Our weekly discussion about The Good Book is shifting gears slightly for the remainder of the fall. And it is now being led weekly by Fr. Wallace Marsh. Every week is a different topic, so join us when your schedule permits!
Flannery O’Connor believed one of the challenges facing the church was we have lost the meaning to some of our most important words. This 10-week study will examine important words in the Christian tradition. We will look at their context in the Bible using passages from the Old and New Testaments, and discuss their relevance in our lives today. See the calendar below.
This weekly class gathers online via Zoom:
Click to join the meeting or call (301) 715–8592
Meeting ID: 888 689 196
October 15 – Faith: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen” (Hebrews 11: 1). What do we learn about a life of faith from the scriptures? What does a life of faith look like in today’s world?
October 22 – Grace: “To each of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7). What does grace look like in the scriptures? How do we live more grace filled lives?
October 29 – Fear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). The words “fear not” occur over 80 times in the Bible. Why? What do we learn about fear in scripture? How do we manage fear in our lives?
November 5 – Saints: “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). Who are the saints? What does it mean to ask God to help me “to be one too” (Hymn 293)?
November 12 – Sin: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). What do we learn about sin from the Bible? How do we define sin and talk about it as Episcopalians?
November 19 – Pilgrim: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). Why are pilgrims and pilgrimages so important to our faith and national identity?
November 26 – No Class (Thanksgiving Day)
December 3 – Last Things: “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come” (Matthew 13: 24-37). Why so much doom and gloom during Advent? How might these words be liberating during this holy season?
December 10 – Repentance: “John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1: 1-8). What does it look like to repent? What do we need to repent of this time of year? Why is this such an important Advent message?
December 17 – Mystery: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1: 26-38). We celebrate one of the great mysteries on December 25th. What is a mystery? Where do we experience the mystery in the holiday season?
December 24 – No Class (Christmas Eve)
December 31 – No Class (New Year’s Eve)