Bible Month Magazine Bible Month Magazine- Colossians - Page 22

22 23 Conclusion ‘As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.’ (Colossians 2:6-7) If you have completed Bible Month in your church or circuit, we hope that it has been an encouraging and stimulating month for you. We’d love to get your feedback on the month, so please do get in touch with us at lwptoffice@lwpt.org.uk. Look out for Bible Month 2020, on the book of Ruth. Gospel Readings For churches that wish to complement the readings from Colossians with a gospel reading, the following passages can be used. Week Colossians Gospel 1 1:1-23 Luke 1:67-79 2 1:24-2:15 Luke 9:28-36 3 2:16-3:17 Luke 12:22-34 4 3:18-4:18 Luke 17:1-10 Further Reading As well as exploring Colossians through the Bible Notes, it can be helpful to read and reflect on commentaries and studies, such as the following: Introductory: Derek Tidball, Colossians and Philemon. Really Useful Guides. Abingdon: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2018. Intermediate: Charles H. Talbert Ephesians and Colossians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2007. Advanced: James D. G. Dunn The Epistle to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGNTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. Going Further We encourage churches that have taken part in a Bible Month to consider ways in which they might continue to engage with Scripture beyond the month. Helpful resources include: The Bible Course: an 8-session course that can help participants explore the ‘big picture’ of the Bible. (www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/the-bible-course) The Community Bible Experience: a great tool for reading the Bible together in community. (www.biblicaeurope.com/our-work/community-bible-experience/introduction) Holy Habits: Biblical Teaching: this ‘missional discipleship’ resource for churches explores the ‘holy habit’ of biblical teaching. (www.brfonline.org.uk/holy-habits) Navigate: five interactive sessions designed to help young people explore and engage with the Bible. (Free to download at www.methodist.org.uk/navigate) For further resources, visit www.preachweb.org/biblemonth With Thanks Unless otherwise noted, all biblical quotations are from: New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Many thanks to Professor James D. G. Dunn for writing the Bible Notes for the magazine, and also to the Methodist Church Children, Youth and Family team for producing the section of ideas for children, young people and intergenerational church. Thanks too to CPO for their design and production of the magazine, and for all who continue to support and run Bible Month within their churches. The Bible Month Planning Group (Bob Bartindale, Amelia Gosal, Ed Mackenzie, and Rochelle Owusu-Antwi)