Bible study


Bible study is held on Sunday mornings from 9:00–9:45 am. We will continue to offer an option to join virtually via Zoom if you desire. If you would like to receive a Zoom link, please email us. Handouts are posted below for each session.


    "why me, lord?" the problem of suffering in the book of job

    Everyone has times in life when they ask, "Why me?" Job was a man who experience profound loss and grief—all his possession destroyed, all his children killed, and all his health gone. It would be like your house being burnt down, your children dying in a car accident, and being diagnosed with cancer—all in a few days. The book of Job asks the perplexing question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Or more philosophically, "How can the presence of evil be reconciled with an all-powerful and loving God?"


    Join us as we learn about the life of Job and about how to face the problem of suffering in our lives as Christians.

    january 7: job's tests

    Today we introduce an overview of the book of Job as a whole. We will focus on the two tests Job received, especially how he never learns about the interaction with God and Satan that precipitated the entire book. Despite great grief and loss, Job still managed to respond with humble trust and praise. Our goal is to see how we can respond in the same way today when we ask, "Why me, Lord?"


    Download the study guide here: L1_Job_s_Tests.pdf

    january 14: Job's initial response

    Today we introduce three of Job's friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. We will focus on how they responded with silence as Job gives his initial response that is filled with grief and pain.  Our goal is to see how we can respond with empathy to those in our lives who are undergoing great grief.


    Download the study guide here: L2_Job_s_Response_SG.pdf

    january 21: first cycle of speeches

    Today we begin the bulk of the book of Job by beginning with the first cycle of speeches between Job and his three friends. We'll see how they all feed off each other, as their disagreements start to descend further downhill. Through it all, they are wrestling with the question of why all this suffering is happening to Job. Our goal for today is to answer the question both biblically and tactfully, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"


    Download the study guide here: L3_First_Cycle.pdf

    january 28: second cycle of speeches

    Today we continue through the bulk of the middle portion of book of Job by looking at the second cycle of speeches between Job and his three friends. We'll see how it quickly descended further downhill into personal arguments and personal attacks. Through it all, the conversation gets off track from where it all began. Our goal for today is imagine how, if we were in the shoes of Job and his three friends, we could have worked to prevent the conversation from descending into personal arguments.


    Download the study guide here: L4_Second_Cycle.pdf

    february 4: third cycle of speeches

    Today we continue through the bulk of the middle portion of book of Job by looking at the third cycle of speeches between Job and his three friends. We'll see how they start to get more terse with each other and shut down. But at the end, Job gives this glimmer of hope about finding wisdom only in God. Our goal for today is imagine how, if we were in the shoes of Job and his three friends, we could have worked to help prevent people from shutting down.


    Download the study guide here: L5_Third_Cycle.pdf

    february 11: job's monologue

    Today we look at Job's monologue that comes after the three rounds of speeches. We'll see how he reflects back to his past prosperity, laments his current plight, and then looks ahead to having a hearing with God. Our goal for today is discuss how we would feel if, like Job, we gained a hearing with God.


    Download the study guide here: L6_Job_s_Monologue.pdf

    february 18: elihu, part 1

    Today we introduce Elihu, another friend who enters after Job and his three friends have gotten absolutely nowhere with their arguments. Unlike the other friends, Elihu offers a more refined picture of Job's sufferings than Job's three other friends. Our goal for today is to show how Elihu proves to be the real friend.


    Download the study guide here: L7_Elihu_Part_1.pdf