Growing by Encountering God in the Bible
Bible study is an opportunity to encounter God as well as learn about who we are as a Church. When people study God’s Word together in groups, they have an opportunity to know each other on a deeper level than is usually possible. It becomes an opportunity to build community and to extend that community in care for others.
Adult Bible Study: The Holy Spirit in the Bible
Christian belief in the Holy Spirit as the Third Person of the Trinity was not officially defined by the church until the fourth century. But centuries earlier, the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament were already describing the action and presence of God’s Spirit. In The Holy Spirit in the Bible, George Smiga unpacks key Scripture passages, exploring the activity of the Spirit at creation, within Israel, in the ministry of Jesus and the early church, and at the end of time. The role of the Holy Spirit in our personal and spiritual lives is also explored.
Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayers, and access to online video lectures are included. Introduction and six lessons.
Daily Personal Study: Participants spend time prayerfully reading and reflecting on an assigned section of the Scriptures. Each lesson includes prayer, the assigned Scripture text, solid biblical commentary, and questions for learning and reflection. Ideally, if you devote about 20 minutes a day to the process, you will find it manageable and allow time for the material to sink in. This time of personal study provides the foundation for each week’s small group discussion.
Weekly Small-Group Sharing (90 minutes): Gather weekly with others who are studying the same material. You will share the fruits of your personal study, and in the process, discover new insights. A facilitator will help to create an atmosphere of openness and trust in which God’s Word and its application to daily life can be discovered and discussed. A brief video lecture will help to develop and clarify the themes of the lesson.
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm, St. Patrick's
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm, Immaculate Conception
Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 am, St. Patrick's
Participants have the option to attend discussions in person or virtually. Anyone interested in a virtual option will receive step by step instructions for connecting to the Zoom meeting by internet or phone,
and we have cameras/mics to lend.
Meetings will be moved to Zoom if inclement weather or
community spread of Covid-19 require us to close parish meeting spaces.
Participants will be notified when books are available for pickup.
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm, St. Patrick’s
September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6
Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 am, St. Patrick’s
September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, November 1, 8
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm, Immaculate Conception
September 20, 27, October 11, 18, 25, November 8, 15
All sessions available on Zoom