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What Are We Teaching?

Weekly Reading

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!



Identifying the Spirit of Balaam

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Identifying the spirit of Balaam from Calvary Christian Fellowship on Vimeo.

Numbers 22:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV) 1Then the people of Israel set out and camped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho. 2And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. 4And Moab said to the elders of Midian, “This horde will now lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” So Balak the son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, 5 sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the people of Amaw,[a] to call him, saying, “Behold, a people has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me. 6 Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”

 To identify the spirit of Balaam and Balak we must examine this story to see the principal characteristics of these men. Read More »