Bible Studies

Come learn and grow with us!

Calvary offers a wide variety of Bible studies to help you grow in your knowledge of God’s Word in a way that makes a difference in your life. Whether you’re a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, join us!

Elective Courses meet on Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM in the fall, winter, and spring. The winter semester runs January 10 – March 21.

Small group Bible studies for women meet on Tuesday mornings and evenings. Several men's studies are offered throughout the week. Check out course details below!

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    Bible Study Electives
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    January 10 – March 21
     

    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    January 10 – March 21
    (unless otherwise noted)

    Our Bible study electives give you the opportunity to grow spiritually by studying God's Word. Whether you're a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, check out the courses below and join us!

    Elective courses meet on Wednesdays right after Fellowship Dinner in the Crown Room. It's the same schedule as Awana for kids and IGNITE for students — so it's easy to make it a family night!

    Thanks for pre-registering so we can prepare materials for you — but walk-ins are always welcome!


    Calvary Membership Class (Six weeks: January 24 – March 7)
    Room 232 | Pastor John Munro
    Becoming a member of Calvary Church is a significant spiritual decision. It is a commitment to participate in the life and ministry of our congregation. If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and desire to be an authentic follower of Jesus Christ, it will be our privilege to welcome you into our membership. The Membership Course is required for everyone considering membership at Calvary Church. It provides a general overview of the doctrine, practices, and vision of Calvary. Please bring your Bible!

    Register


    A Survey of the New Testament    
    Room 233 | Rob Reece
    This elective will provide an overview of the New Testament, showing the progressive revelation of God’s plan for mankind from the first advent of Christ through the end times account in Revelation.  The class will explore some of the major themes in the New Testament (creation/new creation, salvation, Kingdom of God, Messiah, people of God, life in Christ), and learn how each fits together as part of God’s story.

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    Financial Peace University
    Room 242 | Rhondale and Deborah Haywood
    FPU is a biblically-based DVD curriculum by Dave Ramsey which teaches what God has to say about money. The class incorporates small group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. Registration is $93 per couple or individual—this includes a kit containing: a workbook, audio library, book, lifetime membership, and more. Register online early to get course materials before first class!

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    Discipling Others through Life’s Challenges    
    Room 402 | Pastor Jim Pile
    Scripture teaches us to bear one another’s burdens as we journey through life together in Christ (Galatians 6:2). In this class, we will look at how we may encourage and help others who are facing difficult challenges such as depression, anger, life-dominating sins, spiritual warfare, and suicide. Join us as we learn how to support our brothers and sisters in Christ with biblical truths as we through life together.

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    Essentials of the Faith
    Room 234 | Peter Farynyk
    Truth is fundamental to the Christian faith -- it is impossible to know truth independent of the Bible! Too many Christians are unsure about the essentials of the faith and not prepared to present or defend the essentials of the faith in conversations with people they meet. We'll study together to gain a deeper knowledge of our faith.

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    Got Bible Questions?  
    Café | Pastor Nathaniel Pearce
    Do you have questions about the Bible, theology, or Calvary Church’s Articles of Faith that you have always wanted to ask? This class is for you! Got Bible Questions? will be a very informal class where we will address different questions about the Bible and our Christian faith each week. We will have two 5-week sessions so you can join at any time!

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    How To Avoid Marriage Fail   
    Room 401 | Pastor Rodney Navey
    Nobody enters marriage to fail, but unless we align our expectations with God’s, we are headed in that direction. One of the best gifts we give our families, our church, and our community is a healthy marriage. Come learn with us how to avoid failure in marriage. The resource material: “What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage” by Paul Tripp

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    Minor Prophets of the Bible
    Room 222 | Sam Jacks
    Join us for a study of the twelve Old Testament minor prophets! We will learn about the message of each book by studying the life, timeline, ministry, significance, historical context and application of each prophet.

    Register


    Overcoming Obstacles to Sharing Christ
    Room 238 | Sibu Rajappan 
    In our individualistic, materialistic and secular society, we often face obstacles to our attempts at sharing Christ. Obstacles can come from competing religions, ideologies, philosophies, or even our own fears and misconceptions about sharing Christ. Join us as we discuss how to navigate these obstacles and share Christ with others!

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    Single & Parenting – Part 1
    Conference Room A | Debbie Bordwine & Greg Goodlett
    This class focuses on the problems that single parents face: helping your hurting child, strategies to encourage children to obey their parents, handing visitation, dealing with tight budgets, making time for restoration, and finding emotional and spiritual strength through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Based on the Church Initiative’s curriculum, “Single & Parenting,” this class has 15 sessions. Part 2 will extend into the spring session and will end on May 9. Free childcare is available. 

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    Spanish Bible Study - Prayer: Does It Do Any Good?
    Room 227 | Bill Ogden
    One of the most important disciplines of following Christ is prayer. Prayer is critical because it shows our trust and confidence in God, our dependence on Him, and the depth of our relationship with Him. Yet far too many Christians dedicate too little time to prayer. Is it because we don't know the purpose and the benefits of prayer? Join us as we explore this important topic.

    La Oración:  ¿Para qué Sirve? 
    Una de las disciplinas más importantes de un cristiano en su caminar con Cristo es la oración.  La oración es una parte critica ya que muestra confianza y seguridad en nuestra dependencia de Dios y la profundidad de nuestra relación con El. Aun así, muchos cristianos dedican muy poco tiempo a la oración. ¿Será que no conocemos el propósito y los beneficios de esta disciplina? Venga y sea parte de esta clase enseñada en español donde exploraremos este tema tan importante.

    Register


    What Are They Thinking?
    Room 231 | Joshua Erlien
    This class will help equip parents of middle and high schoolers to know what their teens may be thinking about God, the Bible, and other ideas shaping the next generation, plus how to respond. Parents will gain critical insights and practical strategies for helping their teens think clearly about honoring Christ in our contemporary culture.

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    Wednesday Night Prayer
    3rd Floor Prayer Room | Paul Hundrieser
    Please join us each Wednesday evening for prayer in the Prayer Room from 6:30–7:45 PM. During this time we will pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world. Come if you need prayer or want to pray for others. We meet continually throughout the year.


    Questions about Bible study electives?
    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com
    Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

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    Men's Bible Studies
    Winter AM & PM groups
     

    Small groups meet weekly for Bible study to enrich their faith and grow in fellowship. Bring your Bible — newcomers are welcome anytime!


    Morning Studies

    Monday Mornings, 6:30–7:30 AM

    Romans 
    January 8 – May 14
    Room 242  |  Dave Wentink

    This ongoing study in the book of Romans teaches how to integrate the Word into everyday life, be a better witness to others, and fulfill the plan God has designed for you!

    Gospel of Luke
    January 8 – May 14
    Conference Room A (4th Floor)  |  Tom Miller
    This verse-by-verse study continues in the Gospel of Luke. We will see vivid pictures of Jesus' love and compassion in the many lives He touches on His way to the cross. This in-depth study includes a weekly lesson and group discussion.

    Tuesday Mornings, 6:30–7:30 AM

    Gospel of John
    January 9 – May 15
    Room 306  |  Bill Harding
    We all long for a full, rich, satisfying life. But how do we fill up the empty places in our soul? How can we quench our thirst for something deeper, more lasting, and more meaningful? John urges us to take a fresh look at Jesus and invites us to renew our faith in the One who promises to be the way of true life.

    Detours Bible Study
    January 9 – May 15

    Stonecrest Chick-Fil-A  |  Jeffrey Arrington & Sy Pugh
    Join us for this  powerful study by Tony Evans that examines the life of Joseph as he endures trials, injustice, and even betrayal. Believers will ultimately find comfort and encouragement as we learn to trust in God's redemptive plan and sovereign will. Newcomers welcome!


    Evening Studies

    Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 PM

    Romans: Our Cornerstone
    January 9 – May 15
    Room 401 | Wayne Hackbarth

    Romans is Paul's guidebook to the Christian doctrine. It's a proclamation of God's glory and an encouragement to our faith. We are reminded of God's love for us and assured of His desire for a relationship with all believers. This book is rich in truths that help us live as authentic Christians. Join us for this conversational study! Bring your Bible and a hungry heart. Contact: Wayne Hackbarth, 704.641.3472, wayne@webwrightcarolina.com


    Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 PM

    Making Sense of Biblical Prophecy

    September 7 – December 14
    Room 241  |  Brian Cooper

    In our continuing study of the Old Testament prophetic books, we will focus on Kings and Chronicles to better understand God's prophecies delivered through His spokesmen. These passages will reveal God's faithfulness, love, grace, and sovereignty. Sessions will include videos, helpful illustrations, and charts. Contact: Brian Cooper, 704.341.0647, bac47@carolina.rr.com


    Questions about Men’s Ministry?
    Contacts: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, jpile@calvarychurch.com
    Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Women's Bible Studies
    Tuesdays, AM & PM
    January 9 – March 20

    Ladies, are you looking for an opportunity to connect? Are you ready to study God's Word in a deeper, more meaningful way? Join us on Tuesdays for one of our new winter Bible studies! Childcare (infant to age 5) is available during morning classes.


    Tuesday Morning Classes
    January 9–March 20  |  9:30 AM–Noon

    1, 2, 3 John and Jude
    by: John MacArthur
    Teacher: Judy Trexler | Room 226
    In these four short epistles, John and Jude warn against the dangers of false teaching regarding Jesus Christ. Their warning continues to be relevant today as the foundational truths of Christianity are being challenged by a post-modern, “feel good” gospel. In this study, we will be encouraged to contend for the true faith, distinguish between sound doctrine and falsehoods, love our brothers and sisters in Christ, and faithfully obey the Word of God. Cost: $15                              

    NEW! Discerning the Voice of God 
    by: Priscilla Shirer
    Teacher: Rometa Arrington | Room 231
    My sheep hear My voice… If hearing God has seemed challenging, Priscilla Shirer invites you to explore a more intimate relationship with Him, one that can make hearing Him — His will, His heart, and His voice — your ongoing experience. Discover how you can listen with greater confidence, clarity, and discernment. Cost $18                                

    Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven
    by: Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman | Room 232
    This class focuses on the glories of heaven. We will examine what the Bible says about the eternal home for Christians. Are there really streets of gold and pearly gates? What kind of bodies will we have? Will heaven be boring? What about infants and children going to heaven? The heroes of Scripture thought constantly about heaven and confessed that they were pilgrims on earth seeking a homeland, looking forward to the city whose builder and maker is God. Join us as we anticipate our eternal home. Cost: $15                   

    Acts Part 2, A Precept Upon Precept Study
    Empowered by the Holy Spirit to Take the Gospel from Jerusalem to the Uttermost Parts of the World 
    By: Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Jackie Schaffer | Room 241 
    Jesus promised His disciples that they would take the Gospel to the remotest parts of the earth. Observe Paul's transformation from persecutor of the church to preacher. Join him on his journeys across the Roman world to proclaim the saving message of Jesus to Jews and Gentiles. Discover how to witness and how to live an authentic Christian life in all circumstances in the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn to be like Paul, to be bold in proclaiming the name of Jesus and to trust our sovereign Lord who enables us to endure all things. Cost: $23

    Pastoral Letters 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus
    MOMS  Class, 9:30–11:35 AM
    by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin & Tony Merida
    Teacher: Donna Navey | Banquet Room
    This class is designed to help mothers encourage one another and draw closer to Christ so they can impact their homes, marriages, and children's lives. The class will be divided into small groups with a designated "Mentor Mom" (Titus 2:3–5) who will facilitate discussion and application for each lesson. MOMS will be using the commentary, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, from the Christ-Centered Exposition series. Cost: $20

    Register


    Tuesday Evening Classes
    January 9–March 20  |  7:00–9:00 PM

    Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven
    by Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman | Room 232
    This class focuses on the glories of heaven. We will examine what the Bible says about the eternal home for Christians. Are there really streets of gold and pearly gates? What kind of bodies will we have? Will heaven be boring? What about infants and children going to heaven? The heroes of Scripture thought constantly about heaven and confessed that they were pilgrims on earth seeking a homeland, looking forward to the city whose builder and maker is God. Join us as we anticipate our eternal home. Cost: $15   

    No Worries: Learning to Trust Our Sovereign God
    by Jan Silvious & Pam Gillaspie
    Teacher: Linda James | Room 231
    Are you a worrier? Are you preoccupied with the "what ifs" or worst-case scenarios? Unrelenting doubts and fears can paralyze us! Worry can interfere with daily life and ruin your relationships. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount not to worry even though we will have troubles in this world. Calling worry by another name such as concern, a burden, or a cross to bear is sinful because our lack of faith can hinder Him from working in our lives. This class will help you discover how to fully trust in our sovereign God. Cost: $25

    Register


    CHILDCARE for morning classes
    Childcare is provided for infants to age five (including Kindergarteners) during Tuesday morning classes for preregistered participants by January 2. 

    Our program includes Bible story time, crafts, coloring, outdoor play (weather permitting), and a snack each week. Childcare is free for mothers who attend the Bible studies. (There is a $4 charge per child for any Bible study participant who is not the child’s mother or legal guardian.) Childcare is not provided for evening classes. Financial assistance based on need is available. Please contact Jenna Mascia, 704.517.6606, jmascia@live.com

    HOMESCHOOL CLASS 
    We offer a special class for homeschool students in grades 1–5. Moms who attend a morning Bible study may place their children in this class for educational instruction. Each week we provide a biblical theme and message, and then we incorporate lessons on science, literature, history, art, etc. Space is limited. There is a $10 fee per child/semester to cover supplies. Maximum of $30 per family/semester. Please include the birthdate and grade for each child when you register. Contact: Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com


    Contacts: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, jpile@calvarychurch.com
    Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Personal Bible Study
    A chronological Bible reading plan for 2017

    Are you reading the Bible on a daily basis?

    At Calvary, preaching and teaching the Word of God is central to who we are as a church family, but it is essential that each one of us spend time in the Word of God every day.

    Not sure where to start? This new reading plan guides you on a chronological journey through the Bible. It's a great way to start the year!

    Download the plan as a PDF

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    Next Steps in Following Jesus
    New 10–Day Plan by Dr. Munro
    Now on YouVersion Bible App

    New 10-Day Plan Now Available on the YouVersion Bible App


    A new devotional reading plan by Pastor Munro, Next Steps in Following Jesus, is now available on the YouVersion Bible app! Pastor Munro challenges new or longtime believers to continue to grow in their journey as a follower of Christ, highlighting a different Bible passage each day.

    "Next Steps" is Pastor Munro's second plan for the app, following Turning off the Noise, a 7-day plan.

    To check it out, download the free YouVersion Bible app at iTunes or Google Play or see it online at Bible.com.  Within the app, choose "Plans" and then search for "next steps" or "munro" to find the plan - then "Start Plan" to begin reading!


    First released in 2008, YouVersion is one of the most popular Bible mobile apps, providing the text of the Bible on more than 240 million mobile devices around the world.
     
    In addition to providing the text of the Bible in 1000+ languages, the YouVersion app provides a library of Bible reading plans and devotionals to encourage mobile users to engage directly with God's Word.
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    Perspectives
    on the World Christian Movement
    January 16 – May 8

    Experience 15 powerful lessons that have equipped thousands of everyday believers with great vision, hope, and passion. In Perspectives, Scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God's redemptive purposes. He is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth and you're invited to join Him!


     
    Perspectives Course:
    The World Christian Movement

    Tuesdays, January 16 – May 8, 2018
    6:30–9:20 PM, Banquet Room (3rd floor)
     
    Perspectives is a unique 15-week course focused on educating believers on God's global purpose, organized through four different vantage points or "perspectives" — Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic. Each individual session is taught by a different subject matter expert.
     
    Our own Pastor John Munro will be teaching session #4, A Mandate for the Nations.

    The Biblical and Historical sections give an overview of God's work and the impact of His Church from the dawn of history until now. The Cultural and Strategic perspectives demonstrate the opportunity and significance of the Great Commission in our world today.
     

    Each one of us is uniquely gifted to play a role in the spread of the Gospel. Come and learn about what God is doing to redeem people to Himself — and how He desires for you to engage and participate in that task. 

    Read more about the Charlotte class and instructors.



    Cost: $285 for reading level or $515 for college credit

    • $20 discount if registered by December 16
    • $50 discount for 2nd family member attending the same class
    • $100 rebate for Calvary members who attend 12 out of 15 classes
    • You may attend the first two classes free — but you will not be eligible for $25 discount

    REGISTER

    Perspectives is organized and owned by Frontier Ventures, formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission.


    Contacts: Vince Eaton, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com or Wayne Smith, 704.998.7805, waynesmith9659@gmail.com