Saint Andrew’s offers several classes to encourage the faithful. We hope that you will find a class that interests you.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION at 9:30 am on Sundays
Leader: Fr. Jeff
Join us in the parish hall at 9:30 am each Sunday for a Bible study on Romans. The recommended text is Tom Wright’s Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part One. In addition, Fr. Jeff is preparing notes from numerous commentaries (Roman, Protestant, Messianic Jew, Jewish, and some Ancient Church). The plan is to read sections (based on Wright’s divisions) analyzing the verses. We hope to also have some prayerful discussion on God’s revelation for us in the Word.
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 will resume in Fall 2017 with a new study.
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study | 10 am in the conference room | Fr. David
Since April 4, 2017, the Men’s Bible Study group has been studying the Gospel According to John and the Johannine Letters, using a volume in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series by Scott M. Lewis, who is vice president, dean, and associate professor of New Testament at Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Wednesday Bible Study | 10 am | Fr. David
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Fr. David’s class began a study of the Beatitudes. From a Latin root that means “blessed” or “happy,” the Beatitudes are statements in the New Testament that begin with a similar form: “Blessed are . . ., for. . . .” The Beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Sermon on the Plain in Luke are spoken by Jesus to his disciples. For their study, they are reading Beatitudes from the Back Side by J. Ellsworth Kalas (1923–2015). Kalas was a United Methodist pastor for 38 years before joining the faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This adult Wednesday Bible study of the Beatitudes is in recess for the summer and will resume in Fall 2017 with Fr. Jeff Marx as the leader.
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.
Sunday Bible 101 | 6:30 pm | Conference Room | Mark Partlow
At present, this group is studying “The Book of Romans,” a 22-lesson plan in audio format by Stephen Armstrong from Verse by Verse Ministry. The web link is http://www.versebyverseministry.org/bible-studies/the_book_of_romans. Stephen Armstrong says, “Paul’s letter to the Romans is widely acknowledged to be the single most important theological essay ever written. Romans is literally loaded with essential Christian doctrine, and no Bible education is complete without a thorough examination of this book. Martin Luther commended every Christian to memorize Romans word-for-word, and though we may never reach this goal, we can certainly give ourselves to understanding its wisdom. The Book of Romans reads like a course in systematic Christian theology, and it holds the keys to understanding a long list of fundamental Christian doctrines and beliefs, including soteriology (the doctrine of salvation), harmartiology (the doctrine of sin), Israelology (the doctrine of Israel), election, predestination, sanctification, and many other important truths.”