Bible Study explores Scripture in greater depth than most of us would otherwise be able to, usually concentrating on a single book of the Bible such as one of the four Gospels, one or more of the Epistles or a book of the Old Testament. Occasionally, the group studies a Biblical theme instead of a particular book. Study materials include transcripts of lectures by experts on the subject, a book containing Scripture text with commentary, and a list of questions for discussion.
Bible Study meetings generally take place in the late winter/early spring and in the fall. The groups meet weekly in small groups during these seasons. There are no meetings during the summer and busy holiday season. Most courses require 6-12 meetings. The group usually completes its study of a particular topic during each of the two seasonal periods, but the longer courses are sometimes carries over to the following season.
The small group discussions are among the most rewarding aspects of the program. Most participants experience a deeper, more personal relationship with God, a lively experience of Christian community, a stronger sense of faith and prayer and a richer appreciation for the Church’s teachings and worship.
No prior knowledge is required for Bible Study sessions. While regular attendance and preparation is encouraged, participants are welcome to join at any time during the course of study for as many sessions as their schedule permits.
Fall & Spring 2018-2019: The Bible Study Timeline
This fall and spring our Bible Study class will study and discuss God’s plan for our salvation as revealed to us in the Bible. To do this we will use a program called “The Bible Study Timeline”. We read selected passages in fourteen central books of the Bible from Genesis to Acts. The weekly reading, supported by a study guide and lecture by a biblical scholar, leads to an open discussion about what this part of God’s great story means for us. In providing an admittedly general view of the scope, coherence and profundity of God’s plan for our salvation, the program builds a foundation for your later bible reading, either privately or as part of a study group. We meet at St Paul’s once a week beginning September 12th. Discussion groups are available Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am and Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. You choose the class that fits your schedule. Chuck Balestri and Jennifer Lee will lead the discussion groups. There is a one time charge of $34.95 for the study guide and course materials. This covers both the fall and spring sessions. You should also have your own Bible and a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. For more information and/or to register and order the study guide contact Chuck Balestri at firstname.lastname@example.org.