The Women’s Bible Study Meets Thursdays at 10 AM
This year, the Women’s Bible Study is focusing on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke the Evangelist was a close friend and travel companion of the apostle Paul on his second and third missionary journeys throughout the ancient Roman world. He was 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. Although separated in the Bible, it’s clear that Luke intended these two books to be a single, two-volume work, with the Gospel telling the story of the Lord Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles written as a kind of sequel, tracing the missionary efforts of the early Church to proclaim the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire. Imprisoned in Rome, near the end of his life, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy that “Luke is my only companion.” Luke’s Gospel 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. Written for a man named Theophilus, his Gospel is marked by a special concern for the poor, as well as for the universality of the Good News about Jesus Christ for all peoples, both Jews and Gentiles alike. Among the stories told by the Lord Jesus that are unique to Luke’s Gospel are the parables of the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the Publican (tax-collector) and the Pharisee and the rich man and Lazarus. It is only in Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles that the Ascension of Christ is recorded. 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. The Acts of the Apostles tells the stories of the martyrdom of St. Stephen – the first Christian to be murdered for his faith – the conversion and missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, and the spread of the Gospel from Jerusalem to Athens and Rome – the intellectual and political centers of the Empire. 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.
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!
Koinonia Bible Study Meets Thursdays at 7:30 PM
This year, the Koinonia Bible Study is focusing on the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke’s companion volume to his Gospel, a powerful book outlining the ministries of the Apostles Peter and Paul as well as the growth of the early Church: The Acts of the Apostles. Acts tells the story of the apostolic age and is the first history of the Christian Church to be written. It is in Acts that you will read of the Ascension of Christ into heaven, the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the beginnings of the Christian Church and its subsequent growth throughout the Mediterranean world in cities like Antioch, Damascus, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, Thessaloniki and the island of Cyprus, and the execution of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, as well as the stories of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Barnabas, Timothy and Silas. It ends with St. Paul in prison in Rome awaiting his trial and ultimately his execution during the first state-sponsored persecution of Christians by the emperor Nero.
In addition, we will also be using Father Barnabas Powell’s film series, A Journey to Fullness, an introduction to the Orthodox Christian faith that provides an overview of our worship, sacramental life, approach to reading the Bible and much more.
If you cannot come in person, you may phone in to the Bible Study! To call in for the Bible Study at St. Paul’s all you need to do is to dial 515-604-9934 and then the access code of 835497#
The class is led by Dean Langis and you are welcome to contact him for any further information at
949-733-2366 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Please join for an evening of fellowship, learning and discussion.