Weekly Bible Studies with the Pastors
Those Other Epistles: James through Jude
Jim Wagner – 10:00 a.m. in the library
Keeping with the tradition of our Monday morning Bible study, we will look to interpret scripture by drawing from other scripture and from history. For our meetings in the fall, we will work though those epistles near the end of the New Testament, those not attributed to Paul and his proteges. Our focus will be on James; 1st and 2nd Peter; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John; and the book of Jude. These letters are sometimes called the catholic (universal) epistles, written for the encouragement and edification of the established Church. Among the questions they try to answer are, “Now that we call ourselves Christians, how should we live? What does it mean for us to be Holy, set apart?”
“Digging Deeper”
Pastor Lisa Schrott – 9:00 a.m. in the Library
This class will take a more detailed look at the weekly scriptures of “The Story.” We will examine their cultural and historical contexts and how that affects our understanding of the text.
November 7: Offerings to God
Sacrifice was an important part of cultures in the ancient near east. We will look at the roots of our Christian traditions and how we moved from sacrifice to offerings.
November 14: The House of the Lord
David brings the Ark of the covenant to Jerusalem and Solomon builds a grand temple. How does having a dedicated place for worship change the practice of religion for the Hebrew people?
November 21: Hindsight is 20/20
Can you worship and swear allegiance to a king and to God? What happens when the values and practices clash? We will look at how the process of telling the story of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah shape the message shared.