LEARN the Word
Gospel makes disciples of Jesus through giving great importance to learning together and being students of God’s Word. Far too many Christians are intimidated by the Bible because they know a bunch of “stuff” but have little idea how it fits together. A disciple who stays intimidated by the Bible will avoid God’s Word, and will remain stunted and frustrated in their growth. At Gospel, we are all students.
Rather than grasping at random studies or gathering by haphazard age groups, GBC organizes studies to intentionally and progressively build Bible knowledge and understanding. We have 4 sessions each year, and each session is 12 weeks long (Jan-Mar; Apr-June; July-Sept; Oct-Dec). During each session we offer 4 or 5 studies, one at each of the various levels of learning. Available studies for the upcoming quarter are published in the bulletin and each student selects the class they wish to join. Studies meet every Sunday at 9:30am at Gospel.
Time To Completion: 9 months (January - September each year)
Students are not expected to know how to use the Scriptures on their own yet, but will be helped to start learning those skills. We strongly encourage all new members and new believers to complete these studies before branching out into other classes.
Studies: Intro to the Bible, Basic Bible Teachings, & Ready to Grow
Time to Completion: 2 years
Get the big picture of what the Bible is about and the major events that mark the progression of God’s Kingdom plan. Students begin to understand big picture connections in the Bible for themselves.
Studies: Through the Bible in A Year, Kingdom of God, Hebrew History, Worldview, Life of Jesus
Time to Completion: 10 years
Expositional study through the entire Bible, each major doctrine, and 4 of the people in Scripture. Students will be given small assignments to help them build a confidence in handling Scripture for themselves.
Studies: Genesis, Pentateuch, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, Life of David, Life of Moses, Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Psalms, Proverbs, Ezekiel, Hosea, Jonah & Nahum, Acts, Mark, John, Life of Paul, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Prison Epistles, Ephesians, 1 & 2 Thess, James, 1 & 2 Peter, God & Bible, Man & Sin, Jesus & Salvation, Angels & Satan
Time to Completion: life-long learning
Teachers guide weekly discussion of the students’ self-studies throughout the prior week. These studies address apparent conflicts and hard to interpret passages in the Scriptures (i.e. Daniel, Revelation, Hebrews, Apologetics, etc.).
Other guided self-studies focus on Biblical truths for daily life application (i.e. parenting, finances, marriage, How to Study the Bible, etc.).