WELCOME TO WORD ALIVE!
For the Word of God is ALIVE and Active - Hebrews 4:12 NIV
Welcome to Word Alive!
Word Alive is an invitation to walk through the scriptures together as a church body for the next 40 weeks. The Word Alive book is your resource to use in order to fully engage with the scripture and personal reflection. Beginning in Genesis, we will walk through the books of the Bible and end in Revelation. By making a commitment to participate in Word Alive, you are saying yes to:
Writing in your Word Alive book
Worship (online or in-person Worship Opportunities)
Participating in small group (Zoom or in-person options)
Word Alive is an opportunity to allow the Word of God to come alive in us. We welcome and affirm when we open up the Word for study and prayer, the scriptures will move, inspire, challenge, deepen, and awaken us. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the people of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Daily read Scripture*
Commit to read the daily selected passages in your Word Alive book. As Methodists we believe that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. Through Scripture the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace. We are convinced that Jesus Christ is the living Word of God in our midst whom we trust in life and death. The biblical authors, illumined by the Holy Spirit, bear witness that in Christ the world is reconciled to God. The Bible bears authentic testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as in God’s work of creation, in the pilgrimage of Israel, and in the Holy Spirit’s ongoing activity in human history.
As we open our minds and hearts to the Word of God through the words of human beings inspired by the Holy Spirit, faith is born and nourished, our understanding is deepened, and the possibilities for transforming the world become apparent to us.
Our standards affirm the Bible as the source of all that is “necessary” and “sufficient” unto salvation (Articles of Religion) and “is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice” (Confession of Faith).
Through our faithful reading of Scripture, we may come to know the truth of the biblical message in its bearing on our own lives and the life of the world. Thus, the Bible serves both as a source of our faith and as the basic criterion by which the truth and fidelity of any interpretation of faith is measured.
While we acknowledge the primacy of Scripture in theological reflection, our attempts to grasp its meaning always involve tradition, experience, and reason. Like Scripture, these may become creative vehicles of the Holy Spirit as they function within the Church. They quicken our faith, open our eyes to the wonder of God’s love, and clarify our understanding.
The Wesleyan heritage, reflecting its origins in the catholic and reformed ethos of English Christianity, directs us to a self-conscious use of these three sources in interpreting Scripture and in formulating faith statements based on the biblical witness. These sources are, along with Scripture, indispensable to our theological task.
The close relationship of tradition, experience, and reason appears in the Bible itself. Scripture witnesses a variety of diverse traditions, some of which reflect tensions in interpretation within the early Judeo-Christian heritage. However, these traditions are woven together in the Bible in a manner that expresses the fundamental unity of God’s revelation as received and experienced by people in the diversity of their own lives.
The developing communities of faith judged them, therefore, to be an authoritative witness to that revelation. In recognizing the interrelationship and inseparability of the four basic resources for theological understanding, we are following a model that is present in the biblical text itself.
*"The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016." Copyright 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.
Write in Your Word Alive Book
The Word Alive Journal is to help you grow in your relationship with God, through daily readings of God’s Word. Each day you are giving a portion of scripture to read. In your journal, space will be provided for you to take notes about the scripture text – thoughts, key ideas, people to remember, new insight, questions. The notes your take in your journal will help with the discussion time in your small group. As you read, read with curiosity. Ask questions of the text? Take note of what the scripture is telling you. Don’t force your interpretation on the biblical text, allow for the scripture to speak for itself. There isn’t a right or wrong, it is how are you going to be enlightened, sharpened, challenged. Come to the Word with a willing and open heart to listen to the Word of God – so the Word might come ALIVE in you!
*Resources used to guide the weekly readings. Disciple (Abingdon Press), The Essential 100 (Scripture Union), Transformation Journal , A one year journey through the Bible (Abingdon Press).
Sunday worship will follow our Word Alive journey. Our worship experience will be inspired and guided by the Scripture readings from the week. As God’s gathered community, we will praise God and listen to God’s calling for us individually and as a church.
Participate in a Small Group
Small groups are designed for investigating the Bible together as well as encouraging one’s spiritual growth and relationship with Christ. Combining your daily readings and Word Alive book with group discussion is the best way to grow in your walk.
Goal of Word Alive
As you begin the Word Alive journey, remember that your goal is not to just read through the daily scriptures, take a few notes in your booklet or even gain knowledge of the scripture. All are important and in growing as a disciple of Christ, but our hope is to allow for the Word of God to come Alive in you. The hope is you will get to know the Author, the one who created all things, who created and called you. The hope is our Word Alive journey will unite us in the reality of God’s love and learn how you are a part of this amazing story – one that continues to be written today.
You can pick up your word alive book starting August 16
Starting August 16