This past summer, I attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville Summer Conferences for the 23rd consecutive year. It has been a great blessing in my life, and I give thanks to God for the good work of FUS! One new thing I did this past summer at the conference was take the Journey Through Scripture Bible Study course, Genesis to Jesus, offered by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Dr. Scott Hahn. It was really the training to be an instructor, and I’ve been anxious to offer the study at my parish, Sts. Peter and Paul in Springbrook, IA.
Well, that time has come! The study begins on October 14 at 7:00pm, and there will be sessions on 7 consecutive Sunday evenings. I am working to have a huge turnout from my parishioners! I am challenging them to be a part of this study. But, for those that are hesitant to sign up, let me present the:
Top 10 Reasons Why I Can’t Be Part of the Genesis To Jesus Bible Study
at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.
10. I don’t have a Bible. Well, okay, I have a Bible, but I’m not very familiar with it, and just a little nervous. I don’t want to look like I don’t know my Bible.
No problem! I will make sure everyone has a Bible! If you need a Bible, ask. Or, better yet, go get one! We use readings from the New American Bible at Mass, but most of the readings for this study are taken from the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. Any way you slice it, we’ve got a Bible for you. And this study doesn’t expect you to be an expert. It is a study that shows everyone how God has been working throughout all of history, from Genesis to Jesus, to bring us into his life and love. And that is a message for Bible beginners and Bible experts!
9. I don’t have a way to get to the parish. I don’t like to drive at night.
I will arrange for your transportation!
8. I have young kids, and I don’t want/can’t afford to get babysitting for 7 weeks.
If you let me know what you need as far as babysitting so that you can be part of this study, I will do whatever I can to make it happen! I just need to know what you need!
7. I don’t have the $10 for the workbook.
I will not let $10 stand between you and being a part of this study! Let me know what you need, and I will help.
6. I’m a high-schooler, and I don’t think I have the time, but I’m intrigued. Didn’t you say something about a special offer?
Well, I can’t do much about the time management problem, but I bet with a little effort, you can. And, yes, I did mention a special offer! If you sign up and participate in this study, I will give you your workbook for FREE! I know you were probably just going to get mom or dad to pay anyway, but I want you to know it is important to me and to the parish that you participate.
5. I would like to be part of the study, but honest, Sunday nights at 7:00pm just don’t work for me.
I know it seems like I’ve been gone a lot lately, but most of that should be coming to an end. I would be thrilled to also offer the study at another time during the week! I’m good with any time, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday! Let me know!
4. I don’t know how to get a hold of you to sign up.
3. I go to Mass every week, and I pray my Rosary. Surely that is enough.
What is “enough” when we are talking about our relationship with our Heavenly Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Of course we need to go to Mass, and praying the Rosary is a powerful prayer. But there really isn’t such a thing as too much of God, is there? See how this makes your experience of Mass and prayer even better!
2. I don’t think I need to study the Bible.
A lot of people don’t think they need to study the Bible. But if the Bible is God’s word to us, and we are serious about wanting to grow in our relationship with God, then we all need to study the Bible! St. Jerome once said that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
1. The truth is, I just don’t want to be part of a Bible Study.
I was really hoping after eliminating all the other reasons, we wouldn’t get to this one. Unfortunately, this is the one where all I can do is encourage you, and pray that you have a desire to know God’s word more intimately. Maybe, you should do it anyway, even though you don’t want to, and let’s see what God can do.