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Bible Studies

Due to COVID-19, classes may be meeting online and not at the church. Please register online, so that we can provide you with the most timely information regarding the location of your class.

What is the Bible?

The Bible. It's a foundational part of our faith, yet, if we're honest, it can be difficult or challenging to understand. During this three week course, we're approaching the Bible through the lens of three questions: What is it? Can I trust it? And What's the point of it anyway? If you sometimes find yourself baffled by Christianity's sacred text, or just want to learn more about how to think about the Bible, then this class is for you! Bring your questions and be prepared to dive in!

Cost: no charge

Looking for how to join?

Click the zoom link below on Sunday at 5 pm to take part in this virtual class.

Join Zoom Meeting (password: bible)

Led by Alex Johnston

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Every Sunday, from 01/17/2021 to 01/31/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


The Divine Dance

The Divine Dance introduces a new way to explore and celebrate our relationship with God. In this study, Richard Rohr takes us deep inside the theology of the Trinity, exploring the concept of God as three in one. Rohr draws from Scripture and the insights of religious scholars and philosophers to show us how God is belovedly in communion and always has been. We are invited to participate in the dance of this transformative relationship. 

 

Cost: no charge, but you will need to purchase your own copy of The Divine Dance

Register by Thursday, January 21

Led by Allen Stone

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Every Monday, from 01/25/2021 to 03/15/2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Jesus in the Gospels

Want to know more about Jesus, his life, and his ministry? Join us for part two on this journey through the story of Jesus, and learn how each of the gospels are unique and distinctive in their approach. 

This class uses a study manual which lays out the four gospels side by side. You will not only be able to go through the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus but also see how each gospel relays these stories and events. 

This study will have reading and study assignments followed by the class session. During class, you will watch a short video and then participate in discussion and questions.

Only new attendees need to register. If you attended class in the fall you do not need to re-register.

Register by Sunday, January 3
Led by Rev. Walt Marcum

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Cost: $58.00

Every Monday, from 01/04/2021 to 04/19/2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Centering Prayer: Renewing An Ancient Christian Prayer Form

The practice of prayer and meditation is rooted in the tradition and wisdom of the early Church. In Centering Prayer, M. Basil Pennington returns to these roots and offers contemporary Christians a new approach to ancient prayer forms.

Learn how to relax for prayer, how to listen to and be directed by God, and how to handle the distractions that can stifle attempts to communicate with God. Through simple, inspiring instructions, this study will help readers find the comfort and the guidance they seek through prayer.

 

Cost: no charge, but you will need to purchase your own copy of Centering Prayer

Register by Thursday, January 21

Led by Allen Stone

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Every Tuesday, from 01/26/2021 to 03/16/2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Stronger Together, Weaker Apart

Division and lack of understanding seem to rule the roost right now. But the Lord has called Christians to a higher purpose. Our goal is to reach across cultural divides and unite in love. Racial reconciliation is possible. It is possible to seek understanding, embrace diversity, and pray as unified people of God. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” – Romans 12:18. 

Each week Karla Nivens and guests will discuss how to close the gap on what divides us. As we become Stronger Together, you’ll gain an understanding of how to build relationships with other cultures and how this can enrich your life.

 

Cost: no charge, but you will need to purchase your own copy of Stronger Together, Weaker Apart, by Tony Evans

Led by: Karla Nivens

Register by: Tuesday, January 12

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Every Wednesday, from 01/13/2021 to 02/03/2021, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


Contemplative Prayer as Divine Therapy

This class is for anyone interested in living a deeply God-centered life through a committed prayer practice. Establishing and maintaining such a practice will transform your Christian life. It will provide profound but accessible spiritual teaching and wisdom for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners of Christian contemplative prayer.

Our study will be based on the book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, by Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault.  

 

Cost: No charge, but you will need to purchase your own copy of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, by Cynthia Bourgeault

Register by: Tuesday, January 26

Led by Dr. Jana Rentzel, Psychologist and Spiritual Director

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Second Wednesday, Fourth Wednesday, from 01/27/2021 to 04/14/2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


The New Testament in Its World

“The New Testament in Its World,” a new study by N.T. Wright is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. The book places the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context and addresses many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity.

This study will open your eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today’s readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. 

Only new attendees need to register. If you attended class in the fall you do not need to re-register.

Purchase of study materials is optional and not required to participate in this class. The study offers both a book and a workbook for those who are interested.

Cost: No charge, you may purchase either the book and/or the workbook online
Register by Wednesday, January 6

Led by Rev. Walt Marcum

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Every Thursday, from 01/07/2021 to 06/03/2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Women’s Bible Fellowship: Twelve More Women of the Bible

This study looks at the lessons we can learn from women in the Bible and how they apply to us today. As you look at these women’s lives you will discover how to apply biblical truth to your own struggles, live through your failures as well as your successes, and draw near to God. This fresh look at these women in the Bible will help you discover new insights into God’s character and find joy in the hope that Jesus has provided to you.

Tuesday, February 2
7:00 am – We will meet at La Madeleine (the corner of Mockingbird and Bush Ave.) to receive our books and for fellowship.

Tuesdays, February 9 - May 4 (not meeting on March 16)
7:00 – 8:00 am

Cost: $14

Register by Thursday, January 28

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Cost: $14.00

Every Tuesday, from 02/02/2021 to 05/04/2021, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


The Inklings: A Reading and Discussion Group for Apologetics

The Inklings is an online reading and discussion group for Christians interested in deepening the imaginative and philosophical grounds for their faith. There are no prerequisites other than a love of reading and thinking. Our focus for this session will be The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton.

Cost: no charge but you will need to purchase your own copy of The Everlasting Man

Register by: Monday, February 1st

Led by: Jim Swayze, MA, Apologetics

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Every Wednesday, from 02/03/2021 to 05/05/2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


This Week in Exodus

Starting In February, we’re reading through the book of Exodus together as a church. Exodus is the epic story of how God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and then brought them to the foot of Mount Sinai to form them into a nation. Want to dive deeper into the plan? Join Alex Johnston each Sunday as we discuss the main points of the week’s reading and how it can transform our lives today. Be sure to bring your questions.

 

Register by Friday, February 12

Led by Alex Johnston

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Sunday, February 14, 2021, 5:00 PM - Sunday, March 28, 2021, 6:30 PM


HPUMC Women's Bible Study: Seven Words - Listening to Christ from the Cross

While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus' full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus' last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.

Join Rev. Susan Robb as she teaches from her new book, which finds life and hope in Christ’s final sayings while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent. 

Led by: Rev. Susan Robb

Register by: Monday, February 15

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Cost: $18.00

Every Tuesday, from 02/16/2021 to 03/30/2021, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Seven Words - Listening to Christ from the Cross

While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus' full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus' last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.

Join Rev. Susan Robb as she teaches from her new book, which finds life and hope in Christ’s final sayings while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

 

Led by: Rev. Susan Robb

Register by: Monday, February 15

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Cost: $18.00

Every Tuesday, from 02/16/2021 to 03/30/2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Tuesday Knights - Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice

Throughout the Bible, God interrupts the lives of ordinary people, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never could have imagined on their own! The purpose of Called is to help you hear and respond to the unique call God is placing on your life. The same God that called Abraham and Moses calls you too. In this study, you will learn to listen for this call. 

Register by Monday, February 15

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Cost: $10.00

Every Tuesday, from 02/16/2021 to 03/16/2021, 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM


HPUMC Women: Seven Words - Listening to Christ from the Cross

While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus' full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus' last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.

Join Rev. Susan Robb as she teaches from her new book, which finds life and hope in Christ’s final sayings while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

Led by: Rev. Susan Robb

Register by: Wednesday, February 17

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Cost: $18.00

Every Thursday, from 02/18/2021 to 04/01/2021, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM