Bible Month

30 days with James

Although Bible month has now finished, this page is still available for reference, and for the links to resources on the Methodist Church website (see bottom of page).

In June 2017, the Methodist Church is encouraging churches and circuits across the Connexion to run a 'Bible Month', 30 days focused on the letter of James. Bible Month involves two key elements:

  • Preachers preparing a series of sermons on James over the four Sundays of June.
  • Bible study groups that focus on James, but also help those attending to engage with the Bible in fresh and innovative ways.

Bible Month 2017 logoEach Sunday in June preachers at our morning services will focus on that week's passage from James.

Then each Wednesday evening in June there is a Bible study in the choir vestry starting at 7.30 pm. Each session will last about an hour and a half. If you can't come to all four sessions, please come to as many as you can.

Reading the Bible is really important and we hope this four-week series will encourage all of us to read the Bible with fresh eyes. For some, attending a long-term home group is difficult. Bible Month offers the opportunity to participate in Bible study as part of a short-term event.

James is a short, snappy and challenging book, full of wisdom about how best to live as a follower of Jesus. It’s also a letter that has a lot to say about holiness and justice – the theme that the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have chosen for 2016/17. For James, holiness without just living is an impossibility – ‘faith without works is dead’ (James 2:26). James challenges followers of Jesus to live out their faith, demonstrating it by good deeds.

Weekly Themes

Week 1: James chapter 1 – Doers of the Word
Sunday 4 and Wednesday 7 June

Week 2: James chapter 2 – Faith and Works
Sunday 11 and Wednesday 14 June

Week 3: James 3:1 - 4:12 – Speech and Wisdom
Sunday 18 and Wednesday 21 June

Week 4: James 4:13 - 5:20 – Living for the Lord
Sunday 25 and Wednesday 28 June

Bible month magazine coverFurther reading

The Methodist Church website has lots of resources relating to Bible Month. The page introducing Bible Month includes an introductory video.

In addition, you can download the Bible Month magazine. This is primarily a resource for those planning and leading Bible Month, but it is very attractively presented and contains a wealth of background information, study material and other resources.


In October 2014 we were privileged to be one of just four churches that participated in a pilot version of Bible Month. We held four weekly Bible studies on Paul's epistle to the Philippians, with the following Sunday's sermon focusing on the same themes. We had the opportunity to provide feedback to the project organisers and so played our part in shaping the way Bible Month has been implemented for the whole Methodist Connexion.