St. Paul's Baptist Church 1000 Wallace St. Phila. PA 19123
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Reverend Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, Pastor
Welcome to St. Paul’s
An Invitation from Pastor Callahan
Whether you're happy or sad, lost or lonely, full of questions,
or just looking for somewhere to feel at home,
there is a place for you at St. Paul's.
Our Church Wide Study journey continues…
“An interrupting hope is a disrupting desire for existential change that is generated and sustained in a community of reliable others that names difficulties, envisions new possibilities and inspires work toward transformation of self and other.” Gregory Ellison II Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men (chapter 4)
Church Wide Small Group Bible Study
Sermon Series: Freedom Summer
This Week's Lesson: Liberating Hope
Weekly Scripture Reading:
Monday, July 21 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Monday: Romans 8:12-25
Tuesday: Psalm 42
Wednesday: Isaiah 44:1-8
Thursday: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Friday: Romans 4:13-25
Saturday: Hebrews 6:13-20
Questions for Reflection and Small Group Discussion
What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?/Or fester like a sore—/And then run?/Does it stink like rotten meat?/Or crust and sugar over—/like a syrupy sweet?/Maybe it just sags/like a heavy load./Or does it explode? – Langston Hughes
One of the challenges of the work of liberation is the time spent waiting for things to change. If only our efforts to improve our lives, our circumstances, our relationships, and even our communities would constantly yield immediate results, it may be easier to trudge ahead on difficult days undaunted. But this is not the case. In the midst of working and waiting it is easy to fall prey to discouragement and despair, which is why we need to have hope, a blessed assurance to anchor us to the heart and intention of God. The scripture readings and questions for this week help us to examine the characteristics and role hope plays in our work to become the people God has called us to be and to do the work the Lord has assigned us to do.
1. What does a life filled with hope look like? What does a life of hopelessness look like?
2. Are there currently places in your life in which you are struggling to keep hope alive?
Current Small Group Meeting Times
Sundays: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
*If another time works best, please let us know.
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Are you ready for the next part of our challenge?