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Said it: Going beyond the problem of interpretation (Matthew 22:35-40) // Week 10

Published for Week 10 Semester 1, 2020

Scripture: Matthew 22:35-40

Speaker: Brian Leung

Series: Beyond scepticism: Intellectually satisfying faith


Feel free to use this time to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have.

Father in Heaven,

We thank You for another week You have given us. You are a good and gracious God who provides us with everything that we need and more. Thank You that we were able to meet in this new space for the first time last week, and that by Your grace we are able to meet again today.

Lord, we continue to pray for those who don't know yet know Your saving name, and especially for those who do know, but have not yet believed. May You open their eyes and soften their hearts to the know that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

As we sit and listen to Your word now, may You clear our minds of any distractions and incline our hearts towards You.

In Jesus' name we pray,


Bible reading: Matthew 22:35-40

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Discussion question before video

Why might there be a problem in interpreting the Bible? Articulate the problem or question in your own words.


Discussion questions

It may be helpful to split into small groups to discuss these questions. (Zoom breakout rooms)

1. How would you describe your own attitude when you read the Bible? Do you come to the text in an empathetic way

2. What can help you to "level up" in your skill of interpretation? Is there something you'd like to learn more about? What resources might help you?

3. Why is it important for us to read the Bible with others? What are the implications for how we participate in Bible studies?

4. What questions still remain for you?


AnCon Update

After a couple of months of working out how to best adjust to Coronavirus, AnCon 2020 is here with a new and reimagined look! We are so excited to announce that AnCon will still be running this year and next week we will be having our official launch to outline the details of our reimagined event. If you haven't been to AnCon before, it is a week where the whole EU gathers to look at one central theme to the Christian faith, spend time together and so much more! Regardless of who you are or what you believe in, we would love for you to join us at AnCon in 2020 so that you can discover for yourself who Jesus is and what his Kingdom is like. Here are some key details:

What: AnCon20: Unshakeable - Jesus' Kingdom of Life and Peace

When: 27-30 July

Where: In your house!

Cost: Check back in next week!

For those of you who have been to AnCon before, we know that you may be grieving the loss of physically gathering together as the whole EU and we don't want to ignore that. However, we also want you to reimagine the possibilities of AnCon this year. Being online means greater possibilities to invite friends who do not follow Jesus and we want to reassure you that we are working to make AnCon a high quality event!

So join us as we declare the good news of life and peace that comes with Jesus’ unshakeable Kingdom and get ready for our official launch next week! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with the latest updates or you can check out our website!

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