Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  St Matt 18:20
Did not our hearts burn within us…while he opened to us the Scriptures?  St Luke 24:32

Studying God’s Word together leads us to a deeper understanding of the Lord Jesus, of our relationship with Him and His calling in our lives.  Faith, hope and love are exercised and grow through our meeting together to reflect on the Bible.  It helps us also to grow in friendship.

“A journey into the known unknown” is a way to describe Bible study.  Although the Bible is very familiar to Christians, it is full of surprises.  The Bible is not new, it has a history of thousands of years, but it is also very up to date.  With words from the past it tells about life and challenges for Christians today.  In the Bible Study-groups at Holy Trinity Church, the participants discover together what it is all about.

Starting in September 2016 with ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ (more information below), continuing in Advent with ‘Expecting Christ’, then on to ‘Can we build a better world?’ (based on the life and work of William Wilberforce, campaigner for the abolition of slavery) and concluding, after having looked into ‘The Psalms” during Lent, with ‘Tough talks: Hard sayings of Jesus’, different facets of Christianity are highlighted.  The study of the Bible with faith leads us to know and to love Jesus, the Rock on whom we build our daily life.

The Bible Study-groups are open to all who are curious about the Bible and willing to share their views, questions and answers with others.  The study sessions are held two times per month on Tuesday nights in the Parsonage and at other times during the week in De Betuwe and in Houten.  It is open to the ‘regulars’ who come every time, but those who come only once or twice, are of course, also very welcome.  The meetings are open, there is no need to give advanced notice if you want to come, you are very welcome just to show up!

A meeting consists naturally of Bible study, with different, sometimes very creative methods used, but also with moments for prayer and informal exchange.

When: 

The Utrecht Study Group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the parsonage hall (or the apartment), Van Hogendorpstraat 26, 3581 KE UTRECHT.  You are most welcome for tea or coffee at 19:45 and we start the study at 20:00.  It ends at the latest at 21:45.

For Utrecht contact:  Danielle Los   e-mail: daniellelos@yahoo.com   ☎ 030 – 236 85 72
or Xander van Asperen  e-mail: xandervanasperen@solcon.nl ☎ 030 – 273 16 52

The Houten Study Group meets every second week starting Wednesday 14th September at 10:00 AM at the Fink-Jensen home: Kloostertuin 15, 3994 ZJ, Houten.

For Houten contact:  Susette Fink Jensen,  e-mail: ffjsfj@hotmail.com

The De Betuwe Study Group starts Monday 26 September at 20.00.  Contact Hans Baars (below) for the changing locations.
(Monday November 7, 20 hrs, Waalbandijk 48, Haaften phone 0418 592525)

For De Betuwe contact:  Hans Baars  e-mail: ebaars@planet.nl


Themes Season 2016-2017

The themes for the 2016 – 2017 season are:

September, October November     – The Lord’s prayer (6 sessions)
December                                           – Expecting Christ (4 sessions)
January, February                            – Can we build a better world? (based on the work of William Wilberforce, the great campaigner for the abolishment of slavery) (4 sessions)
March, April                                       – Lent/the Psalms (5 sessions)
April, May, June                                – Tough talks: Hard sayings of Jesus (5 sessions)

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September to November 2016:  Introduction on The Lord’s Prayer

Many of us recite this most famous of prayers quite often. From time to time it is necessary to stop and reflect on some of its far-reaching petitions. That is what we will be doing from September until Advent.

  1. The first session we will reflect on the words ‘Our Father’. These words give the prayer a direction, why and where do they lead us?
  2. ‘Thy will be done’ is the theme of the second session. These are words that put our minds in gear. They are not easy words, ‘thy will be done’ means the handover of control or…?jesus-praying
  3. Nothing is more common than ‘our daily bread’ whether we think of toasted bread or about bruine boterhammen. Our daily bread is essential for our existence in more than one way.  Learn about the surprised Greek word translated as “daily”.
  4. The fourth session is about something very difficult, ‘as we forgive’. It is part of our christian faith, to forgive, is it possible for us? Let us share our thoughts and feelings about this.
  5. The fifth session brings us ‘in heaven’. This is the place Christians long for. We will go there after our death, do we believe ‘in heaven’ and why?
  6. In the sixth session we will choose a part of the Lord’s prayer ourselves and reflect on that. Everything is possible.

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Lent Bible Study 2016

From Tuesday February 16th onwards we will have a weekly Bible Study as part of Lent season.

During the Lent series we will read the gospel of St John 12: 20 -16:15 in combination with guided Christian meditation and prayer led by Madeleine de Boer.

  1. in_the_beginning_was_the_word_john_1_christian_meditationTues Feb 16 – John 12: 20-47
  2. Tues Feb 23 – John 13: 1-30
  3. Tues March 1 – John 13: 31-14:14
  4. Tues March 8 – John 14: 15 -15: 8
  5. Tues March 15 – John 15:9 16:15

After Lent (April 12 & 26) we intend to close Christ prayer and lessons with John 16: 16 – 17: end (the promise of the Holy Spirit and his prayers for his disciples and the ones who will believe in Him).

The Holy Trinity Church Bible study evenings will include instruction in Christian meditation and prayer. During meditation and prayer you turn inward, in silence, and let go of physical tensions and the rush of every days life to be open to the voice and enjoyment of God.

Saint Augustine says: “God waits on the threshold of your heart”.

For more information about meditation and prayer you can contact: madeleinedeboer@gmail.com

All of you are most welcome to join the Bible Study.

Starting time is 20 hours. Coffee or tea at 19.45, end time is 21.45.

May it be a blessed Lent for all of us.

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572

Hans Baars, ebaars@planet


Advent Bible Study 2015

Tuesday November 24 we started with a weekly Bible study for the Advent.

In our days we know about travellers like Joseph and Mary and coming from other cultures like the wise men.

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Flight to Egypt, Giotto

What’s different if we compare our time with 2000 years ago?

  • We are 2000 years closer to what the prophets prophesied about the kingdom of peace.
  • We are 2000 years closer to the fulfilment of the promise given at Ascension day “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”  Let’s prepare for his Advent (adventus (L) = coming).

All of you are most welcome to join the Bible Study.

The themes for the coming weeks are:

  • December 1 (preparing Advent 2) – Bethlehem – Glory to God
  • December 8 (preparing Advent 3) – Egypt – we are strangers
  • December 15 (preparing Advent 4) – New Jerusalem – we come home

Starting time is 20 hours. Coffee or tea at 19.45, end time is 21.45.

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572
Hans Baars, ebaars@planet


Bible Study in Autumn 2015

The focus in the previous 12 months was on women in the Bible to learn from their lives, their relations with God and other people and their role in fulfilling Gods plan.

First we studied the life of women from the Old Testament.  After Lent we continued with the life of Jewish women, e.g. witnesses of Christ’s life and resurrection and gentile women who became believers through the spreading of the gospel, as mentioned in the New Testament.

bride-and-groom-church-and-christ-unknown-illustrator (1)In the coming period we hope to study the Biblical vision about the Church as the Bride of Christ and the letters given to the Apostle John to the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 2 and 3).

We start this new Bible Study series on the Church as the Bride of Christ on Tuesday Sept 9.

The Bible Study will be held in the Parsonage, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month

Starting at 8pm.

Coffee/tea at 7:45pm

NB Everybody is welcome. Let we as brothers and sisters in the Lord, have a fruitful growth in being Christ’s church!

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572

Hans Baars, ebaars@planet.nl


 

BIBLE STUDY IN MAY 2015

We continue with stories about women in the New Testament.

  • May 12 – Mary the mother of Jesus – with . A focus on dedication
  • May 26 – Dorcas – with a focus on serving and brotherly/sisterly love

As in the previous months the approach will be: What can we learn from the life and acting of these women for:

  • our private life as Christians,
  • as Holy Trinity community,
  • as worldwide church on her way to the Kingdom of God,
  • for our service to the world?

NB Everybody is welcome. Let we as Christians, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, have a fruitful growth in being Christ’s Church! In the last fewmonths there has been a growing number of participants, more are welcome!

Starting at 20 hours at the Parsonage. Coffee or tea at 19.45, end time is 21.45.

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572
Hans Baars – ebaars@planet


BIBLE STUDY IN EASTERTIDE 2015

In April we return to our twice-monthly schedule (after the weekly study in Lent). In our studies we continue with stories about women in the New Testament. 

April 14 Mary Magdalene as (first) witness of the risen Christ.

April 28the Samaritan women, with focus on the well of living water as reference to the Holy Spirit and Pentecost.

As in the previous months the approach will be – what can we learn from the life and acting of these women for:

  • our private life as Christians;
  • as Holy Trinity community;
  • as worldwide church on her way to the Kingdom of God;
  • for our service to the world?

We start each evening at 8pm. Coffee or tea is at 19.45, end time is 21.45.

Everybody is welcome! The studies are an opportunity also for Christian fellowship and to pray for one another. Let us have together, as Christians, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, a fruitful growth in being Christ’s Church!


BIBLE STUDY IN LENT 2015

Praise Him – songs of praise in the New Testament

“five excellent thought-provoking biblical reflections … a reliable resource, produced with a high degree of professionalism (Church Times review 23 January 2015)

We are used to singing hymns of praise when we go to church but often we miss the hymns and poems that are there in the New Testament. This course will explore four different Songs of Praise from the New Testament, looking at what they tell us about God and Jesus but also reflecting on what they tell us about us and our faith.

  1. Gratitude  (Ephesians 1.3-14) Mar 3

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…………….

  1. Image of God (Col 1.15-20) Mar 10  The Pre-eminence of Christ

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible……

  1. Humility (Philippians 2.5-11) Mar 17

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God …….

  1. New birth (1 Peter 1.3-12) Mar 24  Born Again to a Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope


BIBLE STUDY IN EPIPHANY SEASON 2015

BIBLE STUDIES IN FEBRUARY

We continue with studying the life of women from the Old Testament.

A structure can be: what can we learn from the life and acting of these women for:

  1. our private life as Christians,
  2. as Holy Trinity community,
  3. as part of a worldwide Church expressing and on her way to the Kingdom of God,
  4. for our service to the world?

Coming sessions:

Tuesday Feb 10    Deborah and Hannah

Tuesday Feb 24    Bathsheba and Esther

For personal preparation you might use material from one of these websites:

During Lent the focus will be on a special Lent theme (not yet decided).  This as a break in the year program.

After Easter we will continue the Bible study on the life of the two women who were witnesses of Christ’s resurrection and after Pentecost the life of a Gentile and a Jewish women who found Christ through the spreading of the gospel, as mentioned in the New Testament.

After the summer break we hope to study the Biblical vision about the church as the bride of Christ.

NB Everybody is welcome. Let we as Christians, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, have a fruitful growth in being Christ’s Church!

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572
Hans Baars, ebaars@planet


1-GloriaAngelwings-max warpWeekly Bible Study
in Advent 2014

Advent is the time of preparing for Christ’s coming. Angels and persons involved burst out in singing! Will we be ready to sing Gods glory and speak prophetic words when Christ comes again?

During Advent we will read, study and sing each Tuesday another song from the Bible related to Christ first coming. Let’s pray that we find a connection to our current circumstances and be prepared for His second coming, His coming again in glory. Maranatha!

We meet in the Parsonage hall from 20.00 till 21.45, coffee or tea at 19.45.

Tuesday November 25: The Magnificat – the song of Mary – Luke 1:46-55

Tuesday December 2: The Benedictus – the song of Zechariah – Luke 1:68-79

Tuesday December 9: The Nunc dimitis – the song of Simeon – Luke 2:29-32

Tuesday December 16: The Song of the Angels – Luke 2:14

Everybody is very welcome. It is an opportunity also for Christian fellowship and to pray for one another. Let us have together, as Christians – as brothers and sisters in the Lord, a fruitful preparation for Christ’s coming!

Danielle Los – 030 236 8572
Hans Baars – ebaars@planet