Welcome to the Oshkosh Bible Study. My name is Pat, and I just want tell you a little bit about the study. The study is held at Oakhaven Church, sometimes referred to as the barn church, on 2175 Witzel Ave. in Oshkosh. I am a member at Oakhaven, and although we are a non-denominational church, our study could be described as inter-denominational. We are trying to create an environment where we just let the Bible speak for itself.
A couple of things that won’t happen – You won’t be pressured to join Oakhaven Church. If you are already affiliated with a church, that’s great. If you are just “searching”, that is great as well. I believe that there is great benefit and encouragement to be gained from meeting with others in a “church” setting, but the purpose of this study is to create an environment where everyone can learn and grow and move at their own pace.
You won’t be told what you should believe – I don’t believe the Bible is as “complicated” as many think it is. I grew up being told what I believed and what the Bible meant, but when I started to study for myself, I was able to affirm some things as well as question some things. I have come to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, not because I was told to believe it, but because of my studies and experiences. I truly believe one has to believe what they say they believe, and we try to provide an environment for individuals to seek, grow and/or confirm their faith.
What will happen – We do our best at the Oshkosh Bible Study to present whatever we are studying (currently the book of Romans) in it’s context of when it was written, who wrote it, who it was written to, why it was written, how it impacted the original hearers and how it may impact us today. You will be encouraged to read the book of Romans in it’s entirety for full context, and each week we will focus on a chapter or two for close inspection.
Our study is discussion based with participation being completely voluntary. No questions are off limits, we are all on a journey to seek and understand.
I will stop there, hoping this gives you an idea of what we are trying to accomplish with the “Oshkosh Bible Study”. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, and I hope to see you at our next meeting.