Bible Studies

There is no better way to be formed as a disciple or to growth in your faith than by studying God's Word. At Grace, we are committed to studying the Bible! Below are our current Bible studies.

The Wisdom Literature - led by Dr. Michael Nicholson

When: Sunday mornings, 11am
Where: Cooke Hall
Who: Open to all in 7th grade and older

This Spring and then again in the Fall we will be studying and reflecting on the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. The books of wisdom—Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs—are among the more neglected books of the Bible, especially at the congregational level. Two of them—Job and Ecclesiastes—are the most perplexing and difficult books of the Bible. Proverbs is often taken as little more than holy self-help advice. And while Song of Songs is quite intriguing, most preachers and teachers don’t quite know what to do with Spirit-inspired Scripture that celebrates romance, intimacy, and sex. But the Bible’s wisdom books are important because they teach us how to live in the real world. Not the “world” of mass media, militant secularism, or pop culture, but the world as God created it. This world is a creation that God invested with his own beauty, harmony, and purity. Yet, it is also a world that is fallen, in which men and women and history and sometimes nature do not work in accord with the way things ought to be and were originally meant to be (and someday will be again). Wisdom takes all of this into account and shows us how we might put our feet on the path that leads us in the direction of that original beauty, harmony, and purity, even though, in this lifetime, we may only partially realize and embrace them. This class will meet in the Cooke Hall worship space (for the campus map, see the diagram on the "What to Expect" page). 

The Epistle of James - led by the Rev. Todd Weedman (starts 2/6)

When: Sundays, 4pm
Where: Sojourn New Albany (2023 Ekin Ave, New Albany, IN 47150)
Who: Open to all

This Spring, Todd Weedman will lead a weekly service of Evening Prayer in New Albany, Indiana which will be followed by an inductive Bible study of James. Framing his letter within an overall theme of patient perseverance during trials and temptations, James writes in order to encourage his readers to live consistently with what they have learned in Christ. He condemns various sins, including pride, hypocrisy, favoritism, and slander. He encourages and implores believers to humbly live by godly, rather than worldly, wisdom and to pray in all situations. Finally, he calls his readers to rely fully on the grace of God in Jesus Christ. 

A word about inductive Bible study: Oftentimes, Bible studies are delivered in a deductive approach. This means that someone prepares a lesson and delivers a lecture, wherein they state the meaning of the text and then prove it out. An inductive approach, on the other hand, can be more collaborative, where a group gathers together and make observations of the text, and gradually piece together its meaning. This approach serves to not only teach the Biblical text but also provides training to each participant in how to read and understand the Scriptures for themselves. It is highly accessible (anyone can do it - no degree in hermeneutics required - at any level of Christian maturity). We will read through James together in four phases (based on the Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent): Hear, Read/Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest. The first week we gather, we will read the epistle in one setting, to get the full context. For the next several weeks, we will look at James in smaller segments, making observations and asking questions together. Once we reach the end of the Epistle, we will discuss the most significant outlying questions for research (and come together again to discuss our findings). Understanding what the text means, we will then turn our focus the last week to how James applies to our lives today.

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah - led by Tiffany Childs

When: Wednesdays, 7pm
Where: Cooke Hall, Zoom
Who: Open to women 18 and older

This Spring, the Women's Bible Study will continue their study of the book of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah is widely considered the deepest, richest, and most theologically significant book in the Old Testament. It is, without question, a profound statement by God about his own sovereignty and majesty spoken through his chosen spokesman, the prophet Isaiah. Using the accessible commentary by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. as their main resource, the women of Grace will see the single vision of God throughout all sixty-six chapters of this great book. It is a unified, woven whole that ultimately shows that God saves sinners. He saves them from their own self-invented salvations, so that they can walk in the light of his love.

The Women's Bible Study meets at 7pm on Wednesday evenings in Cooke Hall at Highlands Latin School (see the "What to Expect" page for an HLS campus map). The school's address is 10901 Shelbyville Rd. Join the ladies of Grace as they hear God's word and learn about his love together. This study will last two academic years (2020-21 and 2021-22) taking breaks for the Christmas holidays and the summer of 2021. Please email Tiffany for more details.

Zoom: If you desire to join the Bible study on Zoom, here are the details:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84474352648
Meeting ID: 844 7435 2648

Paul's Epistle to the Romans - led by Dr. Michael Nicholson

When: Wednesdays, 7pm
Where: The Nicholson Home (4623 Fox Run Rd Louisville, KY 40207)
Who: Open to men 18 and older

The apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most influential piece of personal correspondence ever written. Nowhere else does Paul—the converted Jew and evangelist to the Gentiles—lay out so clearly and completely the necessity, meaning, and unfolding of our salvation in Jesus Christ. He reveals the significance and reality bound up in those “religious” words we all know and that often perplex us: righteousness, sin, faith, justification, grace, judgment, predestination, law and gospel. He wrestles with the tensions between God’s mercy and judgment, faith and works, Spirit and flesh, justification and sanctification. He shows us, in all its glory and grace, how “the gospel...is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). We hope you will join the Men’s Bible study this Fall as we explore this foundational document of our faith, a document that formed the Church, sparked the Reformation, and that still has the power today to mold us to the mind of Christ.