Bible Studies

Bible Studies

Bible studies are starting back up again and we’re glad you’re here! Below you’ll find more information about the studies being offered this semester. When you find one that interests you, just click this link to register. Registration is open between August 22nd and September 5th and the cost is $20 each semester. All studies begin meeting the week of September 12th.

Elijah: Faith and Fire by Priscilla Shirer

  • Monday Afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00 pm  
  • Leader:  Ruth Patnaude
  • Childcare: No

Old Testament heroes are best known for their most celebrated moments: Moses dividing the Red Sea; David slaying Goliath; Gideon routing an insurmountable army; Joshua marching around the defiant walls of Jericho.

And Elijah—calling down fire on Mount Carmel.

Blinded by the remarkable narratives of our biblical heroes, we can forget they each had a backstory—months and years of development, even difficulty, which fortified their spiritual muscle and prepared them for the tasks that made their lives unforgettable.

Every serious believer longs to summon up the kind of boldness and faith that can stand firm on Mount Carmel and pray down heaven into impossible situations. Yet few are willing to go through the process required to get them there. Strength of faith, character, and boldness can only be shaped in the hidden fires of silence, sameness, solitude, and adversity. Those who patiently wait on God in the darkness emerge with their holy loyalty cemented, their courage emblazoned, and their confident belief in Him set afire.

Truthfilled: The Practice of Preaching to Yourself through Every Season by Ruth Chou Simons

  • Tuesday Morning, 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Leader: Dawn McClung
  • Childcare: No

Many of us want God’s Word to dwell richly in us, but life can get in the way.

We’d never intentionally write chapters of confusion, failure, loss, pain, conflict, or suffering into our stories. No one plans to wrestle with her identity in Christ, to struggle to love her husband, to feel lonely in ministry, or to feel helpless in motherhood. Yet we often find ourselves in these seasons, struggling to embrace the gospel hope we need to fill our discouraged souls.

Join Ruth Chou Simons in this study of the Book of Colossians as she leads us through a practice of preaching gospel truth to ourselves by studying Paul’s example. In every changing season of life, we can rest in God’s character, rehearse our identity in Christ, respond in faith, and remember God’s provision for us. In today’s culture, there’s no shortage of self help, easy fixes, and worldly advice, but only the truth of God’s Word was meant to fill you up and satisfy you fully.

From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott

  • Wednesday Morning, 9:30 – 11:30am                                        
  • Leader: Margaret Snyder   
  • Childcare: Yes, 6 weeks – Kindergarten

God has given us a model to follow, in order to be what he wants us to be, and that model is the person Jesus Christ. We must first want to glorify God with our lives and realize that it is Christ likeness that will help us to do that. The humility of Jesus Christ is his most stunning attribute, and the sin of pride is probably the most detestable to God. Pride is a form of self-worship and is often manifested in the most subtle ways.

This group will study the manifestations of pride, which we must put-off, followed by the challenging attributes of humility, which Christians can put on through the spirit.

Running with Horses by His Healing Light Ministries

  • Wednesday Morning, 9:15 – 11:30am                                        
  • Leader: Terri Dole  
  • Childcare: Yes, 6 weeks – Kindergarten

Running with Horses is a 13-week Bible study for women who have a desire to go deeper with God and delve into some of the most challenging aspects of our Christian walk. The study deals with living a sacrificial life to the Lord, covering topics such as humility, unity with God and servitude. It is geared toward women who (1) have received at least some healing and do not have a lot of unresolved painful life events; (2) have a loving, trusting, committed relationship with the Lord; (3) routinely spend time in God’s Word and (4) want to live the abundant life God created them to live.

Weekly classes begin with scriptural lessons taught by Cyndy Sherwood on DVD. Following each lesson, participants meet in focused processing groups of 5-10 people where they’ll explore questions that reinforce the lesson and discuss how Jesus worked in their hearts and minds the previous week. Participants are asked to commit 1 ½ to 2 hours a week completing challenging, targeted homework with the Lord.

Spirit Hunger: Filling Our Deep Longing to Connect with God by Gari Meacham

  • Wednesday Morning, 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Leader: Cindy Dollens
  • Childcare: Yes, 6 weeks – Kindergarten

We all have a desperate need for God – not just for following him or being committed to him, but to be intimately connected to him. We long for purpose, for affirmation, for attention, for nurture. But Gari Meacham writes that we fall short of being desperate for God, or we miss the longed-for romance with God we hear about in scripture. We’re uncertain how to distinguish our longings from our fears. When, says Meacham, did our longings turn to hauntings? And when did we buy into the counterfeit yearnings for control, and the insecurity, perfectionism and other attitudes that quench Spirit Hunger? The answer to Spirit Hunger is to engage God like never before.

I Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin

  • Wednesday Morning, 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Leaders: Jen DeGroff
  • Childcare: Yes, 6 weeks – Kindergarten

Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. In 1 Peter, a man of faith and flaws and eyewitness to the life of Christ challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. He shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the Living Hope they have in Christ. Key themes of humility, submission, and identity in Christ guide the study of 1 Peter as participants are challenged to read the book in its entirety each week.

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa Terkuerst

  • Wednesday Morning, 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Leader: Lisa Day  
  • Childcare: Yes, 6 weeks – Kindergarten

Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind? You know you can’t go on like this, but you don’t know what to do next. Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled through this journey. But in surprising ways, she’s discovered how to let go of bound-up resentment and overcome the resistance to forgiving people who aren’t willing to make things right.

With deep empathy, therapeutic insight, and rich Bible teaching coming out of more than 1,000 hours of theological study, Lysa will help you:

  • Learn how to move on when the other person refuses to change and never says they’re sorry.
  • Walk through a step-by-step process to free yourself from the hurt of your past and feel less offended today.
  • Discover what the Bible really says about forgiveness and the peace that comes from living it out right now.
  • Identify what’s stealing trust and vulnerability from your relationships so you can believe there is still good ahead.
  • Disempower the triggers hijacking your emotions by embracing the two necessary parts of forgiveness.

I Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin

  • Sunday Evenings, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Leaders: Sarah Hamel & Jen DeGroff
  • Childcare: No

Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. In 1 Peter, a man of faith and flaws and eyewitness to the life of Christ challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. He shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the Living Hope they have in Christ. Key themes of humility, submission, and identity in Christ guide the study of 1 Peter as participants are challenged to read the book in its entirety each week.