hear God speaking through it and to apply it in her/his daily life. I find it is best to read them in the morning, when one has a fresh mind. The books of Notes, which are available quarterly, contain interesting articles as well as comment on the set passages and they also have a scheme whereby one can read the whole Bible through in a year.Tony Dean
The good book company: Explore
Explore is a hardcopy daily Bible study guide and is available as a single copy or as a yearly subcription. Testimonial:
I like Explore because it helps me to motivate myself to read the Bible daily. The daily studies are great because they challenge the way I live my life and help me to focus on Jesus. I also like it because it ensures that I systematically read the whole Bible in a year.Ulrich Kaltenbronn
This online Bible reading website offers a daily reading, a photograph tied into reading, useful if you cannot remember if you have read it that day, an opportunity to explore Bible setting, response suggestion, an introduction to writer of extract and a deeper Bible study. It is very comprehensive. I am now using it most of the time. Only disadvantage is you cannot just pick it up like a book of Bible notes and give it away. I have it on my iphone and can access it wherever I am - providing I can access internet.Anita Cheasty
For more information, please visit the bookstall after the 9.30 Sunday service or contact the parish office.
In the Church Hall after the 9.30am Sunday Service, our Bookstall always has an interesting and varied selection of the latest Christian reads, Bible study notes, children's books, and gifts for adults and children. Besides suggestions for reading and Bible study, there is a library of books and DVDs to borrow. Anita is very happy to order any Christian books if you can't find what you want. Contact Anita & Tom Cheasty, 020 8906 0642.
We occasionally run Alpha courses. A typical evening group will include an evening meal followed by a video presentation and some lively discussion.For further details contact the Parish Office
During the five weeks of Lent we run special Lent Groups, open to all, with morning and evening sessions in The Wilberforce Centre. We usually follow a relevant Lent Course, but with each session a complete study, participants are welcome to all or just one or two of the sessions as suits.