Monday, September 13, 2010

Two Bible study series for you

Photo by Jane Winstead
Wednesday Morning Bible Study.

Click on the photo above and the one at the bottom. The people in these pictures are part of a new Bible study series being offered at St. Raphael.

In the photo above, for the Wednesday morning series, there are at least 50 people, not counting Father Tim and Father Dominic. The photo below is for the Wednesday evening series. Look closely at both pictures. You probably know most of the people in these two pictures. They are your fellow parishioners and they are attending this Bible study series.

The series is called The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Timeline. It was developed by Jeff Cavins, a former Protestant minister who returned to the Catholic Church in 1995. That's a picture of Jeff Cavins at the left above. If you click on the picture you will be taken to a video in which he discusses The Bible Timeline for a program that was presented earlier this year in New Jersey. It is the same program being presented at St. Raphael.

In another video, that you can click on above, you can hear people who have completed the series in another parish talking about their experiences.

The series is 24 weeks and it just started last Wednesday so you really haven't missed much at all. Some of the people in the video say that even if you can't go to all 24 sessions you will get a lot out of any of the ones you attend.

Cavins' plan identifies the 14 narrative books of the Bible that lead you chronologically through the story of salvation history. The series also shows where the remaining 59 books fit into the story.

The series divides salvation history into 12 identifiable periods to help participants remember the progression of the story. They include significant details from secular history to help put Bible events in time.

The series explains how God's plan unfolded through a series of covenants so you can understand not just the story but where it is headed and how you fit in the big picture.

The point of all of this is to encourage you to attend one (or both) of the Bible study series. The Wednesday morning series begins at 9:15 a.m. It covers the book of Matthew and will parallel our Sunday liturgy. You can e-mail Marybeth Finster at for more information.

The Wednesday evening series begins at 7:30 p.m. It gives an overview of the Bible from the Old Testament through the New Testament. You can e-mail Denise Debord at for more information.

Each session runs 90 minutes.

Marybeth Finster and Denise Debord say you don't need any previous Bible study, you won't have a lot of homework, you won't have to get up and talk in front of others and you don't have to make it to every class.

And they quote St. Jerome: "Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ."

Photo by Jane Winstead
Wednesday Evening Bible Study.

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