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There is nothing like the excitement new believers discover when they sense they are surrounded by friends who care deeply for them. In fact, healthy Christian faith instills a powerful desire to be with other believers in worship, fellowship, and learning about the things of God. Meeting together offers Christians opportunities to be renewed in worship, enriched in fellowship, and challenged to explore their new faith.

Bible Study Groups

But, there is an important 'next' step that offers promise for shaping and enriching your faith. Some churches call them small groups. Interestingly enough, the history of small groups goes back to Jesus and the disciples. It was John Wesley, however, who gave the world one of the most effective models of this endeavor. We cannot live as if we are alone on an island and be a Christian, since faith is always communal. 

One aspect of our faith formation is participating in spiritual accountability groups. Wesley believed that there is 'no personal holiness without social holiness.' For Wesley, living holy lives required believers to share their lives in intimate fellowship on a regular basis. His development of small groups revolutionized 18th century England and provided a framework to help people grow in 'holiness of heart and life.' Small groups provided a context in which seekers could receive support, accountability, and encouragement.

Today we live out the spirit of John Wesley’s small groups in our Bible Study Prayer Groups. We offer three different Bible study groups which are open to new members. Each week our groups gather together to read one chapter in Scriptures and discuss how the experiences of the persons in biblical times inform our experiences now—how do their experiences with God inform our experiences? There is no homework. Simply bring a Bible and come prepared to share in the discussions. See Pastor Bob or Joy if you are interested in joining one of the following Bible Study Prayer Groups, or email Pastor Bob at bob.gilberg@gmail.com, or call Pastor Bob at 916-765-7829.

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES

GATHERING AROUND HIS WORD

We have three opportunities for you to join together with us in searching the Word of God. In each of these groups we will be gathering around His Word, reading Scriptures together, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, going deeper in understanding our purpose within God’s wonderful creation story. 

 

WED 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

‘Going Deeper’ Bible Study

 

Location: Firebaugh-Mendota UMC

Education Building Conferencing Room.

 

In this Bible Study, we will ‘Go Deeper’ into Sunday’s Scriptures and message. This is a perfect study for those who are ‘new’ to reading the Bible as well as those who are ‘well-seasoned’.

WED 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

‘Spreading the Word’ Bible Study

 

Location: Firebaugh-Mendota UMC

Education Building Conferencing Room.

This study is designed for those who are longing for ‘the more’ in Biblical Studies. Conversations and the study of the Word will move as the Spirit moves leading followers to joyfully express and share His word with others. In this Bible study, you should ‘Expect the Unexpected’

THU 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

‘Going Deeper’ Bible Study

Location: Private Address - Contact us for more information. 

In this Bible Study, we will ‘Go Deeper’ into Sunday’s Scriptures and message. This is a perfect study for those who are ‘new’ to reading the Bible as well as those who are ‘well-seasoned’.