All posts by Vicar Alyce Keener

The longtime Vicar of Education for Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Alyce Keener (she/her) has felt a twofold calling from an early age toward teaching and toward God. Her religious education started in earnest at her first vacation Bible school, which spurred the realization at a very young age of how important God and Jesus were in her life. She began to pray daily and later began studying the Bible in earnest in college, where she became involved with the Navigators, later taking classes at Moody Bible Institute. Born in Ohio, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Illinois, and was active in local churches, serving on a missions committee, helping develop a church library, leading educational programs and directing a young adults program.

Monday Night Bible Study: Leviticus | Week 5

We continued our fall Bible study series on Monday with a discussion of the historical backdrop and structure of the Book of Leviticus and its impact on modern Judeo-Christian society.

We will continue on Monday, October 10th at 7:30pm Eastern with a study of Chapters 8-10. Here is the link to participate via Zoom, and here are instructions for joining a Zoom meeting.

Study notes for Leviticus 8-10

Leviticus Chapter 8

God spoke to Moses

  1. Moses called Aaron and his sons to the front of the Tent of Meeting
  2. Moses cleansed Aaron and his sons, then dressed Aaron in proper garments for the chief priest
  3. Moses anointed the meeting tent
  4. Moses anointed the altar and the utensils seven times, thus consecrating the altar
  5. Moses anointed Aaron, thus consecrating Aaron
  6. Moses brought Aaron’s sons forward and dressed them
  7. Moses offered sacrifices to God
    1. Absolution offering — a bull
    2. Whole burnt offering — a ram
    3. Ordination offering
      1. A second ram
      2. Wave offering — unraised bread (made with oil and wafer)
    4. Moses used the blood and oil and sprinkled them on Aaron and his sons
  8. Moses then instructed Aaron and his sons
    1. Boil meat at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and some bread from the basket and eat
    2. Aaron and his sons were to stay at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for seven days and nights to complete their ordination (which they did)

Leviticus Chapter 9

Moses called Aaron and his sons

  1. On the eighth day the priest goes to work
    1. Offer a bull calf for absolution offering
    2. Offer a ram for the whole burnt offering
  2. Aaron and the priests purifying
    1. Male goat — absolution offering
    2. A bull and ram — peace offering
    3. A grain offering mixed with oil — grain offering
    4. Aaron approached the altar and offered an absolution offering and whole burnt offering to atone for Aaron and the people
  3. Aaron and his sons then presented offerings for the people
    1. Male goat — absolution offering
    2. Whole burnt offering
    3. Grain offering
    4. Peace offering
    5. Wave offering
    6. Aaron raised his hands after all the offerings and blessed the people
  4. Aaron then came down from the altar and he and Moses entered the Tent of Meeting
  5. When they came out of the Tent, Aaron raised his hands and blessed the people
  6. When Aaron came down from the altar, the Glory of God appeared and fire blazed out from God and consumed the whole burnt offering and fat pieces with the fire

Leviticus Chapter 10

Nadab & Abihu (Aaron’s sons) took their censers and put hot coals and incense in them. This was an offering not commanded by God — God sent fire and consumed the two.

Moses said to Aaron: This is what God said when God said:

To the one who comes near me
I will show myself holy;
Before all the people
I will show my glory.

Aaron was silent.

Moses called sons of Uzziel (Aaron’s uncle) to come and carry your cousins outside the camp.

Moses then told Aaron and his sons — do not mourn their loss or they too would die, but stay at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  The people of Israel will mourn for the two lost.

God instructed Aaron to Enter the Tent of Meeting.

  • Do not drink wine or strong drink — lest you die.  This is a fixed rule to be observed through all generations.
  • Distinguish between
    • holy and common
    • ritually clean and unclean

Moses spoke to Aaron & the surviving sons — take the grain offering — go inside and take what is holy and eat — for what is left to eat, it is your portion.

Moses instructed Aaron that his sons and daughters could eat the breasts of the wave offering and the thigh of the contribution offering.

A problem — the two sons remaining ate the absolution offering but weren’t in the Holy Tent.  Aaron answered Moses — it would not be good if we ate the absolution offering inside of the tent due to the error of the two deceased sons.  Moses heard and accepted the explanation.

Monday Night Bible Study: Leviticus | Week 4

We continued our fall Bible study series on Monday with a discussion of the historical backdrop and structure of the Book of Leviticus and its impact on modern Judeo-Christian society.

We will continue on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30pm Eastern with a study of Chapters 8-10. Here is the link to participate via Zoom, and here are instructions for joining a Zoom meeting.

Study notes for Leviticus 5-7

Leviticus 5, Verses 1-6

Unintentional sins

  1. You saw a crime but didn’t offer yourself as a witness = you have sinned
  2. You touch a dead animal — it is unclean and you don’t realize you have = you have sinned
  3. You touch human uncleanness and you didn’t know it = you are guilty
  4. You impulsively swear or say an oath that you didn’t mean to make = you are guilty

Leviticus 5, Verses 7-13

Remedy (when guilty): Confess your sin — i.e., use an absolution-offering to get a clean slate

  • Lamb or two doves or two pigeons = absolution-offering (one bird); whole burnt offering (another bird)
  • If you can’t afford to offer animals, bring two quarts of fine flour for absolution-offering (priest burns a handful, then you are forgiven, the rest belongs to the priests)

Leviticus Chapter 5, Verses 14-19

Compensation-offering

  • Sin — i.e., you betray a trust or stray from any guides God gave = you have sinned
  • Cure = compensation-offering
  • Use a ram, have it valued in shekels, then add 20 percent of the value and give to the priests

Leviticus 6, Verses 1-6: Sin

  1. You betray God’s trust when you rob or cheat or threaten your neighbor, or when you
  2. Find a item and don’t return it to its owner = you have sinned

Leviticus 6, Verses 1-6: Cure

  1. Make full compensation for the item (full value of the item)
  2. Add 20 percent as your compensation-offering
  3. Present a ram to the priest in addition to your compensation-offering

Leviticus 6, Verses 8-30

God instructs Aaron and his sons how to make offerings to God

  1. Whole burnt offering
  2. Peace offering
  3. Grain offering
  4. Absolution offering

Leviticus 7, Verses 1-21

God instructs Aaron and his sons how to make offerings to God

  1. Compensation offering
  2. Thanksgiving offering
  3. Contribution offering
  4. Votive offering
  5. Freewill offering

Leviticus 7, Verses 22-38

  1. Don’t eat any fat of cattle, sheep or goats
  2. Don’t eat the blood of birds and animals
  3. Peace offering: Priest will use a "wave-offering" method — i.e., certain parts of the offering are for the priest to use as food

Monday Night Bible Study: Leviticus | Week 2

We kicked off our fall Bible study series on Monday with a discussion of the historical backdrop and structure of the Book of Leviticus and its impact on modern Judeo-Christian society.

We will continue on Monday, September 19th at 7:30pm Eastern with a study of Chapters 1-4. Here is the link to participate via Zoom, and here are instructions for joining a Zoom meeting.

Notes for your reading:

  • How many times does it say "God spoke to..."? (I counted and found 35 instances across the entire 27 chapters.)
  • As you find all the "God spoke to" instances for yourself, ask yourself, who God is speaking to?
  • Why do you think the authors of Leviticus used "God spoke to" so many times?

Here's an outline of all 27 chapters:

  • 1-7: Offerings
  • 8-10: Specific instructions to the priests
  • 11-15: Instructions to the people
  • 16: How to set up the altar for atonement
  • 17-22: Practical holiness
  • 23-25: Sabbath, seasons, festivals, feasts
  • 26-27: The conditions to follow to get God's blessing

We're planning to study Leviticus in the following order:

  • September 19: Chapters 1-4
  • September 26: Chapters 5-7
  • October 3: Chapters 8-10
  • October 10: Chapters 11-15
  • October 17: Chapters 16
  • October 24: Chapters 17-22
  • November 7: Chapters 23-25
  • November 14: Chapters 26-27

This is the eighth installment in our Monday Night Bible Study series, which began in summer 2020. Past topics have included:

  • Matthew 22:37-40 (Lent 2022)
  • The Book of Galatians (Winter 2022)
  • 1 Timothy and the Core Scriptures of Gentle Spirit Christian Church  (Fall 2021)
  • 1 Corinthians (Spring 2021)
  • Philippians (Fall 2020)
  • Psalm 139 (Summer 2020)

Monday Night Bible Study: Leviticus | Week 1

Our Monday Night Bible Study resumes on September 12th at 7:30pm Eastern via Zoom with a look at the Book of Leviticus. All are welcome.

Here is the link to participate via Zoom, and here are instructions for joining a Zoom meeting.

My recommendation for tonight is that you begin by reading the first eight chapters of Leviticus, which cover the laws for making sacrifices.

Notes for your reading:

  • How many times does it say "God spoke to..."? (I counted and found 35 instances across the entire 27 chapters.)
  • As you find all the "God spoke to" instances for yourself, ask yourself, who God is speaking to?
  • Why do you think the authors of Leviticus used "God spoke to" so many times?

This is the eighth installment in our Monday Night Bible Study series, which began in Summer 2020. Past topics have included:

  • Matthew 22:37-40 (Lent 2022)
  • The Book of Galatians (Winter 2022)
  • 1 Timothy and the Core Scriptures of Gentle Spirit Christian Church  (Fall 2021)
  • 1 Corinthians (Spring 2021)
  • Philippians (Fall 2020)
  • Psalm 139 (Summer 2020)

7 Steps to Personal Freedom: Colossians 3:12-14

A Message for the New Year

On Sunday I discussed seven steps that if we stay focused on them can change our lives and provide for a year filled with blessings and great joy. Here they are.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (Colossians 3:12-14)

I wish to show/incorporate these into my daily life as I deal with people:

 1) Compassion (empathy): The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.

 2) Kindness (direct action): The quality or state of being kind.

Kind (adjective) — Having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others; wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others.

 3) Humility (i.e., it's not about you): The quality or state of not thinking you're better than other people.

Humble — Not proud; not thinking of yourself as better than other people; given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people; showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people.

 4) Gentleness/meekness/quiet strength: The quality or state of being gentle.

Gentle — Having or showing a kind and quiet nature; not harsh or violent; not hard or forceful; not strong or harsh in effect or quality.

 5) Patience/bear with one another: The capacity, habit, or fact of being patient.

Patient — Able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people; done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying.

 6) Forgiveness (yes, it means letting go): The act of forgiving someone or something.

Forgive — To stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong); to stop blaming (someone); to stop feeling anger about (something): to forgive someone for (something wrong); to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed).

 7) Love (agape, unconditional): A feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.

Lent 2020 Readings, Worship Schedule and Worship Topics

• Wednesday, February 26, 2020: Ash Wednesday Service with FCCD for distribution of ashes 7pm
• Thursday, February 27, 2020: Psalm 51; Jonah 3:1-10; Romans 1:1-7
• Friday, February 28, 2020: Psalm 51; Jonah 4:1-11; Romans 1:8-17
• Saturday, February 29, 2020: Psalm 51; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 18:1-7
• Sunday, March 1, 2020: First Sunday in Lent Matthew 6:1-4 “Step Aside”
• Monday, March 2, 2020: Psalm 32; 1 Kings 19:1-8; Hebrews 2:10-18
• Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Psalm 32; Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 4:14-5:10
• Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Psalm 32; Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28; Matthew 18:10-14
• Thursday, March 5, 2020: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:3-7
• Friday, March 6, 2020: Psalm 121; Micah 7:18-20; Romans 3:21-31
• Saturday, March 7, 2020: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:4-8; Luke 7:1-10
• Sunday, March 8, 2020: Second Sunday in Lent “Pray Like This” Matthew 6:5-18
• Monday, March 9, 2020: Psalm 128; Numbers 21:4-9; Hebrews 3:1-6
• Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Psalm 128; Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 4:6-13
• Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Psalm 128; Ezekiel 36:22-32; John 7:53-8:11
• Thursday, March 12, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:1-8; Colossians 1:15-23
• Friday, March 13, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:9-21; Ephesians 2:11-22
• Saturday, March 14, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:27-35; John 4:1-6
• Sunday, March 15, 2020: Third Sunday in Lent “Our Pre-Occupation” Matthew 6:19-34
• Monday, March 16, 2020: Psalm 81; Genesis 24:1-27; 2 John 1:1-13
• Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Psalm 81; Genesis 29:1-14; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4
• Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Psalm 81; Jeremiah 2:4-13; John 7:14-31, 37-39
• Thursday, March 19, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:10-21; Ephesians 4:25-32
• Friday, March 20, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:22-31; Ephesians 5:1-9
• Saturday, March 21, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:32-34; John 1:1-9
• Sunday, March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday in Lent “Priorities” Matthew 7:1-12
• Monday, March 23, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 59:9-19; Acts 9:1-20
• Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 42:14-21; Colossians 1:9-14
• Wednesday, March 25, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 60:17-22; Matthew 9:27-34
• Thursday, March 26, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 1:1-3, 2:8-3:3; Revelation 10:1-11
• Friday, March 27, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 33:10-16; Revelation 11:15-19
• Saturday, March 28, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 36:8-15; Luke 24:44-53
• Sunday, March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday in Lent “More than Words” Matthew 7:13-29
• Monday, March 30, 2020: Psalm 143; 1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-12
• Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10
• Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Psalm 143; Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41; Matthew 22:23-33
• Thursday, April 2, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; 1 Samuel 16:11-13; Philippians 1:1-11
• Friday, April 3, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; Job 13:13-19; Philippians 1:21-30
• Saturday, April 4, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; Lamentations 3:55-66; Mark 10:32-34
• Sunday, April 5, 2020: Blessing of the Palms
• Thursday, April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday 7pm with FCCD
• Friday, April 10, 2020: Good Friday 7pm at the foot of the Cross with FCCD

Lent 2019 Readings

The 2019 Lenten season commences on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, and ends on Maundy Thursday, April 18th.

Our theme this year is Taking Our Inventory. We all have our own ways of doing personal inventory -- but how do you take a biblical survey based off the readings we have?

Three questions to consider:

  • In the readings, which verse stood out from the others?
  • Why did this verse ring a chord with me?
  • How does or should this influence my life today?

When I mentioned these three, Pastor Paul added a challenge: Sit in front of a mirror and look at yourself with your bible in hand. Consider that you were uniquely created in the image of God -- who loves that image in the mirror, unconditionally. So can you say that you do too?

Take these steps in hand and read your bible day, taking time to inventory yourself in front of that mirror.

Readings and Sermon Titles:

  • Thursday, March 7: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Exodus 5:10-23; Acts 7:30-34
  • Friday, March 8: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Exodus 6:1-13; Acts 7:35-42
  • Saturday, March 9: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; John 12:27-36

Sunday, March 10 (Lent 1): Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13. Sermon: “Jesus’ Test is Our Test” (Vicar Alyce)

  • Monday, March 11: Psalm 17; 1 Chronicles 21:1-17; 1 John 2:1-6
  • Tuesday, March 12: Psalm 17; Zechariah 3:1-10; 2 Peter 2:4-21
  • Wednesday, March 13: Psalm 17; Job 1:1-22; Luke 21:34-22:6
  • Thursday, March 14: Psalm 27; Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18; Philippians 3:2-12
  • Friday, March 15: Psalm 27; Genesis 14:17-24; Philippians 3:17-20
  • Saturday, March 16: Psalm 27; Psalm 118:26-29; Matthew 23:37-39

Sunday, March 17 (Lent 2): Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a). Sermon: “Time's Up” (Pastor Paul)

  • Monday, March 18: Psalm 105:1-42; Exodus 33:1-6; Romans 4:1-12
  • Tuesday, March 19: Psalm 105:1-42; Numbers 14:10b-24; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
  • Wednesday, March 20: Psalm 105:1-42; 2 Chronicles 20:1-22; Luke 13:22-31
  • Thursday, March 21: Psalm 63:1-8; Daniel 3:19-30; Revelation 2:8-11
  • Friday, March 22: Psalm 63:1-8; Daniel 12:1-4; Revelation 3:1-6
  • Saturday, March 23: Psalm 63:1-8; Isaiah 5:1-7; Luke 6:43-45

Sunday, March 24 (Lent 3): Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9. Sermon: “One More Year” (Pastor Paul)

  • Monday, March 25: Psalm 39; Jeremiah 11:1-17; Romans 2:1-11
  • Tuesday, March 26: Psalm 39; Ezekiel 17:1-10; Romans 2:12-16
  • Wednesday, March 27: Psalm 39; Numbers 13:17-27; Luke 13:18-21
  • Thursday, March 28: Psalm 32; Joshua 4:1-13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5
  • Friday, March 29: Psalm 32; Joshua 4:14-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-15
  • Saturday, March 30: Psalm 32; Exodus 32:7-14; Luke 15:1-10

Sunday, March 31 (Lent 4): Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Sermon: “Is this Plain Enough?” (Pastor Paul)

  • Monday, April 1: Psalm 53; Leviticus 23:26-41; Revelation 19:1-8
  • Tuesday, April 2: Psalm 53; Leviticus 25:1-19; Revelation 19:9-10
  • Wednesday, April 3: Psalm 53; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Luke 9:10-17
  • Thursday, April 4: Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:1-7; Philippians 2:19-24
  • Friday, April 5: Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:8-15; Philippians 2:25-3:1
  • Saturday, April 6: Psalm 126; Exodus 12:21-27; John 11:45-57

Sunday, April 7 (Lent 5): Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8. Sermon: “Priorities!" (Pastor Paul)

  • Monday, April 8: Psalm 20; Exodus 40:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25
  • Tuesday, April 9: Psalm 20; Judges 9:7-15; 1 John 2:18-28
  • Wednesday, April 10: Psalm 20; Habakkuk 3:2-15; Luke 18:31-34
  • Thursday, April 11: Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 53:10-12; Hebrews 2:1-9
  • Friday, April 12: Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 54:9-10; Hebrews 2:10-18
  • Saturday, April 13: Psalm 31:9-16; Leviticus 23:1-8; Luke 22:1-13

Palm Sunday, April 14 (Lent 6): Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40. Sermon: “I Love a Parade” (Pastor Paul)

Holy Week:

  • Monday, April 15: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11
  • Tuesday, April 16: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36
  • Wednesday, April 17: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32
  • Holy Saturday, April 20: Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

Easter Sunday, April 21: Acts 10:34-43 or Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-12. Sermon: “The Empty Tomb” (Pastor Paul)

The Road to Freedom: Free to Come to the Table

A Lenten Bible Study

Part 6 of 6

Readings:

On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day they prepare the Passover sacrifice, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations so you can eat the Passover meal?”

He directed two of his disciples, “Go into the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him. Ask the owner of whichever house he enters, ‘The Teacher wants to know, Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there.”

The disciples left, came to the city, found everything just as he had told them, and prepared the Passover meal.

After sunset he came with the Twelve. As they were at the supper table eating, Jesus said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators, one who at this moment is eating with me.”

Stunned, they started asking, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it?”

He said, “It’s one of the Twelve, one who eats with me out of the same bowl. In one sense, it turns out that the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense, the man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”

In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said,

Take, this is my body.

Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. He said,

This is my blood,
God’s new covenant,
Poured out for many people.

“I’ll not be drinking wine again until the new day when I drink it in the kingdom of God.”

They sang a hymn and then went directly to Mount Olives.

(Mark 14:12-26)

Regarding this next item, I’m not at all pleased. I am getting the picture that when you meet together it brings out your worst side instead of your best! First, I get this report on your divisiveness, competing with and criticizing each other. I’m reluctant to believe it, but there it is. The best that can be said for it is that the testing process will bring truth into the open and confirm it.

And then I find that you bring your divisions to worship—you come together, and instead of eating the Lord’s Supper, you bring in a lot of food from the outside and make pigs of yourselves. Some are left out, and go home hungry. Others have to be carried out, too drunk to walk. I can’t believe it! Don’t you have your own homes to eat and drink in? Why would you stoop to desecrating God’s church? Why would you actually shame God’s poor? I never would have believed you would stoop to this. And I’m not going to stand by and say nothing.

Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said,

This is my body, broken for you.
Do this to remember me.

After supper, he did the same thing with the cup:

This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you.
Each time you drink this cup, remember me.

What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.

(1 Corinthians 11:17-26)

The Road to Freedom: Free To Do The Work

A Lenten Bible Study

Part 5 of 6

Readings:

When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me — you did it to me.’

(Matthew 25:31-40)

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously —
take God seriously. (Micah 6:8)