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Spring Bible Study - Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Do you ever wonder what someone means when they say they have a “personal relationship with Christ,” or are you looking to deepen your own relationship? The Gospel of John invites us, in a unique way, to become intimately involved in the rich stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, and witness the transformation of many people along the way. A new session of the Monday morning Bible study begins January 9th, and you are invited to join fellow parishioners on the journey to meet Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Dates, Times and Location
Sessions meet on specific Mondays beginning January 9th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the St. Catherine Room. The scheduled Monday sessions are:
January 9th and 23rd
February 6th, 13th, 27th
March 6th, 13th, 27th
April 3rd, 10th
Please register and purchase your student workbook on the Ascension Press site by clicking here and be prepared to discuss the first chapter at our meeting. Please note that you will have to create an account with Ascension Press to register for the study. If you have difficulty, please email Lisa Ostendorf.
The cost for the study is $19.95, which includes the workbook. The video recordings will be made available on the Ascension Press site as well for those who register for anyone who cannot make a class or chooses to do the study from home, on their own.
Purpose of Bible studies
Biblical studies are meant to be done in community with others (small faith groups, friends, etc.). The reason the Bible is so difficult to understand is that it requires a transformation experience and a conversion experience. Without these, one would just read the words. Within a community of believers, one is most likely to find that conversion experience and be transformed by it.
What translation of the Bible should I read?
The short answer to this is, “any Bible you will read.” If you would like to read the translation we use in Mass, look for the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE). If you are looking for a good translation for in depth study, you may elect to choose the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New Jerusalem Bible, which are more direct translations from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.
What makes a Catholic Bible Catholic?
People often wonder if we read a different version of the Bible than our Protestant brothers and sisters. Every book in a “Protestant” Bible is included in a “Catholic” Bible. A “Catholic” Bible refers to the inclusion of 7 deuterocanonical books (1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, Tobit, and Judith), as well as parts of Daniel and Esther. The Church maintains these books have been referenced since the beginning of Christianity and were explicitly approved for inclusion as canon at the Council of Trent in 1546. During the Protestant Reformation, these were removed. Therefore, if you pick up a “Protestant” Bible and begin reading and praying, you are not reading anything that isn’t included in the “Catholic” Bible. You just wouldn’t have every book of the “Catholic” Bible.