Online Studies

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Mondays @ 9 a.m. Watch or listen to online teaching from Christ Church clergy on various biblical and elective topics. Studies are most effective when you watch and discuss them in small groups. Small groups are available online and in-person.

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Christian Mission in a Pagan World

A Study of Acts

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Awaiting the Spirit

Apr. 5, 2021 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes

How did a small band of Jewish believers grow into largest of all the world's religions? Acts, a...

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Contemporary America, along with many parts of the modern western world, is becoming an increasingly post-Christian society. That much is clear. But some scholars and social commentators have suggested that this trend away from Christianity isn’t simply a trend toward irreligion, but is in fact a revival of paganism. If this is true, it will not be the first time that the Church is called to carry out its mission in a pagan world. To the contrary, the Church began in precisely such a context. The book of Acts tells the story of the birth and expansion of the Church in a pagan world. It describes the work and words of the first missionaries who heralded the good news and made disciples. It bears witness to the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit who guided and transformed these early Christians. Acts tells the story of the Church’s past, but as we will discover in this study, this book isn’t just a history of the past. It is a guidebook to the present.

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  • Length: 12 sessions
  • Teachers: The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes
  • Leader's Guide: Discussion questions are available for Christ Church small group leaders. Contact us for the PDF.

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A Faithful God for a Faithless People

A Study of Judges

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A Disobedient People

Feb. 22, 2021 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes

Judges is the "Wild West" of the Old Testament, filled with stories of violence, deceit...

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Murder, hatred, idolatry, greed, cowardice, exploitation, abuse of women and children: the dark side of human life is one which we would rather avoid, but in the book of Judges it is on full display in the attitudes and behavior of God’s own people. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why many modern Christians neglect Judges, because it is filled with so much tragedy. But Judges isn’t just a tragic depiction of the faithlessness of God’s people. It is at the same time a startling account of the patience and faithfulness of a God who refuses to abandon His people, even when they are at their very worst. In this study, we will focus our attention on this faithfulness of God by studying the stories of the redeemers that He uses to bring deliverance to His people.

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  • Length: 5 sessions
  • Teachers: The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes
  • Leader's Guide: Discussion questions are available for Christ Church small group leaders. Contact us for the PDF.

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The Good News of Christian Freedom

A Study of Galatians

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The Gospel in Crisis

Jan. 18, 2021 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes

Galatians is a book that reflects a moment of crisis. Paul's passion and urgency as he writes...

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Paul’s letter to the Galatians is an urgent and passionate book filled with sharp comparisons—flesh and spirit, works and faith, law and gospel—but no contrast stands out more clearly or forcefully in this letter than that of slavery and freedom. And there is good reason for that, for that is precisely what is at stake in this letter. Will Christians live into the freedom that they have been given or will they submit themselves once again to bondage? Will they follow the One who has called them to be free or will they betray Him by returning to a harsh and unforgiving task master? These were the questions that confronted Paul’s original audience and they are the questions that still confront us today. What does it mean to be a free people and will we live into that freedom? Those are some of the questions that we will be answering in this study.

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  • Length: 5 sessions
  • Teachers: The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes
  • Leader's Guide: Discussion questions are available for Christ Church small group leaders. Contact us for the PDF.

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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

A Study of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Job

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An Invitation to Wisdom

Sep. 9, 2020 | The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes

This week's lesson introduces wisdom, the topic for our study, by asking some basic questions...

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“Where shall wisdom be found?” That is the question asked by Job as he ponders how to make sense of his life in the midst of a crisis. And it is a question we are still asking ourselves today. What is the meaning of our lives? How can we navigate life well amidst crises? What guidance has God given us? Those are the questions that we will be exploring together this fall as we study three of the most important books of wisdom in the Bible—Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job—and discover what ancient wisdom has to say to modern life.

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  • Length: 12 sessions
  • Teachers: The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes, The Rev. Bryan Biba
  • Leader's Guide: Discussion questions are available for Christ Church small group leaders. Contact us for the PDF.

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