Bible Studies

Blessed Lord, who has caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
grant us so to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from the Book of Common Prayer

Like countless people of Biblical faith traditions, Episcopalians have discovered the living God by reading and studying the Bible (also called The Word or Holy Scripture). Although the canon of Christian Holy Scripture has been fixed, Episcopalians believe that God speaks through the Word, to individuals and communities of faith. Through Bible study, we grow in relationship with God – by learning stories of God’s self-revelation. These stories are about our spiritual ancestors, and they also tell truths about ourselves and all of humanity.

Bible Study 101

Bible Study 101, led by Phyllis Gilbert, is currently on hold because our leader is healing from illness. When we resume, we’ll meet Thursday mornings during non-summer months, beginning at 11 AM, for about one hour. All are welcome.

Mrs. Gilbert is a both a lifelong student and scholar of the Bible. In this small Bible Study for adults, men and women study together, alternating between books from the Hebrew Scriptures and those of the New Testament. Each book of the Bible is studied in-depth, over several weeks. Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts and listen to others. Past studies have included the books of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), books of the prophets (Jeremiah, Isaiah, Amos and Hosea); the Epistles including Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, Romans, Thessalonians, Galatians and Philippians, and the gospels. Each semester of study concludes with a potluck luncheon.

Alternative Bible Study

In late 2016, Holy Cross members gathered after worship on Sunday mornings for an alternative form of Bible Study that emerged from a visit two lay leaders made to St. Mary’s, Ramona. The Rev. Gwynn Lynch who led this alternative form of Bible Study while she was Vicar at St. Mary’s, came to Holy Cross to teach us the method. More than a dozen congregants gathered after Sunday morning worship with the Rev. Gwynn.

Each participant brings a different translation of the Bible. Together we read key stories aloud, hearing how differences in language inform the study of the stories themselves. In this setting, we have learned that there are not one but two stories of creation told in Genesis, that the Bible contains both poetry and prose, and that its key stories teach us about Biblical history as well as shed light on our own place and time.

We are currently discerning the best time to continue this Bible Study for those who want to participate. If you are interested, please phone or e-mail the Parish Office (760-930- 1270 or holycross@holy-cross-church.org).