Monday, June 9, 2014


   The Bible Study groups that meet on Wednesday have completed our study of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
 It has been quite different from our usual style of study.  The sessions were presented in video form by Ann Voskamp, so Irwin got to be more of a student than the teacher.  The small group discussions were very open-ended, allowing participants to share personal experiences and relate them to the message of the study.  Since we had just completed a very rigorous examination of the Book of Revelation, the Voskamp study was a refreshing change of pace.
But, school is still in session.  This week we are going to play "Stump the teacher."  Irwin has invited us to submit passages of scripture we find particularly troubling, and he will prepare a one session study of those verses.  I've heard suggestions for the Book of Job -- too big for a one session study, but perhaps we'll do a segment.  Someone asked for the Book of James, but that too is too much for a one-off, but it may show up as a longer study after the summer break. The Syro-Phoenician Woman, as found in Matthew 15:21 -28 and Mark 7:24-30 has been put forward for discussion.  Isaiah 53 was mentioned.  

   You don't have to be attending the Bible studies previously to join in.  If you've got questions, now is a good time to ask.  Ever wonder why the Song of Solomon is in the Bible?  How about Proverbs 17:2?  
    We did this same kind of exercise last year, discussing the parable of the dishonest steward among other passages.  Later we did a short study on the Book of Jonah in response to a request.  
If you've ever wanted to try Bible Study but were afraid to sign up for a long commitment, here's your chance to try it out, no strings attached, for one session.  What a way to round out the school year!
    Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 9:30 am and at 7:00 pm at the church.  Coffee and goodies provided.  A Bible is the only study material needed and that is provided.   

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