Bible Studies

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Monday Night Bible Study

A Study for Everyone!

Revelation

The Monday Night Bible study meets on Monday evenings from 7:30 -8:30 pm, exclusively via Zoom. Our summer 2024 study is the Revelation of John. No previous Bible experience is necessary.

The Book of Revelation is one of the most difficult books in the Bible to understand correctly. Traditionally ascribed to the Apostle John during his imprisonment and exile on the island of Patmos, it was written during a time of intense persecution of the Christian faith during the reign of Domitian, who was the Roman emperor from 81-96AD. John receives a revelation on the Lord’s Day (Sunday), probably while in Liturgy, and is commanded to “write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea” (Revelation 1:10-11). In spite of all the confusion about the Book of Revelation because of the many different Protestant interpretations today –virtually all of them wrong—the Apostle John expected the Christians in those first century churches to understand what he was writing to them. During the course of our study we will be exploring what all the many images, symbols and metaphors used in the Book of Revelation really mean: the Lamb, the Beast, the Dragon, 666, Babylon, the 7 Seals, Armageddon, the Lake of Fire and the New Jerusalem. In order to do this we’ll be looking at the books of Genesis, Isaiah, Ezekiel and other Old Testament books that provide the imagery from which the Book of Revelation draws.

Taught via Zoom by Dr. Eve Tibbs. You can email her at etibbs@stpaulsirvine.org

“Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us.”

– Romans 15:4

Orthodox Koinonia Bible Study

PSALMS & PROVERBS

First-timers and drop-ins are welcome! Bring a friend!

Please join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm for our Bible Study on the beautiful Old Testament Books of Psalms, Proverbs. We will be exploring how these books are used liturgically by our Holy Church and also how these books can apply to our day-to-day life as Christians. If you cannot come in person, you may phone in to the Bible Study!

According to Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory, “Virtually all states of man’s soul before God are found expressed in the psalms: praising, thanking, blessing, rejoicing, petitioning, repenting, lamenting, questioning and even complaining…In the Orthodox Church all of the psalms are understood as having their deepest and most genuine spiritual meaning in terms of Christ and His mission of eternal salvation… The proverbs are short sayings concerning the proper conduct of wise and righteous persons. They are read in their entirety at the weekday Vesper services of the Church during Great Lent. Selections from the Proverbs [and the Wisdom of Solomon] are also read at the vigils of a number of feasts of the Church since for Christians the Wisdom of God is personified and embodied in Christ.”

Taught by Dean Langis, St. Paul’s Pastoral Assistant. You can email him at dlangis@stpaulsirvine.org

“The holy Scriptures are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults and giving instruction for living rightly.”

– 2 Timothy 3:15-16

Women’s Bible Study

1 Corinthians

The Women’s Bible Study is currently studying Saint Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians on Thursdays via Zoom at 10 am. The first Christian community in Corinth, planted by the Apostle Paul, was noted neither for its inner peace and harmony nor for the exemplary moral behavior of its members. After a short greeting and word of gratitude to God for the grace given to the Corinthians, St. Paul begins with an appeal for unity in the Church as the community is divided and factualized around different leaders, urging everyone to be fully united in in the crucified Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in whom there can be no divisions. 1 Corinthians not only deals with questions around division in the community, but also the place and character of spiritual gifts, speaking in tongues, the truth of the Resurrection of Christ and our resurretion from the dead, sexual misconduct, the real meaning of love, marriage and fidelity, asceticism in marriage, the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ, prayer and much, much more. It is a master class in Christian counter-cultural living. The class is led by Eve Tibbs, and our discussions online are informal and congenial. Please plan to join us in study!

Taught via Zoom by Dr. Eve Tibbs. You can email her at etibbs@stpaulsirvine.org

“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe.”

– Ephesians 1:18-19