In A Nutshell | March 11, 2022

Opportunities to Re-Engage with the Word of God 

Now that we are becoming a little more comfortable gathering together in small groups, I would like to make a pitch for Christian Education at Oak Chapel. We currently have two Sunday School classes and one Bible study, but we hope to expand our offerings in the coming months.

On Sunday morning, all are welcome to study God’s Word and its application in today’s world in the adult Sunday School class that meets in the Sing-Mar Room from 9:30-10:15 a.m. While the current study follows a book by Phillip Yancey about Grace, you don’t have to be there every week to benefit from the discussion. In fact, each week provides a new topic and a different opportunity for an engaging discussion.  

Also on Sunday morning, our young adults are participating in a study about Bible Basics, led by Rich and Cyndi Boyer. These take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. This class, which meets later in the morning (11:30 a.m.) following the worship service, probes basic Biblical concepts at the grassroots level, and provides easy access, whether you have studied Scripture for many years or are relatively new to the process. Either way, there is no reason to be intimidated or anxious. We all have new things to learn, and we are all respectful of each other’s faith journey, regardless of how far along it may be.

In addition to our Sunday morning fare, we have other interesting opportunities. Pam Domer leads a study every Monday morning from 9:30 -10:45 a.m., and all are welcome to attend. Currently the group is studying the Book of Acts, which has many insightful applications to our current faith journey. We are still meeting via Zoom, but we are hoping to gather in person sometime this spring, and we still have plenty of room for anyone who wishes to join.  

The newest option, which will be led by Bruce Bloch, is titled “God’s Chosen People: A Zero Sum Result.” In this provocative study, we will probe questions regarding God’s chosen people and ask whether we err in distinguishing between the Old and New Testaments. This study may begin in our regular Sunday School hour and possibly progress from there, or be scheduled for a different time. Either way, all are welcome.

Of course, we are intent on providing a regular Sunday School class for children. We have people willing to lead the class. All we need are the children. Perhaps you can help by encouraging young people in your family or your neighborhood to join us.

Most of us are acquainted with Scripture, but many have a rather limited understanding. These studies provide opportunities for all of us to grow together in knowledge and in faith in a welcoming, non-threatening environment. Be assured that there is no judgment when it comes to our Biblical IQ. We are here to support one another and to expand our awareness of God’s Holy Word. Please consider joining the group that appeals most to you…and think about bringing a friend. 

Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John 

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