Sunday School ZOOM Bible Study: Matthew

10:15 – 11:15am

The Gospel of Matthew ends with the eleven disciples gathered around the risen Christ and hearing a startling word: "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples on all nations (Matt. 28:18-19), This is the climatic moment in the Gospel, and the whole of Matthew can be seen as an attempt to answer the questions raised by tis scene: Who is Jesus? How did He obtain "all authority in heaven and earth," and what kind of authority is this? Why is this tiny band of half-believing people being sent into the maelstrom of the world, to "all nations," and what is it that they are suppose to say and do when they get there? "For Matthew, to be a Christian is to be a pupil of Jesus, and the mission of the church is to go out into the world and to enable all human beings to become students of the living Christ. They do not go alone, however, for Jesus Himself is present in their midst, giving life and peace, mercy and hope. "I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20).

Luther on all the Gospels.  The gospel, then, is nothing but the preaching about Christ, Son of God and David, true God and man, who by His death and resurrection has overcome for us the sin, death, and hell of all people who believe in Him.

Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study: 10:00-11:30

Congregation Book Study
"The Universal Christ"
by Richard Rohr

In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’s last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and human tendency to put ourselves at the center.
Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. "God loves things by becoming them," he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God - except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us and in everyone we meet.
Thought provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.

This Book Study will help us have a better understanding of God’s love for the world. We will have some very interesting and thought-provoking discussions as we learn and grow in the faith God gives to us; helping us see the "goodness" of The Christ in all things and in all people.

Monday Evening ZOOM Bible Study: Ruth

6:30-8:00pm

Galatians

Paul wrote his letter to the Christians in Galatia in response to "agitators" who have been leading them away for the doctrine of God’s grace. Paul helped them, as he will help us, to not focus on what we have to do to be God’s children, to have God’s grace. Rather, Paul will help us to know and focus on what God has done in Christ Jesus to give the world God’s gift of unmerited and unconditional grace.

If the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians is, as it has often been called, the Magna Charta of Christian liberty, then Luther’s Lectures on Galatians of 1531 (1535) deserves to be called a declaration of Christian independence—of independence from the Law and from anything or anyone else except the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Characteristically, Luther described his relation to the epistle in more vivid terms. "The Epistle to the Galatians," he once said at table, "is my epistle, to which I am betrothed. It is my Katie von Bora." "[1]

[1] Luther, M. (1999). Luther’s works, vol. 26: Lectures on Galatians, 1535, Chapters 1-4. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 26, p. ix). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

You are invited to join us for our ZOOM Bible Study on Hebrews. If you want to join us, please email Pastor Rick at pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

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Wednesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study/Worship

Come join us, 6:30-7:00pm

Each Wednesday we discuss at least one of the Bible Readings for the upcoming Sunday worship. This is a wonderful way to learn more about God’s Word, to prepare for Sunday’s worship, and to focus on God’s will for our lives. Come join us for this short time of learning; helping us to best live our lives of faith. We also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All are welcome.

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