Bible Study

Fall OCBC Bible Study

Thursdays at 7:15-8:30pm

The OCBC Chapel

Cody Sanders“Reading the Book of James in Politically Turbulent Times”

Dates: August 4 & August 11

Description: Many throughout church history considered the Book of James scandalous. Some, including Martin Luther, even suggested that it is of no real use to the Christian faith (an “epistle of straw”). But in a politically turbulent time like ours, the message of James holds important truths for the practice of our faith, challenging Christians to put our faith to work (“faith without works is dead,” says James) and stand up to the acts of oppression we witness around us. James is a short book and easy to read, but full of profound Christian teaching.

Jean Chandler - "Who are we and who is God: Toward a Theology of Creation and our Role in it"

Description: The first two sessions will address the question of who we are, as seen in the first three chapters of Genesis both through close readings of the text and through looking at recent discoveries in science.  

August 18 - Are we humans the crown of evolution or a speck of dust in the vast cosmos? Corollary: Are we to manage the creation or see ourselves as part of it?

August 25 - If we are created in God’s image, what is the source of our separation from God? Corollary: Are we divine or are we broken?

The next two sessions will address the question of who God is, as seen in various Bible verses as well as sources from various other religious traditions and science.

Sept 1 - Is God beyond (transcendent) or intimately involved in the creation (immanent)? Corollary: Is God ground of being, transcending all our categories or is God connected to all creation in a personal way?

Sept 8 - Is God One or Trinity, unity or diversity?

The thesis of the last session is that theology is good but direct experience of God (mysticism) is better. Therefore, we will look at ways to approach this and even try a few from different traditions.

Sept 15 - How might we get on God’s wavelength or wake up to the awareness that we already are? We will experience meditational techniques from Buddhism, Sufism, Kundalini Yoga in addition to Christianity.

Laurie Young “Repenting of America’s Original Sin,” with text, America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Dates: October 6, October 13, October 19, October 27, November 3, November 10

Description: This study will use scripture, video clips and excerpts from the book, America's Original Sin, to discuss and explore what it will take to achieve racial justice, healing and reconciliation in our communities and across the country.

Rev. Cindy Maybeck, “Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel’s Messiah

Dates: November 17, December 1, December 8, December 15 (Note: November 24 we are off for Thanksgiving and December 22 we are off for the week of Christmas.)

Description: A study for both the music lover and the biblical seeker, this series explores the scriptural texts of Handel's Messiah. This study offers careful examination of the texts and opens doors to your community in a new way. Part II of this study will take place in 2017 during Lent!