We will finish the year 2014 with a study of the Book of Amos to tie in with Ross’s sermons on the prophets. We are using an adaptation from Charles R. Swindoll’s Overview for the Book of Amos to break the study down into 4 weeks. The dates and facilitators are on the table below with the topics and chapters for each week. Please take time to read the chapters for the week and bring questions or comments to share with the group when you come on Thursday. Vikki Curtis
Nov. 20, Amos 1:1-2; 1:3 – 2:16 — Facilitator: Kathy
Introduction: A Sheep Herder’s Vision
Oracles against the Nations: Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, Israel
Dec. 4, Amos 3 – 6 — Facilitator: Lynda
Sermons Against Nation of Israel: Hear this word sons of Israel (3:1)….you cows of Bashan (4:1)….house of Israel (5:1)
Dec. 11, Amos 7:1 – 9:10 — Facilitator: Vikki
Visions of Judgment: locusts, fire, ripe fruit, the Lord by the altar
Dec. 18, Amos 9:11 – 15 — Facilitator: Marcia
Promises of Hope: “In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David….I will also plant them on their land.” (9:11, 15)
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, we resumed our regular weekly Women’s Bible Study in the Church library at 5:30 p.m. Through November 13, we studied N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church and using the DVD and participant’s guide that we used during this past Lenten study.
“Many Christians believe our future in heaven is all that really matters. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. In this six-session small group Bible study, Surprised by Hope, premier Bible scholar N. T. Wright brings you inside the Scriptures to grasp the full, breathtaking hope Jesus offers the world, and its impact on your life today.”http://www.amazon.com/Surprised-Hope-Participants-Guide-Resurrection/dp/031032470X/ref=sr_1_2/180-7636010-6301432?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410875768&sr=1-2&keywords=%22surprised+by+hope%22++n.t.+wright
Good Shepherd has a long history of Bible study groups. The current Women’s Bible Study that meets on Tuesday evenings September through May and monthly during the summer, is the continuation of a Bible study started in 1996. A group of women met at the Church one Saturday morning to ask what kind of activities could be added to address the needs of women in our church. One of the results was a Saturday morning Bible study meeting at 7:00 a.m. to address the needs of women with children who had jobs outside of the home during the week. We met early on Saturday before the needs of our children and family took over our day. We have studied different books of the Bible under alternating leadership of women who formed the group. The time and place for meeting changed over the years from early Saturday mornings to weekday late afternoons, from the church library to afternoon tea in the homes of group members. The size of the group has fluctuated as well, from a large group of almost 20 (including friends not attending Good Shepherd) to a small group of two. Some of our studies have included the Books of Daniel, Esther, Zechariah, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Ephesians, Revelations, Hebrews, Acts of the Apostles, John, Mark, Proverbs, and Galatians. For our weekly studies we have also focused on themes, for example, Fruits of the Spirit, Women of the Bible and books, for example, The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Song of the Seed, Grace In the First Person, The Purpose Driven Life, and N.T. Wright’s Mark for Everyone. During the summers we meet monthly for potluck dinners and discuss a book. Some books we have discussed include Cutting for Stone, The Shack, People of the Book, The Year of Living Biblically, Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Last Lecture, The Book of Ruth, The Swan House, The Red Tent, Girl Meets God, and Gilead.