Scripture Studies offered:
New Testament Study, Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month (6:30 – 8:30pm in Lake of the Pines). Please contact Rev. Dn. Joseph regarding the current study.
Old Testament Study, Tuesdays (11am – 12:30 at St. Anna Parish in the Founder’s Hall, upstairs). This course is currently studying the Book of Genesis.
The preferred Bible for these courses is the Orthodox Study Bible. The Orthodox Study Bible, created by The Orthodox Study Bible Old Testament Project and published by Thomas Nelson, uses the New King James Version of the Bible as the basis for a fresh translation of the Septuagint text (the Septuagint is the Greek version of the Bible used by Christ, the Apostles, and the early church). Comprehensive study guides and teachings bring to our modern world the mind of the ancient Christian Church.
Why we study
"Wherefore to search the Scriptures is a work most fair and most profitable for souls. For just as the tree planted by the channels of waters, so also the soul watered by the divine Scripture is enriched and gives fruit in its season, viz. orthodox belief, and is adorned with evergreen leafage, I mean, actions pleasing to God. For through the Holy Scriptures we are trained to action that is pleasing to God, and untroubled contemplation. For in these we find both exhortation to every virtue and dissuasion from every vice…. But let us not knock carelessly but rather zealously and constantly: lest knocking we grow weary. For thus it will be opened to us. If we read once or twice and do not understand what we read, let us not grow weary, but let us persist, let us talk much, let us inquire.”
Saint John of Damascus, in his seventeenth chapter of An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, clearly states the importance of Scripture in our lives. The Bible – both the Old Testament and the New Testament – is the book of the Orthodox Christian Church, which we are called to read (and live!) not as isolated individuals, but as members of the Body of Christ.
In the spirit of our early church fathers and mothers, who dedicated their whole lives to the study, teaching, and preaching of Scripture, our Scripture Studies were established:
…and to challenge the faithful to recognize the centrality of sound biblical interpretation for life in Christ.
About St. Philip the Deacon, the Patron Saint of Orthodox Christian Religious Education
The Patron Saint of Orthodox Christian Religious Education is St. Philip the Deacon. The Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, one of the 7 Deacons, is not to be confused with St Philip one of the Twelve Apostles (November 14). This Philip was born in Palestine, was married and had four daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
After the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Twelve Apostles made Philip a deacon in the Church of Jerusalem. Along with the other six deacons, they appointed him to deal with the offerings of the faithful and attend to the concerns of the widowed, the orphaned and the needy. The eldest among the seven deacons was the holy Archdeacon Stephen. When the persecution of Christians began, the Jews stoned the Protomartyr Stephen. The Apostle Philip left Jerusalem and settled in Samaria. There he successfully preached Christianity. Among the disciple’s converts was the noted magician Simon, who “after being baptized, continued with Philip.” (Acts 8:9-13)
At the command of an angel of the Lord, St Philip set out upon the road connecting Jerusalem with Gaza. There he met an official of the empress of Ethiopia, whom also he converted to Christianity (Acts 8:26-39).
The holy Apostle Philip tirelessly preached the Word of God in many of the lands of the Near East adjoining Palestine. At Jerusalem the Apostles made him a bishop and sent him to Tralles in Asia Minor, where he also baptized many. St Philip died in old age. He is also commemorated on October 11.