Each week in September we will look at a “famous” passage of scripture but ask the questions: “What’s next?” Often, when we keep reading to the next verse that “famous” passage challenges us in new and exciting ways.
September 1 (Holy Communion)
Scripture: John 3:16
Title: “For God So Loved…”
Theme: John 3:16 is probably the most famous scripture passage. It’s on signs at baseball games, bumper stickers, t-shirts and tattoos. Martin Luther called it “the gospel in miniature.” But what if John 3:16 is only half of that gospel? Is there more truth in the next verse?
Scripture: Proverb 22:6
Title: “Train Up a Child…”
Theme: Every parent has probably heard the verse: Train up a child in the way they should go and when they grow old they won’t depart from it. We hope its true. But what if there’s more to do than hope? What does it look like to actually train these children? And train them in what exactly? Perhaps the next few verses give us a clue?
Scripture: Philippian 4:13
Title: “I Can Do All Things…”
Theme: This verse of encouragement has become mantra for everyone, from professional athletes to stressed out high school students. But is it really true? Can God in Christ empower us to do anything we want? Or might Paul be talking about accomplishing something altogether different than our personal desires? Maybe the next verse will help us figure it out.
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
Title: “A Future with Hope”
Theme: Will everything really work out in the end? With all the turmoil and strife in our modern world can we really be hopeful about the future? If God is to be believed how do we live into this hope? What if the key to such a hopeful living is found in the next verse?