Bible Studies and Book Groups

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

The Church of the Good Shepherd offers several Bible studies and book groups in which you can be fed by the word of God, think theologically, and fellowship with others. These studies and book groups provide a safe and nurturing environment in which you can learn, inquire, explore, test and grow your faith. Most importantly, it is a time set apart to let God speak to us through His Word and through the wisdom of great theologians and writers. Come be nourished by spiritual food that satisfies.

Find a Bible study or book group that is right for you by scrolling through the list below:

For Women

Women’s Bible Study for Fall 2018
“Isaiah”
Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  in the Parlor
Led by Elizabeth Black

Click Here to go to Elizabeth Black’s website to hear the audio recordings of this weekly Bible Study.

The Hebrew meaning of the Isaiah’s name summarizes his message: The Lord saves. Speaking to a people and world that are lost and broken, Isaiah proclaims God’s magnificent plan to draw all creation back to himself. Central to this message is the sending of a Messiah, a servant-king who will suffer for his people and be exalted in victory. Apart from the Psalms, no other voice from the Old Testament echoes the pages of the New Testament, as does Isaiah.

Come hear the gospel captured in the beautiful, poetic imagery of a prophet. Come be surprised by immeasurable grace, and be caught up in a glorious picture of God’s renewal of the world. Come soar on wings, like eagles.

Please join Elizabeth Black on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 11th, for a time of fellowship and study. Simply bring a bible and a pen. A study booklet will be provided on the first day for $10.00 each or in the Church Office. This study will run for 13 weeks in the Fall and for 12 weeks in the Spring. For more information, feel free to email Elizabeth Black at ehblack1@gmail.com.

For Men

Men’s Life Fellowship
Tuesday Mornings, at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor

This group offers encouragement and support for your daily life.  Now is a great time to join this group and share in fellowship and wisdom.  Come to share or come just to listen!

Men’s Life Fellowship also organizes fun, energetic activities outside of the book study and will publicize them to the congregation as they draw near. Be looking for announcements of fishing tournaments, skeet shoots, golf tournaments and more.

Meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00-8:00 a.m. in the Parlor at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Men’s Book Study
Tuesdays at Noon in the Library

Meets Tuesdays at noon, in the Munds Hall Library at the Church of the Good Shepherd. All are welcome to attend.

 

For Men and Women

Wednesday Night Study – Option 1
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Philip May
in the Parlor

Join the Rev. Philip May in this series reflecting on the most mysterious, and perhaps most misunderstood, member of the trinity…the Holy Spirit. How does the Holy Spirit touch our lives? What does the Holy Spirit do? How do we get the Holy Spirit? Come and join us as we learn form each other!

This class will share a potluck dinner each week during class. This is a wonderful time of fellowship and discussion. Fr. Philip will utilize the book, “The Holy Spirit” by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon. If you would like to purchase this book for the class, go to www.amazon.com.

 

Wednesday Night Study – Option 2
“John for Everyone:  A Study of the Gospel of John by N.T. Wright”
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Led by Matthew Bloss
in the Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom

Every Christian should do a Bible Study on John at some point in their faith journey.  This study, based on the study series by N.T Wright will help you understand the word of God and further develop your relationship with Jesus. Matthew Bloss is looking forward to continuing this study in the form it had begun last January. The first two weeks will be spent reviewing the first section of John. This will be a good reminder for those who attended the study previously and a great place to start for those who are new.

N. T. Wright is a leading British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. He is the author of over 70 books and is a well-respected scholar and theologian. This series is designed to provide thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information to guide us more deeply into God’s word.

 

Wednesday Night Study – Option 3
“Episcopal 301: Generations of Anglicans”
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Frank Fuller
in Munds Hall Library

Join the Rev. Frank Fuller Wednesday evenings as he takes us deeper into the history of Anglicans throughout the centuries.
Fr. Frank will cover the following:
-Background and heroes of Christian living
-Theological issues and divisions in history
-Ways to understand change and development in the Church and the world

 

Trinity Towers Bible Study
Thursday Mornings at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Towers

This is an ecumenical Bible study led by a clergy member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. This Bible study is held on site at Trinity Towers for its residents. Topics vary but are often guided by the weekly lectionary readings of the Episcopal Church. Fellowship and discussion are the emphasis of this group, as well as prayers for the infirm. There is no homework or reading associated with this study.

Meets Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Trinity Towers located at 101 North Upper Broadway, in downtown Corpus Christi

 

Cursillo Reunion Groups
The Church of the Good Shepherd has a number of Cursillo Reunion Groups that meet for study and fellowship.  Time and place varies, depending on the group. If you have made your Cursillo and would like to join a reunion group, please contact the Church Office at 361-882-1735 and we will help you find a group to join. If you have not made your Cursillo and would like to know more about the adult Christian renewal weekend, click here.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation, we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them”. EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

EfM meets in seminar groups. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
Even more important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has the potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.

For more information about any of our Bible Studies or Book Groups, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735. Click here to obtain lessons, notes or others materials from our bible studies.