Lay Bible Institute

The Lay Bible Institute, offered three times a year by Seminary faculty members, is an ongoing study of the Bible and how it relates to today's life and events.

Jesus in Islam

This event has passed. Details about the Fall 2020 Lay Bible Institute will be posted here as soon as they become available.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sieck Hall, Room 202
Registration: $20
Registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2019


Dr. Abjar Bahkou

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States and worldwide. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, there are about 3.45 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to double.

So how do we, as Christians, reach out to our Muslim neighbors? How can we lovingly and effectively share the Gospel?

Concordia Seminary's Dr. Abjar Bahkou, associate professor of Practical Theology, takes a look at this very topic in the Fall Lay Bible Institute: Jesus in Islam.

  • Look at the stories that the Koran uses that are the same in the Gospel's story.
  • Examine why the Koran denies the Crucifixion and considers Trinity as blasphemy.
  • Discover how to explain the divinity of Christ and the mystery of the Holy Trinity to Muslims.

By exploring the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity, this workshop will help participants become better equipped to witness to our Muslim neighbor "who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15 ESV).

This event has passed. Details about the Winter 2021 Lay Bible Institute will be posted here as soon as they become available.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sieck Hall, Room 202
Registration: $20
Registration deadline: Jan. 24, 2020


Dr. Timothy Saleska

In this one-day seminar, through the close reading of selected Psalms, we will take the time to reflect on truths to live by which David expresses in his poetry. We will discuss how and why we modern Christians identify with his words and how we can use these beautiful poems to encourage and nurture our own lives of faith.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sieck Hall, room 202
Registration: $20 fee
Registration deadline: July 25, 2020

Christian Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark


Rev. David Lewis
Join Rev. David Lewis, assistant professor of Exegetical Theology, as he explores what the Gospel of Mark teaches about Christian discipleship – and what this means for our lives today.

Many would argue that the Gospel of Mark presents the harshest portrayal of Jesus’ disciples as characters in the story of Jesus’ ministry. Though called to participate in Jesus’ mission of proclaiming and establishing God’s reign, the disciples repeatedly fail to understand the nature of Jesus’ ministry and ultimately betray, desert or deny Him as he enters His passion.

Nevertheless, this Gospel teaches a high view of the Christian calling to discipleship. The disciples of Jesus are called to participate in His mission, are identified as His true family and are given insight to the mysteries of God’s reign. Yet they are also called to suffer for the sake of Jesus and His Gospel and to serve one another – a calling that can be fulfilled because of Jesus’ suffering and service on our behalf.

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