ON THE RIVER AT 801 SOPHIA STREET IN DOWNTOWN FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
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Tuesday morning Bible studies
Held weekly, September through May (except during holiday periods)
Thoughtful interactions with scripture and life
Shiloh Old Site's weekly Bible studies seek to unleash the life-transforming power of God's own Spirit through careful and honest interactions –– both with scripture and with the sometimes hurtful, sometimes painful, sometimes enlightening world in which we live.
These Bible studies offer an opportunity to wrestle with scripture in greater depth and with richer understandings than is sometimes the case. We try to draw on the best in contemporary scholarship, but we also try to link what we find in scripture to a more empowered manner of living in response to the challenges — and opportunities — of our modern world.
Lively discussions, comfortable participation
Sponsored by Shiloh Old Site's Faith & Hope Club, these Bible studies use a format that requires no advance academic preparation or prior study yet facilitates comfortable participation by all, deeper understandings, and lively discussions.
A lesson booklet is provided each week as a starting point for each week's discussion and interaction. Recent samples can downloaded from the left side of this page. What many participants like most is that the format makes it easy for participants to share their own comments and insights as well as questions and struggles. There is also much lively discussion of current events in our families, our community, our nation, and our world.
Mark William Olson, a member of the Faith & Hope Club, prepares each week's materials and leads the discussions. You can send him a quick message by using the form found at lower left.
The Tuesday group meets in the Shiloh Old Site "Annex," which is located next door at 811 Sophia Street in Fredericksburg. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and last until approximately 12:30 p.m. The group meets weekly, except during major holidays and the summer months.
From late 2014 to early 2016, the Tuesday group explored the deep and often troubling waters of the Gospel according to John. During late 2016, the group discussed the book of Micah.
Most often, the Tuesday group has explored a single book in depth, trying to respect the integrity of the book, including those parts that are sometimes overlooked because they initially seem "awkward" or "confusing."
Since it was begun in 1995, the Tuesday Bible studies have tackled such biblical books as Exodus, Leviticus, Ruth, Jeremiah, Amos, Jonah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Philippians, James, 1 Peter, Jude, and Revelation, among others. Occasionally a book is reexamined.
You can come regularly or only occasionally
Most of those who attend the Tuesday Bible studies are from our own congregation, but we also have regular participants from other churches and traditions.
Many participants attend regularly. Others come only when they can. Either way works.
All are welcome, and there is no cost to be a part of these groups.
You can send a quick on-line message to Mark Olson, who leads the Bible studies, by filling out the following form and then clicking "Submit."
Examples of lessons from the current series
You can download any of these sample sessions from the current series on biblical "intersections." Feel free to read or print the lessons for your personal use. Just click on the lesson you want:
"Beams of heaven as I go through this wilderness of woe" (Intersecting passages from Genesis, Psalms, John, and Revelation)
"A banquet hall on holy ground where love and justice meet" (Intersecting passages from Numbers, Luke, John, and 1 Corinthians)
"Spirit of gentleness, blow through our wilderness" (Intersecting passages from Joel, Acts, and Romans)
"Way up in the middle of the air" (Intersecting passages from Psalms, Ezekiel, Luke, John, and Acts)