Bible Month

30 days with Jonah

During the month of June the Methodist Church encourages churches to run a 'Bible Month', four weeks when we focus on one particular book of the Bible. Bible Month involves two key elements:

  • Preachers preparing a series of sermons over the four Sundays of June.
  • Bible study groups that follow up the previous Sunday’s theme, but also help us to engage with the Bible in fresh and innovative ways.

Bible Month 2018 logo

This year’s Bible Month encourages people to engage with the book of Jonah, a book with four chapters, one for each week.

Each Sunday in June, preachers at our 10.30 am services will focus on that week's passage from Jonah.

Then each Wednesday there is a Bible study in the church starting at 7.30 pm. Each session will last about an hour. If you can't come to all four sessions, please come to as many as you can.

Reading the Bible is really important and we hope this four-week series will encourage all of us to read the Bible with fresh eyes. For some, attending a long-term home group is difficult. Bible Month offers the opportunity to participate in Bible study as part of a short-term event.

Jonah is a very short book, and easy to read at one sitting. Being only two pages, it is also quite hard to find – it's on page 928 of our church bibles (NIV).

Weekly themes, preachers and studies

Week 1: Jonah chapter 1 – The God who Pursues
Sunday 3 June – Keith Halstead
Wednesday 6 June – an inductive Bible study approach

Week 2: Jonah chapter 2 – Out of the Depths
Sunday 10 June – Revd Chris Morley
Wednesday 13 June – praying with the Psalms

Week 3: Jonah chapter 3 – Mission Accomplished?
Sunday 17 June – Dr Geoff Rhodes
Wednesday 20 June – contextual Bible study

Week 4: Jonah chapter 4 – A Mixed-Up Missionary
Sunday 24 June – Nick White
Wednesday 27 June – reading Jonah theologically

Bible Month 2018 magazineFurther reading

The Methodist Church website has lots of resources relating to Bible Month. The page introducing Bible Month includes a short introductory video.

There is also a Bible Month magazine available for download This is primarily a resource for those planning and leading Bible Month, but it is very attractively presented and contains a wealth of background information, study material and other resources.

Previous Bible Months

The 2017 Bible Month was based on the letter of James. Resources, including the magazine, are still available here on the Methodist Church website.

In October 2014 we were privileged to be one of just four churches that participated in a pilot version of Bible Month. We held four weekly Bible studies on Paul's epistle to the Philippians, with the following Sunday's sermon focusing on the same themes. We had the opportunity to provide feedback to the project organisers and so played our part in shaping the way Bible Month has been implemented for the whole Methodist Connexion.

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