Faithful Friday – September-October 2021

Here is the Faithful Friday word for you! 

Faithful Friday is an initiative from our clergy to further explore the Word of God and to reconnect people with Bible verses.

Please feel free to reflect on what each passage means to you and let us know if any of the passages inspire you.

This time we are also including a blog style comment for Revd David Hildred. Please see our below or our Facebook pageNewsletter for the blog post.

Also, explore our other Faithful Friday posts at:

Faithful Friday for 3.9.2021

Mark 8:29 is understood to be a watershed moment in the gospel.  Up until this point Jesus has been showing the disciples and the crowds who he is.  Peter gets it right, “You are the Christ, the Messiah”.  From that moment on Jesus begins to teach them what it means for him to be the Messiah; it will mean his death – but that’s not the end of the story.  The disciples don’t immediately understand (there is hope for us all!): Peter gets it wrong; the 12 get it wrong.  But the father of the boy in today’s reading is on track, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  Who’s example shall we follow?

Faithful Friday for 10.9.2021

By this stage the disciples have heard Jesus tell them about his forthcoming death three times (chapters 8, 9 and 10) and they still find it hard to grasp what Jesus has come to do.  Even James and John (two of the ‘inner group’ of three, along with Peter) start making inappropriate requests about seating plans.  We wouldn’t have been any better, and their lack of clarity becomes another opportunity for Jesus to explain his ministry: he’s going to pay a ransom that is impossible for us to pay, so that we can be set free.  Is there anything better (e.g. seating plans) than knowing we have the freedom not just of the city but of the Kingdom?

Faithful Friday for 17.9.2021

Today’s passage will be familiar to many with its climax delivered in the version “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s …”.  The Pharisees and other leaders were looking for a way to arrest Jesus and they were resorting to tricky questions to make him fall foul of the Roman occupiers, or to lose popularity with the crowds.  He answered them perfectly, and delivered the challenge that they should “render unto God what is God’s”.  He’s not simply talking about money, but giving to God what belongs to him: praise, worship, glory, honour … even our very selves.  How are we doing?

Faithful Friday for 24.9.2021

Jesus has been speaking about some alarming periods of persecution that his disciples would have to live through.  It is as if he presents them like ranges of hills and mountains that flow from one into the next, even though it’s just the peaks that can be seen in the distance.  The great event that all of these earlier ones foreshadow is his second and final return, which we too await.  Jesus invites us to interpret ‘the signs of the times’ to assure us that history points to his certain return, for which we can be ready by having faith in him.

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