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Last night, Fr. Bryan, Associate Rector for Adult Discipleship, kicked off a summer book study for 120 people excited to learn about and discuss St. Augustine’s The Confessions. People showed up ready to dig deep into this 4th century text.
“I am excited to look into the life of a man who has been so influential across church history,” commented Woody Stone, a Christ Church parishioner and Student Ministry volunteer. “The relevance of a 1,600 year old document, while not obvious to so many in modern evangelicalism, truly has much to say to us in our time.”
The evening began with a hard look at Book 1, in which Augustine asks, “How does God draw people to himself?” Fr. Bryan made noteworthy mention of Augustine’s three-fold answer: That God draws people to himself (1) internally by speaking to our hearts, (2) externally through experiences of dependence and sin, and (3) externally through our proclamation of the Gospel.
Following Fr. Bryan’s lecture, table leaders invited those seated with them to contribute their thoughts on what they had read in previous days—to wrestle with content, identify with the author, and explore the richness of our Lord who draws us to himself. Woody Stone also affirmed that Augustine’s thoughts are important to study because they help us understand God. And this was the crux of Fr. Biba’s teaching, that “we alone do not bring the Gospel to people, for God is already at work drawing people to himself. Christians are called to join with God in his work through relationships with others.”
Come next week prepared to uncover a wealth of wisdom as Fr. Bryan leads us through Books 2 and 3.
For full audio of Fr. Bryan’s teaching on Book 1 of Augustine’s The Confession, please visit our media page »
Nate WilsonWriter & Storyteller
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