ADULT BIBLE STUDIES

Join a committed community of Christians intent on delving deeper in their understanding and application of God's Word. We call these groups Adult Bible Studies.

DISCOVERING GOD'S WORD TOGETHER

9:30 am Sunday
Room: The Chapel (Youth Room)

Join us as we study through the Bible, discovering that God's Word is a comprehensive history of God's relationship to people throughout time for the purpose of human redemption. This study is ideal for adults in every phase and walk of life. Because we are coordinating our lessons with the children's program--following the same schedule and topics--this class may be especially helpful for parents who want to be better prepared to further discuss with their children at home what they are learning in church.

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Frank Hardy

About Us

We have been working with the ABS ministry at BCBC for 10 years. We enjoy teaching and leading together and have a passion to see people grasp the truth of the Gospel and learn to walk in freedom and the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Michelle Lemanski

About Me

As a former pastor and missionary, I have a heart for teaching God's Word.

Jared and Hannah Norton

Jared & Hannah Norton

About Me

I grew up in Berrien Center Bible Church and have attended most of my life. I've always been interested in ministry--whether that be through the leadership in the Women's Ministry, missions trips, or with assistance around the church. My husband is Frank Lemanski.

DESIGNED TO IMAGE GOD

9:30 am Sunday
Room: 306

What does it mean to image God, and how is God restoring us to our original purpose and design? These questions are at the heart of the gospel, our purpose, and our future. In seeking to answer them, we’ve attempted to decipher some of the most difficult but foundational passages in Genesis and Exodus. Now we are beginning a new chapter as we follow the Hebrews into the Promised Land. Join us as unpack the redemption story and discover God’s grand plan for humanity. Along the way, we will continue to tackle challenging topics such as why God commanded Joshua to commit genocide, where we see the church in the Old Testament, and why giants may be the key to understanding Jesus’ New Testament ministry.

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Pastor Bill Zebell

About Me

As a member of BCBC for the last 20 years, I've been blessed to serve as deacon, elder, ABS teacher, and administrator. In my current role here is Pastor of Ministries, I feel especially privileged when I'm able to shepherd, counsel, and teach God's Word within this church family. I enjoy digging into Scripture and allowing God to use me to help others better understand His Word and will for our lives.

About Me

As a former missionary to Asia for 12 years and the author of several books, I am passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God’s Word in today’s world. As a member of BCBC since junior high, I’ve been privileged to be involved in teaching and leadership roles in both the adult and youth ministries. I enjoy helping Christians discern truth from error and empowering them to speak into cultural matters with relevancy.

Tim Zebell

Timothy Zebell

WOMEN'S STUDY: LETTING GO - FREEDOM IN SWEET SURRENDER

9:30 am Sunday (Beginning Sept. 23rd)
Room: 305

Galatians 5:1 reminds us that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free, but we have the tendency to hold on to things that burden us and steal our joy and peace. Jesus' invitation to us in Matthew 11:28 is: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your soul."  Together we will use Scripture to help us learn how to surrender. Beginning February 3, we will focus on the freedom that comes from choosing to forgive.
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Lonnie Simonson

About Me

I am blessed to serve alongside my husband at the Berrien County Jail ministering to female inmates. Since 2009 I have also joyfully spent my Sunday mornings sharing the love of the LORD and His precious Word with the ladies of BCBC in a women’s Bible Study. I’ve never considered myself a teacher, and I am so grateful for God’s Spirit that helps and leads me week after week. Even after eight years, I am still humbled at the thought that God would use me to lead these precious ladies. As we dig into God’s Word, we learn and grow together, loving and encouraging one another in a time of sweet fellowship and prayer. My passion and longing is to be known as a “woman of the Word,” and I pray the same would be true for each lady who comes into this class.

MEN'S STUDY: THE PRACTICE OF GODLINESS

9:30 am Sunday
Room: 304

Join us as we ask the question, "How can we develop godly character?" We will be using Jerry Bridges' The Practice of Godliness as our guide. Bridges argues that godliness is more than a character trait: “It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God.” Together, we will consider how growing in godliness is a twofold process. It involves an ever-deepening devotion to God and developing character that is steadily transformed into His likeness. Beginning January 20, we will be studying the book of James.

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Russ Simonson

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors: hunting, fishing and golfing, but most of all I enjoy sharing the reason for the hope that is within me. As the full-time Chaplain in the Berrien County Jail, I get to do this every day. I have also had the privilege of facilitating a Men’s Bible Study Discipleship Class since 2009. My passion is to see men grow from a simple belief in Christ into a genuine follower of Him as they walk and live out His Word. My prayer is that together we would be encouraged to become men who fear the LORD, walk in obedience to Him, and who love and serve Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

LIFE'S HEALING CHOICES

Coming Later This Year!

We’ve all been hurt by other people; we’ve hurt ourselves, and we’ve hurt others. As a result, every one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here? Join us as we consider how to handle extremely messy and complicated issues.

This class is specially geared toward those who don't feel comfortable in formal church settings and those who worry what others in the church might think about them. This is a safe, welcoming, and confidential environment where we will address real life issues from a biblical perspective.

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Mike Shotts

About Me

People have hurt me. I have hurt people--not intentionally, of course--but by living life. I have come to know what the Savior, Jesus Christ, has done to restore me wholly in my life, and have a passion to lead others to know that Christ can do the same for them! I am blessed to be able to serve as one of the Ministry Leaders of Celebrate Recovery and have been serving in this capacity at BCBC since 2017, and look forward to facilitating Life’s Healing Choices, to see how God can use our pain, to heal us completely, and use it for HIS Glory!

About Me

Serving as a Celebrate Recovery leader for the last year has allowed me to work with others who are interested in getting to know Christ. It has been my privilege to share the Good News with so many people. As I continue to grow as a Christian, I have had many new doors opened. It is with humility and grace that I have been given the opportunity to serve as a leader for “Life’s Healing Choices’” adult Bible study.  I am looking forward to sharing how the Lord has redeemed me from a very painful background. Jesus has set me free.

Mary Shotts

Mary Shotts

1 & 2 Kings

11:00 am Sunday
Room: 305

Join us as we study through the books of Kings. We value class discussion and don’t mind taking our time to make sure we understand what we are reading. There is much we can learn today from the example of the Israelites as they experienced the results both of being faithful to God and of rebelling against Him.

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Kevin Runyon

About Me

I am a retired fire fighter for the Niles City Fire Department, have been married to my wife 46 years, have four grown sons, and I am passionate about teaching the Bible. I’ve attended BCBC for 25 years, and I’ve had the privilege of teaching the Bible most of that time. As much as I love teaching at BCBC, probably my greatest experience was being used by God to teach in the underground church in China over a series of trips spanning several years. It is such a thrill to see the gift God gave me go forth from my meager mouth and to know that I am being used as GOD’s tool to grow His children, spiritually.

QUESTIONS?

Tim Zebell

Adult Bible Studies Director

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