Bible Study

Monday Night Scripture Study

WHAT DO WE REALLY MEAN BY “GOD”?
Come to the St. Joan of Arc Monday Night Scripture Study and see!
Bishop Robert Barron presents; The Mystery of God

Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great.

How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God?

In this new six-part film series and study program, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into our rich intellectual tradition to teach us how. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, he uncovers a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God”.

Who is God? And why does he matter? Participate in this study and you’ll not only learn the answers yourself, but you’ll discover how to share them with others – especially those who no longer believe.

The Study begins on 12 September and meets though 7 November. We will meet in the Commons for Snacks at 6:30 pm and meet in the Main Worship Space  from 7-8:30pm.  If you are interested fill out the registration form and give it to Deacon Mark or anyone at the Scripture Study Table in the commons.  You can also e-mail Deacon Mark at: mmueller@stjoanofarcva.org.

12 Sept Introduction
19 Sept Lesson 1 – Atheism and What we mean by “God”
26 Sept Lesson 2 – Paths to God
3 Oct Lesson 3 – The Divine Attributes
10 Oct Columbus Day
17 Oct Lesson 4 – Providence and the Problem of Evil
24 Oct Lesson 5 – Exploring the Trinity
31 Oct The Vigil of All Saints
7 Nov Lesson 6 – The God Who is Love
14 Nov Bringing it All Together

Thursday Night Scripture Study

“DOORS OF MERCY”
EXPLORING GOD’S COVENANT WITH YOU

8 September 2016 thru 3 November 2016

•    WE WILL EXPLORE THE VARIOUS COVENANTS THAT GOD HAS MADE WITH HUMANITY
•    UNDERSTAND  GOD USED THESE COVENANTS TO REVEAL THE DEPTHS OF HIS MERCY
•    THE STORY OF CREATION, THE FALL OF MAN, NOAH, ABRAHAM, MOSES AND DAVID; GOD FORGIVES THE SINS OF HUMANITY TIME AND AGAIN
•    HIS COVENANTS AND MERCIFUL LOVE ARE PART OF A DIVINE PLAN FOR SALVATION
•    ST. FAUSTINA AND THE ‘DIVINE MERCY’ MESSAGE WILL CONCLUDE THE 8 WEEK COURSE

WHEN: Study will begin on Thursday, 8 September, 2016
WHERE: Social Hall
Study Guide: Cost of study guide is $20.95
Contact: Pat Clark  (757) 898-5570 pclark@widomaker.com

Date Lesson Chapter Title Sign of the Covenant Work of the Covenant
         
8-Sep-16 1 Adam and Eve: Promise The Sabbath To subdue the earth and be fruitful & multiply
         
15-Sep-16 2 Noah:  Promise Rainbow To subdue the earth and be fruitful & multiply
         
22-Sep-16 3 Abraham: Faith Circumcision Claim the inheritance given to descendents of Shem; live as God’s Chosen People so that the world may see what God desires to do for all people
         
29-Sep-16 4 Moses: Inheritance The Passover To teach the Israelites about God, how to worship Him and live as His children
         
6-Oct-16 5 David: Dynasty The Throne of David Unite the 12 tribes of Israel into one kingdom under a single dynasty promised to Abraham and to prepare the world for the Universal Blessing
         
13-Oct-16 6 The Prophets: Renewal The Throne of David Call the people back to God; heal the division between God and His people (divided kingdom) prepare the world for Universal Blessing
         
20-Oct-16 7 Jesus: Salvation The Eucharist To fulfill God’s promises; reunite Israel and bestow upon humanity the Universal Blessing of salvation
         
27-Oct-16 NO CLASS    
         
3-Nov-16 8 St. Faustina: Divine Mercy    

NEXT STUDY, THE GOSPEL OF LUKE WILL START 10 NOVEMBER

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