What Are We Teaching?
The upcoming schedule
One of the frequently asked questions is what our teaching schedule. For those who may not be aware, we follow a weekly cyclical reading plan for the whole church, and we teach from our weekly reading in all of our groups that week. Thus, together we study and explore the Word of God to really experience the richness and fullness of the text.
Some ask us whether or not we have a method to our study schedule at Calvary. The answer is definitely, YES. It is our goal to have any member of Calvary who studies along our study schedule to study through most of the Bible in about five or six years, with a major emphasis on the foundation of the Bible – the Torah. Thus, the basis for our reading plan is the Torah Portion reading cycle.
The Torah Portion reading cycle concept is an ancient cyclical reading pattern which continually guides the reader through much of the Scriptures. This cycle dates back as early as the time of Ezra in the Bible. Today, we follow a Torah Portion reading cycle that has three parts and begins anew each year. The three parts are as follows: one reading from the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), one from the Haftarah (the section of the Bible that contains the Writings and the Prophets), and one reading from the Gospels. Furthermore, the cycle follows the Biblical calendar, so it begins in the fall of each year after the last Biblical feast. If you click on the “Torah Portion” button, which appears on the right side of all of our webpages, you will be directed to the reading schedule site. When you look at the reading schedule for the week, you will notice that it has the three readings.
Although every year, we will have two classes each week that focuses on the Torah, each year, we will emphasize one of the other reading passages in the cycle. In other words, we will always have two ongoing Torah classes – one on Wednesday evening and one on Saturday morning. We will also have classes that emphasize one of the other readings such as the Gospel portion or the Haftarah portion. We will call the other reading our Yearly Emphasis.
Now, some will notice that the cycle does not include readings from the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) other than the Gospels. On the year that we will be studying through the Apostolic Writings, we will include the reading passage on the website immediately above the “Torah Portion” button. So, if you see a passage noted above the button, you know that we will be studying from that passage on the week it is posted.
To participate in a class, you simply read & study the passage for the week and come to the classes. The class schedule is as follows:
Wednesday Evening: Torah Class
Wednesday Evening: Yearly Emphasis
Saturday Morning: Torah Class
Saturday Morning: Yearly Emphasis
Sunday Morning before Service: Yearly Emphasis
2010-2011 Yearly Emphasis: Torah
2011-2012 Yearly Emphasis: Gospels
2012-2013 Yearly Emphasis: Apostolic Writings (Current)
2013-2014 Yearly Emphasis: Torah – Messianic Perspective (Proposed)
2015-2016 Yearly Emphasis: Haftarah (Proposed)
I hope this answers some of your questions about what is immediately coming up, what is our plan for the next year, and what is our long range plan for Bible study. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to exploring the Scriptures with you!