As United Methodists we come to know God in four ways through the scripture, Christian tradition, personal experience and our ability to reason or think. We United Methodists call this the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, after our founder, John Wesley.
Scripture or Bible study may be the most difficult part of this equation. In his book, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, Rob Bell writes: I continue to find the Bible the most mysterious book—the more insight I gain, the more I realize how much I don’t know. It inspires and encourages, and it also frustrates and provokes. The Bible is a difficult book.
Indeed the Bible is a difficult, challenging and wonderful book. Bible studies at Elk Grove United Methodist Church use a variety of methods and resources including recent archeological discoveries, word studies, historical discoveries, literary criticism, language studies, and historical context when we study the Bible. We understand the Bible to be a living document that aids us in understanding our faith journey. Our Bible studies invite wonder, discussion, new understanding, new ways of relating to God, and a renewed commitment to studying the Bible and following the way of Jesus.
Genesis to Revelation Journey
Bible study that is broken into 13 week segments. The study helps participants: explore what does the Bible say?; understand the meaning of the passage by considering such aspects as ancient customs, location of places and the meaning of words; and connect the meaning of the scripture to their own lives. The class is taught on Thursdays from 10 -11 AM and Sundays from 10:00 – 10:45 AM All are welcome.
Living Compassion Group
The Monday evening discussion group discusses books and watches films to help us understand how we can live and interact more compassionately in the world. The group meets every Monday at 7:00 PM in the Rainbow Room except for the third Monday when most members join the Reconciliation Committee’s meeting. All are welcome. For further information contact Paul Merrill.