The Greatest Thing (Feb)
February 2021 (30th January - 26 February). See the Resource Pack PDF for information on the weekly subthemes and the daily prompts and Bible readings which shape our Daily Worship. See the Study Questions PDF to see the material adapted for small Connect groups or personal Bible study.
What is Love?
This month we are thinking all about LOVE! We have chosen the title ‘The Greatest Thing’, taken from “The Greatest Thing In The World” which is the title of Henry Drummond’s wonderful little book written in the late 19th century.
We are inviting our writers this month to concentrate on the 13th Chapter of Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13) which is the subject of Drummond’s book, and to use the additional readings to supplement their thoughts. Drummond at the end of his book sets a challenge. He asks his readers to consider reading this passage at least once every day for an extended period of time. In doing so he believed lives would be transformed and relationships renewed and Christian mission would become much more effective.
For Drummond love is an effect. Before there can be love there requires to be a cause. He sites 1 John 4:19 as the reason for love being in our hearts. “We love him because, he first loved us.” God is love, he created us and redeemed us out of love. Drummond argues if we reflect the love of Christ we will be changed. We do this through practice, through living close to Jesus. As metal takes on magnetic properties when kept close to a magnet so we begin to take on the properties of Christ’s love as we walk close to him. Remember this was a letter written to a community. The greatest thing that could ever happen to the world would be if those of us who profess to be followers of Jesus recognised the love that has embraced us.
February for many is the month of romantic love for us at Sanctuary First let it become the month when our lives were changed because we have fallen in love with Jesus of Nazareth all over again.
It’s The Greatest Thing!
Each week of the four week theme runs Sunday-Saturday and has its own subtheme, which contains daily Bible readings and prompts for thought (see the Resource Pack PDF for more information). See the Study Questions PDF to see the material adapted for personal Bible study or small Connect groups.