These resources are offered to Uniting Church congregations in Queensland for study and reflection during Lent or at some other time during the year. The sessions link some biblical texts, passages from the Uniting Church Basis of Union and other writings, with a series of questions designed to focus the participants on their own and other’s experiences of Jesus in the time leading up to Easter.
Each person’s experience of Jesus is unique and different, and together the biblical story and our stories build up a tapestry of how Jesus meets and speaks to people in our church and community. These small group sessions emphasise that Jesus brings change to people’s lives, heals people’s hurts, gives freedom to those who feel trapped, brings forgiveness to those who feel guilty, and gives a future to those who feel hopeless.
There are some underlying assumptions in these resources about how God speaks to us. The Basis of Union acknowledges ‘that the Church has received the books of the Old and New Testaments as unique prophetic and apostolic testimony, in which it hears the Word of God and by which its faith and obedience are nourished and regulated’.
It also refers to foundational documents and God’s continuing revelation to the church. The Basis of Union is itself a foundational document for the Uniting Church. We are indeed people on the way, but not without guidance.
Link : UCA, Queensland Synod