July 2021 Bible readings
Here are the July 2021 Bible readings which we will be using in church. Although many of us are back in our church buildings on a Sunday now, some are still sheltering at home or live away. So, please make use of these readings and reflect on what they might be saying to you.
July’s readings include impudent and stubborn people, others caught up in heaven, unbelief, plumb-lines, adoption, John the Baptist losing his head, shepherds, disciples not getting rest – and a mother making a special request.
- July 4th – 5th after Trinity: Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13;
- July 11th – 6th after Trinity: Amos 7:7-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29;
- July 18th – 7th after Trinity: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:11-end; Mark 6:30-34, 53-end;
- July 25th – St James: Jeremiah 45:1-5; Acts 11:27-12:2; Matthew 20:20-28;
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 July 2021 Bible readings is this from the letter to the Ephesians…
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.