Bible study

St. Paul's is offering bible study, open to all. Each series is offered independently. Materials for each series will available here online, linked by that series. 

The Spring 2019 bible study was The Life of Saint Paul,  using N.T. Wright's life of Saint Paul as a resource.
Sessions will be Feb. 3, March 17, and dates TBA for the weather cancellations. 

The Fall 2018 bible study was The Creeds, in and through Scripture.

The Spring 2017 bible study was The Women of The New Testament.
The audio files for sessions are linked in the handout.

The fall 2016 bible study looked at the history of the Episcopal Church from the beginning, with a special focus on how scripture shaped it.

Spring 2016 bible study included two series.

The church calendar: audio files linked in handout

Jesus: teacher, healer, prophet, Christ: audio files linked in handout

The fall 2015 bible study was "Opening the Apocrypha; where did that come from?" The audio from each session will be posted in the handout file.

The spring 2015 bible study was "Feed my sheep; hospitality and the Eucharist." Audio files for the session are in the handout.

The fall 2014 bible study discussed "Changing the Conversation." 

The handout and audio recordings are available here. The book can be purchased from Amazon and some copies are available locally.

The Spring 2014 study series was A Theology of Creation

Feb. 2: Stories of creation. Hebrew is a concrete language. What deeper story does Genesis tell, and how is it radically different from other creation stories? How does it let us engage with the universe?

Feb. 16: The realm of physics and chemistry. How do the physical images of God enrich our understanding and relationship with God? What is causation, and how does God leave room in it both for miracles and for our free will? Why do some scientists say that the universe looks like it was designed for us?

Audio file: the realm of physics and chemistry

March 2: The realm of biology. How do biological images of God further stretch our understanding? What insights can the bible give us into the gifts of life: development, pain and death? Does evolution challenge or enrich our understanding of the sustaining work of creation by God?

We regret that for technical reasons no audio file is available for this session.

March 23: The creation is groaning. If the original creation was “very good,” in what ways is the creation groaning now? What are we called to do as stewards of creation? How is caring for creation one of the ways we are currently being called to love our neighbor?

Audio file: the creation is groaning

Among the materials we will use is the Catechism of Creation available for free from the Episcopal Church. Other helpful readings will be drawn from the Handbook of the Fellowship of Scientists

Fall 2013 by request:

This fall we turn our thoughts to the Trinity, the deep mystery at the heart of the Christian faith. Anyone who has been puzzled by it or who would like to learn more is welcome to join us. Four sessions at St. Paul's Episcopal church will explore it through scripture and other readings.

On Oct. 6, "Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One,"  we explored the Jewish understanding of monotheism. Rooted in revelation and experience the oneness of God is understood as the creator and source of all things, before all time and the ultimate end of all beings, a loving and just God that has placed God's image in each of us. 

Oct. 6 - Hear, oh Israel             Audio file

On Oct. 20, "Jesus: who do men say that I am?" we explored Jesus as Son of Man and Son of God. Pre-resurrection experiences of him revealed him as a teacher, healer and friend. The post-resurrection understandings of him will be studied in the gospels, especially John, and the protological passages of Collossians, Ephesians and Hebrews, and the bride groom of Revelation.

Oct. 20 - Who do men say that I am? audio file

 On Nov. 3, "The Spirit at work in the world," we looked at the work of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and the New Testament. We also looked at some world scriptures to see where possible overlaps may be found. 

Nov. 3 - The Spirit at work in the world audio file

On Nov. 17, "How three are one," we looked at the Nicene understanding of the three persons of the Trinity, how the church's teaching grew out of the need to integrate the fullest understanding of God's nature, and how the Trinity reveals to us that God is love, not only in loving us and holding us in being but in the eternal depths of God's own self.

Nov. 17 - How Three are one audio file

The past series are: