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Sunday Afternoon Study 2017/2018

 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom is an exciting study that explores the life and mission of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel. Matthew demonstrates how the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ, who establishes a New Law and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Participants will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who relives the life and struggles of Israel to become the faithful and victorious King. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ Jewish culture, this study will help participants understand who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today. Matthew is an ideal follow-up study to the basic narrative of Scripture taught in The Bible Timeline study.

Dates, Times and Location

Sessions are most Sundays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the St. Catherine Room, beginning September 17, 2017.

 

Register Now

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 Brian Bobick brianbobick@icloud.com.

The cost for the study is $28.95, 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.

Monday Morning Study 2017/2018

 

Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom

by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer

The book of Matthew describes how Christ’s Kingdom on earth is empowered to carry out his work in the world. The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth.

The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Paul’s letters in particular come alive in a new way when they are read within the context of the Acts narrative.

Dates, Times and Location

Sessions are most Mondays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the St. Catherine Room, beginning September 11, 2017. Stay for fellowship and study after morning Mass.  Classes will not meet on the following Mondays:

October 9, 2017

November 13 and 20, 2017

December 25, 2017

January 1, 15, and 29, 2018

February 19, 2018

March 26, 2018

April 2, 2018

Last meeting May 21, 2018

Register Now

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 lostendorf@stfrncis.org

The cost for the study is $28.95, 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.

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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.

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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.

Chronological Bible Study

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