Bible Study and Prayer Groups

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5 (NKJV)

It was necessary for Christ to come, because Christ gives light to every man. This does not mean universal salvation or general revelation or even inner illumination. Instead, it means that Christ as the Light shines on each person either in salvation or in making him aware with regard to his sin and to the coming judgment.

We have two Bible study groups within our church. The responsibilities for conducting the Wednesday night group was shared between Mr Kevin Shellard and Pastor Rudi Schwartz. The Friday morning group was conducted by Pastor

Rudi Schwartz and myself. The gross overall attendance of both groups was approximately 18-20.

This year we undertook four studies. The first two were studies supplied by Maroochydore Presbyterian Church and were from the Gospel of Luke on the topic of the “Saviour King”. It focussed on the stories and teachings of Jesus in a way that consistently emphasises that the gospel is a matter of the heart, the inner person, not mere external religion.

Our third study looked at “Some questions in the Gospel of Mark”. The opening verse stands as the book’s title and theme. The word gospel does not refer to Mark’s book, known as “the Gospel of Mark.” Instead it refers to the good news about Jesus Christ.

Our final study was from the Gospel of John and was entitled “Light from eternity, life into eternity”. The purpose of the study was to understand conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and that all who believe in Him will have eternal life.

I thank our Lord for all those who attended these Bible Studies and may you all continue to grow in your faith as we delve deeper into the Word of the Lord during the upcoming year.

A faithful group of members also meets at 4.30pm every Sunday afternoon for a time of prayer to commit to the Lord those matters which affect the life of our church, the world at large, and the pastoral care of our members.

Bob Chopping (Elder)

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