A Community Following Jesus: Bible Studies
By Vicar Ben Vineyard
A “Community Following Jesus” is a community living life together. Spiritual life is nourished by the presence of others. We need one another and the conversation and consolation in life and faith.
A goal for this year is to encourage a “firsthand spirituality.” That is: studying and applying the Scriptures together, experiencing relational openness, and living out our discipleship in the communities in which God has placed us.
To further establish this, we at Trinity are going to form Life Together groups beginning this fall. These will be groups that study the Bible together, share life and stories, and keep an eye out for needs they can address in their communities.
If you’re interested, write Vicar Ben Vineyard.
Here’s a list of ongoing studies for your spiritual nourishment:
Pastor Led Bible Study
We need companions in the journey of faith and this group seeks to be that for one another. Join us as we explore what we believe, why we believe it, and why it matters. We’ll be studying both the Bible and how we study the Bible. Bring your voice and heart to the conversation as we explore how God comes to us, how God makes us into a community of faith, and where God intends to send us with his grace.
Sundays | 9:45am | Worship Center | Ongoing
Women’s Bible Study
You’re invited to experience friendship and spiritual nourishment through our Women’s Bible Study. We enjoy great conversation and we study the Scriptures with all our heart. Our hope is that you will be nourished by God’s Spirit and our conversation so you continue to make life flourish wherever God sends you. Julie von der Linden leads our group. She’s the one to ask for more info, including questions about possible childcare. Begins September 7.
Wednesdays | 9:15-11:15am | Room 201 | Begins Sept. 7
Men’s Bible Study: The Book of James
The Men’s Wednesday Night Bible Group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8pm at the Shawnee campus (does not meet during Lent). It is an opportunity for men to grow closer to God and to strengthen each other in the faith. The group is led by Al von der Linden and Steve Bialek. We’ll be studying the book of James this autumn.
Wednesdays | 7-8pm | Room 200 | Ongoing
The Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion
What all happened on the cross? What does it mean today? What do Lutherans teach, believe and confess about the cross? In October 2016, the 499th year after the Reformation, a group will form to explore a Lutheran understanding of the cross. We’ll explore Lutheran sources on the subject and compare this with Anglican voice, N.T. Wright. We’ll also use Wright’s upcoming book The Day the Revolution Began in our study. Contact Ben Vineyard to show interest or ask details.
Coming October 2016
A Man Named Martin – Part 1: The Man and Part 2: The Moment
In this seven-session Bible study, Luther’s life and times are examined through the lens of history, religion and theology.
Joining forces in examining these aberrant teachings and the role Martin Luther had in debating and, ultimately, rejecting them is a cast of scholars, professional church workers, and pastors. Here Dr. Paul Maier, Dr. Ken Schurb, Dr. John Nunes, Dr. Joel Lampe, Dr. Susan Mobley, Dr. Joel Biermann, and others, along with The Lutheran Hour Speaker and host Dr. Gregory Seltz, add insight and expertise to this fascinating period in the life of Martin Luther.
In A Man Named Martin – Part 1: The Man viewers encounter a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. A Man Named Martin—Part 2: The Moment examines the errant teachings and wayward traditions of the Late Medieval Church that eventually sparked the Protestant Reformation, a theological overhaul set in motion most notably by Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg.
- Session 1: – Luther’s World – September 11
- Session 2: – Life in a Monastery – September 18
- Session 3: – Indulgences – September 25
- Session 4: – Luther Changes His Approach – October 2
- Session 5: – God’s Word Comes out of Hiding – October 9
- Session 6: – Luther Began as a Good Roman Catholic – October 16
- Session 7: – Purgatory & Translations Versus the Originals – October 23