Saint Andrew’s offers several classes to encourage the faithful. We hope that you will find a class that interests you.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION | 9:30 am on Sundays
Leader: Floyd Covey, Th.D., Ph.D. (Priest, Psychologist, Monk, Board Certified Christian Counselor)
Dr. Covey began a new adult Sunday school class in September 2017 called “Becoming One with Yeshua – Jesus.” All are invited to join this class in the parish hall at 9:30 am on Sundays. Dr. Covey’s description of the study is as follows: The term The Way was the early term used in relation to followers of Jesus. In the Holy Gospel according to St. John (14:6), Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Thus, early Christians took the term The Way from this verse. According to Fr. Gorazd Vorpatrny, the people of Old Israel were called to holiness. In the New Testament, members of the Church are called to spiritual perfection (St. Matthew 5:48). Spiritual perfection refers to the path that all true Christians are to follow, without expecting it to “end.” By His Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, and founding of His Church, the Lord Jesus opened for His most precious creature, Man, the path to His true goal: Theosis, or Deification. In this class, God permitting, we will explore the journey to Theosis, looking at what Celtic Orthodox Spirituality teaches on the true goal of God for us. We were created in the image of God, but we are on a journey to attain God’s likeness. The idea of “God dwelling in us and we in Him” is set forth in the Gospel of St. John and in the Epistles of St. Paul and St. Peter. Again, God permitting, we will also explore the Celtic view of “Listening for the Heartbeat of God” in all of life. Further, we will examine what Holy Scripture actually teaches in opposition to some of the current false teachings about our faith, teachings that are prevalent in our culture today. Please join us on our journey, if you can. If you cannot join us, please pray for us that the Holy Spirit will lead each moment of the class, as well as each moment of our lives. Audio lectures for this class can be accessed here.
Several Bible studies are offered at Saint Andrew’s Church on mornings and evenings throughout the week.
Tuesday Ladies’ Bible Study | 10 am in the parish hall | Sara Dobbs
The Ladies’ Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, Sept 11. It is very exciting to go back to the Old Testament with the book The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament, by Sandra L. Richter. She pulls it apart and organizes it in a manner that enables us all to understand it! This year will be an exciting year! All ladies please come and bring friends on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the parish hall.
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study | 10 am in the conference room | Tom Davis
This group began a study in early July of the Gospel of Mark using a movie that is the first-ever word-for-word, unedited movie adaptation. According to “The Gospel of Mark,” Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, a healer, and a miracle worker––the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological research and offers an unforgettable, highly authentic telling of the Jesus story ending with the empty tomb, a promise to meet again in Galilee, and Jesus’ instructions to spread the good news of the resurrection. The class will last for a few weeks.
Wednesday Bible Study | 10 am | Fr. Jeff
In Oct 2017, Fr. Jeff began a new Wednesday book study, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith (Spangler and Tverberg). As the title suggests, they have been digging into Jesus’ faith as Jew. It is informative and transformative. The book is written for a lay audience. Everyone is invited to attend this class any time they are able. The book is available online – just be sure to search for the 2009 edition. A new edition is available for presale but won’t ship until sometime in 2018. This class is on summer break but will resume on Aug 15.
Thursday Bible Study | 10 am (followed by Holy Eucharist at 11 am) | Fr. Jeff
This long-standing Bible Study has studied much of the Pauline corpus and branched out in recent years to include studies of the writings of the Early Church Fathers and some Books of the Apocrypha (Esdras and Maccabees). This was intended to supplement teachings in the other Bible Studies. Since Jan 2016, they have been studying the Book of Exodus. There is no text, and the Rector provides the teaching. Recommended texts include both a Roman Catholic and Evangelical Study Bible (to give broader perspective) as well as the Jewish Study Bible. For insights into the Hebrew text, the Blue Letter Bible is an excellent web tool that is fairly easy to navigate. Notes for this bible study can be found here. This class is on summer break but will resume on Aug 16.
Sunday Evening Bible Study | 6:30 pm | Conference Room | Tom Davis
The Sunday Evening Bible Study is beginning a study of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity on July 15. All are welcome to join the class. In this 8-session video group study, you will discover why Mere Christianity is one of the most read and beloved Christian books of all time. But now, seventy years after it was first delivered on radio, what relevance does it have to our world today? Host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian leaders (N. T. Wright, Tim Keller, Lauren Winner, Devin Brown, Paul McCuskey, Douglas Gresham) help us understand the timeless message of C. S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation. The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C. S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian. The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome, and nonthreatening way the basic tenants of the Christian faith as illustrated by C. S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian. This study aims to fulfill the vision of C. S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds. Please join us.