Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Lenten Bible Study on Luke: read along and join us....

I am preparing to lead a Bible study on the Gospel of Luke this coming Lent. Tomorrow's class (10:30 in the church vestry) will begin the 5 session series. We will be breaking the Gospel up into chunks that roughly outline the different stages of the life of Jesus Christ, from birth and through his youth and earthly ministry to his death and resurrection.

Here is a rough schedule of our reading process:
  • Week 1:
    • Chapters 1-5
    • The Birth of the Christ
    • Waiting on the Kingdom; the gatekeepers of promise
    • Call and the beginning of the earthly ministry
  • Week 2:
    • Chapters 6-11
    • Jesus and his companions-travels and teachings
    • Prayer and the Son of Man
    • The Sermon on the Plain: Blessings and Woes
  • Week 3:
    • Chapters 12-18
    • Frightening words-texts that terrify
    • Are we ready for healing? For the Kingdom?
  • Week 4:
    • Chapters 19-23
    • It all comes undone
    • Teaching the uphill climb
    • Are YOU the Messiah?!?
  • Week 5:
    • Chapter 24
    • CAN the living be found with the dead?
    • Off on the road to Emmaus
    • A bit of broiled fish
    • Returning to Jerusalem
I am hoping to post the lesson's outline, presentation and any questions that arise from the discussion on the morning following the class. From time to time, I may post reflections ahead of time for the class' and your reflection. Please read ahead. Don't be afraid to jump into the text with whatever translation of the Bible you have at hand. This is a class designed to get us ALL into reading scripture and making a commitment during Lent to express a particular devotion to being in touch with the word of God-and through the word-to get in touch with the Word-Jesus himself.

Join us tomorrow at 10:30 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Matawan. The vestry door will be open and we will be expecting you!

"Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed...." Luke 1:1-4

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