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We offer Bible studies to meet your needs and schedule. God's Word is our primary source of strength and guidance. Presently there is a study Thursdays at 10:00 AM. The Pastor leads a study on Sunday during Sunday School (10 AM) and short term studies during the year.

Pastor Jeff, Thursday mornings beginning September 2017

Discover Joy: New Bible Study on Philippians 

 

The Bible says that joy is one of the fruits of a spirit filled life.  Have the pressures and stresses of life spoiled your fruit and stolen your joy?  The letter of “Joy” that the Apostle Paul wrote to members of the young church in Philippi may be exactly what you need!      What is joy? How does joy differ from happiness? Happiness is a fleeting emotion that is based on our external circumstances.  True joy is different.  Joy is something that comes from within.  Joy is a deep abiding peace that is due to something internal.  Joy is like a spring that never runs dry—a strength that can only be found when we connect with God at the deepest level.  It  is not the absence of trials or suffering that brings us joy—rather it’s the presence of God.   Despite being beaten and imprisoned others saw the incredible joy that was the anchor of the Paul’s life— and they wanted it too.  If a troubled slave girl and a jail warden just trying to do his job could find that joy, so can you!  Join us on Thursdays from 10:00–11:30a, as Pastor Jeff unlocks the treasures of God’s Word and helps us to apply God’s truth to our daily lives.  First time attenders are especially invited.  The NIV study Bible is our prime tool, free Bibles are available to all who attend and no previous Bible study experience is necessary.     

 

Define Christian?

Christian?  Are you one?  What is the definition of Christian?  What does it mean to be a Christian?  

Who decides if they are Christian?  Why be a Christian? These are some of the key questions that our new teacher, Jerry Furniss, will help us address as we begin a new season of Bible Study and spiritual growth.   Jerry’s adult class meets every Sunday at 10:00 am, in the Faith Hall library.  If you have never been in a small group Bible study or if you’ve been out of practice lately, we invite you to join us as we explore this simple but most intriguing topic:  Define Christian.  Topics to be considered will include:

  • Official definition of Christian
  • What does it mean to be a Christian
  • What characteristics define any group
  • Do definitions change
  • Who decides who is a Christian
  • What are the signs that you are a Christian
  • Why be a Christian
  • How has your definition changed
  • Are you a Christian

January 2017 ~ Bible Study Series: Acts Part II

Join us as we begin part two of the Book of Acts, Finding Faith with the Apostle Paul.  Beginning at Chapter 13, Acts captures the passionate faith, the courage, and the beliefs of the earliest Christians during the first 30 years of the New Testament church.   As we take an in depth look at the life of the Apostle Paul, you will discover how Christians lived their faith in a hostile culture, how the Christian ethic transformed individual lives, leaders, and cultures, and why the Christian faith triumphed despite bitter persecution.  Beginners and seasoned students of the Bible are welcome to attend.  As always, Pastor Jeff will facilitate discussions that help us uncover the author’s original meaning and to draw applications to our daily lives that will strengthen our faith and draw us closer to God and to others.  Hope to see you every Thursday at 10:00am in the Faith Hall library.  

 

Community Bible Study Begins

Gifted Bible teacher, Roy Kreiser, will begin a new Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark.  The text will be the guide for participants and one of Roy’s key goals is to work together in such a way that we “allow the text to speak for itself.”  No questions will be too simple as we explore what life was like for Jesus and the first century Christians.  Most of all, everyone who attends will be strengthened and encouraged as we discover why the teachings of the Bible still apply to us today. 

The Kreiser study will be offered in the Sunny Estates development every first and third Monday from 9:30–10:30 am, beginning on Monday, September 21.  Joanne Jones will host the study at her home located at 1 Parker Lane, Williamstown, NJ.   Members of the church and community are invited to attend.

All Bible Study Groups: (Topics change throughout the year)

  • Pastor Jeff's Bible Study: Thursdays, 10:00 am
  • Mr. Jennings’ Bible Study: Sundays, 10:00 am
  • Pastor’s Bible Study: Sundays, 10:00 am
  • Monson Small Group, Bible Study: every first Thursday, 7:30 pm
  • Fuscia Small Group, Studies on Faith and Daily Living: every third Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Cooper Small Group: 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30 pm  

 

Matthew Bible

The Cooper Small Group will begin a study on Matthew using Warren Wiersbe’s guide, “Be: Loyalty”.  Matthew's gospel focuses on the Kingship of Christ—that Jesus is Lord of Lords, the Messiah, the One promised by the prophets of old.  But a king is not born in a manger, to a virgin peasant, and a king is definitely not executed on a Roman cross, is he?  Actually, that's exactly the type of King God sent to the world.  While the Jews were looking for a political king to save them from Roman oppression, God sent them and the rest of the world a different type of Savior—one that would reconcile God's people to himself, once for all.

This in-depth study will highlight significant cultural and historical aspects that arise in Matthew's gospel to help paint a clear picture of this glorious, unexpected, but all-satisfying King of Kings.  Adults of all ages are invited to attend.  Contact Bob and Mary Ann Cooper at 856-740-9457 for information or to order a book.

The Cooper Small Group meets on the 2ndand 4thThursdays from 7:00p–8:30p at 721 North Main Street in Williamstown.

 

 

Samples of Past Bible Studies...

“Heaven Is For Real”

John Reidy's Lenten Bible Study

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” –Jesus of Nazareth

Over Lent this year we will be reading and studying the controversial book “Heaven is for Real” by Pastor Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. The book tells the story of Colton Burpo (Todd’s son), who miraculously survives an emergency appendectomy.

“Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery- and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in his life, sharing events that happened even before he was born with the disarming innocence and plainspoken boldness of a child. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.”

The 7 week study will begin Tuesday March 11 at 7:30 in the Library at Faith Hall. It will meet for 7 weeks through the season of Lent into Easter. We will consider the biblical passages used in the book and discuss the stories the book tells. Even if you cannot attend, please let me know if you would like a copy of the book and study guide that I will be putting together. If you have ever wondered what the Bible says about heaven, salvation, trials and tribulations, angels and spiritual warfare… this is the study for you! Pray that we will see you there!

 

Pastor Jeff’s Bible Study
Pastor Jeff will begin an exciting new study on John’s fascinating and sometimes controversial book of Revelation. Join Pastor Jeff as he draws parallels to the 1st century historical situation and helps us to unpack the beloved disciples’ apocalyptic language, numerical sequences and unquenchable hope. What events will lead to the end of the world as we know it? Will Christians go through the great tribulation? What do Christians believe about heaven, judgment, suffering and angels? These are some of the questions we will search out as we cast light on the 22 chapters of this most mysterious and profound book of the Bible. Thursday Sessions begin on January 9th at 10:00 am in the church library. Sunday sessions begin in the Adult Sunday School Class in the library on January 12th at 10:00 am. This new series offers a perfect opportunity to answer your questions and to introduce a friend to the incredible blessing of small group study.

 

"Follow Me" Six Week Study (July 2013 at 10 a.m.)

Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus Christ issued a compelling and challenging invitation: "Follow Me." Jesus is not interested in mere fans. He doesn't want enthusiastic admirers. He wants completely committed followers. Built around the engaging approach of Kyle Idleman, Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, this one of a kind small group study examines what it means to deny one’s self and truly follow Jesus. This is not a conventional small group experience.
It is a series of six mini-movies, with the perspective and depth to help shape today’s believer into a first century Christ-follower. Participants follow the journey of Eric Nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian. But when confronted with a near death experience, Eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of his friends and family.

Sessions will be held in the Faith Hall library. For more information, or to sign up, contact Pastor Jeff. Please read the following PDF for more information on this fantastic new study! Bible Study July 2013
 
 
Ephesians: A Practical Approach to Abundant Living (March 7 and March 10, 2013)
Few books in the Bible pack the punch found in six short chapters written to one of the most vibrant New Testament churches. Ephesians is the practical manual for healthy relationships and abundant living.
During this in depth study participants will develop skills necessary to understand the Bible as it was originally written, learn how to apply God’s Word to one’s own life, and gain new tools for living a richer and fuller life in Christ. Sessions will examine the character of God, the foundation for deep inner healing, and important keys for successful personal and professional relationships. Participants will also discover time tested biblical principles for overcoming temptation, improving inter-personal communication skills, resolving conflict, and for finding unity amidst diversity. Ephesians: A Practical Approach to Abundant Living will begin on Thursday, March 7 and Sunday, March 10 at 10 am. Everyone is welcome and be sure to invite a friend.

Unveiling Islam ~ Begins January 6, 2013 for Four weeks

All of us are familiar with terms such as, Muslim, jihad, and Islam but most have never seen a Koran and few of us understand the basics of the Muslim worldview. Beginning on January 6, Pastor Jeff will begin a new four-week Bible series entitled, Unveiling Islam. Participants will briefly survey Islam from the perspective of two Christians who were raised as Sunni Muslims - Its practices, ethics, and beliefs, including the primary differences between Christianity and Islam. With the aim of more clearly understanding our own faith and productive dialogue with Muslims, we will explore key terms, the historical Mohammad, the Muslim view of Jesus, the five pillars of Islam, and Jihad. Studies will be held every Thursday and Sunday during January. Anyone may attend, be sure to invite a friend.


Other Resources: 
 
 Stepping Forward: Practical Tools for Spiritual Growth
 
 

How to Begin a Right Relationship with God

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