By Dr Mary Peter, SSS facilitator
I have attended several Bible studies in the past. One lasted 40 weeks, another 100 weeks and the longest was 3 years. Therefore when I first heard about A Quick Journey through the Bible (QJ), I wondered how anyone could possibly present salvation history in just 8 weeks! It is only after I attended the QJ recently I realised that yes – it is possible. This is because the QJ Bible study is well-structured and stresses on the narrative books therefore it is easy to understand and remember. What is special about the QJ is that firstly it sets the foundation for reading the Bible within the context of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Multiple references are made from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Secondly, by focusing on the Covenants, the Old Testament is more exciting to read when we learnt how Jesus fulfils all of the promises God made with key figures like Abraham, Moses and David. We see how the Church lives the life of Christ and continues God’s saving mission by the power of the Holy Spirit. The QJ made me realise that I am part of this wonderful story. The main message of QJ is about trusting God in difficult and challenging times. In this short study, I was reminded of God’s love and His faithfulness to all His promises and this has given me the confidence to trust Him in all the circumstances of my life. The QJ has also rekindled in me the desire to read the Bible more often and has set me on the path of a life long journey of knowing God and letting Him speak to me through His word.
Editor's Note: The Quick Journey class of 2014 started on 18 Aug with 95 participants and 16 facilitators. This was the highest attendance for any module in the history of SIC Scripture Study (SSS) since it was founded in 2003. Participants include eight SIC youth leaders and parishioners from other churches beside SIC. A total of 78 participants qualified for attendance certificates for having attended at least 5 out of 8 sessions whilst 31 participants achieved 100% attendance. A QJ Certificate Presentation Dinner was held at Gold Dragon City Restaurant on 16 Oct.
Photography: Matthew Soo, Cassandra Lim & Cecilia Ng