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Water from a Deep Well

About This Book Study

In Rome in A.D. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive. Is my faithfulness as strong? In the fifth century, Melania the Younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation. Could living more simply deepen my trust in God? In the sixteen hundreds, Philipp Jakob Spener's love for the Word of God and his desire to help people apply the Bible to their life moved him to start "Colleges of Piety," or small groups. In what ways could commitment to community make me more like Christ? The history of the church has shaped what our faith and practice are like today. It's tempting to think that the way we do things now is best, but history also has much to teach us about what we've forgotten. In Water from a Deep Well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality.


This course meets for 6 consecutive weeks on Sundays from 7:00-8:00pm (UTC -05:00; New York City time).

September 3, 2023
September 10, 2023
September 17, 2023
September 24, 2023
October 1, 2023
October 8, 2023

Ryan Snyder
Course Instructor
Ryan lives with his wife near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he daily develops our disciplined life in Christ, Ora et Labora – Prayer and work. He is pursuing a Masters in History from Villanova University. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2020, where he studied Political Theology.
Matthew Dereck
Director of Courses
In addition to working as Director of Courses, Matthew also serves as Program Coordinator at Camp Shamineau in Motley, MN. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute - Spokane in 2018 with a degree in Biblical Studies and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021 with a degree in Theology.
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