Unfortunately, what many of us Christians call "Bible Study" ends up being something like a devotional reading that runs through whole books of the Bible in just a few weeks at breakneck speed. The result is an understanding of what God has to say to us through Scripture that is a mile wide and an inch deep. Rather than being transformed by the renewing of our mind through God's Word, we are often left with "tips for living" which we might just as easily find in a book of inspirational sayings.
The Solution: In-Depth Bible Study
Rather than rushing through God's Word, our Bible Study takes the time to exegete the Scripture carefully verse by verse. We want to study, ruminate and ponder everything that God has included in the Bible. We don't "skip to the good parts." We don't provide tips for dating or getting a promotion at work. We simply study the Scripture as God has given it to us and seek the Holy Spirit's application of God's Words to our hearts and lives.
The Manner: Interactive Bible Study
One of the distinct characteristics of this group is that we invite interesting discussion and dialogue. We voice comments and thoughts that we have. We ask questions. Nobody is required to speak or say anything but all are welcome to share their thoughts (as long as they relate to the subject at hand).
Who Should Join
In short, anyone who is interested in studying the Bible thoroughly and carefully would be interested in this group. You don't have to be a Bible scholar or even know that much about the Bible (that's the point of the class). You don't even have to be a Christian believer (we have several non-Christians and skeptics who enjoy the discussion). There are no requirements regarding age, religious background or marital status.
Our Normal Weekly Schedule
Sunday Morning Bible Study
We meet for Bible study on Sunday mornings.
After we meet on Sunday morning, we almost always go to lunch together. Anyone is invited.
Thursday Night Discussion
On Thursday nights, we host a Theological and Apologetics discussion (not a Bible study) where we are joined by Christians of many denominations as well as unbelievers such as Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics and members of other non-Christian religions. There is no formal program; we discuss whatever the group is interested in that night and everyone is free to come and go as they please.