I am a conservative, a news junkie, a history fan, and, at the time that I was invited to join a Men’s Bible Study in September 2014, I was hungry to learn more about the Bible, Jesus, and God the Father. Not every man who attends a Men’s Bible Study at MCC is exactly like me; that’s part of what makes it unique. While we are all men in search of God, the similarities seem to end there. We each have different hobbies, careers, family situations, and life experiences.
However, those very differences strengthen the group. There is a sense of refuge that, as diverse as we are, we also share this walk. We may be in faith-hostile work environments or in-between jobs. We may be praying for study members’ or their family’s health, safe travels, and most important of all – salvation. In looking back over the past four years I can see the Lord has clearly answered many of these prayers and more.
Bible Study has more than fulfilled my expectations about learning from God’s word and walking in fellowship with other believers. Most importantly, though, the Lord’s word led me to discover what I am supposed to be doing with my life. It was a revelation that I didn’t expect from a Bible Study.
Over the past four years, the Bible Study I attend has studied Revelation, John, Romans, and four of the five books of the Pentateuch (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). These studies have made me appreciate the continuity of God’s Word across Old and New testaments, always pointing toward the inevitability of Christ.
Although I had read and studied parts of each of these books in years past, I am regularly surprised at how much more the Lord reveals to me by hearing the meaning and significance of the sections to others. Reading God’s Word with other men, hearing their insights and understanding, and discussing the scriptures as a group, provides me a whole new understanding of God’s Word.
Ultimately, I have two great take-aways from my time in Bible Study.
First, we are called to share the gospel with as many people as we can. This is the imperative for what we do with our lives. We never have to fear speaking or sharing the gospel, as we are promised that the Holy Spirit is helping us find the right words.
Second, the Lord directs, repeatedly, to neither add nor take away from His Word in the Scripture. For me, this is a great help in discerning what others are saying or how they are interpreting the Bible.
Just go back to the original word and the Lord will help us understand it. For me, His help has come in the form of Men’s Bible Study at MCC.
MCC has two Men’s Bible Studies beginning in September; Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and Christianity Explored (CE). BSF will study of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. CE examines “What is Christianity?” and seeks to answer deep questions Christians and non-believers have about the faith.
All MCC Ministry in person meetings are suspended at this time BUT many ministries are reaching out through phone calls, emails and digital platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and Googlemeetings. Contact your ministry leader to see if this is an option for you!