Come journey with the Israelites as they go from slavery to freedom in the study of the Book of Exodus. For 400 years the Israelites were enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians. Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament, chronicles their passage out of the Land of Egypt into the Promised Land of Canaan. The Exodus story is not only foundational for the Jews, but for Christians as well. This is not just a story of physical slavery to freedom, but a spiritual pilgrimage from the slavery of sin to freedom for us today and ultimately our Promised Land of Heaven.
During their long and arduous trek in the desert, God performed many miracles for them. There is the story of the plagues God sent upon Egypt, the burning bush where God speaks to Moses, the Ten Commandments written on the stone tablets, the manna that rained down from heaven for bread each morning, the quail that were sent to provide meat at night, the water that came from the rock, the Covenant God made with the Israelites making them His Chosen People and the parting of the Red Sea to name a few. More miracles are recorded in the Book of Exodus than in all the other books of the Old Testament combined.
This year’s Bible study begins on September 10. It is a 19 week study covering the Book of Exodus for the first 11 weeks ending November 19 and continuing after our Thanksgiving/Christmas break on January 7 when we will study St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians for 8 weeks.
St. Paul visited Ephesus with Priscilla and Aguila on his second missionary journey and returned to live in Ephesus on the Aegean Sea during his third missionary journey. He spent a total of three years there.
Ephesus is where St. John took the Blessed Virgin Mary to live after Christ’s crucifixion. It was from there that Mary was assumed into heaven. On the cover of our study book, there is a picture of the house in which Mary lived.
The Letter to the Ephesians reveals many remarkable gifts we as Christians are given in the Church. It is most noted for its description of Christ and the Church. It shows the great inheritance that awaits us as adopted sons and daughters in the family of God, and it reveals how God’s great love for us can transform our lives.
Paul outlines the five-fold ministry – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He calls us to live as children of the light, and finally in the letter’s most famous passage, Paul compares the relationship of Christ and the Church to the marriage relationship of husband and wife.
We are excited to invite you to join us for this study. Books will be available on the first day of class. Classes are held on Tuesday mornings (9-11 am) and evenings (6:45-8:45 pm). Babysitting is provided upon request for children 1 year and older.
For more information call Yvonne Griffith at 210-364-4987 for questions concerning the morning classes or Ann Swihart at 1-281-615-9598 regarding evening classes.