Contact Carol Throntveit by Email or 612.767.2246.

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Living The Message


What is Living the Message?

Living the Message is designed to build vibrant faith in the members and friends of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. It is an all-congregation, Bible-focused movement to make Bible discovery accessible, convenient, and welcoming while creating fellowship and friendship among participants.

  • Once a month, October through May, small groups, usually 8-10 people, meet to talk about a section of a book of the Bible and enjoy fellowship together. This year, groups will focus on the Gospel of Mark.

  • Groups are based on neighborhoods, common interests, or simply the convenience of a meeting place and time. They meet in homes, coffee shops, church spaces, or wherever works best for the group.

  • Members commit to one group for eight monthly gatherings and agree to read the assigned texts, prepare for discussion, and attend the small group discussions.

  • To assist in understanding the biblical text and prepare for discussion, participants purchase the Book of Faith Learner Guide for Mark at a cost of $10.

  • Each month, a pastor will introduce that month’s chosen reading for those who agree to be discussion facilitators and anyone else who is interested. Facilitators are expected to be well prepared, but not expected to be experts on the biblical texts being explored.

Living the Message: 2018-2019 Pastors’ Introductions

Now in its 9th year, our Living the Message small group Bible study will focus on key texts and themes in the Gospel of Luke. Whether or not you participate in an LTM group, you are welcome at these monthly times of learning with Pastor Charlie Ruud. We will explore the story of Jesus and his mission from the joyous accounts of his birth in a manger in Bethlehem to the stark images of Golgotha to the eye-opening meal at Emmaus. Please come—you’ll be glad you did. Know, too, that new groups can form at any time. LTM leaders and members—please note below is a list of the readings from the Gospel of Luke that our Living the Message Bible discovery groups will study October through May. Pastor Ruud will present an introduction to each month’s reading, from 6-6:45pm in the Choir Rehearsal Hall in Minneapolis except in November and April when it will take place in Gronseth Fellowship Hall at West.

 Date  Where  Reading
 October 2nd  Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS  Why Was Jesus Born? (Luke 2:1-20)
 November 6th Fellowship Hall WEST  What Will Become of This Child? (Luke 2:21-40)
 December 4th  Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS  Let God Be God! (Luke 4:14-30)
 January 8th  Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS  What Was Jesus Doing? (Luke 7:1-7)
 February 5th  Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS  Why Must Jesus Die? (Luke 9:18-36)
 March 5th  Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS  And Grace Will Lead Me Home (Luke 15:1-32)
 April 2nd  Fellowship Hall WEST  Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended? (Luke 23:26-49)
 May 7th Choir Rehearsal Hall MPLS How Did Jesus’ Resurrection Change the World? (Luke 24:13-35)

Registration not required.  No cost.  Contact: Carol  Throntveit 612.767.2246

Audio Files

Note that December’s introduction is included here in two formats, Windows Media and MP3. If you have trouble opening one, please try the other.

1/09/2019WMA10 MB
1/09/2019MP340 MB
12/06/2018WMA14 MB
12/06/2018MP356 MB
11/08/2018WMA12 MB
11/08/2018MP346 MB
10/03/2018MP344 MB
10/03/2018WMA12 MB