Posted by: Pauline | June 24, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 1

Psalm 130

This psalm is all about waiting and hope, two ideas that are so closely linked that in some languages a single word means both to wait and to hope. It is not a general hope for things to get better, but a hope based on God’s mercy and forgiveness, rooted in the what God has revealed about His character in Scripture and in Israel’s history.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Paul is eager to have the Corinthian Christians join in the contribution being taken up for the poverty-stricken Christians in Jerusalem. This will not only ease the suffering of the church where the Gospel first began to spread to the world, but will also create stronger bonds between the Gentile Christians in Corinth and the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, and contribute to the spiritual growth of the Corinthian Christians as they follow the example of their Savior in generous self-giving.

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