One evening in late August, 386CE, a 31 year old man sat in his garden. He was restless and confused about his life. In his despair, he threw himself under a fig tree and began to sob uncontrollably.
Then he suddenly heard a voice. It was the voice of a child, so high pitched that he couldn’t tell whether it was a male or female voice. The voice seemed to come from a nearby house, and the childlike voice chanted over and over again “Take up and read. Take up and read. Take up and read.”
The man was Augustine. It was the invitation of God to take up and read His word which Augustine heard. He opened the Scriptures and a passage of Romans 13 spoke to him with such clarity that he gave his life to Christ. For the next forty-four years of his life, Augustine continued to ‘take up and read’, becoming one of the most influential Christian thinkers and writers in history.
This year we want to invite you to ‘take up and read’.
Last Sunday we kicked off our “Read Together” Bible Reading Plan for 2018, with a similar invitation to the one which Augustine received. It is our conviction that it will change you and us as a church if we pick up and read. Together we can listen to God in His word, allowing Him to shape, encourage, correct and at times rebuke us. Together we can share insights and have our faith strengthened by the insights of others. Together we can make a difference in our city as the Lord directs us
You can start now. All you have to do is join with others at Mosaic who have already jumped in and are reading together.
We have daily readings from the Old and New Testaments which are provided for you. These will get you through the entire Bible over the course of the year. If you are not a big reader, you can always start with the New Testament readings this year (they are shorter) and add the Old Testament next year.
If you are starting late, don’t feel the pressure to catch up, but simply start with today’s reading. The readings are available to drop straight into your electronic calendar if you use one, otherwise we can provide you with a list of the readings (see instructions below).
So take up and read.
How do I get the online version for my Calendar?
- Go to mosaicchurch.com.au
- Scroll down the page to the “Connect With Us” section
- Click on the “Read Together” symbol
- Follow instructions to download your readings for the year
What if I don’t use an electronic Calendar?
Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 5525 2477 and we will send you a copy of the readings via email or printed depending on your needs.