Adult Bible Study - Being Lutheran - Chapter 1: Closed

We've started a congregation wide Bible Study based on the book "Being Lutheran" by Rev. A. Trevor Sutton.  Each session will be based on one of the chapters of this book.

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This bride of Christ, the Church, is open because of the Gospel.  But how much has it become a closed worship social group?  How can we be opened by the Gospel to proclaim it openly?

Adult Bible Study - The Bible on Trial: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt - Session 1

This isn't a series that equips you to evangelize, but rather to comfort and strengthen your faith.  There are facts to support a historical Jesus and many Biblical events, but we want to be careful not to use them as reasons to believe.  We must embrace the narrative; however, on those days of weak or struggling faith, we can rest assured that Jesus is real.

Adult Bible Study - Mormons: Who They Are, What They Believe - Session 3

The most provocative of all the questions surrounding Mormons..."Are Mormons Christian?"  This isn't a topic that we discuss callously, but with great care for souls of those who are Mormon (and Christian for that matter).

In preparation for this study I recommend that you read through Galatians 1:6-9 and consider the gravity of what Paul is getting at in the opening verses to the Christians in Galatia!  What is he warning against?  What is at stake?  This is at the center of the discussion of whether Mormons are, in fact, Christian or not.

Adult Bible Study - Mormons: Who They Are, What They Believe - Session 1

There are two things to consider when embarking to discussion the beliefs of a differing religious group:

1) Consider how to discuss your differences tactfully, because we're talking about souls.  We fight for souls, even for the souls of those with whom we differ.

2) The positions that Mormons hold to have cause for concern and Christians need to be aware of what the beliefs of Mormons are and how they differ from what we assert from the Bible.

Adult Bible Study - Bibliotheca

If you were to have the time to sit down right after reading this and have uninterrupted time dedicated to read you Bible in devotion...would you be able to read your Bible for 60 minutes?  30 minutes?  15 minutes?  How long before you became distracted from things inside of your head or on the page that you're reading?

I've come across a resource that has greatly reduced the propensity for me to be distracted while reading Scripture in a devotional setting.  I'd like to share it with you.

In preparation for this study I'd like you to set aside 30 minutes to read the Bible, just read.  I want you in the story.  It doesn't matter what you choose to read, just that you read.  I don't want to give you a distraction during a time when i'd like you to be focused on reading, but...keep track of the things that pull you from the text.  What distracts you?  For how long does your mind wander?  Does this lengthen the entire time you're "reading"?