Scripture Enrichment Opportunities
Winter 2016 Special Focus
Design Your Own Bible Study Plan
If you want an introduction to the Bible, select one or more of the following activities. . .
- Participate in the “Welcome to the Bible” program at church
- Watch the video programs on how to read the Bible
- Watch the video program with an overview of the Old Testament and New Testament
- Use the Guide to select a Study Bible and find the Bible online
- Participate in the 30-Day Bible Experience: Reading one Gospel (Matthew, Mark, or Luke)
Introduction to Scripture
How to Read the Bible
THE PRIMA PROCESS
Prima is the Latin word for first. In the PRIMA process, each letter of the word stands for a step in reading and studying the Bible individually or with a group. Using the PRIMA process helps you remember to keep God first in your life!
Pray. Begin with a prayer that your time with the Bible will draw you closer to God.
Read attentively, trusting that God will give you what you need to learn or grow.
Imagine what was going on when the passage was first written. What is its cultural and historical context? Try to put yourself into the story. What was the author trying to get across?
Meditate on what you have read. How does this fit in the context of the rest of the Bible's teaching? with the church's teaching? What do you think God is teaching you?
Apply what you have read to your life. God may be calling you to address a particular issue or relationship. Or you may find words of comfort and support you need at this particular time. Carry God's word into the rest of your day, the rest of your life!
(This article is from The Catholic Youth Bible, Revised, Brian Singer-Towns, general editor. Copyright © 2005 by Saint Mary's Press.
If you want to grow in your practice of reading and studying the Bible. . . .
- Develop a daily plan for reading the Bible
- Participate in the lectio divina reflection group after Sunday worship
- Learn how to pray with the Bible
- Join a Bible study group (church, home, coffee shop, online)
Learn How to Read the Bible - Join a Small Group
The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding
and Embracing God’s Word
Catholics are hungry for a greater knowledge of the Bible. By reading
the Bible, we enter into a more intimate relationship with God who
reveals himself to us throughout salvation history, culminating in the
Incarnation of Jesus—the Word made flesh. Unfortunately, for many
Catholics, reading and understanding the Bible can be intimidating.
Many Catholics have grown up “biblically deprived” and have developed a
sort of “bibliaphobia”—a fear of reading the Bible! The good news is that,
with a few tips and some practice, reading and understanding the Bible
can become much easier and extremely fulfilling. The Bible Blueprint: A
Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word is designed
to help Catholics overcome their initial fears of the Bible and to discover
God’s loving Word and its power for their lives
Session 1 Discovering the Bible Blueprint
Session 2 Overcoming “Bibliaphobia”
Session 3 Preparing to Enter God’s Library
Session 4 The Bible’s Floor Plan
Session 5 Information Blocks: Footnotes and Cross-References
Session 6 Recognizing Symbolic Language in the Bible
Session 7 Do the Math--Numbers in the Bible
Session 8 Draftsman Tools: The Tools of Interpretation
Session 9 First Steps and Next Steps
Practicing with the Bible - Lectio Divina
Fr. James Martin, S.J., Editor at Large at America Magazine
Daily Bible Reading
Daily Bible Reading Plan
Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to learn about God and His desire to have a relationship with you. You can start now by downloading A Year with the Bible, a guide that will walk you through daily passages, help you engage with God’s word and deepen your walk of faith. When you download the guide, you will also be able to access Bible study resources, memorization apps and search tools that will help expand and deepen your Scripture journey.
If you want to go deeper in understanding the meaning of the Bible. . . .
- Read the Bible in 365 days
- Develop a personal Bible study plan
- Take an online course: Hebrew Scriptures, Gospels, Letters of Paul
- Study and pray the Psalms as a spiritual practice
Studying & Praying the Psalms
Gospel of Mark Presentation Series
Three Thursdays - 7:30 pm to 9 pm - Church Center
The Gospel of Mark is considered the earliest written of the four Gospels. The Gospel of Mark is about the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ, who is identified as one from Nazareth at his baptism, recognized as God's Son by fearful demonic spirits, and proclaimed as the resurrected Lord by a young man in a white robe. In Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen, the reign and rule of God's kingdom has come among us.
The opening words of the Gospel according to Mark, "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God," are more than a title to the Gospel. They draw the hearer or reader into the entire account, connecting us with the good news itself. Whatever the parable, miracle, teaching, or story from the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, the good news (literally, the gospel) of Jesus Christ breaks into our lives.
Join us for three presentations that will provide a guided tour of the Gospel and what it means for our lives today.
Gospel of Mark Small Group Study
Gospel of Mark Online Gospel Course
On-your-own or with a small group
Gospel of Mark - Dr. Dale Martin (Yale University)
The Gospels of the New Testament are not biographies, and, in this class, they are read through a historical critical lens. This means that the events they narrate are not taken at face value as historical. The Gospel of Mark illustrates how the gospel writer skillfully crafts a narrative in order to deliver a message. It is a message that emphasizes a suffering messiah, and the necessity of suffering before glory. The gospel's apocalyptic passages predict troubles for the Jewish temple and incorporate this prediction with its understanding of the future coming of the Son of Man.
Go to Open Yale Courses to watch the Video Presentation.
An Introduction to the Books of the Bible
Take your own self-paced, online journey through the Bible with the help of the Enter the Bible website. Read a Book of the Bible while you learn about the people, places, culture, and theological themes in the Gospels. Watch the videos, when included, to explore more deeply the Bible and its message and meaning for today.
Develop a Bible Reading & Study Plan
The YouVersion Bible App is free for your phone, tablet, or computer. It has hundreds of Bible versions in hundreds of languages. The team at YouVersion creates reading plans for users. The Gospels reading plan will help you read through all four Gospels in thirty days. Get firm grasp of Jesus' life and ministry in a short span of time.
Download the App and then search for the Gospels Reading plan.
Bible Devotions & Bible Studies
Daily Devotions & Readings: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/devotions
Devotions and readings suggested for daily meditation and prayerLectionary readings from the Presbyterian Church USA.
Daily Lectionary Readings: www.usccb.org/nab/index.shatml
Lectionary readings for every day of the year are available online - in print, audio, and video. People can also subscribe to the Daily Readings RSS Feed, go to the iTunes store and type in "Daily readings from the New American Bible" in the search window, and listen to the Daily Readings on their computer from the RSS feed where you can play the audio using your mp3 player.
Daily Word of Life - Reading and Praying God's Word at Home: www.daily-word-of-life.com
The Daily Word of Life's Home Bible Study, created by author Kay Murdy, is intended to give beginners a firm foundation in the study of Scripture and assist more experienced readers of the Bible, covering an overview of the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Synpotic Gospels.
The E-100 Challenge - 100 Essential Bible Verses
The Essential 100 Challenge™ (The E100) is an effective Bible reading program built around 100 carefully selected short Bible passages — 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. It enables people in your church to get the big picture of God's Word and in the process develop a daily Bible reading habit. The E100 is a carefully selected list of short Bible passages - usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less. The E100 Challenge takes a reader through all of the major types of biblical writing including Historical books, Poetry and Wisdom Literature, the Prophets, the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation.
Invitation to the Word: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/theologyandworship/invitation-word
Invitation to the Word is just that — an invitation to Jesus Christ, the living Word, through Scripture. It is an invitation for congregations, communities, small groups and individuals to be immersed in the Spirit through the Word. It is an invitation to five simple practices that can form us into Scripture-shaped communities, congregations and individuals. It is an invitation to read, pray, study, remember and live Scripture. Free, downloadable resources online.
Whether it's a daily or weekly e-mail Bible study, audio, print, or a text message, you can explore the eternal truths of the Bible in the way that best fits your life. With a variety of topics topics to choose from, each journey contains verses and Bible studies each day of your journey—making God's Word relevant and personal to you.
Lectio Divina: http://journeys.americanbible.org/topic/lectio-divina
Lectio Divina is a weekly framework for a faithful and respectful reading of the Bible, coordinated with the Catholic lectionary calendar. (English and Spanish versions)
Our Daily Bread: http://odb.org
Our Daily Bread is daily devotional that help readers spend time each day in God’s Word. It is published and distributed worldwide in more than 40 languages. Our Daily Bread radio is a daily audio program that features insights from the pages of Our Daily Bread. Each daily thought is designed to draw the listener into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and to evoke responses of worship, love, trust and obedience. Our Daily Bread is distributed via print, radio, podcast on iTunes, email, rss, and mobile (in the Apps Store at iTunes). For social networking users, find Our Daily Bread on Twitter andFacebook.
What Does the Bible Say to You?: www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/The-Bible/Read-the-Bible/What-Does-the-Bible-Say-to-You.aspx
What Does the Bible Say to You? presents Bible verses by theme around everyday life issues: emotions and feelings, life situations, life transitions, and family and friends.