Every Tuesday evening, we gather to study Scripture and to discuss what God is doing in our lives. It all goes back to one of the earliest practices of Methodism: the class meeting.
Because of the current concerns in our nation we have decided to continue this tradition and the study of God's word but we will be doing it strictly on Facebook Live. Head to our Facebook page (link at the top of our homepage) every Tuesday night at 7:00pm (EST) and have your Bible ready to dive into the Word of God.
We recognize that meeting online takes some of the fellowship out of Bible study but hopefully this won't last long and we will be back to meeting in one place all together soon. Remember, you have the ability to ask questions and make comments through Facebook live and Bro. Josh will do his best to answer those questions as they come up. We hope to "see" you there!
In the early days of Methodism (before the United Methodist Church even existed!), class meetings were held regularly so that members of the Methodist church could hold one another accountable, encourage one another in the faith, and grow in their knowledge and love of God through an increased understanding of Scripture. Although Bible studies can take many forms, we have returned to our roots in making Bible study a chance to grow and change through the deepening of our love for God's Word.
Bible study at IUMC can happen in a number of ways. In some seasons, we will gather each week to examine a particular book of the Bible and learn more about its background (the context in which it was written, its original intended audience, and so on) and its content. These studies are for the purpose of developing our own theological understanding so we can better defend the faith and answer questions about Scripture when they're presented to us.
Other times, this takes place through studying the work of modern day pastors and theologians. Although these are not regarded with the same level of authority as we give to Scripture, they can still be profitable for learning and instruction.
Whatever your familiarity with the Bible may be - whether minimal or extensive - we would love to have you with us as we gather together to study God's Word.
The Gospel of Mark
The shortest of the four Gospels, Mark is often overlooked due to the fact that so much of the material found therein is shared with Matthew and Luke. If Mark is so similar to these other books, why do we even have it to begin with?
Perhaps Mark has more to say than we realize. Join us as we examine the words of the second Gospel!