Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2nd Corinthians -- NEW Scripture Discussion

Please join us as we begin a NEW Discussion of 2nd Corinthians this fall.

We will read aloud from 2nd Corinthians, share our responses with the group, and discuss application to our community following a guided study (Kerygma Program - http://www.kerygma.com/ ).

Our 14 meetings for this book are twice per month on Tuesday evenings. Interested in joining the discussions? Wish to know more about the discussion group? By Monday September 12, please contact Ken Bencala.







Second Corinthians: Living Letters in Christ

We could be forgiven for thinking that Paul's gospel message was fully formed from the moment he started writing letters to expanding churches. It's not until we spend some time with him as he contends with threats on every side that we appreciate the growth of his personal theological understanding. Out of this crucible of danger, deceit and despair recorded in 2nd Corinthians comes Paul's most profound statements of discipleship, ministry and calling, and faithfulness and service to the truth he finds in Jesus Christ. We experience Paul as he is: His writing is at times raw and at others rejoicing; scolding; begging; enticing his brothers and sisters in Christ to become living letters honoring God with every fiber of their being.

Paul is at the breaking point as he is confronted by misunderstandings that are compounded by distance, and by new super-apostles showing up in Corinth fueling speculation about his worthiness to preach the gospel. All he has worked for to bring God glory is now at stake! In desperation, he digs deep into new theological ground, and ultimately provides readers with impassioned statements about being called from humility into power and grace.



14 Sessions
Contents:
  • Paul and His World 
  • Corinth: Beachhead West 
  • Gifts with Strings 
  • Ministry of the New Covenant 
  • Ministry of Righteousness 
  • Body Language and a Ministry of Suffering 
  • Ministry of Reconciliation 
  • Braggart Warrior 
  • Braggart Fool 
  • The Fool's Speech 
  • Postscript to Fool's Speech 
  • Reconciling Letter – Part 1 
  • Reconciling Letter – Part 2 
  • Round Robin Letter 
Eminent Pauline scholar Calvin Roetzel is your capable guide for this important study. He takes readers through the twists and turns of scholarly thinking on the structure of 2nd Corinthians, all the while unraveling the knots, to lay before us the hidden—but logical—order to the chapters. He skillfully brings to life a time of deepest stress in Paul's ministry. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1st Corinthians -- NEW Scripture Discussion

Please join us as we begin a NEW Discussion of 1st Corinthians this spring.

We will read aloud from 1st Corinthians, share our responses with the group, and discuss application to our community following a guided study (Kerygma Program - http://www.kerygma.com/ ).

Our 14 meetings for this book are twice per month on Tuesday evenings. Interested in joining the discussions? Wish to know more about the discussion group? By Monday February 22, please contact Ken Bencala.







First Corinthians: One in Christ
Resource Book by Robert Bryant - The Kerygma Program

Set amid the intensely modern and cosmopolitan world of Corinth, where philosophy and mystery abound, Paul’s first letter to that church speaks clearly to us still today.

So many foundational scripture passages, familiar to most by reference to chapter and verse alone, are found in this first letter to the Corinthians. The "Love Chapter," "the body is a temple," "the body requires a variety of members," and the words of institution for the Lord's Supper may immediately spring to mind. No Bible study group should miss spending time with Paul as he instructs this troublesome congregation on how to "walk the talk" as well as tackling hot button topics that remain with the church today:

  • the role of women in the church
  • sexual purity
  • marriage and divorce

Paul offers concrete examples of how a believer’s thoughts are affected by genuine faith in Christ. Having the "mind of Christ" affects the way we value ourselves, others, and the world in which we live. It does not generate selfishness, fear, or factionalism. The mind of Christ radiates humility and peace — individually and corporately.



Contents:
  • A Different Word 
  • Paul and the Corinthian Christians 
  • A Call for Peace and Unity 
  • What Wisdom is the Cross! 
  • Sharing the Mind of Christ 
  • Imitating Christ 
  • Restoring the Church's Integrity 
  • Sexuality and the Church 
  • Responsible Freedom 
  • Seeking Good for Others 
  • Reclaiming Right Worship 
  • Reclaiming Humility and Love 
  • The Risen Crucified Christ Love in Action


Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Book of Revelation -- NEW Scripture Discussion

Please join us as we begin a NEW Discussion of The Book of Revelation in late summer.

We will read aloud from The Book of Revelation, share our responses with the group, and discuss application to our community following a guided study (Kerygma Program - http://www.kerygma.com/ ).

Our 14 meetings for this book are twice per month on Tuesday evenings. Interested in joining the discussions? Wish to know more about the discussion group? By Monday August 3, please contact Ken Bencala.






The Book of Revelation: Visions for the Church in Crisis
The author of Kerygma: The Bible in Depth brings deep insight to a very challenging book. Studying Revelation in context clarifies its message to an early church facing severe crisis. Its relevance for today is not in prophetic visions, but in its affirmation of victory and hope.


Contents:
  • Introduction: How to Study the Revelation
  • Setting in John's Life and Faith
  • Setting in Seven Churches on Earth
  • Setting in Heaven
  • Six Seals and the Saved Throngs
  • Seventh Seal: Six Trumpets, Three Woes of the Eagle
  • Interludes on Old Testament Themes: Seventh Trumpet
  • Signs: The Woman and the Dragon
  • Two Beasts and Several Sequels
  • The Seven Bowls: The Last Plagues
  • The Final Fall of "Babylon"
  • Victory in Heaven and Earth
  • All Things New
  • Epilogue: Final Address to the Church



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Books of Jonah and Ruth -- NEW Scripture Discussion

Please join us as we begin a NEW Discussion of the Books of Jonah and Ruth in April.

We will read aloud from Jonah and Ruth, share our responses with the group, and discuss application to our community following a guided study (Kerygma Program - http://www.kerygma.com/ ).


Our meetings are twice per month on Tuesday evenings. Interested in joining the discussions? Wish to know more about the discussion group? By Monday March 2, please contact Ken Bencala < kenbnc@hotmail.com > or 650-776-4984.


AN ODD COUPLE, JONAH & RUTH
Lessons for Our Fractured World

THE BOOKS:
A comedy, a romance, both with Old Testament lessons for today!

Jonah shows the original readers of the book, as well as us, what a picture of their bigotry and hatred of foreigners and enemies looks like to God.

Ruth shows what life lived in performing deeds of hesed looks like to us and to God.





JONAH
The book of Jonah uses the character of an outrageous excuse of a prophet to show the leaders and people of Judah just how foolish they looked with their insistence on isolationism and the exclusion of "the other." It asks the question, "If God loves the outsider, shouldn't we?"

4 Sessions

  • What Kind of Bible Story is This?
  • The Adventures of Jonah
  • Nineveh at Last!
  • God Instructs God's People


RUTH
The book of Ruth is an idealized story of what life would look like if God's people treated each other with His loving-kindness—insiders and outsiders alike. A key understanding in Ruth is that God uses these acts of the loving-kindness of people to demonstrate that which God gives to all, whether they realize it or not.

5 Sessions
  • Gathering Our Tools
  • From Famine to Barley Harvest
  • Coming Alive!
  • Naomi has a plan!
  • The Happy Ending!