Jesus Study

Wed, April 13, 201611:00 AM

An open invitation from Pastor Harshbarger

Beginning the week of April 10th, I will offer a new study using the book, “BIBLICAL AMNESIA” authored by Dr. Scott Gustafson. Dr. Gustafson has been a parish pastor and Professor at Gettysburg Seminary. Like myself, as a parish Pastor he was always conducting adult classes. Those kinds of studies offer Pastors the opportunity to learn what is going on in the hearts and souls of the people they serve. I have used such studies to learn to mold my preaching to fit the needs of particular congregations. Dr. Gustafson carried it one step further by writing books to help everyone, including Pastors, better understand what the message of the Bible is for those of us who try to live as Disciples of Jesus.
The point of this book is that human history began with all people living in a partnership society. However, at some point that society was replaced with a dominator way of living. The author views the Bible as the first recorded struggle between dominator and partnership ways.
Moses, with the help of his father-in-law, Jethro, created the first partnership society recorded in the Bible. That society was governed well by a series of Judges. But It lasted for only about 200 years. Then the people decided they wanted a king, like their neighbors had. Against God’s better judgment they convinced Samuel to anoint Saul as the first King of Israel. That ended Israel’s grand experiment with a partnership society. Judges were able to serve the people as “partners,” but Kings were able to rule only as “dominators.”
The study will be offered on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM, beginning on April 13th and on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM beginning April 14th. Please sign up on the bulletin board next to Pastor’s office or contact the office to insure that sufficient materials have been ordered. This book has been well received in the previous three congregations in which I have used it. I encourage all serious Bible students to make use of this opportunity. Study Guides are located at the Ushers Station on Sunday Mornings. Pastor Ed