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Believe

Beginning this September, Christ Episcopal Church will take part in a city-wide, multi-denominational, year-long, collaborative study of God's word.

We will be participating this year in Believe, a church-wide Christian formation experience created by Randy Frazee, Senior Minister at Oak Hills Church San Antonio. Frazee is also the architect of The Story, a journey through the major stories of the Bible. He created Believe in order to help churches live out the The Story in the lives of their members. Frazee leads Oak Hills Church in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. Christ Church is honored to be one of the twelve San Antonio churches invited to be part of the initial launch of Believe.

Christ Church will vary just slightly from the city-wide script in order to follow the church seasons and lectionary in common use in the Episcopal church. Below is an outline of the first part of our journey. CLICK HERE to access the Weekly Bible Study.

Believe the Story

I. Key Beliefs:  WHAT DO I BELIEVE?

 

1.  God                          September 13, 2015 – Proper 19

Theme for the Week: I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:13-17

 

2.  Personal God       September 20, 2015—Proper 20

Theme for the Week: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.

John 1:43-50

 

3.  Salvation              September 27, 2015—Proper 21

Theme for the Week: I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 3:1-8

 

4.  The Bible              October 4, 2015—Proper 22

Theme for the Week: I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action.

Matthew 5:17-20

 

5.  Identity in Christ          October 11, 2015 – Proper 23

Theme for the Week: I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.

Matthew 18:1-5

 

6.  The Church          October 18, 2015 – Proper 24

Theme for the Week: I believe the church is God’s primary way to accomplish his purposes on earth.

Matthew 16:13-20

 

7.  Humanity             October 25, 2015 – Proper 25 CONSECRATION SUNDAY

Theme for the Week: I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior.

John 1:1-14

 

[Break for All Saints’ Day]

 

8. Compassion          November 8, 2015 Proper 27

I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need.

Matthew 14:13-21

 

9Stewardship           November 15, 2015 Proper 28

I believe everything I am and everything I own belongs to God.

Matthew 6:19-24

 

10.  Eternity              November 22, 2015 CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY- FALL CONFIRMATION

I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom.

Matthew 24:36-44

 

[Break for Advent-Christmas-Epiphany]

 

II. Key Practices: WHAT SHALL I DO?

 

11.  Worship          January 17, 2016 – Epiphany 2

I worship God for who he is and what he has done for me

Luke 4:1-12

 

12. Prayer            January 24, 2016 – Epiphany 3

I pray to God to know him, to find direction for my life and to lay my requests before him.

Mark 1:32-39

 

13.  Bible Study      January 31, 2016 – Epiphany 4

I study the Bible to know God and his truth and to find direction for my daily life.

Luke 4:16-30

 

14.  Single-Mindedness        February 7, 2016 – Last Epiphany

I focus on God and his priorities for my life.

Luke 9:51-62

 

15.  Total Surrender          February 14, 2016 – Lent 1

I dedicate my life to God’s purposes.

Matthew 26:36-41

 

16.  Biblical Community         February 21, 2016 – Lent 2

I keep fellowship with Christians to accomplish God's purposes in my life, in the life of others, and in the world.

John 13:12-20

 

17.  Spiritual Gifts            February 28, 2016 – Lent 3

I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes.

John 21:15-19

 

 

 

18.  Offering My Time          March 6, 2016 – Lent 4

I invest my time in fulfilling God’s purposes.

Matthew 4:12-22

 

19.  Giving My Resources          March 13, 2016 – Lent 5

I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes.

Matthew 6:19-24

 

[Break for Palm Sunday and Easter Day]

 

20.  Sharing My Faith           April 3, 2016 – Easter 2

I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes.

Matthew 9:35-38 35 

 

III.  Key Virtues: WHAT AM I BECOMING?

 

21.  Love             April 10, 2016 – Easter 3

I am committed to loving God and loving others.

John 15:12-17

 

22.  Joy                 April 17, 2016 – Easter 4

Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life.

John 15:1-11

 

23.  Peace             April 24, 2016 – Easter 5

I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others and peace with myself.

John 14:25-31

 

24.  Self-Control           May 1, 2016—Easter 6      

I have the power through Christ to control myself.

John 14:15-24

 

[Break for Ascension Sunday, Pentecost and Trinity]

 

25. Hope            May 29, 2016 – Proper 4

I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:25-34

 

26.  Patience        June 5, 2016 – Proper 5

I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life.

Luke 6:27-36

 

 

27.  Kindness & Goodness           June 12, 2016 – Proper 6

I choose to be kind and good in my relationships with others.

Matthew 26:6-13

 

28.  Faithfulness            June 19, 2016 – Proper 7

I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships.

Luke 10:38-42

 

29.  Gentleness                    June 26 – Proper 8  

I am thoughtful and considerate and calm in my dealings with others.

Matthew 25:11-30

 

30.  Humility           July 3, 2016 – Proper 9

I choose to esteem others above myself.

John 12:27-36