So much to know. So many questions.
At St. John’s, you’ll find many opportunities to enhance your knowledge and get your questions answered. That’s critical in this day and age, when challenges to the faith abound.
Throughout the Bible, God emphasizes the importance of wisdom and understanding.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
St. John’s provides a variety of opportunities for adults to deepen their understanding of Scripture and Lutheran doctrine, in settings that encourage discussion and questions.
At least one adult Bible study class is offered every Sunday at 9:45. Meeting locations include the nave (seating area of the church) and the 2nd-floor classrooms; locations are announced in the Sunday bulletin. Some of the studies are topical (e.g., “Why do we practice closed communion?” “What does Scripture teach about predestination?”), while others focus on a book or section of the Bible (e.g., 1 Corinthians; Genesis). All materials, including Bibles (ESV) and handouts, are provided, but if you’d like to bring your own Bible, please do.
From 15 January 2018-through 14 January 2019 members of our congregation will be participating in a plan to read the entire Scriptures cover to cover. This plan is supported by our regular Sunday morning Bible study. The booklet we've produced for this, with prayers and daily readings, is available through this link: Bible Study Guide
Deaconess Linda offers a women’s Bible study every Tuesday morning from 9:00-10:30. The current topic is Ten Weeks of Just Words, a study of Law and Gospel through the lens of metaphors.
Additional classes, including New Testament Greek, a college student and young adult Bible study (ages 18-30), and topical Bible studies, are offered on Wednesday evenings at Sound Words Academy during the school year. New classes often start in September and January. You can join a topical Bible study or the young adult study at any time. If you’re interested in taking Greek, please talk to Pastor Bruss.
When staffing and interest permit, the church offers a young adult study (for ages 18-30, roughly) that includes a short worship service at the beginning of the evening. Recent topics have included why Lutherans worship as they do and “burning issues” of our day and age.
Other studies (book groups; special interest topics) are offered on demand.
Once or twice a year, the church hosts a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning event that focuses on a topic of broad interest to the whole congregation. For example, the church recently hosted Pastor James Krikava, Associate Regional Director for Eurasia at the LCMS, who spoke about mission efforts in the Czech Republic.
Adult instruction classes, taught by our pastors, are offered two or three times a year for those who interested in becoming communicant members of St. John’s. The 16-week classes, generally held on Wednesday evenings at Sound Words Academy, are also open to anyone interested in a refresher on Lutheran doctrine. To enroll, please contact one of the pastors.