Bible Studies

First Presbyterian Church actively encourages participation in weekly Bible Studies. Our goal is to have the congregation grow in faith and understanding of God’s word and to use it daily.

Sunday Night
6:30pm Library
Contact: Bill Jourdan at beerplumber@gmail.com
Current topic:  Book of Ezekiel
On going
Ours is a different kind of study that perhaps many may find interesting. We read each scripture verse, then go back to find other scripture related to the particular verse just read. As we proceed and digest each verse, much discussion is generated. A lot of enjoyable time is spent doing this. We all learn as we grow.

Monday there are three different groups meeting:

Mondays 3-4:30pm; 6 week study beginning August 7 – first basement classroom (south end).
“Where is God When It Hurts?”  A limited number of books are available through Scarlett Minton for $5.
Leader: Rev. David Layman

If there is a loving God, then why is it that … ? You’ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring and now is watching from a distance? In this Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.

Mondays at 7pm at Bob & Trish Moore’s home, 17446 Trailview Circle, Noblesville. This is a 12 week series beginning September 11.
It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado
Leader:  Bob Moore

There really is more to this life than you’ve been told.  We’ve been demanding our way since day one …  “I want a spouse that makes me happy and coworkers that always ask my opinion.””I want weather that suits me and traffic that helps me and government that serves me.”Self-promotion. Self-preservation. Self-centeredness …”It’s all about me.”  They all told us it was, didn’t they? And we took them up on it. We thought self-celebration would make us happy …  But believing that has created chaos — noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships. We’ve chased so many skinny rabbits, says Max Lucado, that we’ve missed the fat one: the God-centered life.  If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents … when they’re all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we’ve been missing and find what we’ve been seeking.Let Max Lucado show you how to make the shift of a lifetime. How to bump your life off self-center. How to be changed and experience the meaning-charged life you were meant to have. Your discovery starts here.

Monday evenings at 7pm in the first basement classroom (south end). This is an 11 session (week) course.  We will begin Monday, September 11th and conclude Monday, November 20th.
“The Measure of Spiritual Maturity”
Leader: Larry Grabb

The series will discuss the topics of renewing your church, faith, hope and love, and commitment to scripture & prayer, fellowship & worship, generosity, evangelism, family and maturity.

Wednesdays at 7:00 -8:15 PM in the first basement classroom (south end).
Ongoing
Leader:  Ed Adams edandjudy@1000hours.com
God’s Psychiatry”

We are currently studying “God’s Psychiatry” by Charles L. Allen and encourage input from all attendees. We also have a time for prayer requests and usually have snacks and coffee brought by different individuals. All are invited to attend.

Thursdays at 7pm in Fellowship Hall (starting September 14)
Leader: Brian Wuerch
“Christianity, Cults & /Religion”

The Christianity, Cults & Religions DVD-based study helps Christians know what they believe and why.  This six-session study simply explains the history, background, and beliefs of the most common world religions and cultic groups: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups.

The study explains how to talk with people of other faiths in a way that will open them to the Gospel and not turn them off. Participants will gain a solid Scriptural foundation for their own faith so that they can answer the questions of other groups – who is Jesus? What do we believe about God? What happens after death? How do the other religions view salvation?
Westminster Circle (ages 60+)
Westminster Circle has a long tradition at FPC.  It is a under the umbrella of Presbyterian Women.  The monthly meetings (third Tuesday at the month at 1pm) focus on fellowship, devotion, and Bible study using the Presbyterian Women’s magazine Horizon.  Meetings start with dessert, a short business meeting and then devotion and Bible study.