Bible Studies

Sunday Bible Study

9:00 a.m. - Bible Study Classes

One of the most effective ways to link our lives with God and others is to grow in our understanding of our relationship with God. Through an organized Bible study program, we can advance on such a journey. At FBCSCW, you will find a Bible study that will provide the challenge you need to grow. All of the classes are taught by well trained, highly educated, concerned students of the Bible.

A variety of topics and study materials is offered to meet the individual needs of our church family. It is our prayer that you will experience an excitement as you learn more about the awesomeness of God.

The focus of the Explorers class is to encourage individuals to grow in understanding of God’s word. The class follows a seminar approach for Bible study.  Occasionally the class will deal with contemporary issues facing the church. Study material is from the Bible and the class meets in the classroom in the breezeway.

The teacher of this class is Dr. Stan Nelson. He retired after serving 15 years as a pastor, and 15 years with the Foreign Mission Board. Stan served as a seminary professor at Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and served for 15 years as a professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco.

This class was created for those who are still in the work force or recently retired. Since its expansion it is now a multi-age class with the focus of encouraging one another spiritually and emotionally. The Bible study material is from the Explore the Bible series. The group meets in Room 104 on the east side of the Christian Life Center.

Jack Roberts is the leader of the class. He has served in many capacities throughout his Christian life, having worked with youth, has been a Sunday School teacher, a trustee, a deacon, associate pastor and pastor. He and his wife, Debbie, have a combined family of three sons and a daughter.

The focus of the JOY class is on living a Spirit-filled life as dictated by the scriptures.  The members of this class are singles and couples. Study material is from Bible Studies for Life series.

Gene Sellards is the teacher of this class and has a Master’s degree in Biblical leadership and is an ordained and licensed minister. Gene currently has an active ministry in nursing homes.

The focus of the Ambassadors class is to assist members in studying the Bible a book at a time, in order to find out what it meant to those who first received it, and what application it has today. Study material is from Lifeway’s Explore the Bible Series and supplemental materials.

Bill Swinney, a former band director and principal in the Texas school system, is the teacher of this class, and also is a deacon and member of the choir. Bill has served as minister of music and as a deacon for several churches in Texas, in addition to teaching Bible study classes. He and his wife, Caroll, have a son and daughter.  They have been members of First Baptist Church, SCW since 2001.

Bible Seekers
The focus of the Bible Seekers class is designed to encourage growth in Christian faith, discipleship, and knowledge of the Bible. Study material is from Lifeway’s Explore the Bible Series.

Carol Woods is the teacher of this class.  She has taught Bible studies in various settings, along with being a mentor and encourager of women.  Carol served with her husband, who pastored a church in California for 22 years before his death.  In 2010, she moved to Sun City West and joined First Baptist Church.  Her son lives in Washington, along with his wife and their two children.

Abundant Life
The focus of the Abundant Life class is to assist the non-Christian in understanding what it means to be a Christian and have the assurances of eternal life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Study material is from Explore the Bible Series.

The teacher of this class is Dr. Bob Marti who has pastored churches for over 50 years. He attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth and received his doctorate from Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City.  Bob and his wife, Barbara, have five children, fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

New Members
This class is offered to all new members of First Baptist Church, Sun City West. Taught by Rev. David Jakes, the class meets periodically for four weekly sessions during the Sunday morning Bible study hour. Topics to be covered include an overview of Baptist doctrines and beliefs, as well as the organizational structure and ministries of the national Southern Baptist Convention and the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The organizational structure within our own church is also reviewed, and opportunities to become involved in service and ministry are presented. The class meets in the Choir Room, behind the choir loft.

Rev. Jakes is the former Executive Pastor of First Baptist, Sun City West, having been ordained in 1998 to the gospel ministry.  He has been an interim pastor three times in Arizona and has been President and CEO of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services and Arizona Baptist Retirement Centers (Now LifeStream Complete Living).

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MidPoint Wednesday Services

6:00 p.m. – Weekly Prayer and Bible Study
7:00 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal
First Wednesday night each month: 5:30 p.m. Covered Dish Dinner (or Fellowship Meal) followed by Partners on Mission at 6:00 p.m.

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Short-Term Bible Study

Throughout the year, other opportunities for Bible study occur during the week. The studies, led by church members, meet in homes or at the church. The schedule depends on the time of year and the availability of teachers.

Studies will resume in the fall. See below for examples of our spring topical studies.

Jesus Among Secular Gods by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
As belief in the secular gods of atheism, hedonism, relativism, and humanism continues to grow, it’s more important than ever for believers to be able to defend and share the claims of Christ. Of course, this clash of worldviews is nothing new. Throughout Paul’s writing in the New Testament are references to elemental forces that seek to separate believers from the love and truth of Jesus.

Not only has the Christian worldview been devalued and dismissed by modern culture, but its believers are also openly ridiculed as irrelevant. This six-session Bible study challenges the popular and trending philosophies of the day, skillfully pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for absolute truth as found in Jesus and revealed in Scripture. Dr. Scott Williamson, facilitator.

Act Like Men by James McDonald
In many ways, our culture paints an unsavory and unseemly picture of manhood. The standard for how a man acts and conducts himself continues to be lowered. While some might see men's roles as insignificant, God tells a different story. God says that men matter, and He's appointed them to lead. Men fulfilling this role is vital to the health of our homes, churches, and society. Unfortunately, too many men follow the way of the world, instead of embracing the call of God. Instead of stepping up to their responsibility, they are stepping back.

In this six-session study, Pastor James MacDonald will challenge you to take hold of your God-given role. He will urge you to live out Paul's instruction in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Dr. Bob Marti, facilitator.

Deacon Training by Jim Henry
This six-week video driven series will enhance and encourage deacons to be all that scripture encourages them to be in their God-called ministry. Dr. Jim Henry was the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida for many years and served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has a heart for people and deacons. All deacons active and not active are encouraged to attend. Dr. Kirby Kennedy, facilitator.

Detours by Tony Evans
Find hope in understanding that the sudden or seemingly endless detours in life are God's way of moving you from where you are to where He wants you to be. The biblical account of Joseph clearly demonstrates that God is at work even when life seems to be going wrong. Even today, it's easy to wonder why God would allow calamity to happen or if He's in control at all. Whether through uncontrollable circumstances or the pain of personal relationships, everyone has experienced unforeseen changes in life.

This six-week study helps believers navigate detours that may take you through trials, injustice, and even betrayal. You will be comforted and encouraged when you learn to rest in God's redemptive plan and the hope found in God's sovereign will. Carroll Yoder, facilitator.

The Quest by Beth Moore
Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand.

In this six-session study, delve into scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God. Betty O’Shields, facilitator.

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