Bible study shines light upon every one of God’s words and creates rich discussions about faith and how to apply it to our daily lives and is completely FREE!
Why study the Bible?
When we meditate on the Word of God, it brings us closer to God. To study scripture as a group leads to a greater understanding of God on a personal level. This process also helps us explore how the Bible applies to everyday life and explores the question, “What does Jesus want from us?”
When do we meet?
There are TWO different opportunities for bible study.
Deacon Matt Shireman will lead a Bible Study on Thursday mornings from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in The Refuge beginning August 10 through May 17. The Bible Study will go through the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Insights on the passages from Catholic Bible commentaries and the Catechism of the Catholic Church will supplement the readings. There will also be an open discussion on how to apply the readings to daily life. Participants are free to come whenever they are available; each week is a stand-alone session. The readings will be provided; you may wish to bring a Bible and/or your Catechism as well. Please note: the Bible Study will not meet August 24 or November 23 (Thanksgiving).
Another opportunity is Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m., typically in Faith Community Center Room 9. (Check the TV monitors in the church for location.) This Bible Study is NOT a consecutive series, so come when you can. The group gathers weekly September through December and February through May.
The format is set up as Lectio Divina, meaning “Divine Reading,” where we focus upon God’s word and meditate on what caught our attention and why. Our facilitator leads small and large group discussions, where people feel open to share what God has put upon their hearts. Participation is encouraged but just listening is also acceptable. Our program is lectionary based, which means we study the Sunday readings. We will study the readings from the prior Sunday. There are often slide shows and video clips incorporated into the sessions. Materials are provided. Bible study notes have been written by our former pastor, Fr. Mike Van Sloun, and a parishioner facilitates the sessions. Bring your Bible if you wish.
Fall 2017 sessions begin September 11. There will not be any sessions December 25 and 31, 2017; January 15 and May 28, 2018.
Who are these bible studies for?
All are welcome! We are all called to know God better though his word. Everyone can benefit from this study, from young adults to seniors, from regular Bible readers to people who have never read the Bible. If you feel the hunger to know more about God and learn more about the Bible, this is the study for you!
Please contact Katie Gebhard or 763-712-7439 for questions.