Our Bible Studies
"[Jesus said,] 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know
the truth, and the truth will set you free' " (John 8:31b-32).
We believe that the Word of Jesus is the greatest treasure God has given this world,
for it is in the Word that we find freedom, and it is in the Word that we find Truth.
There Jesus reveals to us who He is and what He has done for us. And through that
message, God breaks the chains of sin, fills us with heavenly peace, and gives to us
eternal life. Indeed, there is nothing better we can do in this world than study Jesus'
Therefore, we offer many different opportunities at St. Mark's for both adults and children to grow in the Word. Below you will find specific information on our various regular programs.
Sunday Adult Bible Class - Every Sunday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Our Adult Bible Class meets every Sunday, downstairs in the fellowship hall, immediately after worship. This study is led by Pastor Vergin and covers a variety of topics. It is a great opportunity for anyone to get to know the Word of God in a casual and friendly setting. Snacks are normally provided. This study takes place at the same time as our Children's Sunday School.
Our current study topic: The Gospel of Luke
Like the other three Gospels, the Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth. According to Luke’s admission, it is built upon the testimony of reliable eye-witnesses. Luke interviewed those who were there; those who walked with Jesus and talked with Jesus; those who ate with him, journeyed with him, and watched as he was betrayed, tried, and crucified; those who at last saw him alive again. And Luke then compiled their testimony, in an orderly way, into a trustworthy account of Jesus life and ministry. Here, we learn who Jesus was, what He said and did, and how he laid down his life for our sake, only to rise again on the third day.
Children's Sunday School - Every Sunday, 10:45-11:45 (Sep.-May)
Our Children's Sunday School meets every Sunday during the school year, immediately following worship. Classes are open to all children, preschool - 5th grade. Children may be enrolled in our Sunday School Program at any time during the year by registering online or by contacting the church office. Classes coincide with our Sunday Adult Bible Study.
Confirmation Classes - Weekly during the school year
We offer weekly confirmation classes for students, grades 6-8. These classes are taught by Pastor Vergin and are intended to prepare students to participate in the Rite of Confirmation, in which they will publicly affirm their faith before the congregation. This is not a graduation, but a joyous acknowledgment that these young Christian men and women have been instructed in the faith and have taken another step in becoming lifelong learners. To enroll your child in our confirmation program, please contact Pastor Vergin. This is a 3-year program, following the structure below:
- In year 1 (6th grade), students will study the Scriptures, becoming familiar with the stories and structure of the Bible.
- In year 2 (7th grade), students will explore more deeply the theology of the Bible, using Luther's Small Catechism.
- In year 3 (8th grade), students will examine the Christian life, considering how we put our faith into action.
The Way of Discipleship - Various times throughout the year
The Way of Discipleship is an adult instruction course intended to form participants as disciples of Jesus, by familiarizing them with His teaching and training them to follow His way of life. The course is led by Pastor Vergin and consists of 10 separate sessions, each lasting an hour. It is open to all adults, whether life-long Christians or those merely interested in the faith. However, space is limited to 12 participants, so please contact Pastor Vergin to reserve your spot. This course also serves as a preparation for Baptism or Confirmation for those who may desire.
Men's Bible Study - First Saturday of the Month, 9-10:30 a.m.
On the first Saturday of the month, the men of our congregation meet at a nearby restaurant (Greek Jalapeno, 6636 Cooley Lake Rd) to enjoy breakfast together and study the Word of God. Afterward, those who are interested will also often take part in different "manly" activities (shooting clay pigeons, horseshoes, cleaning up the church property, etc.). This is a great opportunity to be formed together as men of God's kingdom! All are welcome. Please check the church calendar for more information.