When is Bible Study?
Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesdays for nine weeks in the fall and nine weeks in the winter. Both morning and evening sessions are offered. The fall semester starts on September 11, 2018 and the winter session starts on January 8, 2019.
What will I learn in my study of Galatians, Women of the Bible, and Romans?
1. Galatians — of all of Paul's letters, Galatians provides the most information about Paul's life. 2. The Galatians were converts from paganism living in central Asia Minor. 3. Women in the Old Testament — there is a rich variety of women in the old testament: queens and slaves, assassins and victims of rape, mothers, wives, sisters and in-laws. Each story is food for the imagination. 4. Romans — when Paul writes to the Romans he hasn't met them yet; he needs to make a good impression. These communities were mostly Jews who had come to believe in Jesus. 5. Jews relied on the Mosaic Law as their guide to ethical behavior. Paul teaches that the Spirit has replaced the Law as the guiding principle of Christian Life.
What if I've never read or studied the Bible?
It's okay! No specific academic or Bible Study background is needed. Many first-time participants who come to Bible Study have never read or studied Scripture on their own. We all come to learn!
What happens at Bible Study?
Classes typically start with a prayer and an introduction that includes some background material and/or interesting facts about people, places, or customs of the times. Next, small groups review and discuss the homework questions for about an hour. The remaining class time combines lecture and a question and answer session concerning the Scripture being studied. Bible Study, which lasts approximately 2 hours, concludes with a blessing.
How do I prepare for class?
Preparation includes reading the assigned Scripture passages and answering “homework” questions that are in the Study Guide that you receive when you register for Bible Study.
What if I don't have time to prepare as suggested for class?You are encouraged to attend even if you didn't have time to do your homework. The Spirit still works and inspires us!