Stockport Parish Church     St Mary's in the Marketplace  -  IN THE PARISH OF STOCKPORT AND BRINNINGTON

Thursday Evening at St Mary's - 7pm

First Thursday in the month - Prayer Meeting / Other Thursday evenings - Bible Study Group.                                                            Everyone welcome

June/July 2019

Judges – The flawed and the flawless

The book of Judges is an exciting read.  But it is not an easy one.

These pages of the Bible feature lying, assassination, murder, massacres and worse.  And that’s just the judges – the men and women appointed by God to save his people, Israel, from their enemies and from themselves.

It is a dark story, full of flawed individuals living in a deeply flawed society.  What is it doing in the bible? It’s the gospel! Judges shows us that the Bible is not a series of nice stories – it is a book of unvarnished history.  It is about real people. And it is about the real God.

Judges shows us a God who is relentlessly loving to unlovely people; who continually rescues people from the consequences of their own flaws and failings; and who points forwards to the flawless Leader and Saviour who he will one day send.

And it shows us how to live as God’s people in a society which offers a dizzying array of alternative “gods” to worship.  So today, surrounded by the gods of wealth, celebrity, ideology and achievement, we need this book.

These six studies will take you through the twists and turns of Judges, bringing you face to face with famous names such as Deborah, Gideon and Samson – and, still more excitingly, with God himself.

Thurs 6th June 7pm – Prayer meeting
Thurs 13th June 7pm – Study 1 A shaky start (Judges 1v1 - 3v6)
Thurs 20th June 7pm – Study 2 Othniel, Ehud, Deborah: Expect the unexpected (Judges 3v7 - 5v31)
Thurs 27th June 7pm – Study 3 Gideon: The dangers of success (Judges 6v1 – 8v31)
Thurs 4th July 7pm – Prayer meeting
Thurs 11th July 7pm – Study 4 Abimelech and Jephthah: Dark times (Judges 8v32 – 12v15)
Thurs 18th July 7pm – Study 5 Samson: A shadow in the darkness (Judges 13-16)
Thurs 25th July 7pm – Study 6 “Israel had no king” (Judges 17-21)

There will be no meetings during August.

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