Do you sometimes wish you knew a little more about the Bible? Have you ever thought that it would be nice to be a little better at sharing your faith with others? Do you wonder how the stories and teachings we read in the Bible apply to a complex world? Well, we have good news for you about the Good News that forms us as Christians. Wednesday Morning Bible Study begins again a week from now, on Wednesday, September 11th. And we touch down in each of these areas of faith and life.
Classes are led mostly by Pastor Craig, with occasional sessions by Pastor Sarah and Sister Dottie. We meet in the Café from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. Coffee and tea are provided and class members bring simple snack occasionally. Background on the biblical books we study are offered by leaders, with lots of time for questions and observations from class members who typically number between 35-45 participants. We have a number of community members who join St. Peter’s members in their study and reflection.
This year we will spend the first 5-6 weeks studying the Book of Proverbs. Do you think you’re wise? Come test your wits against these Old Testament wisdom sayings, attributed to King Solomon, but which are most likely anonymous sayings circulating in the early faith community. We’ll look at the distinctiveness of each of the half-dozen sections of material that make up the book.
For the remainder of the year we will study the seven New Testament epistles that are typically seen as genuine letters written by the Apostle Paul (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon) while also examining a few that are in dispute in terms of Pauline authorship (Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Thessalonians).
As we say in class … “Bring a Bible and a friend.” The more the merrier. If you are looking for a safe environment in which to test out your faith ideas and faith language, this is the class for you. We hope to see you on the 11th of September … and in the weeks after that. It is never too late to start.
ONE FINAL SAFETY NOTE — as we continue to take precautions for the purpose of protecting all who spend time in our church building, and especially our children … please make note of a modest change to our Bible Study gathering practices. We will still be able to enter the building at the youth lounge entrance (using the church ramp), but we will now ask you to sign in at a welcome desk in that small entry space by the church kitchen. We will ask you to sign in on a paper register, and pick up and wear a simple name tag, identifying you as a recognized member of the Bible Study group. Please be aware, that we have installed security doors at the top of the “ramps” on the west and east halls of the new building. If you walk south, up to the Church Office while you are in the building, or any other part of the church south those two secured doors, you will need to be admittedly back through the doors upon your return, as they will lock after you pas through them. This safety protocol is an essential component in our creating a safe environment for the preschool children in our building from Monday through Friday. Our church staff thanks you ahead of time for observing these new safety protocols, as we strive to be an even “safer” church than before.