Reading the New Testament

Every year, Pastor Larry Hayward leads an in-depth course focused on reading the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. In the class, you will read the entire Testament, learning the basic content of the book and exploring the text in detail. Together with the class, you’ll reflect on how those texts and the Bible as a whole impact our faith and life. Learn what it means to say the Bible has “authority,” is “inspired,” is the “word of God,” and is the “unique and authoritative witness to Christ.”

Reading and Learning the New Testament, 2017-2018

September 10,2017 – April 29, 2018
Sundays, 4-6 PM in Haverkamp Room
Please note: the class will not meet November 26–January 14, 2017 or on April 1, 2018

Members, friends, and visitors–people of any faith tradition–are welcome to take the course. The classes are made up of people who have taken previous courses led by Larry Hayward, as well as people who have never taken a Biblical class before! All we ask is for a commitment to reading about two hours per week (about three chapters a day), and participation in discussions as able and willing, with an openness to differing interpretations presented in class and in discussions with others. The course is $20.

Each person in the class needs their own Bible, and Bibles need to be brought to class. Dr. Hayward uses, and prefers you also use, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha (2003, ISBN-13: 978-0-687-27832-9). (Approximate cost: $35-$40.) Participants are expected to purchase their own Bible.

Informational Meetings

If you’d like to know more about the class or ask a question, attend an informational meeting about the course with Larry (attending a meeting is not required to register for the course). Meetings will follow Sunday worship at 11:30 AM in the Haverkamp Room on June 25, August 13, and September 3. You may sign up at the meetings.


Register for the New Testament Class by filling out the form below.

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