Bible Studies

Bible Studies 2017-12-05T20:27:06+00:00

THE KOINONIA BIBLE STUDY ON THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE MEETS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS AT 7:30 PM!

After His resurrection from the dead the Lord Jesus told two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus: “Everything must be fulfilled that was written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44). In other words, the

Please join us as we study the glorious Gospel of St. Luke on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm! St. Luke the Evangelist was a close friend and travel companion of the apostle Paul on his second and third great missionary journeys throughout the Mediterranean world, a Gentile probably born in the city of Antioch, and a medical doctor by profession. He is also the author of two books in the New Testament: the Gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles. Imprisoned in Rome, near the end of his life, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy that “Luke is my only companion.” Luke’s Gospel, the longest of the four Gospels, places the story of the Lord Jesus in the context of Roman history and, as he says in the opening verses, is an attempt to “provide an orderly account” of the story of the Lord Jesus by consulting “eyewitnesses” to the events he describes for a man named Theophilus. His Gospel is marked by his special concern for the poor, the marginalized and those who are social outcasts, as well as for the universality of the Good News about Jesus Christ for all peoples, both Jews and Gentiles alike. Luke also emphasizes the activity of the Holy Spirit, who is active both in the life of Christ and in the earliest Christian communities as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, beginning with the day of Pentecost. Luke is also known in the Christian tradition as one of the first painters of icons and was martyred at the age of 84 near Thebes, Greece. Please bring a friend—drop-ins are always welcome.

If you cannot come in person, you may phone in to this Bible Study! To call in for the Koinonia Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke all you need to do is to dial 515-604-9934 and then the access code of 835497#

Dean Langis leads this Bible Study, and you are welcome to contact him for any further information at 949-733-2366 or at dlangis@stpaulsirvine.org.

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The Women’s Bible Study Meets Thursdays at 10 AM

This year, the Women’s Bible Study will be focusing on the Gospel of St. Mark. Mark is most famous for writing the Gospel that bears his name, an account of the life, teaching, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Probably written in Rome shortly after the execution of the apostles Peter and Paul, it was a vivid reminder to Christians, then suffering persecution for their faith, of the sufferings of Christ, their Master, and an inspiration to them to remain faithful to Him. Mark’s Gospel is the first and oldest of the four gospels that today constitute the heart of the New Testament and, in fact, forms the essential basis for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke as well. Of the 660 verses in Mark’s Gospel, 600 are to be found in Matthew’s Gospel and 350 in Luke’s Gospel and only 60 in neither. Compared to these two later Gospels, Mark’s is much shorter, more direct and informal and written in the simple Greek used throughout the Mediterranean world of his time. Traditionally, the writing of Mark’s Gospel has been associated with the witness of the apostle Peter and rooted in Mark’s relationship with him. At the closing of the First Letter of Peter the apostle speaks of “my son Mark” much as the apostle Paul wrote of Timothy in his letters. St. Irenaeus of Lyons, around 185AD, wrote that “after the deaths of Peter and Paul, Mark – the disciple and interpreter of Peter – handed down to us in writing those things that Peter had proclaimed.” The fourth century church historian Eusebius mentions that after leaving Rome, Mark went to the city of Alexandria in Egypt and became its first bishop. Like the apostles Peter and Paul, Mark was also to be executed for his Christian faith during the persecution of the emperor Trajan. Following the expansion of Islam into formerly Christian territories, his relics were eventually smuggled out of Alexandria and taken to Venice, where his body lies beneath the altar of St. Mark’s Cathedral.

The class is led by Eve Tibbs, and our discussions are informal and congenial.  No previous Bible experience is required. Drop-ins and children are welcome. Please join us for a morning of fellowship and discussion!