WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY 2016-2017
Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday mornings and evenings
Beginning September 28th
Beginning October 2nd
This year we will be studying the letter to the Colossians.
When a Russian cosmonaut returned from space and reported that he had not found God, C. S. Lewis responded that this was like Hamlet going into the attic of his castle and looking for Shakespeare. —Tim Keller
The ancient city of Colossae, in modern-day Turkey, was a blend of cultures and beliefs. It was also under Roman rule, and everywhere you looked, you would see Caesar's venerated image on coins, buildings, and businesses. How could a person surrounded by a variety of temples and cults and images know which god to choose? Or even know a god at all? It was a mystery.
A man named Paul, an itinerant teacher from a new Jewish sect, gives a radical answer to these perplexing questions: “We look at Jesus and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at Jesus and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, ...finds its purpose in him” (Col. 1:15–16, adapted from The Message).
Paul hasn’t even met the people he is writing to, but he is eager to show them the sweeping themes of the Christian faith, and he hammers home the supremacy of Jesus as the very image of God who holds all of creation together.
And we can actually know God because, instead of standing outside of creation, God writes himself into our story by becoming a human like us. Paul also insists that a sweeping gospel evoke a sweeping response of love and forgiveness. These are radical words in the multicultural intellectual marketplace of both ancient Turkey and modern America.
Please join us this year that we may “know the mystery of God, namely, Christ” (Col. 2:2).
The goal of Women’s Bible Study is to help women meet Jesus through the study of God’s Word. Our desire is to see women grow in their faith—transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Each week, women have the opportunity to study the Bible on their own (using questions provided), attend a lecture and discuss the passage in a small group setting.
The study is open to women of all ages, and visitors are always welcome.
We provide a Bible program and childcare for the children (Infant-Age 5) of the women attending the study on Wednesday mornings. Childcare is also available during the small group time on Sundays but is not offered on Wednesday evenings.
The fee for the study is $35. Payment will be collected when you check-in on the first day or can be made on the New Life Glenside website.
If the cost is a financial hardship, donate what you can.