Bible Studies and Book Groups

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 2019-2020
The Gospel of Matthew

Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor
Led by Elizabeth Black
Who: Women of all ages – Everyone is welcome!
If you have never been to bible study, this is an easy-going group that comes together for fellowship, to build friendships, and to be strengthened by God’s Word! We are a group of all ages, and love to learn from each other.
What: Study of The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the story of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the story of a man, a teacher, a healer, a prophet, a king – and how he came to save the world. Because it is the first book of the New Testament, it would be easy to think something new must be happening. And there is! But it is also a very old story. Matthew sets out to show how Jesus “completes” or “fulfills” all the promises ever made about God’s anointed King who would come to save the world.
We will step back into a historical place and time – imagine the local flavor, the culture, the physical, historical setting of the story. It is in this context that will meet Jesus, walk alongside him, hear his words, let him pray over us and discover that we are not at all incidental to the story. We are not observers. So come join in the most exciting story of your life!
How: Bring a Bible and a Pen to the Parlor
Please join Elizabeth Black 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 or it can be picked up in the Church Office. This study will run throughout the Fall and Spring. If you are interested in having nursery available, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735.
GREAT NEWS! NOW YOU CAN JOIN THIS STUDY REMOTELY!
Elizabeth is making her Bible studies available through an audio recording posted weekly on her website at elizabethheadblack.com. Each week, an audio recording of her teaching and the group discussion will be posted. You can join the study by just listening weekly, or participate more fully by purchasing the workbook. If you plan to do this study remotely, please contact Elizabeth to get more information about the workbook.

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

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 Evening Classes
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Parlor

SPIRIT-FILLED BIBLE STUDY
Led by Rev. Philip May
from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
in the Parlor
Rev. Philip May will take a deeper look into our theme for the Fall, The Spirit-Filled Life. As we walk through this curriculum, we will have the opportunity to hear in-depth Biblical teachings and openly discuss what we will learn as a group. We will strengthen the bonds of community as we grow together, allowing our lives to be powerfully changed by the truths discovered.

BRAVE NEW WORLDS
Led by Rev. Frank Fuller
from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
in Munds Hall Library
Everyone wants to know what the future will bring. Ancient pagans looked at sheep livers, Hebrew priests cast lots, and moderns peer at stock charts and measure CO2 emissions. Biblical prophets strove to make clear God's will to save his ornery people. Some of the clearest insights in the last hundred years have come from novelists who tackled the power of technology, the weaknesses of human nature and where that might take us. This class will read and explore three prophetic visions of humanity’s future and faith in the works of 20th century writers: Aldous Huxley, Geddes MacGregor, and Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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 vary, 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 other materials from our bible studies.