Bible Study runs from September to April, beginning on the first Tuesday of September at 8pm. The Bible Study normally follows immediately after the Prayer Meeting, which is held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. throughout the year (except for the first Tuesday of January!).
After a series of discrete Bible Studies led by Rev. Ada MacLeod, in her husband’s absence, the group turns its attention to the Book of Esther for the remainder of the 2015/2016 session.
Last session, we were studying the Letter to the Galatians. This was a rewarding study, as we noted the challenge that faced the earliest days of the church, as the Apostles sought to apply the good news of Jesus Christ as they brought the message into a non-Jewish society. The book is also pivotal to the insights that form the backbone of the Reformation of the 16th Century, and from which the Church of Scotland draws its foundational heritage.
The Bible is a rich treasure house from which we can draw nourishment and direction for our souls and lives. We learn from one another as together we learn from the Word of God and draw inspiration and sustenance for living our lives more confidently and more graciously in Christ’s service. Anyone can come along to any of our studies as most of them stand alone and, where helpful, we recap on what has gone before.
In January 2013, we embarked on a Red Letter Bible Study. A red letter Bible is one which has the words of Jesus printed in red. We compared how different gospels record what Jesus said, noting that the Apostles who wrote the gospels had different priorities and readerships in mind as they penned their record of what Jesus said. We also recognised that when you combine the different perspectives that the New Testament evangelists offer, we are confronted with a more dynamic and richer representation of Jesus than if we merely had one gospel only. This thrilling experience of engaging with the scriptures enables us better to conform our thinking, speaking, and actions to what God reveals of himself in Christ.
Having looked at the meaning, context of some well-known phrases from the Authorised Version of the Bible during its 400th anniversary year, we turned to the story of Joseph. This is a well-known Old Testament story that foreshadows the Gospel in a breath-taking way. Shining through the beautifully told dramatic story of Joseph is the preparation of the children of Israel for the advent of God himself as the Messiah who would sacrifice his life for the redemption of his sinful brothers. As the story would be told around Jewish fire-sides, successive generations were being prepared to recognise the presence of God in Christ. Hardly anywhere is the Bible clearer in its message of God’s sovereign will overarching the setbacks his followers face and frustrating and overcoming the wicked purposes of the enemies of the faithful. It is one of most moving stories every told and deserves the attention of all who want to progress in their walk with the Lord.