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 Book and Bible Study “Acts of the Apostles”
Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  in the Parlor
Led by Elizabeth Black

Please join Elizabeth Black in this dynamic and inspiring account of what can happen to ordinary folks empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Come see how God took a disillusioned, lost band of believers and made courageous, joyous witnesses out of them in the name of Jesus.  This is a story of what happens when God unleashes his Spirit into the world.  Come learn how the apostles stood with confidence before their enemies, prayed with hope in the darkest storms, walked out of the chains of their oppression with grace.  God didn’t make their world easy or convenient – but He gave them his Presence, his power, and authority to spread God’s Kingdom. This is the story of life – authentic and abundant – and it is for us.
Please join us Tuesday mornings for a time of fellowship and study.  Simply bring a bible and a pen.  A study booklet will be provided for $5.00 each.  This study will run for 10 weeks in the Fall and 11 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 “Christian Social Witness”
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
in the Parlor

Continuing our theme of Risk-Taking Mission and Service, we will be studying a wonderful book in the Episcopal Church’s Teaching Series, called Christian Social Witness.  Since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have felt duty-bound to speak boldly to the societies, calling for righteousness, compassion, and justice with mercy. But where does this duty come from, and where do we get the vision we proclaim?  Author Fr. Harold Lewis will help us explore the biblical roots of our social witness, and he will introduce us to courageous people from our Anglican heritage who have dared to speak God’s word to the powers of their day. Join us for informative reading, lively discussion, and a great potluck supper!

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.