United Methodist Church of Lenox
Friday, December 04, 2020
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Bible Studies

Come feed your soul with the Words of God!

In our Bible study groups, led by Pastor Nami Yu, we not only read and study the bible, but also share our reflections with one another. At times we discuss our own perceptions and questions.

The morning session, gathering at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays (coffee and snack time at 9:30am), will read the Old Testament in The Message version; the evening session, gathering at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, will read the New Testament in The Message version. Why do we read the bible in this version? The goal of The Message is to engage people in the reading process and help them understand what they’ve read. This is not a study Bible, but rather "a reading Bible."

 We encourage the people to read the NSRV version of the Bible and Eugene Peterson’s The Message together. Peterson states, “While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren't feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat.”

Peterson's parishioners simply weren't connecting with the real meaning of the words and the relevance of the New Testament for their own lives. The Message tries to recapture the Word in the words we use today.

I hope you come and join us!

Blessings,

Pastor Nami

During the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be meeting on ZOOM. If you are interested please use the Contact page to let Pastor Nami know.