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 group begins a new study on Tuesday, Apr 3, for five weeks, with their summer break beginning after the May 1 class. The study is “Be Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado. It is a film series and one where there is no homework but all study the lessons together. All are welcome for this short study, and it is perfect for those who have been afraid to commit to come and meet and get to know the ladies of the church.
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study | 10 am in the conference room | Tom Davis
The Men’s Bible Study will begin a new study of the Book of Acts on Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017. They will meet in the Saint Andrew’s conference room at 10:00 am each Tuesday and will use The Visible Bible’s video on Acts combined with the audio program “Acts of the Apostles” from Verse By Verse Ministry. The programs will generally last about an hour, with an additional 30 minutes allowed for discussion. All men of Saint Andrew’s are invited to join the study.
Wednesday Bible Study | 10 am | Fr. Jeff
On October 18, 2017, Fr. Jeff is beginning 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 will dig into Jesus’ faith as Jew. It will be 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 2018.
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 January 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.
Sunday Evening Bible Study | 6:30 pm | Conference Room | Tom Davis
The Sunday evening study group will have a one-week session in the conference room on Apr 22 at 6:30 pm entitled “An Examination of Biblical Proof for the Resurrection of Jesus.” Everything we believe about the life, teachings, and significance of Jesus of Nazareth hinges on our view of the resurrection accounts. The resurrection account in the gospels is the most compelling evidence for the deity of Jesus. This teaching offers a survey of the evidence presented in support of the eyewitness accounts. This session will be a good lead-in to the program “The Case for Faith,” which will begin on Sunday, Apr 29, and run for six weeks in the conference room. This video program is based on the book The Case for Faith, written by former atheist Lee Strobel, and addresses the hard questions while addressing the most common objections to the Christian faith. Following is a link to the trailer for the program: https://www.studygateway.com/watch/the-case-for-christ/the-case-for-christ-trailer. All are invited to join both studies.