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 Winter/Spring 2018
“2nd Corinthians”
Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  in the Parlor
Led by Elizabeth Black

 

What does Christianity have to say about suffering in the world? It is one of the great theological questions of ancient and modern times. In 2nd Corinthians, we find a deeply reflective and personal account of what suffering and illness mean, and God’s purpose for us during difficult circumstances. In this letter of great humility and compassion, the apostle Paul reveals the magnificent power of God that is brought to bear in us through his son Jesus Christ, during times of sorrow, suffering and weakness. The second letter to the Corinthians reveals the heart of the gospel message, one sorely needed in our broken world.

Please join Elizabeth Black on Tuesday mornings, beginning January 30, for a time of fellowship and study. Simply bring a bible and a pen. A study booklet will be provided in class for $7.00 each. This study will run for 13 weeks. 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
“The Resurrection, Eternal Life, and Christian Hope: A Bible Study about Life and Death”
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Philip May
in the Parlor

We claim the promise of eternal life every time we say the creed, or attend the Eucharist. But what are we really saying? Often, we rely on images from our childhood: clouds, angels, rainbows. But what does scripture really teach? How do we claim the promise of eternal life in an adult way?

Join this Wednesday night bible study to explore this core part of our faith. We will meet in the Parlor for a potluck dinner at 6:30, and learn together from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

 

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

Bible Studies do not have to be intimidating…this one will not be. This will be a place to come that is casual and comfortable. You do not have to come with any prior knowledge. If you are a parent, this will better equip you to guide your children, no matter the age, through their spiritual growth. The gospel of John is a great place to start if you have never done a Bible Study, and it is a wonderful reminder of the beauty of John’s writing if you are studying the book again. Either way, 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.

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.

 

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.