Christian Book Club

Do you like to read?  Do you like to read religious books, but many times find yourself finishing the book with more questions than answers?  Do you want to read more religious books, but never know what’s worth the read and what isn't?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, St. Paul has started something that you’ll hopefully be interested in.  A couple years ago, we started a book club.  The group meets about twice a month to discuss materials the group has chosen to read.  No requirements or expectations of those who come other than an interest to dig deeper into what the Bible has to say. Questions are welcome! We meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 N. Park St., Clintonville, WI.

Our next session will begin on October 4th, at 6:30pm. We would love to see you there! If you have any questions or would like to know more, email us at saintpaulclintonville@gmail.com or call 715-460-3148. Check out the book description below!

 

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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day. Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to: - Initiate conversations effortlessly - Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively - Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking - Skillfully manage the details of dialogue - Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.

Books are available at church and online. Join us for our next session! See schedule and find study guides below:

Chapters 1-2: Intro & Goal - Oct. 4th, 2017 (click for study guide)

Chapters 3-6: The "Columbo" Tactic - Oct. 19th, 2017 (click for study guide)

Chapters 7-10: The "Suicide" & "Taking the Roof Off" Tactics - Nov. 1, 2017

Chapters 11-14: The "Steamroller" Tactic & Conclusion - Nov. 15th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Book Club Materials:

The Life and Faith of Martin Luther

"There was really nothing that seemed unusual in what Martin Luther had done. The church door was often used as a bulletin board for notices. Little did Luther realize that his actions on October 31, 1517 would mark the beginning of a great reformation of the church and of the return of the pure word of God to the people of the world."

From Monk to preacher, from outcast to reformer, Martin Luther's life was full of many twists and turns. He faced doubts and questions about his faith, just as we all do. But God had a plan for Luther!

With illustrations and direct quotes from Martin Luther himself, this fascinating account will help you understand the real person behind the Reformation. You'll also learn about the world in which Luther lived, and how he changed that world--and ours--forever. 

Copies of the book are available at church.

Overview of Martin Luther's Life - Thursday, January 19th @ 6:30pm

The Struggle (p.1-33) - Thursday, February 2nd @ 6:30pm (Click here for Study Guide)

The Stand (p. 34-69) - Thursday, February 16th @ 6:30pm (Click here for Study Guide)

The Effect (p. 70-109) - Thursday, March 2nd @ 6:30pm (Click here for Study Guide)

Forgive Us Our Sins

This book is both a topical discussion on the difficult issue of homosexuality and the first-person testimony of one man's real-life exit from a gay lifestyle back to Jesus Christ. The authors avoid judgment and stereotypes by delicately balancing Biblical law and gospel for an encouraging message to all believers who struggle with any sort of temptation. The book also provides hope and support for those who, just as Scott did, seek to turn away from a life of homosexuality.

Copies of the book are available at church or on Amazon (click here). 

Intro, Chapter 1-2

Chapter 3-4

Chapter 5-6

The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters is written from the perspective of a senior devil who is advising his young nephew devil about how to tempt human beings. While the correspondence is fictional, the words and truths that Lewis brings out in this book about the ways we are tempted every day are eye-opening and a bit terrifying. It also makes clear that there is much more going on all around us than what we see or often acknowledge, and for that we need a wake up call, followed by constant spiritual protection from the LORD.

The Screwtape Letters book and study questions are all together in this booklet form (This is all you need!). Download here:

Part 1 (Letters 1-7)

Part 2 (Letters 8-14)

 

Reason For God

This book's intent is to create a starting point for discussing the faith with someone who has serious questions and concerns about what he or she "thinks" they know about the Bible and the world. By addressing some of these questions with open and intellectual talking points, perhaps the mind and heart of the individual will be more willing to hear what you believe and the Lord can do his work through his powerful Word. 

After discussing and reacting to the book, we do concur that this book does give some good starting point conversations and ways to present them in a non-confrontational way, but what this book doesn't cover and what must always follow, is a witness and testimony to the one thing that does change hearts and produce faith, the simple and beautiful Word of God. Only there, not in knowledge or evidence or science, do we find the voice of God and his Spirit that convinces us and empowers us to believe in a merciful and loving God that is far-beyond our earthly comprehension. 

More Prepared to Answer

If you've missed our second go around and want to see what we talked about, or if you were there but want to go through the study guides again at home, click on the links below:

Study Guide for pages v-19.  (October 15, 2014)

Study Guide for pages 20-35. (October 29, 2014)

Study Guide for pages 36-58. (November 12, 2014)

Study Guide for pages 59-72. (November 19, 2014)

Study Guide for pages 73-92. (January 14, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 93-112. (January 28, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 113-134. (February 11, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 135-155. (March 3, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 156-176. (March 24, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 177-197. (April 8, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 198-219. (April 22, 2015)

Study Guide for pages 220-234. (May 6, 2015)

 

Prepared to Answer

If you've missed our first go around and want to see what we talked about, or if you were there but want to go through the study guides again at home, click on the links below:

Study guide for pages 1-57.  (November 6, 2013)

Study guide for pages 58-117.  (December 3, 2013) 

Study guide for pages 118-174.  (January 8, 2014)

Study guide for pages 175-204  (March 4, 2014)