FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
A Passion for God, Compassion for People

Bible Studies
Check out our studies and small groups!

Becoming a caring community:
The coffee percolator is making contented burps and gurgles.  The first person arrives and helps himself to fresh-brewed coffee or tea.  Soon the room fills with people.  Conversations buzz; people sip.  I clear my throat.  “Let’s open our Bibles and get started…”  It’s time to shift gears, settle into God’s Word, feed ourselves.
Our small group Bible study is a lively oasis—a time for hearing friends discuss what the Word says and means.  From the hot blast of work, pain, loneliness, hassles, joys, and achievements we enter each other’s shade and drink God’s draft.  We cheer each other’s triumphs, bear each other’s burdens.  The bond thus forged is strength for the road ahead and salve for the wounds collected since we last met.
Ninety minutes later we say good-bye.  Some hugs, smiles, and handshakes are exchanged.  We go off into the night, strengthened and encouraged, and a satisfied hush descends on the room.

The Basic Components of our
Bible Studies and Small Groups
Fellowship:
The goal is a deep relationship with other believers that makes the application of nurture, support, and mission possible.  As we learn to live our lives together as brothers and sisters in the family of God, we should begin to live out the commands to bear one another’s burdens, to be kind to one another, to be hospitable, to encourage, comfort, exhort, serve, and accept one another.  We have found that being a part of a small group or Bible study helps us to better live out these commands.
Prayer:
Prayer is necessary for strength and a proper focus on Jesus and the Cross, the source of our hope.  It is also a part of the process God uses to bind people together into a cohesive unit for His glory.  In prayer we are engaged in a supernatural endeavor that is a work of God.  By praying in our groups, we acknowledge this not only by words but by humbling ourselves before the Lord.
Outreach:
As Christians we are called to be reaching out to the world around us.  At First Christian, we stress the importance and value of building relationships with non-churched and non-believers so that we have a position to speak about Christ and His redemption.  People who have a problem with the institutional church may feel comfortable attending a small group Bible study in a home.
Bible Application:
One of the aims of the small groups and Bible studies is to provide a place for Christians to take what they are learning and apply it to their lives.  The Bible tells us to be doers of the Word as well as hearers of the Word.  Typically, groups study a book of the Bible, a topical study, or a devotion, all of which are focused on handling God’s Word.
How Can You Get Involved?
Call any of the group leaders to find out more information about that particular group (even after it has begun).  Or feel free to call the church (569-4272) with any questions you may have.  Then sign up for the study of your choice! (Sign-up lists are available in the church fellowship hall.) Or just show up!


A LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY: “A Life Beyond Amazing” by David Jeremiah (a study on the fruits of the Holy Spirit), will be held on Wednesdays, from 10 to 11:30 AM, beginning May 2nd.  A sign-up sheet is available in the fellowship hall.  For more information, call Jerri Dempster at 630-7003.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Beginning February 27th, we will be studying 1st and 2nd Peter as preparation for Easter.  Written more than 30 years after Jesus’ death, Peter’s letters reflect the teachings that had transformed Peter from colorful character to rock-solid disciple.  This study includes readings from the Bible with discussion questions.  Join us on Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM, in the Fellowship Room.  Led by Jan Hawes (569-0327 or jan.hawes47@gmail.com).
 

THE THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY will begin on October 5th and will meet from 3 to 4:30 PM at the church.  George LeClair will lead this study on the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospels were written to record the teachings, life, death, resurrection, and bodily ascension of Jesus.  But why four Gospels?  Each inspired writer addressed a different audience with a different theme while embracing Christ’s Deity and His humanity.  Mark wrote to the Romans and presents Jesus as “the Servant.”  Luke was addressed to a Greek of stature (and by implication, all Greeks) and presents Jesus as “the Man.”  John writes to everyone and presents Jesus as “the Son of God.” Matthew wrote to the Jews and presents Jesus as “Christ the King.”  Matthew, a Jew and one of the original twelve apostles, was well versed in Jewish Scriptures.  His three-year walk with Christ and his Old Testament knowledge uniquely qualified him to demonstrate that Jesus fulfilled many of the Old Testament prophecies that point to Christ as the redeeming Savior and reigning King.  Matthew used more Old Testament references than the other Gospel writers combined.  Bring your favorite Bible version and join us as we delve into this wonderful view of our Savior! 

THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY welcomes men of all ages. Currently Matthew, the study will meet on Saturdays at 7:30 AM, and will be jointly led by George LeClair and Sam Davis (see the Thursday Bible study's description). Join us for good coffee (brewed mostly by Thom) and stimulating conversation. The Men’s Bible Study 

THE SERMON SERIES SMALL GROUP, which meets at the home of Fred and Bev Funk, who lead the study, follows the Sunday morning sermon outlines, with added thought-provoking questions and great discussion!  This fall the topic will focus on the beauty, clarity, and justice of the Book of Revelation, where mysteries are revealed.The group meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30. 

BIBLE BUDDY:
Need a Bible Buddy? One of the first challenges as a Christian is to begin reading the Bible on a regular basis. Understandably, it’s a challenge that is often avoided because of the Bible’s intimidating nature – thin pages, small print, unfamiliar style, and Holy! I’ve often heard people say that they don’t know how to begin (but wished they did!).  I was one of those people many years ago.  Today, I lead a Bible study – so miracles do happen!  It would be my privilege & pleasure to help you begin, too. I’m offering to meet (one-on-one) for an hour or so to help you get started with the mechanics of getting into the Bible, looking up verses, and identifying the many study aides that are included between those two covers. Please call Jan Hawes 569-0327 or email jan.hawes47@gmail.com.