Living Discipleship: Exploring the Bible
St. John’s Cathedral -- Christian Education 2017-2018
There is an epic story beginning in creation and continuing for thousands of years even into the future. It’s a story of a family. It’s a story of tribes. It’s a story ultimately of all humanity. It’s your story, and it’s written in the pages of the Bible. You may know the Bible well, or maybe you don’t. You may have tried to read it but think it’s boring, or confusing, or off-putting, because you don’t understand the back story, or what a bunch of ancient writings really have to do with your daily life. Or maybe you’ve experienced the Bible as a weapon people have tried to use against you.
We have a challenge for you this year at St. John’s. We believe whether you love the Bible, fear it, or are indifferent to it, you will come to know it in a new way if you join us on a journey through this story. Becoming more biblically literate, or reading the Bible in a new way will change the way you understand yourself as a follower of Jesus and the way you look at the whole world.
From October through May this year, most every Sunday we are going to travel together through the pages of the Bible. We are using a great tour book to guide our called The Path; a series of readings taking us through the whole story of the bible from Genesis through Revelation. Along the way there will be information to shape our understanding and questions to challenge our thinking. (See the other side of this flyer for a complete schedule for the year).
As a companion to The Path, and a further tour guide to the Bible, we highly recommend a brand new book by Rob Bell, What is the Bible: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything (Harper Collins, 2017). Rob Bell is a highly accessible and often funny writer. He has a tremendous gift of making the pages of the Scriptures come alive with new meaning. All of these books are available at Cathedral Bookstore or via Amazon.
What’s more is that this is a family journey. There is a companion children’s version, The Path: A Family Storybook and a curriculum for children that our Children’s events will focus on this year. So as you learn about the Bible, our children will be taking the same journey. This will be an awesome adventure.
What is the Bible, by Rob Bell
Harper Collins, 2017
The Path: A Journey Through the Bible, Melody Wilson Shobe and David Creech, eds.
Forward Movement, 2016
St. John’s Cathedral
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Schedule 2017 -- 2018 (all sessions are Sundays at 9:15)
DATE TOPIC CHAPTER in The Path
October 1, 2017 Beginning the Journey About this Book
October 8 God saw it was good Ch. 1
October 15 Sign of the covenant Ch. 2
October 22 Ancestor of a multitude Ch. 3
October 29 Joseph had a dream Ch. 4
November 5 I am who I am Ch. 5
November 12 The waters were divided Ch. 6
November 19 The wall fell down flat Ch. 7
November 26 NO SESSION, THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
December 3 The Lord raised up judges Ch. 8
December 10 Speak for your servant is listening Ch. 9
December 17 Determined to have a king Ch. 10
December 24 and 31 NO SESSIONS, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
January 7, 2017 A man after God’s own heart Ch. 11
January 14 The wisdom of God was in him Ch. 12
January 21 Here I am send me Ch. 13
January 28 NO SESSION, ABSALOM JONES DAY, SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
February 4 NO SESSION, DEDICATION DAY AND ANNUAL MEETING
February 11 Daniel servant of the living God Ch. 14
February 18 Go up and rebuild Ch. 15
February 25 Good news of great joy Ch. 16
March 4 Follow me Ch. 17
March 11 Proclaiming the good news Ch. 18
March 18 Crucify him Ch. 19
March 25 NO SESSION,PALM SUNDAY
April 1 NO SESSION,EASTER DAY
April 8 NO SESSION, LOW SUNDAY
April 15 We have seen the Lord Ch. 20
April 22 Filled with the Holy Spirit Ch. 21
April 29 Grace may abound Ch. 22
May 6 Be doers of the word Ch. 23
May 13 Alpha and Omega Ch. 24
May 20 Last Session, Celebrating
the journey! Epilogue