Summer Series II – Bible Study

Our Lives as Sacred Texts

Sermon and Study Series

Pastor, Mark Ogunwalè Lomax

Facilitator: Elder Carvel Bennett

 

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3

You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 

Explanation:

This sermon and study series call us to think about our lives in relation to our Creator and others. Using the Bible and selected readings from Howard Thurman’s classic book, The Inward Journey, we will explore our inner life through prayer, meditation and conversations with others. Other books that might prove helpful are Dr. Na’im Akbar’s The Community of Self (Revised), Edward Bruce Bynum, Ann C. Brown, Richard D. King, and T. Owens Moore, Why Darkness Matters: The Power of Melanin In the Brain, and Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. 

The series begins with the apostle Paul’s declaration “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all” (2 Corinthians 5:1). This study will examine the ways that we inscribe living texts onto the tablets of other hearts by the way we live our lives. We will then investigate and lift to our common awareness the pervasive and constant presence of our Creator – one whom our Congolese ancestors called Simbi, our Kemetic ancestors knew as Amen and Ptah, and whom our Nigerian ancestors call Oludumare. Given who we are and who the Creator is, should we not then walk in freedom? In the epistle to the Galatians the apostle Paul exhorts his readers/listeners to “stand firm” in freedom refusing to ever again submit to bondage.

We will close the study and sermon series by encouraging one another to find hope in God and praying together that the Creator will fix whatever is broken in us. The last sermon and study is not an acknowledgement that someone or something outside of us needs to come and do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. Rather, it is the recognition of the fact that God, our Creator, is already in us and has already given us all we need to recover and to heal.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

  • Text: 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
  • Sermon Title: We are Letters
  • Preacher: Pastor Lomax
  • Thurman Reflection(s): # 86 p 119, The Integrity of the Person & # 89 p 123 We spend our Lives Before Thee

Wednesday, August 14 & Sunday, August 18, 2019

  • Text: Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
  • Sermon Title: The Inescapable God
  • Preacher: Pastor Lomax
  • Thurman Reflection(s): # 107 p 145, Wither Shall I Go from Thy Presence & # 103, p 140 Thou Hast Searched Me and Known Me

Wednesday, August 21 & Sunday, August 25, 2019

  • Text: Galatians 5:1, 16-26
  • Sermon Title: Walk in Freedom!
  • Preacher: Pastor Lomax
  • Thurman Reflection(s): #20 p 37, A Strange Freedom, #22 p 39, The Self Encounter

Wednesday, August 28 & Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Text: Psalm 42:1-5
  • Sermon Title: Hope in God
  • Preacher: Rev. Carlton Johnson
  • Thurman Reflection(s): #98 p 133, Our Spirits Remember God, #101 p 136, The Waiting Moment

Wednesday, September 4 & Sunday, September 8, 2019

  • Text: Psalm 51:10-13
  • Sermon Title: Lord, Do It For Me
  • Preacher: Pastor Lomax
  • Thurman Reflection(s): #46 p 69, Let Not Thy Will Be Set to Sin, #3 p 16, When Knowledge Comes

Date: Wednesday September 18, 2019