St John & St Mark Church, Bury

Bible Study Groups

We have a number of studies which meet at different points through the year. Normally we look at a topic or a book of the Bible over 4 or 5 weeks. These are relaxed groups where you're free to say as much (within reason) or as little as you want.

Our Lent 2017 Bible Studies this year were based on the Church Urban Fund's 'Food for Thought'. Groups met at 150 Walmersley Road, Seedfield Methodist and Christ Church Walmersley.

Advent 2016 & New Year Bible Study was this time based on 'The Awesome Journey, Life's Pilgrimage' by David Adam. David draws on his love of Celtic spirituality and the study includes Abraham, Moses and Elijah.

In Lent 2016 we followed Paula Gooder's 'The Joy of the Gospel' which is based on Pope Francis' acclaimed reflections on mission and evangelism. It focuses on a positive and realistic approach to sharing faith in the modern world.

In Advent 2015 we looked at the message of 1 Peter: In today’s world there are many who are unsure of who they are and how they fit in. Others are desperately seeking their roots in order to have anchor points in their lives.

Peter is aware that the Christians he is addressing are struggling to come to terms with who they are in Christ and to whom they belong. The letter also contains practical advice about relationships.

Ultimately, Peter shows us that even though we may feel beleaguered, if we love and follow Christ we can not only have hope, but we can become eloquent witnesses to His power as we share the reason for the hope which we have within us.

In September 2015 we looked at the book of James. This letter to the scattered Church is a hands-on, 'how to' book on Christian living. It pulls no punches. James 'confronts, challenges and calls us to be committed to not only hearing the Word, but being doers of the Word also'.

James deals with the gap between belief and behaviour. Many Christians have a tendency to hear God's Word but not put it into practice... This study will challenge you to live your life as God intended'.

Why we read the Bible: You can’t have a close relationship with someone you never talk to! It's the same with God. The Bible - God's Word - is the primary way He speaks to us. And it’s the best way to discover how to follow Jesus on a daily basis. If you want to know more about God and His promises, then reading the Bible is a good step.

If you're out of practice then a great place to start is reading the Bible for just 10 minutes a day. It will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance and practical advice on the every-day issues that you’re facing. The Bible is relevant to everyone, everywhere, at any time.

On-line Resources: YouVersion is a great online Bible that has lots of tools, Bibles, and reading plans. There’s also an app so that you can take the Bible with you everywhere: https://www.bible.com/

Another option is Scripture Union's WordLive, which gives you daily readings and the study to go with them.