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Lenten Bible Study: The Good Shepherd – a thousand year journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. How many countless souls have found comfort in these words in difficult times? The promise of God has brought and still does bring, comforting reassurance and has done so for three millennia – and will continue to do so until our Shepherd returns and brings His promise to fulfillment.

This is your invitation to take a deeper look at this uplifting, consoling and endearing image of our Lord – the Good Shepherd. You will discover in this study precious nuggets of insight into Jesus, in who He is and what this means for us as His flock. This deepening understanding comes from looking at the scriptures from a perspective most of us haven’t seen before – through the lens of the culture from which they came to us. For example, another meaning of a word we all know so well, which is foremost in our minds going into the season of Lent: repent. How does it impact us to realize that to repent also means to “be willing to be found”?

Dr. Bailey brings these nuggets to us from a lifetime of study and teaching in the Middle East. He spent forty years living and teaching New Testament in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus. Out of the treasure of knowledge comes the recapture of an image that was for early Christians perhaps the most endearing one: “The Good Shepherd”. This image has for the most part been lost to us in the west, yet its loss deprives us of a very meaningful understanding of how we are called to live in this post-Christian and post-truth age in which we live. My prayer is that, as we are enriched and encouraged in our Good Shepherd, we will be better prepared and more deeply motivated to be like Him: “Rejoice with me for I have found my sheep that was lost”.

The study schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm   or Saturdays 9:30 – 11:30 am
Session 1 March 7   Session 1 March 4
Session 2 March 14   Session 2 March 18
Session 3 March 21   Session 3 March 25
Session 4 March 28   Session 4 March 28

 

The teaching sessions are done by video; two 30 minutes lessons with time for questions and discussion i.e.

Video Lesson 1: 30 minutes
Discussion 30 minutes
Video Lesson 2: 30 minutes
Discussion 30 minutes

The material on the videos comes from Dr. Bailey’s book: “The Good Shepherd, a thousand year journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament”. Working with his book will not only greatly enhance the learning experience, but also provide an ongoing resource to review. Please note that is an academic book. This means that reading it will be slower. While the technical bits and terms may be challenging, his way of writing and teaching is clear and straightforward. The narrative parts – which are the majority of the book – are well laid out, easy to follow and relatively easy to read. The book is available at CBD (softcover - $15.99, eBook - $9.99).

If you would like us to order the softcover for you please let Susan know right away.

Also, please sign up for the course with Susan and let her know which you prefer, Tuesday evening or Saturday morning. (Please know that you are welcome to either if you cannot make the slot you chose.).

I am very much looking forward to sharing this learning experience with you.

Blessings, Tim