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Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) promotes the rigorous study of Scripture and ancient languages. Each year, one of our expert faculty members leads the Thursday Evening Bible Class, a fall Bible teaching series offered on site at GRTS for the community. Comprised of biblical lectures, the classes typically run from eight to 10 weeks.

Thursday Evening Bible Class sessions are free and open to the public. More than a hundred individuals from the community attend each series, representing a variety of Christian denominations and associations.

Paul's Letters from Prison—Fall 2018

Paul wrote a number of letters while imprisoned, including the four letters that we call "The Prison Epistles"—Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. His unique situation of suffering for faithfulness as an apostle provided him the opportunity to reflect on suffering in the Christian life and the hope of ultimate salvation at the day of Christ. This study will explore how Paul theologically reflected on suffering and on how that shapes Christian identity and action in our world today.

Event Information

Upcoming Class Dates

  • Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
  • Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
  • Week 3: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
  • Week 4: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
  • Week 5: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
  • Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
  • Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
  • Week 8: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018