Mid-Week Bible Studies
Cascades Bible Church exists is to equip the saints for the work of service for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). Part of our responsibility for equipping the saints includes an effort to bring about spiritual maturity or Christ-likeness to the individual believer and to the church body as a whole. In an effort to develop this maturity we have created a Bible study ministry which purposes to develop spiritual affection, spiritual maturity and spiritual accountability within the body of Christ. Scrolling down you will find information on our current mid-week Bible studies and a more detailed explanation of our Bible study purposes and the practical components of this ministry.
Tuesday Bible Study
Topic: Fundamentals of the Christian Faith
Leader: Doug Satterwhite
Place: Loudoun County Senior Center
Contact: [email protected]
Purposes of Our Bible Studies
The leaders of Cascades Bible Church have created mid-week Bible studies to be an equipping ministry and also serve as an assimilation tool for our members. We hope to accomplish these goals by accomplishing three specific purposes:
- Spiritual Affection. A time of Christian fellowship that cultivates deeper spiritual relationships and encourages love for one another. John 13:34-35
- Spiritual Maturity. A time of biblical instruction where believers grow in their understanding of God and in their pursuit of Christ-likeness. Colossians 1:9-10; 1:28
- Spiritual Accountability. A time of interaction where believers can seek out discipleship relationships that will provide assistance and accountability in his or her Christian walk. Proverbs 1:5; Philippians 3:17
To fulfill these purposes our mid-week bible studies are structured with the following practical components:
Because the proclamation of God’s Word is vital to our ministry and to the lives of our members, the Scriptures are exposited every week at the individual Bible studies. This consists of either consecutive exposition of a book of the Bible or topical exposition of passages concerning issues that believers face in the Christian life.
Application of Scripture
Paul taught Timothy that the Scripture was profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. The Scripture is not just to be known but must penetrate our hearts and minds to bring about spiritual change. Therefore, our Bible study leaders at times will lead discussion on the material taught with the intent of revealing specific application to the life of the believer. This discussion is to center on biblical truth and how to implement it into the life of the believer
Prayer is both encouraged and modeled at each individual Bible study. Each Bible study takes prayer requests each week and provides a complete list for the members to pray through during the week. In addition, prayer is an integral part of the meeting time of each of the studies.
Our individual Bible studies will engage in a variety of activities other than their weekly meetings. These can include things such as a lunch gathering, dinner gathering, social events, cookouts, etc. The purpose of such activities is to strengthen relationships, enjoy one another and even be an open door to invite an unbeliever into our fellowship.
Each Bible study seeks to promote relationships in the study through informal fellowship during meeting times. This gives individuals the opportunity to reach out and take interest in another’s life that would promote discipleship relationships to form outside of the study. These times of fellowship also can be fostered by formal means through the sharing of testimonies, answered prayer, significant prayer requests and opportunities seized to share the gospel.