Adult Sunday School   10:10am - 11:10am

St. John’s Faith Formation Ministry

How we define God, is, how we will live our lives!

The overall purpose for leading us through this Faith Formation process is to help us grow in our understanding of God; helping us to best live our lives and faith; guiding us to a greater understanding of God and God’s love for the world.

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism Discussion

On Sunday, October 3, we began our study on the Small Catechism. Martin Luther wrote the Small Catechism for parents to teach their children the basics of faith. The greater reason he was inspired to write it was the lack of understanding the people of his time had on the knowing the basics of the faith God gives us.

Luther had a particular order for the topics in the Small Catechism. They are: The 10 Commandments, The Creed, The Lord’s Prayers, Confession, and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Luther believed people needed to hear how sinful they are. That was his purpose for putting The 10 Commandments first. The rest of the Catechism is to help us learn and know all God has done, is doing, and always will do, to love the world in spite of our sinfulness.

The 10 Commandments (we are currently studying)

The 10 Commandments, from the Jewish perspective, was given to form a "community of faith" based on love; loving God and loving all people. From our Christian understanding, there are three aspects of The Law. First, to point out how sinful we all are because we break them all. Second, to point us to God, to help us rely on God’s grace who fulfilled The Law for us by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, The Christ. And third, to help us live better lives of faith by following the mandates in The Law of God’s Love.

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

Jeremiah

In the 7th century before the coming of the Christ. The Northern Kingdom, Israel, was being seriously threatened, internally, from political unrest, and externally by Assyria. They never recovered their unity and sense of national identity. Judah, the Southern Kingdom, which Jeremiah prophesied to, also fell to the Assyrians; however, they retained their sense of national identity. At the end of the 7th century B.C.E. when Assyria authority declined, and the Babylonians were about to be in control, that was when Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry. Even though Jeremiah had the sad job of prophesying destruction, hence the name, the "Weeping Prophet", his prominent message was one of hope. In the midst of judgment, Jeremiah prophesied, an end; an end to our ways, by prophesying God’s complete restoration and renewal. God’s judgment of hope and peace would be, not just for the Southern Kingdom; rather, for the world. Jeremiah prophesied about the New Covenant of God’s judgment of love would be written on peoples’ hearts; by God forgiving the world’s iniquity and remembering our sin no more.

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

Come join us!

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Bible Study

Monday Evening ZOOM Bible Study:

Luke

Beginning on August 2, we will begin an in-depth study on the Gospel of Luke! Luke is one of the easiest gospels to read. It was written in everyday language for everyday people in the world: then, and now. The main themes for his gospel are: Prayer, God’s Universal love for all people, Jesus’ specific concern for the poor and outcast, and how Jesus lifts up the status of women. Luke is a gospel of praise and depicts the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives - - even Jesus’ life!

We meet each Monday night on ZOOM, 6:30-8:00pm.

If you want to join us, please email Pastor Rick at pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

Come join us. All are welcome.

Wednesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study/Worship

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 have a time of Prayer and celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All are welcome.

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

BIBLE STUDY