Bible Study

Bible Class Opportunities at St. John’s

   “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). This verse and many others in the Bible tell us of the importance of not just reading the Word, but studying it. In Bible classes we have the opportunity to ask questions and examine applications of the teachings God reveals to us in his Word. It is an opportunity to be mutually encouraged by the others who are attending the class. And, honestly, the Pastor enjoys the conversations with members, too – we all see what is happening in the world and find direction from God to live day by day. You don’t have to “read aloud to the class” if you do not want to; you are welcome to be as involved as you feel comfortable.

   Sunday morning Bible study begins September 13th. It will be held from 8:10 to 8:40 a.m. in the church basement.  The Synoptic Gospels will be our first topic of study.  We know that all 4 gospels teach us about Jesus' ministry.  Yet as the Holy Spirit inspired all 4 gospel writers, they did not write exactly all the same things. Why the difference?  Come and find out. Pastor Wolff will lead this study.

   Pastor Wolff will lead Tuesday evening Bible study beginning 7 p.m., September 8th. It will be held in the church basement.  "The Christian and Climate Change" will be our first topic. How do the Biblical teachings of creation and God's providence match up against the most popular environmental theory of today?

   Pastor Schultz leads a women’s class in the church basement on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. The class is currently going through “Key concepts and terms”. The group studies a couple terms / “theme” from the Bible. When this course is finished the group will work through “tion” words of the Bible – teachings and actions of God that end with the letters “tion” (Justification, for example). This is also the series we will use for the school chapel Friday devotions. Materials are prepared for you.

   Pastor Schultz leads “Bible Information Classes”. These are opportunities for members to have a brief refresher course of the Bible’s teachings. People who wish to become members or would like to know what the Bible says are certainly welcome. There is no obligation to join the church by attending these classes. The next session begins on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:45 p.m. in the church basement. Materials are prepared for you.

   In September Pastor Schultz will begin a series of “1-night” topics. We will talk about one topic each night (of course, longer if there is that much discussion!). Some of the topics for the Fall are Christian Ethics, Parenting Your Parents, Heart in Focus (a financial / stewardship planning resource from the synod), and Marriage and Family as God Instituted. Other topics will be offered, too. This class will meet on Wednesday evenings. More details and information will be coming.

   (Pastor Schultz also teaches Catechism to the 5th-8th graders of the congregation, those who are at St. John’s School and the public school in your particular school district. He is working on getting those classes online in some form, too, so that if other members want a regular review, they may make us of it.)