Beginner’s Bible Study
Beginner’s Bible Study meets Tuesdays from 5:30–6:30pm. No previous knowledge or study is presumed—come as you are. We are looking at the Gospel of Mark, thought to be the first gospel written about Jesus.
Friday Bible Study
We meet Fridays at 10am in the church library for exploration, meditation, and the application of scripture to corporate and personal life. We go through one book at a time with the group participating in the selection of the next study. Occasionally, we digress into a regular book study, eg. The Shack.
Together we explore. Any scripture is meant for a specific community or culture, and there are varied and distinct methods by which subgroups of that community approach the text. We have developed our own method on Friday morning. We explore paths as they come up. A particular incident or proclamation may lead us to another and another and soon the links found running through the Bible reveal something new to us. The links have been called the Golden Thread and help us to see how Bible texts do indeed fit together as part of One Great Story instead of many smaller ones.
Together we meditate. We read scripture with the intention of it entering us like a “sweet savor.” We remind ourselves not to worry about minutiae or contradictions, or even the two or three versions of the same event. Instead, we focus on the spirit of God that is the foundation. We try to honor the words of the rabbis who suggested that a verse be examined in 44 different ways.
Together we apply. How did you hear this? How will you live this? How does the community hear and live this? Can any of this make a difference? Sometimes a collective meditation helps us answer these questions more effectively than would a solitary meditation. Sometimes we have to be recalled to the notion that studying scripture should have an effect on the world, nature, and humanity. We are part of the story.