Bible Study

Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Greenwich’s Bible Study.
If you have a question you can e-mail Dan directly at dengland@fccog.org.

Regular Sunday Bible Study is held Sundays at 11:20 am in the Lounge.
Bible Study for Beginners is held Thursdays at 10:30 am in Room 104.


2014

January 5 — Daniel – part 1 (download mp3)

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January 12 — Daniel – part 2 (download mp3)

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January 19 — Daniel – part 3 (download mp3)

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February 2 — Daniel – part 4 (download mp3)

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February 9 — Daniel – part 5 (download mp3)

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February 16 — Daniel – part 6 (download mp3)

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February 23 — Daniel – part 7 (download mp3)

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March 9 — The Stories Behind the Psalms – part 1 (download mp3)

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April 6 — The Stories Behind the Psalms – part 2 (download mp3)

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Past Bible Studies, 2013:

January 13 — The Book of James – Lesson 1 (download mp3)

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January 20 — The Book of James – Lesson 2 (download mp3)

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February 17 — The Book of James – Lesson 3 (download mp3)

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April 14 — The NONES – People whose Religious Affiliation = NONE (download mp3)

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April 21 — The NONES – Part 2 (download mp3)

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May 5 — Psalms 1-5 (download mp3)

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May 19 — Psalms 3, 10, 13 and 19 (download mp3)

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May 26 — Psalms 14, 18, 22 and 23 (download mp3)

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October 13 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians (download mp3)

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October 20 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians – part 2 (download mp3)

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October 27 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians – part 3 (download mp3)

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November 3 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians – part 4 (download mp3)

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November 10 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians – part 5 (download mp3)

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November 24 — Paul’s letter to the Galatians – part 6 (download mp3)

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December 15 — Macabees – part 1 (download mp3)

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December 22 — Macabees – part 2 (download mp3)

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Past Bible Studies, 2012:

January 8 — The Hereafter (download mp3)

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January 15 — The Hereafter, part 2 (download mp3)

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January 22 — The Hereafter, part 3 (download mp3)

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February 5 — The Hereafter, part 4 (download mp3)

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February 12 — The Hereafter, part 5 (download mp3)

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February 19 — The Hereafter, part 6 (download mp3)

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April 22 — I Corinthians Intro and Chapter 1 (download mp3)

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April 29 — I Corinthians Chapter 2, 3, 4 and maybe 5 (download mp3)

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May 6 — Movie, In Time. Begin reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

May 13 — No class, Mother’s day, keep reading Bonhoeffer

May 20 — I Corinthians Chapters 6-10 and Bonhoeffer chapter 1 (download mp3)

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May 27 — I Corinthians Chapters 11-12 (download mp3)

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June 3 — I Corinthians Chapters 13, 14 – Bonhoeffer (download mp3)

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June 10 — I Corinthians Chapters 15, 16 – Bonhoeffer (download mp3)

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July 29 — 2nd letter of Peter; The Book of Jude (download mp3)

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August 12 — 2nd letter of Peter; The Book of Jude (final one on this topic.) (download mp3)

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September 30 — II Corinthians (download mp3)

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October 7 — II Corinthians, Chapters 11 – 13 (download mp3)

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October 21 — II Corinthians, part 3 (download mp3)

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October 28 — Book of Titus (download mp3)

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November 4 — Book of Titus, part 2 (download mp3)

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November 11 — Book: Generous Justice by Keller, Chapters 1 and 2 (download mp3)

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November 18 — Book: Generous Justice by Keller, Chapters 3 and 4 (download mp3)

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November 25 — Book: Generous Justice by Keller, Chapters 5 and 6 (download mp3)

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For the initial winter period of our 2012 Bible Study gathering, starting on January 8, I (“we”–I did ask…) have decided to try something a little different. Now, don’t get the idea that we are wandering off into some ungrounded experience of speculation not founded in the Bible. It remains our (intelligently interpreted) source and guide. But the afterlife, like many things spiritual–life, death and the great hereafter–require imagination because we are talking about matters that are neither scientific nor entirely experiential. Of course, there is a lot of nonsense about life eternal and, thus, people thumping on about how sure they are they know exactly how God works in this life and the life to come. But if we’ve learned anything in our time together, it is that God will not be boxed and delivered.

So, guided by what the scriptures have to say on the matter of eternal life, I thought it might be thought-provoking to consider two books and a movie to raise some questions, poke some ideas out of you and engage in a slightly different format. My proposal is that you read two short books during December: one is Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo–the story of a little boy who nearly dies, but, in the meantime, goes to heaven, or so he says;  the other, The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, is an imaginative story about English people on a bus headed for somewhere else. These are two treatments of the same question that has occupied people since they began gazing at the stars and wondering if this small blip of existence is all there is or if there is something more. And then over the course of a few weeks in January we will watch together, Hereafter, the Clint Eastwood movie that has another take on the same musings.

Then we’ll all come to our senses and read Hosea.

I was going to order the books for you (I’ll take care of getting the movie and setting it up), but then I thought that there  may be many preferences (hardback, paperback, audio book, e-book, Folio Society edition, First Edition, etc., etc.). So, I’ll leave it to you to order your own–both are available on Amazon and through other book sellers–read them (they’re short) and show up on January 8 for an initial discussion of the books and a look at what Scripture has to say on the matter of eternal life.

I think this could be an interesting time and possibly a really helpful time as we all of us move each day a little closer to the end of life on earth. What comes after that? In the moment after the last moment, will there be something or nothing? It’s worth thinking about and, if possible, finding a faith-full answer that can give us all confidence, comfort and hope. As Paul said, “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

I think we can perhaps do better than that.

There is no single order number at Amazon. As mentioned above, there is hardback, paperback, audio, Kindle edition, whatever works best for people. If you simply go to Amazon (www.amazon.com) and type into the search, The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, you will get all the editions. The same goes for Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. There is a deluxe edition, a regular edition, hardback, audio, etc. Both are there, both are inexpensive. If someone can’t manage this, please get in touch with me (dengland@optonline.net) and I will order paperback copies for as many as want them.  See you on January 8 at 11:20 am in the Lounge. Dan

Past Bible Studies, 2011:

September 25 — Letters of John 1 (download mp3)

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October 2 — Letters of John 2 & 3 (download mp3)

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October 9 — no session

October 16 – Begin the Gospel of John, chapters 1-4. Note: all chapter ranges are subject to change. (download mp3)

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October 23 — John 5-7 (no recording)

October 30 — John 8-12 (download mp3)

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November 6 — John 13-16 (download mp3)

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November 13 — John 17-18 (download mp3)

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November 20 — John 19-21 (download mp3)

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