First Christian Church offers several opportunities for adults to learn about faith, the Bible, and to ask some of the tough questions of life. We seek to be open, reflective and receptive to all who come. This is a place that offers a safe place for your doubts, your joys and your desire to grow deeper in faith, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.
Whether you are a life-long Christian, or describe yourself as “spiritual, but not religious,” you will find a place at FCCNH.
Bible Study is a big part of First Christian Church North Hollywood in the education and understanding of the bible. On Monday nights we meet to share knowledge and have thought provoking interaction as we
study the bible. We meet every Monday at 7:00 pm in the Educational Annex, September – June. Child Care will be provided. Please let us know if you will need this.
Paul Was Not a Christian: Recovering Paul from Dogma
Monday Night Bible Study – Fall 2015
In the course of teaching the Bible over the last 20+ years, I frequently encounter the sentiment that many Christians gave up on Paul long ago. “Just give me the teachings of Jesus. I don’t like Paul.” This impression is especially strong among modern women. However, one-third of Christian Scripture was written by the Apostle. We can’t just throw him out. Instead, let’s engage Pauline thinking…his ethos and ethics and understand him as a deeply committed Jew who understood Jesus to be the Christ.
Bring your questions about Paul!
Sept. 14 - The Life and Times of the Apostle
Sept. 21 - Jesus and Paul
Sept. 28 - Paul and the Church in Jerusalem
Oct. 5 - Paul and Scripture
Oct. 12 - "In the World, Not of it…”
Oct. 19 - The Gifts of the Spirit
Oct. 26 - Paul and the “End Times”
Nov. 2 - Paul and Women
Nov. 9 - Paul the Mystic
Co-Facilitated by: Rev. Ed Esau and Rev. Louise Sloan Goben
Our Tuesday morning "Spiritual Group group" intentionally offers both Bible Study and an opportunity for spiritual growth. We begin each session with Lectio Divina, an ancient practice of praying the scripture, before we begin our lessons. This is not the same lesson from the Monday night group, and it is offered in a more informal structure. We explore questions and ideas about what it means to live as Christians in a modern culture that sometimes scoffs at faith, or tries to narrow one's belief to either/or choices. Life is often complex, and sometimes there are just no easy answers to some of our most difficult questions.
We meet every Tuesday from 10:00am – 11:30am in the Annex, August - June.