Are you interested in learning more about the Bible?
The Gospel of St. John
From September 27, 2017 to April 25, 2018, on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, our Director of Evangelization and Catechesis Mike Denz, will be teaching a Bible study on the Gospel of St, John.
Classes will be 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Parish Center. Handouts will be provided, but you can bring your own Bible if you wish. Each class stands on it’s own, but participants will get more out of the classes if they come to as many as they can.
The next class is on January 24. We will discuss chapter 8.
During Lent we will meet every Wednesday except Ash Wednesday. We will meet on Good Friday to look at the chapters on the Passion of Jesus.
What do people say…
“’In the beginning was the Word…'(Jn. 1:1). When we think about and study the Gospel of John, we are afforded the graced opportunity to discover its, purpose…. ‘that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have eternal life” (Jn. 20:31). I strongly recommend and encourage you to consider and pray over attending our Director of Evangelization Catechesis, Mike Denz’s Bible study on the Gospel of John. His knowledge and gifts give him a unique vantage point, lens and approach in helping to unpack the divine messages of salvation contained in John. Unlike the Synoptic gospels that focus on the humanity of Christ, the gospel of John stretches one’s thinking beyond the ordinary to the divine, but focusing on the divinity of Christ as the foundation of John’s gospel. Check it out on Wednesday’s with Mike and your life will change for the better!” -Fr. Bob Zilliox, pastor
I’m very excited about this bible study! Mike is very prepared, full of information & explains things so well! Thank you Mike! -Deb Gural
“I enjoyed the St. John Bible study in a relaxed atmosphere where I was totally comfortable asking questions and discussing my faith.” -Maureen Adolf
“I’ve know Mike for several years and I’ve worked with him in the past! His Bible Studies are absolutely wonderful. He brings a new perspective, incite and energy to his studies! I highly recommend this St. John Bible Study that he is now running at the Parish. You will not be sorry and will come away with a new love for this incredibly deep book!” -Barbara Mogle
Gospel of St. John Schedule
September 27 – Chapter 1
October 11 – Chapter 2
October 25 – Chapter 3
November 7 – Chapter 4 (Tuesday)
November 22 – No class, day before Thanksgiving
December 13 – Chapter 5
December 27 – Chapter 6
January 10 – Chapter 7
January 24 – Chapter 8
February 14 – No Class, Ash Wednesday
February 21 – Chapter 9
February 28 – Chapter 10
March 7 – Chapter 11
March 14 – Chapter 12 & 13
March 21 – Chapter 14 & 15
March 28 – Chapter 16 & 17
March 30 – Good Friday at 5:30 pm, Chapter 18 & 19
April 11 – Chapter 20
April 25 – Chapter 21
The Catholic Church has been defending the Bible for almost 2000 years and some of the very same things we deal with today have been around for over 100 years…
“But first it must be clearly understood whom we have to oppose and contend against, and what are their tactics and their arms. In earlier times the contest was chiefly with those who, relying on private judgment and repudiating the divine traditions and teaching office of the Church, held the Scriptures to be the one source of revelation and the final appeal in matters of faith. Now, we have to meet the Rationalists, true children and inheritors of the older heretics, who, trusting in their turn to their own way of thinking, have rejected even the scraps and remnants of Christian belief which had been handed down to them. They deny that there is any such thing as revelation or inspiration, or Holy Scripture at all; they see, instead, only the forgeries and the falsehoods of men; they set down the Scripture narratives as stupid fables and lying stories: the prophecies and the oracles of God are to them either predictions made up after the event or forecasts formed by the light of nature; the miracles and the wonders of God’s power are not what they are said to be, but the startling effects of natural law, or else mere tricks and myths; and the apostolic Gospels and writings are not the work of the Apostles at all.”
Providentissimus Deus, On the Study of Holy Scripture
Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII
November 8, 1893
The Four Gospels are Historical
It is common knowledge that among all the Scriptures, even those of the New Testament, the Gospels have a special preeminence, and rightly so, for they are the principal witness for the life and teaching of the incarnate Word, our savior.
The Church has always and everywhere held and continues to hold that the four Gospels are of apostolic origin. For what the Apostles preached in fulfillment of the commission of Christ, afterwards they themselves and apostolic men, under the inspiration of the divine Spirit, handed on to us in writing: the foundation of faith, namely, the fourfold Gospel, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy held, and continues to hold, that the four Gospels just named, whose historical character the Church unhesitatingly asserts, faithfully hand on what Jesus Christ, while living among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day He was taken up into heaven.
Dei Verbum – Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Vatican Council II
November 18, 1965
Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI
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