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Bible Study or Church Service
« on: August 15, 2010, 04:09:54 PM »
What do you prefer, church service or Bible study?
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2010, 05:05:08 PM »
What do you prefer, church service or Bible study?

Bible study for sure.

Church Service is a non participatory action.  You go, listen and sing but you never have a chance to question anything, add anything.

A church service is so different from bible study, at the Service one follows a set pattern, you are there to pray and worship nothing else.

Bible studies allows people to search for answers to any question and  with others read outside the bible for answers to why the Bible has survived from the times man wrote down the word of God.

Bible study takes in archeology, science, the lives of the people in that time. Gives us a glimpse into the men and woman and their society that meant survival.

Today most scientists wonder about some of the storeys and who wrote them.    What was that great wheel in the sky, Jacobs ladder, Joshia and his trumpets---and how could the sun now reverse itself or earth to have the sun rise in the East.

A truly fascinating book as science is today using the Bible to find lost civilizations mentioned and now found to be true.

The Bible with some mistranslations and the rumors of other chapters that are kept from us still remains the greatest endever ever taken on by humans.

Little by little the literal facts in the Bible are leaking out of the past, proving that such and such did in fact happen.  Not perhaps exactly as is recorded but close enough.

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2010, 06:31:10 PM »
I prefer church services.  I think that Bible study is important, but there is something very peaceful and holy about a prayerful church service.   :)

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2010, 08:10:17 PM »
Both.  One is geared more toward exploring God's word, while the other is geared toward worship first.  The sermon can be very educational, of course, but many are aimed at things like church harmony or social issues.
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 08:49:31 AM »
I agree with Mrs. Smith. One's for purposes of STUDYING God's Word, the other's for worship. There can certainly be crossover, however, I recommend BOTH very highly!

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 09:23:15 AM »
Catholic Mass....early in the morning, little to no singing....short homily, prayers and Holy Communion. I want the reverence and peace....
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 09:46:07 AM »
What I REALLY love is the Latin Mass. Can't find more reverence than THAT. Nothing flashy, and the priests who typically celebrate the Mass in Latin are among the real hardcore, Jesus-lovin' priests that  you'll find.

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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 02:32:50 PM »
Catholic Mass....early in the morning, little to no singing....short homily, prayers and Holy Communion. I want the reverence and peace....

I miss that. My wife is Lutheran, they sing alot.   :lmao:
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 02:34:21 PM »
I miss that. My wife is Lutheran, they sing alot.   :lmao:

Presbyterians are noted for our mumbling. The organist cranks up the sound and that drowns all of us out.

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2013, 10:33:37 AM »
I enjoy both. I love the small group atmosphere and fellowship of a Bible study but I enjoy the corporate worship of a Sunday service because it allows me a chance to interact with people who I don't get the chance to talk with during the week. I also play bass in the praise and worship portion of service and I assist the Priest as a Eucharist minister during the communion sacrament.
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2013, 11:01:08 AM »
I prefer church services.  I think that Bible study is important, but there is something very peaceful and holy about a prayerful church service.   :)

Agree, trying not to sound too "corny", it's almost as if the Holy Spirit fills my body.

It put's me in a much better mood for the rest of the day.
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2013, 03:25:56 PM »
Both. I love Baptist services. Fire and brimstone preaching, banging on pulpits, what can't you love about that?

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2013, 05:15:12 PM »
Bible study for sure.

Church Service is a non participatory action.  You go, listen and sing but you never have a chance to question anything, add anything.


At the church we attend, there is always time for questions and answers after the sermon.  I really like it, although it might irritate some people, since you can run a little late sometimes.   

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2013, 09:11:57 PM »
I miss that. My wife is Lutheran, they sing alot.   :lmao:

I'm a Lutheran.  I love the singing.  Some other Lutherans might hate on me because I like contemporary Christian music, but it's one of the things that rubbed off on me from going to Assembly of God and Southern Baptist youth camps.  The church I go to has the traditional service, then the bible study, then contemporary.

As for my preference, I like the service itself.  Especially when there's communion.
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 11:25:59 PM »
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2013, 03:31:59 PM »
What do you prefer, church service or Bible study?

I'm Catholic so it's got to be a service.

Do this is in memory of me.

Of course, vast swathes of the service texts are straight from the Bible; especially the Divine Office which is mostly psalms.

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2013, 03:37:54 PM »
I'm Catholic so it's got to be a service.

Do this is in memory of me.

Of course, vast swathes of the service texts are straight from the Bible; especially the Divine Office which is mostly psalms.

I see you are in England and I have often wondered what percentage of the population in England are Catholic. 
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2013, 03:47:33 PM »
I see you are in England and I have often wondered what percentage of the population in England are Catholic. 

About 10% answer as Catholic in polls, this makes the Catholic Church the second largest by membership. The Church of England has a larger membership, but this is a far softer membership with most of its members never attending or participating (it being the established church, many consider themselves attached without any activity).

In terms of attendance, around 1 million attend Mass on a given Sunday (about 2% of the population) which makes it the largest Christian grouping by attendance.

Both of these figures have been helped in recent years by large-scale migration to England from Poland since the latter joined the E.U. (thus allowing Poles to move to England without a visa).

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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2013, 03:53:11 PM »
About 10% answer as Catholic in polls, this makes the Catholic Church the second largest by membership. The Church of England has a larger membership, but this is a far softer membership with most of its members never attending or participating (it being the established church, many consider themselves attached without any activity).

In terms of attendance, around 1 million attend Mass on a given Sunday (about 2% of the population) which makes it the largest Christian grouping by attendance.

Both of these figures have been helped in recent years by large-scale migration to England from Poland since the latter joined the E.U. (thus allowing Poles to move to England without a visa).

Thanks. Interesting.

I have heard "The Church of England" is probably closer to the Catholic Church than any other Christian church in the world.
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2013, 11:25:38 AM »
Thanks. Interesting.

I have heard "The Church of England" is probably closer to the Catholic Church than any other Christian church in the world.
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It is.

I grew up Episcopalian which is what The Church of England is called in US. My grandfather grew up in The Church of England, and my dad was confirmed over there, but still had to be re-confirmed into the Episcopal Church.

The Church of England came about because Henry VIII wanted a divorce and the Pope wouldn't give him one. So he created his own Church, without the Pope, made the head of the church The Archbishop of Canterbury, and kept pretty much everything else.

Church of England was the first non-Catholic Church. I think Luther started the Lutheran Church next. Then all the other "Christian" denominations started.
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2013, 11:31:42 AM »
It is.

I grew up Episcopalian which is what The Church of England is called in US. My grandfather grew up in The Church of England, and my dad was confirmed over there, but still had to be re-confirmed into the Episcopal Church.

The Church of England came about because Henry VIII wanted a divorce and the Pope wouldn't give him one. So he created his own Church, without the Pope, made the head of the church The Archbishop of Canterbury, and kept pretty much everything else.

Church of England was the first non-Catholic Church. I think Luther started the Lutheran Church next. Then all the other "Christian" denominations started.

The Church of England came along after Luther, in fact in a piece of irony Henry VIII wrote an attack on Luther (Assertio Septem Sacramentem) for which the Pope gave him the title 'Defender of the Faith'...then a few years later he split from Catholicism.

Other than the Orthodox, I'd agree that the Anglicans/Episcopalians are closer to the Catholic Church on the surface...the problem is that these days it's possibly to believe anything and be Anglican which is certainly going further away from the Catholic Church.

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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2013, 11:44:10 AM »
The Church of England came along after Luther, in fact in a piece of irony Henry VIII wrote an attack on Luther (Assertio Septem Sacramentem) for which the Pope gave him the title 'Defender of the Faith'...then a few years later he split from Catholicism.

Other than the Orthodox, I'd agree that the Anglicans/Episcopalians are closer to the Catholic Church on the surface...the problem is that these days it's possibly to believe anything and be Anglican which is certainly going further away from the Catholic Church.

Oops... I always had learned it the other way...

I quit the Episcopal Church years ago, and went Catholic about 18 years ago. I went to the Catholic Church all through college, ended up marrying an Episcopalian and my kids were raised Episcopalian. One still is, and the other - I'm not sure what church denomination(it's Christian) she's in, but my son and other half (a born, raised and still Catholic) both refer to it as "The Cult".

We went to the service where she was "saved" by being dunked in a tub of warm water, during the first 30 minutes which was a gospel rock band up on a big stage with all kinds of flashing lights, then 30 minutes of the pastor in jeans and a plaid shirt talking about his life compared with the day's "lesson" from the Bible. Her inlaws were sitting with us - generational Southern Baptists - and her MIL said after ..."what kind of church is this again?" She said she'd never seen anything like it. It's very popular, they have an internet broadcast several times a week, 3 or 4 "campuses" with the main one just having built a humongous new main building.
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Re: Bible Study or Church Service
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2013, 11:51:11 AM »
Another thing about Luther -- he never really considered himself to be anything other than Catholic. He had a problem with the Pope and the indulgences and certainly voiced his displeasure about all that, but that did not mean he quit the Catholic church and become something other than that.

Martin Luther was a life-long Catholic priest, writer, academic, and general hell-raiser. He was a pretty good beer-drinker as well from which he suffered some rather debilitating beer farts.
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