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2014 SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
May 18, 2014
Dear Parish Faithful,
-- Fr Steven
Scroll down for an introduction to the Letters to Timothy and Titus...
THE PASTORAL EPISTLES
of the Apostle Paul to Timothy and Titus
by Fr Thomas Hopko
"The Church of the Living God [is] the pillar and bulwark of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15)
"The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men..." (Titus 2:11)
SUMMER BIBLE STUDY 2013
“He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” ~ from Philippians 2:5-11
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… He is before all things, and in Him all things consist… for it pleased the Father that in Him all the fulness should dwell…” ~ from Colossians 1:15-20
Wednesday evenings beginning May 29, at 7:30pm in the Church Education Center.
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SUMMER BIBLE STUDY 2012
May 30, 2012
SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
The “Book of Signs”
Wednesday Evenings at 7:45pm,
preceded by Vespers at 7:00pm
beginning June 6
Following Pentecost, our Summer Bible Study will begin on Wednesday evening, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Center in the church basement. We will read, study and discuss the first eleven chapters of St. John’s Gospel, known as the “Book of Signs.” We read and heard a few of these “signs” during the paschal Sundays that we just recently completed.* Now we can go back and take a look at these signs in greater detail, for the homilies this year concentrated on the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Each “sign” (and we will discuss that peculiar Johannine term in detail) is a profound and multi-leveled presentation of the Gospel in miniature, revealing who Jesus is and what He has appeared to accomplish. Join us for the Bible Study. Bring a friend. As I like to say, the Bible Study is a parish event – as the study of the living Word of God how could it not be? – and not simply a “summer filler.”
-- Fr Steven
MORE ON THE BIBLE STUDY
What we'll be studying.
In the first half of St. John’s Gospel (following the magnificent prologue of 1:1-18) we read of the great “signs” worked by Jesus “The Word made flesh.” These “signs” are the miracles which reveal the true nature of Christ and His ministry as well as pointing forward to the sacramental life of the Church following the Cross and Resurrection. The Seven Signs are:
For additional reading on some of the scenes and themes we will be discussing, you are invited to explore our special pages from The Sundays of Pascha:
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, AT 7:45 P.M.
(We will first serve Vespers at 7:00 p.m.)
Come and deepen your knowledge
of the Lord and of the Scriptures!
SUMMER BIBLE STUDY 2011
June 4, 2011
THE LETTER OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
TO THE ROMANS
Wednesday evenings beginning June 29:
7:00pm - Vespers
7:45pm - Bible Study
From Fr Steven:
Dear Parish Faithful,
LIVE DANGEROUSLY! COME TO THE BIBLE STUDY!
Due to the importance I ascribe to our annual Summer Bible Study – one reason being that the Bible comes from and belongs to the Orthodox Church - I always begin with a letter of exhortation to try and “recruit” new participants before we begin each year. Whether or not that exhortation falls on deaf ears or not, is beside the point. My pastoral conscience impels me to make the effort, and every year it seems as if we have some new members that join our circle. So, if you belong to the species of homo sapien, and if you are simultaneously a member of our parish, then this letter is meant for you. Continue reading...
In addition to the above, I would simply ask everyone to at least reflect for a moment:
+ How do I view and understand the Bible?
+ Have I cultivated a "relationship" with the Holy Scriptures?
+ Do I read the Bible with any regularity?
+ How am I able to guard against a mere "personal interpretation" of what I read?
+ Have I ever discussed the content of the Bible with others in a group setting and with a leader/facilitator?
+ If not the parish Bible Study, then what kind of regularly-scheduled event would I commit to during the summer months?
+ Why do I venerate St. Paul as a great saint?
+ Have I ever read his Epistle to the Romans?
+ Do I understand the Epistle readings on any given Sunday morning at the Liturgy?
+ If not, what can I do to help myself understand the Epistles better?
It is my humble opinion that most of those questions can be answered in a very positive way within the context of our Spring/Summer Bible Study.
To summarize: The Spring/Summer Bible Study will begin Wednesday evening, June 29 - the Lord willing.
~ Fr. Steven
Some Background on the Letter to the Romans
(from the Orthodox Study Bible - New Testament)
Romans is Paul's most significant Letter. It summarizes the entire gospel. St John Chrysostom calls Romans "a spiritual trumpet."
Romans is Paul's most logical letter. He argues his case like a lawyer.
Romans is the only letter Paul wrote to a church he had not yet visited (1:11, 15:22). Paul was hoping to obtain Rome's support for his planned mission to Spain (15:24, 28, 29). Some have suggested Romans contains what Paul preached and taught when he visited churches in person.
Romans is Paul's most doctrinally oriented letter. While most of Paul's epistles correct doctrinal or moral problems, Romans proclaims the faith more completely and systematically, addressing few specific problems. St John Chrysostom says, "[Paul] abounded more than all the rest in the word of doctrine."
Join us on Wednesday evenings as we search the scriptures together and grow in faith and understanding!