SERVE YOUR CHURCH
Adult Bible Study
Orthodox Study Forum
with Father Ted
Begins on Tuesday, September 21
and will meet weekly in the hall.
Please bring your Bibles.
ADULT BIBLE CATECHISM
"The scriptures constitute a coherent whole. They are at once divinely inspired and humanly expressed. They bear authoritative witness to God's revelation of Himself in creation, in the Incarnation of the Word, and in the whole history of salvation, and as such express the Word of God in human language. We know, receive, and interpret scripture through the Church and in the Church. Our approach to the Bible is one of Obedience." (Statement made at the 1976 Moscow Conference)
The Adult Bible Catechism has the purpose of bringing the Orthodox Christian faithful together for divine inspiration through the Word of God, the Holy Bible. The decisive criterion of our understanding of what Scripture means is "the mind of the Church."
A personal approach in reading the Bible we are not simply detached and objective observers, absorbing information, taking historical documents, although certainly it can be approached on that level. It is, much more fundamentally, a sacred book, addressed to believers, to be read with faith and love. We shall not profit fully from reading the Gospels unless we are in love with Christ.
The faithful who participate in this Orthodox Bible Catechism gathering "acknowledge that the Holy Scripture must be accepted and interpreted in accordance with the belief which has been handed down by the Holy Fathers, and which the Holy Orthodox Church, our Mother, had always held and still does hold."