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Thursday Evening Bible Class

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary 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.

Fall 2022: Understanding the Holy Spirit—The Most Mysterious Person of the Trinity

The Holy Spirit is the most mysterious person of the Trinity. Some Christians barely know anything about the Spirit, while others claim that any emotional element that they experience comes from the Holy Spirit. How can we be more informed about this critical person in the Trinity to our salvation and transformation?

This study will present a summary of the Bible’s teaching about the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in the Old and New Testaments. We will also study the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ ministry and focus on Jesus as the giver of the Holy Spirit. Finally, we will study the role of the believer’s life and salvation. We will also focus on some debated topics regarding the blasphemy of the Spirit, filling with the Spirit, baptism in the Spirit and spiritual gifts.

Class Schedule

All class sessions are held from 7-8:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (3000 Leonard St NE) at Cornerstone University.

  • Sept. 8, 2022: Images of the Holy Spirit
  • Sept. 15, 2022: The Holy Spirit and the Trinity
  • Sept. 22, 2022: The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament I
  • Sept. 29, 2022: The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament II
  • Oct. 6, 2022: The Holy Spirit and Jesus
  • Oct. 13, 2022: The Day of Pentecost/The Holy Spirit and the Believer I
  • Oct. 20, 2022: No class session
  • Oct. 27, 2022: The Holy Spirit and the Believer II and the Baptism in the Spirit
  • Nov. 3, 2022: The Holy Spirit and the Believer III and the Gifts of the Spirit

Audio Recordings of Past Classes

Biblical Foundations for Justice: Understanding the Bible's Teaching About Justice | Kenneth Reid (2020)

Our nation is facing an insurmountable crisis regarding social and racial justice. While many voices are proclaiming their views from sociological and political perspectives—both conservative and liberal—many are not appealing to Scripture.

Taught by Dr. Kenneth Reid, assistant professor of systematic and historical theology, this series surveyed the Bible’s teachings about public justice and sought to answer the question: What does the Bible teach about justice, and how should Christians respond in light of this? This study presented a biblical definition of justice and surveyed some Bible passages about justice. We discussed passages from Genesis to Revelation.

The hope of this study is that everyone would grow close to God’s heart for the marginalized and the poor and challenge their own conceptions of justice in a biblical context.

Week 1 | Foundations of Justice

Week 2 | Justice and the Mosaic Law I

Week 3 | Justice and the Mosaic Law II

Week 4 | Justice and the Prophets

Week 5 | Justice and the Prophets II/Justice and Jesus

Week 6 | Justice and Jesus II

Week 7 | Justice in Paul

Week 8 | Justice in the Catholic Epistles, Justice in the End Times

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