Adult Bible Study
Since the earliest of the days of the church, Christians have eaten together when they gather. Not all meals in the Bible are sacramental. But all meals offer opportunities for fellowship, hospitality, shared stories, and food. Followers of Jesus incorporated meal-sharing in their daily gatherings. Acts 2:42 describes practices of the early church: gathering regularly, telling the story of the gospel, sharing a meal like Jesus shared with his followers, and praying. These practices are incorporated in rituals around the sacrament of communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist (which means thanksgiving). The sharing of bread and wine is an essential part of how Christians related to God and to one another. These are gifts Jesus left with us.
Come join us Thursday evenings at 7 PM via Zoom, beginning September 14th. Please call the church office for more information. This unit’s book is available in the church office. Looking forward to this opportunity to learn together with and from each other.
During the four weeks of this unit – Celebrate Communion – we will explore:
Week One – Give Thanks. Jesus’ miraculous feeding of 5,000 people as recounted in Matthew 14:13-21 helps us to see Jesus’ meal-sharing pattern: Take – Bless – Break – Give.
Week Two – Share Meals. Acts 2 describes the Pentecost event, then recounts Peter’s first telling of the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection before describing the sharing activities of the early community of Christ-followers.
Week Three – Be Fed. In Exodus 16 we read of God’s provision of manna and qual in the wilderness to the hungry Israelite travelers following their escape from slavery. We will also reflect on Jesus’ statement when he says, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6)
Week Four – Feed Others. Psalm 146 praises God, from whom all our blessings flow. Matthew 25 reminds Jesus’ followers that what we do for or to others, we do for and to Jesus.