August 2021 Bible readings
Here are the August 2021 Bible readings which we will be using in church. Please make use of these readings and reflect on what they might be saying to you.
August’s readings include one outside catering event after the other and Paul explaining what a worthy life looks like:
- August 1st -9th after Trinity: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35;
- August 8th – 10th after Trinity: 1 Kings 19:4-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35,41-51;
- August 15th – 11th after Trinity: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58;
- August 22nd – 12th after Trinity: Joshua 24:1-2a,14-18; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69;
- August 29th – 13th after Trinity: Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9; James 1:17-end; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23;
If you don’t have access to a Bible, then please follow this link to the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. It doesn’t always have the same readings but it’s a good place to start.
Amongst the August 2021 Bible readings is this from James…
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.
But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act–they will be blessed in their doing.
If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.