Lent Book Study

Lent Book Study

You are invited to join Birmingham and Berkley First this Lenten season as we study and learn together in small groups and during worship on Sunday morning.

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. Entering the Passion of Jesus provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. The book is part of a larger six-week study that is perfect for Lent and includes a DVD and a comprehensive leader guide. The book’s six chapters include:

  1. Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
  2. The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
  3. Teachings: Risking Challenge The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
  4. The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
  5. Gethsemane: Risking Temptation

Books ($12) are available in the Circuit Rider Bookstore and in the church office.

Study Groups for Lent 2019

Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week

Sunday Lent Study
Sundays from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Begins March 10
Leader: Pastor Suzanne Walls
Wright Parlor
Adult men and women

Monday Night Bible Study
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Begins March 4
Leader: Mike Barratt
Room 230
Adult men and women

Tuesday Morning Men’s Group
Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m.
Begins March 12
Leader: George Work
Thomas Parlor
Adult men

Tuesday Women’s Study Group
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Begins March 5
Leader: Pastor Elbert Dulworth
Martin Room
Adult women

GRIP – Moms of Teens and Tweens
(Videos only)
Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Leader: Petrina Hone 

Berkley Lent Study
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Begins March 12
Leader: Rachael Dunlap
At Berkley First
Childcare available 

Arbon Dennis Men’s Group
Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.
Begins March 6
Leader: Pastor Elbert Dulworth
Thomas Parlor
Adult men

GRIP – Moms of Birth thru Preschool
(Videos only)
Wednesdays from 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Leader: Chaundra Burkett
Note: No openings for childcare 

Shine Lent Study
Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.
Begins March 13
Leaders: Pastor Dan Hart and Julie Work
Offsite at the home of George and Julie Work
Free childcare available
Adult men and women

GRIP – Moms of Elementary Children
(Videos only)
Wednesdays from 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Leader: Chaundra Burkett
Note: No openings for childcare

Unfinished Christian Women
(Videos only)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Begins March 7
Leader: Kris Kettering
Wesley Room #214
Adult women

To join a small group, contact Janet Smylie (248-646-6407 ext. 3121 or email) or sign up in the church office.