This Bible study cover the book of Acts chapter by chapter. The Gospel writer Luke wrote two books. The first is the Gospel of Luke which told Jesus’ story from birth to death and resurrection. The second book is called “The Acts of the Apostles,” or simply “Acts.” It tells the stories of what the disciples did after Jesus ascended into heaven. It is the story about how faith in Jesus spread throughout the world. It explains how believing in Jesus as the true messiah change from being a small Jewish sect into a worldwide religion. It shows how God continued to guide Jesus followers through the Holy Spirit. Some parts of the book of Acts are familiar to most Christians, but many events are little known and quite intriguing. Acts is the foundation for connecting the Gospels and teachings of Jesus to the rest of the apostolic writings in the New Testament.
As the third Person of the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit is tied to the work of the Father and the Son. From the beginning, the Holy Spirit was actively involved in creation in giving life and breath. Throughout the Old Testament, the Spirit revealed truth to people and empowered people to do God’s will by speaking through the prophets. In the same way, the New Testament shows that the Spirit is at work in the hearts of all believers as the source of our life in faith.
Our study materials are written by Rev. Janann Gluth King and provided by Sola Publishing. You can get these material in class on Sunday or order them directly from Sola. (Here is the link.)
Written down in the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount is probably the best-known part of the teachings of Jesus. It is by far the most powerful and strict exposition of God’s covenant ever given. Its two fold purpose becomes clear as modern disciples study the amazing and authoritative teachings of Jesus set forth in an ethical and spiritual framework. Those who approach the Sermon on the Mount in hopes of attaining their own righteousness through adherence to the law will be broken. (Romans 3:20) Those who have been broken and are repentant will find a comforting guide for how to work out the gift of salvation in fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) The clarity and whole life implications of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount bear continuous study by Christians who are seeking to be faithful disciples of the true messiah.
Our Bible study guide, A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount, was written by John Stott. John Stott is a well know pastor, teacher, author, and evangelical leader. He is best known for his one aim: for the kingdom of God to reign in every person and place on earth. To that end, he clearly and consistently communicated the truth about God from Scripture, drew others to Jesus Christ, and equipped people to love and study God’s Word. Although he died in 2011, we are privileged to be able to have the wisdom of his interpretation added to the study of our Lord’s great teaching from the mountain. We will have additional copies of the Bible Study available on Sunday mornings at church. You may also order your own copy directly from Intervarsity Press at http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=3104.
During Advent we take time to study the Bible Texts that are assigned for each Sunday. These are the same texts that are used by other Christian liturgical churches each Sunday. Normally they include an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, an Epistle Lesson (New Testament letter), and a Lesson from one of the Gospels. This year we are studying Gospel lessons from the Book of Luke.
Christians claim Jesus of Nazareth as savior and lord. But to understand what that means one must have a reasonable understanding of 66 ancient writings that we collectively call Holy Scripture. The Bible in both Old and New testament is the authoritative source for explaining who Jesus is and what he means for us. In God’s word we also find a guide for how to live our lives as Christians as well as revelation for what we can expect to find beyond death.
The Divine Drama series is designed to give Christians a in depth overview of the Bible and key Christian teachings. So often the Bible is studied a piece at a time without an understanding of the broad sweep of the story it tells about Jesus, who he is, and what he means to us. The Divine drama Series is designed to remedy this.
The first part of this series, The Biblical Narrative, deals specifically with the story the Bible tells. This part of the study starts at the Bible’s beginning in Genesis and follows through, book by book, all the way to revelation. During this part of the course the student will gain a wider perspective of how the Bible tells its story, how it fits together, and how to better understand its message.
The second part of this series, Our Narrative, looks at the nature of what we confess as Christian Faith. It systematically approaches an understanding of aspects of what we believe in light of the teachings of Holy Scripture.
The student materials for this course are available during class or can be purchased through the church office.
A 6-Week Bible Study
By the end of the first century, when St. John wrote his “Apocalypse,” great persecution had come to those who believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The imperial government had stepped up its attempt to force Christians to deny their faith by sacrificing to Roman gods. Those who clung to their faith often did so at the cost of their lives. This was not universally the case across the Roman empire, but it was happening in enough places to make it a serious matter for Christians everywhere. So God granted the oldest living Apostle, St. John, a reassuring vision of God’s power in the world. St. John wrote this vision into a letter that he sent to existing churches throughout the ancient world.
In his letter, John spelled out his vision in the same language and imagery of many passages from prophets in the Old Testament. The purpose was to bring comfort to those who suffered and feared persecution. It was meant to encourage readers to stand firm in their faith that God would make sense of the present pain in future righteousness. Generation upon generation of Christians have drawn hope from the words in Revelation to help faith through troubled times. Much of this encouragement has come from works of art, music, and literature inspired by John’s amazing vision.
This study is not meant to be exhaustive. It is only a quick survey of the Book of Revelation in hopes that the learner can better understand its potential and purpose in a Christian’s life.
Study Guide: Hope in Troubled Times – Participants Book
A 17-Week Bible Study
A “Gospel” is a unique form of literature that presents the life of Jesus in a way designed to create faith in readers and to help them become Christian disciples. It is designed to proclaim the truth about Jesus and to provide a foundation for Christian witness beyond the lives of those who actually saw Jesus Christ’s miracles, teachings, death, and resurrection. Mark was the first of the Bible’s four Gospels to be written. Matthew and Luke draw heavily on texts in Mark. It is clear that John’s gospel was written later during the beloved dis¬ciple’s old age. It is likely that Mark wrote his Gospel sometime during the fifth decade (AD 50 – 60) of the first century. It is commonly understood that Mark wrote his gospel in Rome where the large and growing Christian community was led by both Peter and Paul. This community became a vital center for the church of the earliest Christians. It was a community of both Jewish believers and gentile Christians. As the original Apostles aged and died, it became vital to write down the essential elements of their teaching and witness. This is clearly a reason that Mark wrote his gospel. Mark is mentioned several times in the Bible in places other than his Gospel. He was an associate of both Peter and Paul. He played a role as both an eye-witness to Jesus and as a leader in the early Christian Church. In this study we will look carefully at both what Mark wrote about Jesus and how he shaped his stories to better understand God’s word for us in the wonderful book of the Bible.
An 18-Week Bible Study
We live in a scientific age. The scientific method shapes nearly every aspect of life. Our secular culture assumes that today’s science proves that there is no God. Atheists claim that science has demonstrated that the Bible and Christian faith are false. Alarmed by growing religious faith around the world and particularly the rapid growth of Christianity in the southern hemisphere, today’s atheists are no longer content to let the march of modernity diminish faith. They have gone on the attack, asserting that Christian faith is actually dangerous. Modern atheists are actively seeking to undermine the faith of Christians. (Try a Google search on Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, or Christopher Hitchens) Christians today need to respond! We need to be ready to meet the rise of militant atheism head on. We must not leave the defense of faith to theologians and pastors. This is everyone’s job. All Christians need to know the basics of what we believe. Every believer needs to know how to turn back atheism with clear reason and to explain how the Bible is true. It is also vital that everyone learn what science is actually saying about the truth so that we can end centuries of false assumptions. We need to confront the false assumptions that secular culture insinuates about faith in God. This will be our task as we take up the challenge to “Stand on the Promises.” We will look closely at how to defend our Christian Faith.
Participants Book 1: Why Christians Need to Defend Their Faith (Sessions 1 to 6)
Participant’s Book 2: Refuting Secular Assertions (Sessions 7 to 12)
Participant’s Book 3: Making the Case for Christianity (Sessions 13 to 18)
A 9-Week Bible Study
This nine-session Bible Study focuses on the stories of three biblical characters: Jonah, Gideon, and Moses. Sessions explore how God works to create faith within those whom He calls to serve His mission. We study the entire Book of Jonah. His attempt to escape from God’s call to preach at Nineveh leads to a ride in a whale, a miraculous conversion of an entire ancient city and a fascinating plot twist at the end. In Judges 6-7 we find Gideon, who is the Bible’s best example of the “Cowardly Lion.” He is called and convinced by God to save his people from the Midianites. The story helps us to understand God’s true feelings about Idolatry. And then there is Moses, one of the greatest leaders in the Bible whose fear of leadership left him tongue-tied and shy in the face of his call to go lead God’s people out of Bondage in Egypt. We will be studying selections from Exodus to unravel the mysteries of Moses reluctance and God’s marvelous accomplishments through him. We will be using material from Sola Publishing. You can locate a copy of the participant’s book here.
A 12-Week Bible Study
The Book of Romans is Paul’s careful develop of the theological foundations of the Christian Gospel. His longest work, Paul writes to the congregation in Rome who he is looking forward to meeting. The Book of Romans is a self introduction of Paul as an apostle and a systematic presentation of the Christian Gospel. Paul begins his instruction with words about creation and the natural order, and then proceeds to show how humankind’s disobedience brought about destruction to them. Then Paul moves methodically–but beautifully–through the story of the Old Testament Scriptures, recounting God’s justice and grace throughout history, from the days of the patriarchs until the time of his writing. At the Same time ,Paul lays out the “anatomy” of salvation, telling both the wide-lens story of how God saves sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. Using a study guide published by CROSSWAY (www.crossway.org), the translators and publishers of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, we will take a twelve week look at this crucial book for Christian self-understanding. You may find our study guide, authored by Jared C. Wilson at http://www.crossway.org/books/romans-tpb-1/.