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
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 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.
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!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: begins Tuesday, January 9th, 1:30 to 3 PM, in the Fellowship Room.  After finishing the Genesis study this fall, we will continue our journey with a logical follow-up question:  Why did God go to the trouble of “creating” a nation (Israel) devoted exclusively to Him?  What was their mission?  What do they (Jews) have to do with us (Christians)?  “Israel’s Mission: Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World” (Focus on the Family with Ray Vander Laan) is a five-lesson series using DVD and discussion questions.  It’s an opportunity to explore these questions in their historical context, drawing on the culture and customs of the times.  Books will be provided with a voluntary donation of $5 to offset costs.  Led by Jan Hawes 569-0327.

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! 

Are you wondering what it means to “worship God?”  What is true and genuine worship?  Is worship synonymous with just what we do in Church?  Come and join Mike and Shirley Lymburner as we discuss (using an outline of questions for each chapter) this book and how it pertains to each of us as Christians.  If these types of questions pique your interest, come to the Lymburners’ home at 57 Federal Corner Road in Tuftonboro.  Because of space limitations we will not be able to accommodate more than 3 couples.  So, if you enjoy a smaller setting, an intimate group, and lively discussion, please join us!  We will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM.  Our first meeting, September 26, will be a time of getting to know one another and to introduce the book. 

THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY welcomes men of all ages. Currently 1,2,3, John, the study will meet on Saturdays at 7:30 AM, and will be led by Sam Davis. Upon completion of this study (sometime in October), we will begin the study of Matthew.  (See Thursday Bible Study description.)  This study will be jointly led by George LeClair and Sam Davis. Watch future church bulletins for the actual starting time. 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. 

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 

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