- Created: 01 January 3000 01 January 3000
Here are the Bible studies currently held at or sponsored by Saint John’s.
Several of our Bible studies take a break from their weekly meetings over the summer. The Bread of Life (Wednesdays at 9:30 AM) and Woman-to-Woman (Wednesdays, 9:00 AM) Bible studies and Sunday School (Sundays, 10:30 AM) will resume in September.
Our Sunday School programs focus on biblical literacy, helping kids learn about God’s plan of salvation as it unfolds in the Old Testament, in the life and ministry of Jesus and the growth of the early church as recorded in the Gospel and Acts. Sundays, 10:30 AM, Sunday School Classroom Wing. Children should grab a snack from the Large Fellowship Hall and then head right up to Classroom 201 for games and crafts before Sunday School Opening (which begins at 10:30 AM).
Middle School Bible Study
Our middle school youth gather for Sunday morning Bible study. Sundays, 10:30 AM, Senior Youth Room.
Adult Bible Study
Further discussion of the day’s lectionary readings. Sundays, 10:30 AM, Large Fellowship Hall.
Each session of this study focuses on one Psalm as an example of the psalm types — wisdom, ascent, penitence, praise, lament, historical and royal — showing how they express personal and congregational prayers and, most importantly, how they proclaim Jesus Christ’s mission and passion, resurrection and return.. Sundays, 10:30 AM, Large Fellowship Hall.
ChristLife Fort Collins Campus Ministry
College students, you are invited to get involved in this group sponsored by Saint John’s Lutheran and Peace With Christ Lutheran; among other activities, we hold a weekly Bible study here at Saint John’s while school is in session. Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, Senior Youth Room. Visit the ChristLife Fort Collins Facebook group page for more information.
Theology on Tap
Gather with your fellow LCMS Lutherans on the first Tuesday of every month for “real topics and real beer” as guest speakers present various topics on theology and culture. First Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland).
All women are invited to join the Woman-to-Woman Bible group in a study on spiritual fulfillment using a book by Michael W. Newman, “The Life You Crave; It’s All About Grace.” Wednesdays, 9:00 AM, Room 301. Childcare provided.
Bread of Life
All are invited to join our discussion of the Gospel of Matthew. Wednesdays, 9:30 AM, Small Fellowship Hall.
Two-year confirmation instruction, or catechesis, for students in sixth grade and above. This class prepares youth for the rite of Confirmation, the reception of the Lord’s Supper and full membership of this congregation. Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:30 PM, Room 302. If you have any questions about Youth Confirmation, please contact Pastor Nettleton.
Adult Instruction Class
This course, taught by Pastor Nettleton, covers the basics of Christianity and the Lutheran faith; anyone interested in joining Saint John’s or looking for a “refresher” course is invited to attend. Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Room 302.
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study
This women’s Bible study meets in members’ homes once a month for a book club-style study; their current book is “Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions” by Jeremiah Johnston. Monthly evening meetings at various locations. Call the church office for current contact information.
The Church Library
If you haven’t visited the library lately, please plan a stop! We have a great collection of resources: Bible study, inspiration, history, reference and fiction, all available to check out. Take an interesting book home for a while for study and contemplation. Room 302. Browse or search the library catalog at www.StJohnsFC.org/library.
Are you involved in a Bible study at Saint John’s? There are plenty of opportunities to study the word through the week. Join one of these groups!
- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 01 May 2017 01 May 2017
- Written by Pastor Rick Miller, 2017 District Outreach Coordinator Pastor Rick Miller, 2017 District Outreach Coordinator
- Created: 12 April 2017 12 April 2017
Luther reportedly discovered the Gospel while reading the book of Romans in the tower of the Augustinian cloister. Luther experienced the “true discovery” of the Gospel after intently studying Romans 1:16 – 17: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes … as it is written: ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” His study of the scriptures brought him to the realization of the differences between the Bible and the practices and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. And so, the story of the Reformation began.
Luther wrote, “For a long time I went astray [in the monastery] and didn’t know what I was about. To be sure, I knew something, but I didn’t know what it was until I came to the text in Romans 1:17, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ That text helped me. But when I discovered the proper distinction — namely, that the law is one thing and the gospel is another — I made myself free.”
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. A believer that has faith cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this Gospel to the people at the risk of life itself. You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word that the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.
What Lutherans Teach states that: “Lutherans teach (and believe) that no human being can earn or obtain forgiveness of sins or life with God by any human efforts or ‘good works.’ We believe, and the Gospel clearly teaches, that salvation is achieved by the Grace of God through faith in Him.” The Gospel is the joyful news that our Lord Jesus Christ has given us complete forgiveness from our sins through His life, death and resurrection. The central and most important teaching in the Bible is the Gospel, the Good news of God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We believe that the two chief doctrines of Holy Scripture, Law and Gospel, must be constantly and diligently proclaimed. We believe, teach and confess that the Gospel is the heart and center of our Christian faith. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of the Gospel to create and sustain faith in our heart. The Gospel’s message is that God forgives us all our sins through Christ; accepts us for His sake as God’s children and — out of pure grace, without any merit of our own — saves us.
This year, 2017, is a year precious to all Lutherans: the 500th anniversary of Luther’s blessed discovery of the Gospel and his rebellion related to the beliefs and celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church. This article is part of a monthly series covering topics and historical events leading up to October 31, 1517, the date of the posting of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. It is republished, with permission, from the Rocky Mountain District, LCMS.
- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 01 April 2017 01 April 2017
- Written by Joyce Hart Joyce Hart
- Created: 25 February 2017 25 February 2017
Looking for a new book to read? In March, the library at Saint John’s will be adding 27 titles to its collection. Take a moment and stop by to view the new books along with the books in the “Pastor’s Recommendations” section of the library. Also, parents and grandparents interested in books pertaining to Easter should take a look at the Easter books located in a tote on the top shelf of the bookcase.
Also growing in the library is the circulation count. Over fifty titles have been checked out since the library was inventoried, cataloged and organized using spine classification book labels.
To pique your interest, here are short reviews of two of the new new books found in the section marked “Pastor’s Recommendations”:
Luther the Reformer — The Story of the Man and His Career, Second Edition
James M. Kittelson and Hans H. Wiersma. For thirty years, Kittelson’s autobiography on Luther (Luther the Reformer) presented a “highly respected, complete chronological picture of Luther”. For this second edition, Hans H. Wiersma “has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies and timelines to enhance the experience. It’s a great volume, greatly improved.”
A. Trevor Sutton. In an excerpt from the book cover, Rev. Tim Niekerk (of Salem Lutheran Church) states, “Whether you are a lifelong Lutheran, a Christian struggling in a pluralistic world or just someone seeking answers about who Jesus is, this book is well worth the experience of reading.”
Both books are new additions to Pastor Nettleton’s picks for the congregation. You can find them on the shelf labeled “Pastor Recommendations.”
Joyce Hart volunteers every Wednesday in the church office and has been cataloging and managing the church library.