Message from Dr. Tom Pace
There are two experiences that bring me some of my greatest satisfaction.
- I have a wave of fulfillment when “I get it.” When I feel like I understand something about God that I just didn’t understand before, when I gain a clarity about life for even a moment, I can feel my spirit soar. There are times I go to a Bible Study with other people, and we wrestle with a passage that at first seems thick and opaque, but then a light bulb goes off, and we settle on some understanding. In that moment, I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be, as if there is a line connecting me to God.
- There is deep gratification in feeling like I really connect with someone else. When it seems I understand a little bit of that person, and they understand a little bit of me, then I experience something divine happening. I think most of us long for authentic friendships that are more than superficial or utilitarian. Andrew Brodsky wrote “I believe God exists in the space between people.” That really resonates with me. It is remarkably satisfying to feel like I have a real Christian friendship.
I like to study the Bible with others because it brings these two elements together into a double whammy. When the Holy Spirit comes “among us,” and breaks open the Scripture for our understanding, and we find ourselves bonded with others and with God by the power of the Spirit and God’s Word, there is nothing like it for me.
This is what motivates our focus on Bible Study with others. We are launching a new Bible study program, called “Scripture + Shared” that will invite folks to join a small group Bible study, find a Bible Buddy, or be a part of a simple family Bible study. I will be writing the materials for this study, along with a team of others from St. Luke’s.
The Spring season for Scripture + Shared will begin February 12. I want to challenge you to participate and believe you will find it grounds you in ways you haven’t been before, and that it leads you to change and grow.
Ways to Participate in Scripture + Shared
Design your own experience (choose your own day and time) and invite a friend or co-worker to be your “Bible Buddy”
Family Bible Study
Weekly Downloadable Content:
We are excited that you are studying scripture with a LIFT group or Bible Buddy. It is our prayer that this Bible study will be transformative for you!
When you meet together, take a few minutes to begin with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide you in your discussion and open your heart to what God has to tell you.
Follow the prayer by reading the scripture lesson for the week. You might want to take turns reading it aloud. After the Bible passage, watch the weekly “Ten with Tom” video.
Then use the rest of your time to discuss the weekly study and questions for learning and reflection.
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Montgomery Mears at email@example.com.