Readings - Acts18:1-4, and 2 Corinthians 1:1-2, 4:6-12. Sue looks at the issue of Christ in us - the treasure we have in Christ. We are not always perfect in how we are but we hold something very valuable which we can share with others in spite of our own imperfections.
Readings - Acts 16:11-14 and Philippians 1:1-2 & 2:1-11. Bob gives us a flavour of the Mediterranean area and looks at how Paul encouraged the early Christians in Philippi which was the first church in Europe. We need to consider how we can encourage others in their faith and explain our faith to them.
Reading - Luke 10:38-end. Jo looks at the meaning of the names and the differing personalities of these two women. Do we react badly to those people with different personalities and different priorities? Do we complain or grumble when their attitude annoys us? ... Or can we perhaps re-consider our own attitudes and responses and learn to walk closer with God.
Readings - Jonah chapter 4 and Matthew 21:18-22. Mike reviews the whole book of Jonah and looks at Jonah's underlying motivation - his final obedience but dissatisfaction with the outcome. The challenge for us is how much we are in tune and in line with what God wants for us. God, in His mercy, does not leave us struggling with selfish wishes, but seeks to guide us into understanding His truth.
Readings - Jonah and the Big Fish (children's book) - in place of Jonah chapter 3. God wanted to give Nineveh a second chance, but Jonah wanted them punished! Although God had delivered Jonah from drowning at sea and he preached to the people of Nineveh, he still was not totally in line with God's plan. Similarly we can sometimes want our own agenda for punishment of those who offend us, and showing God's love for others is not always easy.