These studies provide you with the opportunity to engage in Bible study that is practical, thought provoking and applies to your everyday life.
You'll have the opportunity to connect with people interested in the same topics, see some familiar faces, and, hopefully, build new connections with folks from St. John's.
Blind Spots 3 week series
Tentatively begins May 18, 7-8 pm (flexible)
Blind spots. Whether they’re on your car or in your life, they’re dangerous because we can’t see them. But we all have them. Most of us think we know ourselves because we’ve been ourselves our entire lives. But what we don’t see is how other people see us. We don’t usually know what it’s like to be on the other side of us. But discovering our blind spots is one of the ways we grow as a person. So, how can we see something that we’re blind to? We can’t! But God and other people can reveal them to us. But we need to be open to it, and that’s not always so easy. We have to know that we don’t know it all and turn to the One who does. Sometimes God uses other people to show us where we’re out of step with the person He created us to be; where we’re rubbing someone wrong without even knowing it. Other times, God uses tests and trials in our lives to get our attention. It’s not always fun or easy—in fact, it’s usually not—but growing as a person is always worth it.
Deal With It
Flexible date, time and location
There will never be a shortage of challenging things thrown at us in life—things that ask a lot of us. We all have stuff in our lives that we’d rather avoid or ignore. Maybe there is unresolved relational tension in your life, or maybe there is a challenging task ahead of you at work. Whatever your “stuff” is, you have to choose between ignoring it and addressing it. In this series, we’re going to see what life might look like if you viewed the difficult things thrown your way a little differently. Because often times these difficult things are the exact things God is using to bring you to Him. And when you take the time to address those things, you’re making a spiritual decision, allowing God to come alongside you as you go. And the good news? Your heavenly Father wants that for you! God isn’t interested in seeing you make it through life with a mediocre story; He wants you to thrive. And sometimes the only way to do that is to deal with the stuff—good and bad—that life brings.
Do you keep God at arm’s length? You might even do it without realizing it! Maybe you think God is generally angry or disappointed with you because of the way you live or the choices you make. Or, maybe you feel like He wants something from you—like He wants you to do more than you’re already doing or to follow His “rules” more closely. No matter the reason, most of us tend to keep God at a distance from time to time. But is that really God’s heart for a relationship with us? As tempting as it is to think that God is angry, or distant, or mad, or all He cares about is for people to follow His rules, Jesus’ arrival on Earth and His subsequent death on the cross proves otherwise. What God actually cares about is a relationship with us. He wants to be close to us. And He did everything in His power to make sure that we could be close to Him. In this series, we’ll spend the next few weeks diving into what it really means to walk closely with God, starting with the question: God, will You go with me?
Women's Bible Study Tuesdays, 8am
Women’s Bible Study gathers via zoom, 8-9 am on Tuesday Mornings to discuss the upcoming gospel. The Bible study is led by Pastor Laura.
13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Men's Bible Study Thursdays, 8 am
Men’s Bible Study gathers via zoom, 8-9 am on Thursday Mornings. The Bible study is led by Pastor Rhodes on the upcoming Sunday gospel.
13"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.