"It is not possible, I say not possible, ever to exhaust the mind of the Scriptures. It is a well which has no bottom." (St. John Chrysostom, Hom. XIX On Acts)
Diving in to this inexhaustible well is the goal of the Bible Study Group. Studying God's word together is not only fruitful, but it helps to grow our mutual friendships, and leads to a deeper understanding of the Lord Jesus, of our relationship with Him and His calling in our lives.
Holy Trinity provides a diversified program of studies throughout the entire year. We focus on specific books of the Bible, on specific themes or topics fitting the specific time of the year and the special structure of our congregation with so many nationalities. We will use our Bible - of course! - but also other methods, such as DVD courses, books and movies, etc. It also depends on your interest and feedback! We really want as many people as possible to join us. We would be delighted if you would!
You may join any time you want or for any series of studies that you like. If you did not enrol, just show up. If you enrol in advance with your e-mail address you will receive the materials approx. a week before the next meeting. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. You are welcome from 19.45 and we start the study at 20.00. It ends latest at 2145.
You can find the program of studies on this webpage (scroll down!) or find it in the newsletter and on the notice board. The enrolment list will be on the table in the hall. You may also enrol by sending an email to Hans Baars email@example.com. Hans will forward the materials to the participants.
If you have any question, suggestion or request, please feel free to contact Danielle Los or Hans Baars.
The Bible Study Team
BIBLE STUDY THIS AUTUMN 2013 AND WINTER 2014
This Fall and Winter we are planning to have a survey course and study of the Old Testament focusing on the major kinds of Old Testament writings. Fr David will give a presentation and lead the discussion at gatherings at the Parsonage Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Then on the 4th Sunday of each month, a corresponding Bible study focusing on some aspect of that part of the Old Testament will be lead in several home study groups in various locations in and around Utrecht. During Advent we will have a break from this pattern to discuss Advent themes.
September 10 - The Law of Moses (Parsonage Hall)
24 - A Story from the Law (Home groups)
October 8 - The Historical Writings (Parsonage Hall)
22 - A Story from the Writings (Home groups)
November 12 - The Prophets (Parsonage Hall)
26 - Focus on Isaiah (Home groups)
December 3 - The Birth Narratives in the Gospels (Parsonage Hall)
(Advent) 10 - Christ Second Coming – Revelation (Parsonage Hall)
17 - Viewing “The Nativity Story” movie (Parsonage Hall)
January 14 - Wisdom Literature (Parsonage Hall)
28 - A story from Wisdom Literature
February 11 - The Psalms (Parsonage Hall)
25 - A particular Psalm (Home groups)
The intention of Parsonage Hall talks: to grow in our understanding of the story of the Bible as a whole, considering the major themes; learning how to approach any particular passage in the Old Testament with an understanding of the context; reading the Old Testament in the Light of Jesus Christ, i.e. with the veil removed from our eyes; understanding some basic principles of faithful Biblical interpretation so that we are not reading into the text our own ideas (eisegesis), but rather, hearing what God is trying to say to us (exegesis); and seeing how the Word of God is calling on us to embody the truth of what we believe.
The intention of the Home Study Groups: to put into practice what we learn from the Parsonage Hall talks as we focus on a particular passage that will be agreed upon at the end of each talk; to make the studies of the Bible more accessible to people who find it too far to go to the Parsonage Hall; to provide a more intimate setting for the fostering of Christian fellowship and discipleship and especially for newcomers into the Church. Each Home Study Group leader will be given ahead of time background resources from a small team (including the Chaplain), in order to prepare and lead their individual Bible studies.
Our hope is that this plan for the coming year will further our interest in and lead to a discovery of the great treasures that our Lord has stored up for us in his written Word.
Meet your fellow Christians, in an open and loving brother- and sisterhood!
Please pray also for a blessing on this ministry of the church.
You may enrol by e-mailing or contacting one of us or just join.
Danielle Los - 030 236 8572
Hans Baars, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Web
If you are preparing a study or are studying Scripture at home, you might find it helpful to make use of some of the tools available on the web:
- www.biblija.net - compares translations of various languages, including Dutch and English.
- www.biblestudytools.com/ - Has many, many commentaries, encyclopedias, concordances, books, and translations of the Bible available online, including interlinear versions of the Greek and Hebrew text.
- www.biblegateway.com - Has the IVP New Testament Commentaries and a number of dictionaries. There are also numerous translations. The website also includes various versions of the Greek and Hebrew text; and a concordance for searching.
- www.ccel.org - For more advanced study, the Christian Classics Library provides translations of Commentaries of Church Fathers, many other famous works by Christians in the 2000 year history of the Church, and a World Wide Study Bible.
There are numerous paper Study Bibles for good prices available on the market. When studying the Bible it is good to have such an instrument aside or at home. You may bring any bible to the Bible Study. The following list of more recent study bibles is not exhaustive.
- The NLT Study Bible (2008). The NLT is a thought for thought translation, conveying the perceived meaning of the author; the Study Bible has been prepared by many scholars from various denominations; it includes also many word-studies and has thorough introductions.
- The ESV Study Bible (2008). The ESV is a word for word translation; the Study Bible has been prepared by renown evangelical scholars as J.I. Packer and J. Piper). It includes many articles on basic questions of faith, doctrine and ethics.
- The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible of the New Testament (2010) or the Navarre New Testament (2008) are something different. Most Study Bibles are protestant and evangelical. They pay a lot of attention to scientific questions, and little attention to the Church Tradition, Liturgy and Sacraments, to a mystical/allegorical interpretation of Scripture, and the early Church Fathers. These Study Bibles fill that gap by placing Scripture in the Church Community.
- Next to these general Study Bibles, numerous topical Study Bibles are published, such as the archeological Study Bible, the women Study Bible, etc.
A number of commentaries are available on the web itself (see the websites); but we are working on creating a small library, including a commentary series which can be used in preparing and during Bible Studies. And you can always ask Fr. David or Fr. Chris for some help.