Bible Study/Study Groups
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.
Monday Night Bible Study Begin September 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Annex
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Reflections on Hymns for Advent
Co-led by Richard Follett and Louise Sloan Goben
It won’t be long before one of our local radio station begins playing All-Christmas music, all the time! The season is on its way. The Church observes Advent for the four Sundays proceeding Christmas, so we are a bit ahead of the season. But, it goes so fast we thought we better get started.
On Monday nights we will lift up four Advent hymns and weave together themes of Advents past, present and future into a prayer beseeching Jesus to come, and reflecting on the scriptures that support each of these hymns. Join as we savor this time of waiting and preparation.
Nov. 13 “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Nov. 20 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
Nov. 27 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Dec. 4 “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Faith In Films
In the summer, when the Monday Night Bible Study is on hiatus, we have s summertime movie night in its place. No charge for admission and refreshments are provided.
Our Tuesday morning “Spiritual 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.
Living the Questions (LtQ)
Someone once asked their rabbi, “Why is that rabbi always answer a question with another question?” The rabbi answers, “So what’s wrong with a question?”
Jesus was typical of the rabbis of his day. According to the Gospels, he rarely gave a direct answer to a question. Instead he responded with another question or told a story.
Jesus seldom offered simple answers, but he put his questioners in a position of having to think for themselves.
LtQ is an eight-week, open-minded study that doesn’t attempt to give participants all the answers. Instead it strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring the questions that arise as people of faith seek to understand how God moves in their lives and in the world.
11/7 A Passion for Christ: Paul
11/15 Out Into the World: Challenges Facing Us
We meet every Tuesday from 10:00am – 11:30am in the Annex, August – June.