"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" Acts 2. 42
The Scriptures are life-giving; they are the Bread of Life. It is these Scriptures we are to study daily (Psalms 119.97).
In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear that the disciples met and were devoted to the teaching they received, sharing the word and receiving the good news as Eucharist. Fellowship at table, fed by God!
The early Christians were fed by the word of instruction they received in the Eucharistic gatherings. Their sermons and commentaries on the Sunday readings have been saved and passed down to us, allowing us to hear the importance of Scriptural instruction and pastoral care borne out of the same Scriptures in every time and place.
Who has not heard of Saint John Chrysostom, the greatest teacher of Scripture in the Church? Or of Saint Bede the Venerable and his explanations of the epistles of the New Testament?
It is a devotion to Scripture as indeed the word of God that the bible studies are held.
Bible Study meets at Saint Luke on Tuesdays at 6: 30 pm and Fridays at 11 am (we will take a break for the Christmas period and meet again in January).
Saint Luke is a parish named after the Saint Luke the Evangelist, whose Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles comprise fully half of the words of the New Testament.
1. Which version of the Bible do you use? We use the New Revised Standard Version, as it is a readable scholarly translation. Every translation is a compromise between the original words and their complement in another language, along with which manuscripts the translators are using. However, we make every attempt to highlight the original languages as much as possible to explain the original text.
2. What is the format of the lessons? The lessons are instructive, with questions from the participants. However, we remain on topic.
3. Which books are you reading now? We are completing the Gospel of Mark (Tuesday evenings), and have just completed Saint Paul's Letter to the Colossians (Friday mornings). After Mark, we will begin Luke and continue to Acts.
4. Are there any suggestions you can give for learning the Bible? Since Scripture was written to be read aloud and heard by the people (a fact that is often forgotten), have someone read a section aloud and take notes as to what you heard. Use this as an opportunity to be attentive to listening to what the Scriptures say.