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.

THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL

9:30 am Sunday (Beginning Sept. 23rd)
Room: 306

Join us in this video-driven class as Matt Chandler presents what the gospel is--and what it is not. What are the massive implications of the gospel on both personal and cosmic levels?

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Craig Anderson

About Me

As a former BCBC youth pastor (1983–1993) and a current Elder of the church, I have a deep heart for Berrien Center Bible Church. Over the years I’ve taught many Bible Studies and have spoken from the pulpit. Today I am a financial planner who loves working with my wife, the Mocks, and the Nortons as we endeavor to build a meaningful community among Christians who are Living Intentionally For Eternity (L.I.F.E.) Together. This group has been the most engaging and rewarding group I've had the privilege to teach. My desire as a teacher is to foster an atmosphere of honest discussion and service to one another in Christian love.

DESIGNED TO IMAGE GOD

9:30 am Sunday
Room: 305

What does it mean to image God? This question is at the heart of the gospel, our purpose, and our future. However, in seeking to answer this question, we must also attempt to decipher some of the most difficult but foundational passages in the Old Testament: How can the union of “Sons of God” and “Daughters of Men” equal Nephilim/giants? (Gen. 6:1–4); How is the sin of Ham connected to the land God gave Israel? (Gen. 9:18–28; Josh. 1:1–9); How does the Tower of Babel lead to God choosing Abram to father a nation? (Gen. 12:1–3); … and many more!

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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.

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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.

 

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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 (Beginning Sept. 23rd)
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.

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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

9:30 am Sunday (Beginning Sept. 23rd)
Room: 302 (Men) / Room: 303 (Women)

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.

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Mary Shotts

500 YEARS OF REFORMATION: THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING

11:00 am Sunday
Room: 305

Join us as we look at the history of the Reformation Movement and its significance today. This year marked the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, and Protestants and Catholics alike have said it was all a big misunderstanding. Is this true? And why does it matter?
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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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