Bible Study: Believe! Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures

(weekly) Bible Study

Join your fellow parishioners on Thursdays, 9:30am or 6:45pm in the Notre Dame classroom. Bring your Bible and a smile. A commentary text is available for purchase. Look over the series titles; plan to come!


Open your heart. Listen to God! “When people meet the real Jesus in Scripture, lives change, hearts heal and the grace and power of our baptism is unleashed to make us ‘ambassadors for Christ,’ echo the words of St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.

When people ‘chew’ on the word of God through dynamic discussions of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit reveals the person of Jesus. The purpose of the study is to encourage everyone, no matter where they are in their spiritual life, to have a personal encounter with Jesus.

The six sessions in Believe: Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures, authored by The Evangelical Catholic ministry, focus on episodes when Jesus changed people’s lives. The questions that follow spark discussion and allow each person to consider how the story applies to his or her own life. Weekly spiritual exercises between sessions help participants meet Christ in both prayer and the sacraments.

“We often learn about faith through good, healthy relationships, when we have people in our lives we can trust and count on, who will come through for us and stand by us in tough times. They teach us how to have faith in others and not only in ourselves… It is difficult to put faith in Jesus if he seems removed from your life. Nevertheless, Jesus told his followers, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” [Matthew 18:20] and “I am with you always, to the close of the age” [28:20]. Jesus also said to his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” [Luke 11:9-10]. Christians believe he wants us to be honest and straightforward with him about our lives, our needs, hopes and dreams.

Excerpted from the Introduction of Believe: Meeting Jesus in Scripture, Andrea Lauren Jackson, Pastoral Associate, St. Julia Parish of Weston and Lincoln, Massachusetts.