Wednesday, May 20, 2009

John, The Way To True Life

Our Women's Bible Study on Monday evenings this year started September 15, 2008 and will have their final end June 1, 2009 with what our fearless leader Helen calls, a fellowship dinner and movie night. The Bible study had three sessions: Fall with 10 study sessions from Sept. 15 - Nov. 17 and a fellowship dinner on Dec. 1, Winter with 11 study sessions from Jan. 12, 2009 - March 25, and Spring with only 6 study sessions from April 20 - May 25, and fellowship dinner and movie night on June 1.

The study format is pretty unique; it integrates contemplative practices with a semi-exegetical study along with community building. All of this, I find, leads to a growing faith - that's right, the KEY word is GROWING. We are inspired, challenged, motivated and encouraged to deepen our relationship with Jesus.

How exactly do we do this in our Bible study? We start with 20 minutes of Lectio Divina (or spiritual reading, prayerful reading) using a passage from the week's study of John (e.g. John chapter 1 verse 1). Then, we watch the chapter from the movie The Gospel of John, which uses the Good News translation word for word (about 10 - 15 minutes max.). We break into small groups of 2 to 6 for the next 20 minutes to discuss the questions in our Study Guide, John, The Way to True Life, by Douglas Connolly. Usually this includes one life application question at least, which helps us to become more openly articulate and intentional about our faith. We complete and exchange written prayer requests and faithfully pray for our partner during the week. Finally, we have a 30-minutes or less lecture. All this with a start time of 7 pm and closing by 8:30 pm.

Intrigued? Do browse through the John Bible Study posts on the left side or read that blog directly too! God has been so amazingly generous and this study has blessed all in it in so many ways; I'm sure it will bless you too. As the Scriptures tell us God's Word is living and active! The mind of Christ is indeed ours to have.

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