Mid-Week Bible Study May, June 2014
The Mid-Week Bible Study meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30. You are invited to join us as we explore passages from the Bible. We seek to identify the theological insights embedded in the stories as well as the practical implications for our lives.
Coming Spring 2014- Exploring the Gospel According to John
In the fourth gospel we find accounts of seven events in the ministry of Jesus that are described as “signs.” These are events that were intended to reveal the true identity of Jesus and the purpose of his ministry. The writer explains that these seven “signs” are recorded to enable those who read them to believe.
The Greek word for “believe,” pistueo [Πιστύεώ], occurs 96 times in the Gospel According to John. It is clearly a major theme running through the book. In the opening chapter we read that John the Baptist “came to bear witness to the Light, so that everyone might believe through him.” Here Jesus is referred to as the “Light” through whom we might believe.
At the conclusion of the fourth gospel we read that, “there were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.”
As we read and discuss these seven “signs” we will be seeking to better understand the true identity of Jesus and the purpose of his ministry. More importantly, we will be seeking to grasp what it might mean to believe through him and to “have life.”
- May 7 Session One Water into Wine , John 2: 1-11
- May 14 Session Two Healing the Roman Official’s Son, John 4: 46-5
- May 21 Session Three By the Pool of Bethesda, John 5: 1-47
- May 28 Session Four Bread for the Multitude, John 6: 1-15 and 25-27
- June 4 Session Five Walking on the Sea, John 6: 16-21
- June 11 Session Six Sight for the Blind, John 9: 1- 41
- June 18 Session Seven Raising Lazarus from the Grave, John 11: 1-53