- Mondays at 10:30 am, led by Wayne Becker.
.Bible Study Group on Monday Morning
One of St. Matthew’s Bible studies meets at 10:30 AM on Monday’s in the Lounge. This study focuses on group reading and discussion of Scripture, branching off in different directions. We typically read a particular book of Scripture over a good number of sessions, sometimes months. Right now, we are completing the Gospel of John. We often go through the previous Sunday’s appointed readings (found on the back of bulletins,) discussing their connections. Many of the participants use the same version of the Bible (supplied) that allows easy following and is equipped with a good set of cross-references, textual commentary in its footnotes and indexes, convenient tools for proposing meanings to the text and extending our inquiry.
Our usual process is to read a portion of text and talk about its connections with other Scripture and its implications for our understanding, Church doctrine and action, open to everyone’s contributions, proposals, opinions and questions. (We usually get off into questions of: “what-if …,” “what-about …,” and “what-does-this-mean-for-my situation.”) This is an opportunity to visit the components of our faith with other people, part of the Body of Christ. It is an opportunity to develop insight and interpretive ability, in a group, seeking greater understanding together. We say: “The Holy Spirit is the Teacher,” and we pray for that.
Come and join us; talk as much as you want, or just listen; all are welcome!
Bible Studies throughout the year
Which version of the Bible?
The recommendation is a study Bible in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) which takes care in translating the original languages while simultaneously caring for the modern ear and comprehension.