Our Bible Study and Discussion Group will continue this Tuesday again, starting at 7:15 pm in the Church wing.
We will continue with Acts Chapter 11, which starts with St. Peter going back to Jerusalem after he preached the Gospel to a Gentile centurion named Cornelius. During this time, the Jews were regarded as the favoured people of God and it was thought that new believers in Christ would also have to participate in Judaism. As a result, the other apostles had trouble with St. Peter’s actions.
But since God commanded that the Word was to be preached to everyone – not just the Jews – the other apostles agreed to reach out to the non-Jewish and Greek people of the world. St. Barnabas then heads to Tarsus to pick up St. Paul and bring him to Antioch. The two men stay there for a year and help establish the Christian Church. “And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26).
What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s world? Come and join our study and discussion group!
Bible Study and Discussion
BIBLE STUDY 2019 start date is January 8th - mark your calendar!
7:15 pm to 9:00 pm. All are welcome - no registration required!
All Saints Bible Study and Discussion Group – 2019
Our All Saints Bible Study and Discussion Group meets on Tuesdays every week from 7:15 to 9pm in the church wing. Leo Lazaris leads our group and Fr. Haridimos oversees and offers spiritual guidance. We read and discuss the scriptures in an easy-going way, host topical and multimedia presentations, and welcome lessons on the history and tradition of our faith. We enjoy time together and have potluck parties throughout the year.
Starting on January 8, we will be studying the Acts of the Apostles. Written by St. Luke in the first century, we regard the book of Acts as a continuation of the Gospel of St. Luke – It’s actually one story in two parts. The main focus is the work of the Holy Spirit in transforming believers and forming the early Church, after Christ’s ascension.
An archeological historian named Sir William Ramsay was so impressed with the historical accuracy of the book of Acts, that he renounced atheism and became a believer. Ramsay writes, “Luke’s history is unsurpassed in respect to its trustworthiness…Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements trustworthy…this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, was a native of Syrian Antioch, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul, and a physician trained in the Greek medical arts, and also the art of painting (iconographer of the Theotokos). Encyclopedia Britannica describes him as, “the most literary of the New Testament writers.”
The book of Acts describes the start of God’s amazing work through His Church. It continues today. We as Bible study participants have, through the years, seen how God’s Word ignites our hearts for worship and for reaching out to our world with the Good News of Christ. The same Holy Spirit as described in the Bible and in the working of His Church throughout the ages, dwells in us and gives us the power to be a light in a darkened world.
The All Saints Bible Study Group uses THE ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE by Conciliar Press.
Here are some of the questions and issues we will be covering, examining current affairs and cultural developments and our personal spiritual growth:
What is our cultural identity? Is it our role to promote good values politically or to sidestep the system?
What government is best suited for humankind?—Do religion and politics mix?
When are we tempted to compromise our faith?
How does science relate to faith?
How do we respond to the many challenges we regularly face?
What do we need to do to grow spiritually?
What are the benefits of worship and the sacramental life?
When and how often should we pray?
Where can we be of service? How can we know our purpose?
How do we gain confidence in our relationships with God and everyone around us?
How should Orthodox Christians respond when culture clashes with Church and Bible teaching?
What should we think of modern films and the entertainment industry, and the thousands of networks and websites begging and competing for our attention and subscription?
Additional (Optional) Resources: ●The Acts of the Apostles: Spreading the Word by Fr. Lawrence Farley; ●The Acts of the Apostles by Archbishop Averky Taushev; ●Ancient Faith Radio podcasts Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles by Fr. Stephen De Young; ●Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life by Nicole M. Roccas; ●Improbable Planet by Hugh Ross (Science); ●The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher (Society); and, ●Strengthen Your Soul by Fr. Andreas Konanos (Christian Living).
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Every Tuesday we start off with a Small Compline Reader's Service in the Church. You can download and print your own copy below...