Sunday Morning Bible Study
Held in the Fellowship Hall
The Last Times and the End of the World
will be led by Professor John Brenner. Many people in America have strange ideas about death, heaven, hell, judgment day, Christ’s return, and the signs of the end times. Even conservative Christians often fail to grasp what Scripture teaches concerning these things. People often want to say more than the Bible, or they twist Scripture to agree with their faulty thinking. In this six-lesson course we will examine what the Bible says so that we can understand both the warnings and the comfort our God intends for us. Among the topics we will consider are the signs of the end times, the doctrine of the Antichrist, death, what comes after death, the events of judgment day, the thousand-year reign in Revelation 20, and more.
Rev. Paul Prange guides us in a six week study of idol worship. We know what idols people worshipped in Bible times. Are they different today? What idols compete with the true God in our own hearts? Rev. Paul Prange leads a discussion of Christian living in the 21st century.
February 24-March 31
To a Startling Degree: The Doctrine of Vocation
Prof. Michael Berg talks about the Doctrine of Vocation in this four week study. With the doctrine of vocation, Martin Luther flipped upside down the way society looked at work. No longer was there a hierarchy of importance (the clergy and nobility on top). Now everyday work was seen as important. What he rediscovered was St. Paul’s passage in Ephesians chapter 2 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Every job matters and therefore every person matters. Not for the sake of making God happy (that’s taken care of in Christ), but rather that we are used by God in his economy of love. We are lifted to a startling degree to become God’s coworkers in everyday life.
Always be Prepared to Give an Answer
Over four weeks Prof. Michael Berg will lead a study of apologetics. St. Peter urges us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” He was talking about apologetics, that is making a case for our faith. In this class we will-hone our apologetic skills.
The result will hopefully be three-fold:
1 - Our own faith will be strengthened as we think about our own doubts and the answers Christians have given to such questions.
2 - We in turn will grow more confident in our witnessing to others.
3 - We will show that we care about others and their doubts of skepticism about the Christian faith. “Dear friend, we have thought about these questions too!”