Category Archives: Adult Christian Education

Communion and Bible Study

We have Wednesday evening Holy Communion tonight at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible Study will follow at 6:15 p.m. To keep things simple, I’m just going to use the same Zoom meeting, but you can come and go as you please. Here’s the information to log on, let me know if you need tech support.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://bit.ly/2Wdiguc
Meeting ID: 918 7453 9985
Password: 67410

One tap mobile
+13462487799,,91874539985#,,1#,67410# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,91874539985#,,1#,67410# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 918 7453 9985
Password: 67410

Zoom Bible Study

Our Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke begins this coming Wednesday (May 13, 2020). If all goes well, we’ll cover Luke 1:1-38. If all doesn’t go well, we’ll still manage to greet everyone and get everyone acclimated to Zoom.

Here’s your formal invitation to our Zoom Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke, please note that if you can call in from your phone if you want (long distance charges may apply):

Topic: Gospel of Luke Bible Study
Time: May 13, 2020 06:15 PM Central Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://bit.ly/2Wdiguc
Meeting ID: 918 7453 9985
Password: 67410

One tap mobile
+13462487799,,91874539985#,,1#,67410# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,91874539985#,,1#,67410# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 918 7453 9985
Password: 67410

Please feel free to call, text, or email me if you have any questions.

Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke

I want to start a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke. And I plan to begin on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. That’s right I’m going to start a 26 week Bible Study during a global pandemic. It almost goes without saying that we’ll need to be flexible. We’re going to start on Zoom, but I sincerely hope that we will be able to move to face to face meetings as time goes on. Eventually, the time will change, the day may change, and I realize that not only will we probably have to take some weeks off as a group, but also that you individually may be able to make it some weeks but not others.

All you need for this study is a Bible, and if you don’t have one, it would be my joy to provide one. As the leader, I’m going to use the N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guide. I’m not asking everyone to get their own copy, but if you want, you can get a copy from Amazon, Cokesbury, or your favorite bookseller. You can also contact me if you want me to order a copy for you.

I don’t know if we’ll reach our destination or not, but I hope you’ll begin this journey with me. Let me know if you’re interested with a call, text, or email.

Luke For Everyone Bible Study Guide Links:
Amazon: amzn.to/2YxW3st (Paperback and Kindle)
Cokesbury: bit.ly/2SuwODj (Paperback)

 

Two Possible Bible Studies

I’ve been trying to decide between two possible Bible Studies. The first would be a group study of the official United Methodist Statement on the Meaning of Baptism: By Water and the Spirit that would take about six to eight weeks. The second would be a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke that would take 25 weeks. Are you interested in either one? Let me know with a phone call, a text, or an email to john@revcollins.com.

“This Holy Mystery” Schedule — Corrected

Below is the schedule for our “This Holy Mystery” (Communion) Study. I would encourage you to read one extra session ahead in case we move faster than expected.

November 17, 2019 — Pages 2 – 6
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

November 24, 2019 — Pages 6 – 11
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

December 8, 2019 — Pages 11 – 18
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

December 15, 2019 — Pages 18 – 25
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 5, 2020 — Pages 25 – 28
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 12, 2020 — Pages 28 – 33
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 19, 2020 — Pages 33 – 39
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

Book Study on Holy Communion

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about communion lately, so I’ve decided to offer a book study. We’ll be taking a close look at the United Methodist Church’s official statement about communion which is titled “This Holy Mystery.” Please let me know if your interested by sending me an email or signing up in the Narthex (church lobby) this coming Sunday. We’ll find out who’s interested and then set a time to meet.

Philippians Bible Study Beginning September 7

An eight-session Bible study on Paul’s letter to the Philippians is planned for this Fall. We’ll be using a short, $9 $10 study book by N. T. Wright, Dale Larsen, and Sandy Larsen. This study works for those who like to prepare and study ahead of time and for those who just want to show up and discuss the passage. 

This Bible study will start on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. and continue every Saturday for a total of eight weeks. We can adjust the time in the weeks to follow if a majority of participants want to. You are welcome, indeed encouraged to bring a breakfast dish to share.

There will a sign-up sheet for this study in the narthex/lobby or you can send an email to john@revcollins.com.

Disciple Fast Track Bible Study

Disciple Fast Track is a comprehensive Bible Study covering the majority of the Bible in 24 weeks. It is a reworking of the original Disciple Bible Study that reduces the time of the study by 8 weeks while still keeping most of the original content. The study includes 12 weeks studying the Old Testament and 12 weeks studying the New Testament, daily Bible reading assignments of 3-5 chapters per day, and a 75 minute weekly meeting with the group. Disciple is a great way to get a really solid overview of the Bible, whether you are new to reading the Bible or have read it for years. If you are interested in taking Disciple Fast Track, please let Pastor Jenny know in person, by phone/text, or by email at jenny@revcollins.com. The study will have it’s initial meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 7 pm.

God and the Gay Christian Book Study

As I mentioned during announcements yesterday, Jenny and I are looking to lead a book study on God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, a book that sets out a biblical case for affirming gay and lesbian men and women. As we’ve stated before, we’re not trying to change anyone’s mind we only want to begin a discussion (as opposed to a debate) in anticipation of the special called session of General Conference coming up in February of 2019 and we believe it would be helpful if both sides knew the biblical arguments for an affirming position (our assumption is that you already know the biblical arguments for the traditional, non-affirming position). So far we’ve had about six people express an interest. Let us know if you would like to be added to that list. Please call our cell phones or drop us a line at john@revcollins.com and/or jenny@revcollins.com.

Addition: during the discussion of God and the Gay Christian we plan to be present the traditional counter-arguments (to the best of our ability) so that participants can hear both sides.