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Since the purpose statement of Cornerstone Anglican Church states that "Our Purpose is to know Jesus, that He may be known.", then it is essential that Bible studies are provided for you. In John 1:14 when it states that "the Word became flesh" we are reminded that the Word is Jesus. And why is knowing this important? Because if we commit to getting to know scripture -- the Word -- more and more via both personal and group Bible studies, then we are actually getting to know Jesus more. If we commit to understanding the Bible more, then we will come to understand Jesus more including His will, His ways, His character, His plans, and the depth of His love for you and me. The importance of reading, studying, learning, and getting to know the Word is shown in this prayer as found in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer:

"Blessed Lord, Who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life which Thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen."

Why, then, is Bible study "a must" for Christ-followers? A partial answer is found in these words from the Bible:

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16) "Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me." (Psalm 119:133) "Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105) "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word..." (2 Timothy 4:1-2a)

Therefore, the leadership of Cornerstone Anglican Church is committed to:

1. Providing resources (ie. via booklets, websites) that will help you during your personal devotions to grow in your knowledge, understanding and love of the Word of God. The OUR DAILY BREAD booklet is an example of one resource that Cornerstone Anglican Church makes available to its members.

2. The development of "Community Groups", training "Community Group" leaders/overseers, and supporting these groups. More information about "Community Groups" will be presented at upcoming parish meetings.

3. Planning and holding Bible studies based on a Christian book that may or may not have a study guide where the book acts as a "trigger" for the conversation and provides some direction for the actual Bible study. A current example of such a Bible study is the one based on the book by Dennis and Rita Bennett "The Holy Spirit and You." This book also has a study guide that goes with it.

4. Planning and holding Bible studies based on various themes such as PRAYER, SPIRITUAL GIFTS, SPIRITUAL WARFARE, MARRIAGE, DISCIPLESHIP and so on. For example, on Wednesday evenings during Lent one of our Lay Pastors, Brian Laidler, will be leading a Bible Study called "SIN, REDEMPTION & RENEWAL".

5. Planning and holding Bible studies that provide an in-depth look into various passages or whole books of the Bible on a word by word, phrase by phrase, line by line, and precept by precept basis. One of our Lay Pastors, George Cooknell, will be leading one of these types of Bible studies sometime after Easter. I, too, am planning to hold one of these Bible studies which is often the foundation for "expository" preaching. This Bible study method allows people to get "deep into" the Word of God. Some of the members of Cornerstone Anglican Church, years ago in other places, took what was known as PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY COURSES which is another example of this type of Bible study.

6. Training and equipping more parish members to be able to lead Bible studies at church, in their home or some other location.

7. Offering workshops/teachings to help parish members grow in their ability to "glean" more from the Word during their personal devotions/Bible study time.

8. Offering via our Anglican Network in Canada connections university level biblical courses either for credit or audit.

9. Informing Cornerstone Anglican Church members of bible training opportunities at other local churches and within other Christian organizations.

10. Partnering with other ANiC churches to have joint bible studies, workshops, and conferences.

11. Inviting you to share additional ideas on how we can truly become a "teaching and discipling" community.

Your partner in ministry as we, together, discover the riches found in God's Word:

The Rev. Robert Roe
Cornerstone Anglican Church
Sarnia, Ontario

Cornerstone Anglican Church is a community of believers in Jesus Christ in the diocese of the Anglican Network in Canada.

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