Dear Friends,

Today we finish Genesis 1-11. I will preach on the last of chapter 11 and the first few verses of chapter 12. Where will we go next?

Please pray for me as I discern what the Lord would have us listen to and learn from in His Word Written. As you know, we go through whole books of the Bible, or a big “chunk” of the Bible. I divide the Biblical book into parts and we preach each part in order until we have finished the book. So most Sundays we are in a series that takes us through a book of the Bible or a part of a Biblical book.

This summer we will listen to and learn from a small but important part of the Bible. The Ten Commandments or Ten Words. There are two versions of the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20: 1-17 and Deuteronomy 5: 1-21. The two Biblical texts have a couple of small differences – I am sure you will hear more about this as the summer progresses. We will look at one commandment each week.

For many centuries Christians have recognized the importance of the Ten Commandments in “being a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel and living for God’s glory”. Most catechisms, instructions in Christian living, have at least three sections. One section answers the question, “What should we believe/know?” by looking at The Apostles Creed. One section answers the question, “How do we pray?” by looking at The Lord’s Prayer. And finally, one section answers the question, “How should we live?” by looking at The Ten Commandments. This summer we will look at the Ten Commandments. Please pray!

In September, just after Labour Day weekend, we will begin a series on the book of Galatians. Many churches are liable to be looking at either Galatians or Romans this fall. The reason is that 31 October 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

After this? Probably the Gospel of John. But please pray that I will know God’s leading for us.

In closing, please pray that those who call Messiah their church home will develop the habit of daily Bible reading. Please pray as well that we will develop the habit of reading all of the Bible, not just bits and pieces of the Bible. It is important that we come to know “the whole counsel of God”. Pray that, as I preach, and as others at Messiah preach and teach the Bible, we are modeling and equipping people to read the Bible themselves.

George +