THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA
2016 BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE - Click on the link to download the entire document
“Our Heritage of Faith”
(Acts 2:38 – 47)
The annual Bible Studies series of the Church of Nigeria is to enable us “to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge …” (Eph. 3: 18-19).
We thank God for bringing us to another year and for yet another opportunity of some progress in our spiritual journey of faith and transformation into godliness. We have been led from pondering at the inestimable power of God to deliver His people from all circumstances in 2014 to acknowledging that, indeed, the Lord reigns for ever and ever in 2015.
This year we are considering “Our Heritage of Faith” (Acts 2:38 – 47).
As a people of the kingdom of our Father and God, we need a clearer understanding of whom we are, where we are going and the provisions that God Himself has made for us. We started somewhere as the descendants of the fallen man but God made us His own people with all the privileges and appurtenances. However, it is unfortunate that many who claim to be Christians are still entangled in the limitations and predicaments of their old beings without knowing whom they have actually become, and what they really have in their new beings as a people and children of God. Indeed, as the Lord lamented, a lot of His people are really perishing for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6).
“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2Cor. 5:17).
We have a new heritage in Christ, and so should enter and live out our inheritance as people of God. This is where the Bible Study for the year is designed to lead us.
So, we commend this Bible Study Outline to the entire people of God in the Church of Nigeria as a very rich and relevant spiritual resource that must be availed of.
We continue to appreciate the good work the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee led by Bishop Henry Ndukuba is doing.
God bless you.
Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate
Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)