<p>Weekly Bible Studies<br />
Elective Courses and<br />
Groups for Men &amp; Women</p>
Weekly Bible Studies
Elective Courses and
Groups for Men & Women

Bible Studies

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 ways that make 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 Wednesday evenings in the fall, winter, and spring. Newcomers are always welcome!

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

Adult Life Groups (ALGs) meet to study God’s Word, pray, and share the joys and challenges of life. We have options for all ages, stages of life, and special interests. Click HERE to browse all of our ALGs!

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    Elective Bible Studies
    MODULE 1 now underway
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    Join us!

    Module 1 — Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM


    Elective studies provide an opportunity for you to grow spiritually through studying and discussing God’s Word in a group setting. Whether you’re a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, check out the course descriptions below and join us anytime! 

    Some classes run for six weeks (Module 1), and others continue for 12 weeks (covering Modules 1 & 2). You can preview all the Module 2 options HERE as well.

    • Please register in person at your first class — just sign in when you arrive!
    • Zoom participants should contact Debbie for details.

    6-Week Courses / Jan 4 – Feb 8


    Slaying Idols of the Heart
    with Pastor Jim Pile
    Room 402 & via Zoom

    Many Christians desire to live godly lives but feel trapped in habitual sins. Scripture reveals that at the heart of every besetting sin lies idolatry. This course will explain how that idolatry competes with our affection for God as we examine common idols such as pride, anxiety, self-pity, anger, and escapism. We will study how to deal with them in a biblical way by walking in faith in obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.


    Difficult Questions and Passages of Scripture
    with Pastor Nathaniel Pearce
    Banquet Room & via Zoom

    As believers who are actively involved in the study of the Bible and committed to personal spiritual growth, we inevitably develop questions about and wrestle with difficult passages of Scripture. Unfortunately, some people turn to Google, Wikipedia, or social media for answers rather than to the Bible and community of faith. Let’s turn to God’s Word together! 


    The Epistle of Jude
    with Miguel Gonzalez
    Room 237 & via Zoom

    Scarcely 40 years after the death of Christ, believers were neglecting their doctrine and practice and falling prey to false teachers. Though Jude’s intended theme was “salvation,” the infiltration of false teachers led him to emphasize two things. First, he warns against and condemns false teachers, denouncing them in the strongest terms. Second, he urges believers to contend for their faith and build themselves up to be strengthened against the dangers and temptations confronting them. This short epistle emphasizes why believers must learn to distinguish truth from error.


    Christianity in America
    With Bob Mayer
    Room 231 & via Zoom

    Christianity has played a role in America since the first European settlers arrived from Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands. Thousands of people from Europe and Africa had already settled in North America three hundred years ago. Most European settlers brought with them forms of Christian faith that they practiced in their native lands — Lutheran, Reformed, English Baptist, Puritan, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Quaker, and so on. Many European immigrants came seeking religious freedom and the ability to practice their faith as they saw fit. Many enslaved Africans brought to the continent against their will would embrace unique versions of Christianity. This class will examine how Christianity influenced colonial America and the United States.


    12-Week Courses / Jan 4 – Mar 29


    Gospel of John: See the Glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
    With Pastor Sibu Rajappan
    Room 1200 & via Zoom

    The Gospel of John is probably the most popular of the four Gospels. John 3:16 can be easily understood and memorized even by little children. Yet this Gospel is filled with profound symbolism and Old Testament themes, soul-stirring sign miracles, awe-inspiring I AM statements, and the Lord’s words of eternal life, all designed to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. Behold the beauty of the Savior as we explore the Gospel of John and learn how the Son of God fulfills the messianic expectations of the Old Testament. We will also learn what it means to believe and abide in Christ and experience the abundant life only He can give.  


    It All Starts with Genesis
    With Pastor Jim Cashwell
    Room 226 & via Zoom

    This survey of Genesis covers the many themes that every believer should understand. Creation, the Fall, the Flood, New Beginnings, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and the Covenants are the foundations upon which we understand the Scriptures. So join us as we deepen our understanding of God’s Word!  


    Fundamental Faith
    with Joey Grimm, Danny Van der Hoeven, Jon Allen, & others
    Room 401 (In-person only)

    This class will explore some of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. We’ll be equipped for the Christian life by studying biblical truths and learning to put these truths into practice. Topics include the living Word of God, the all-sufficient Christ, the holiness of God, and more!                      


    Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (Women Only)
    With Jaqueline Shaw
    Room 222 & via Zoom

    Paul counted all things as loss compared to the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ. Join us as we take an in-depth look at his letter to the church at Philippi. We’ll discover what it means to have joy in the face of adversity and persecution while pursuing a pure and holy life modeled after Christ. Newcomers are welcome anytime throughout the course!   


    Teaching & Leading Others (Men Only)
    With Bill Bailey
    Room 233 (In-person only)

    This course will equip men to lead a small-group Bible study, pray with others, give a compelling personal testimony, and prepare and deliver short devotionals and longer Bible lessons. In addition, participants will have opportunities to practice what they learn and receive constructive feedback as they gain experience and confidence in obeying God’s command to “go and make disciples.”


    College Workshop
    With Chad Asvestas & Pete Mayo
    Room 200 (In-person only)

    College students (18–25), join us for a time in God’s Word as we address some contemporary issues facing this generation. We’ll enjoy lively discussions, share challenges, ask questions, and offer fellowship and encouragement. This informal group is open to all. Invite your friends!


    Spanish Bible Study   
    with Bill Ogden
    Room 227 & via Zoom
    We meet on Wednesday evenings to meditate on God’s word and apply it to our personal and family life from our Latin-American experience. This group is taught in Spanish without translation.

    Estudio Bíblico en Español |Salón 227
    Enseñada en español, esta clase estudiará I y II Pedro y se centrará en "Vivir el Evangelio en tiempos turbulentos." 


    Wednesday Night Prayer
    with Paul Hundrieser
    Room 228 & via Zoom

    Please join us each Wednesday evening. We will pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world during this time. We meet continually throughout the year.


    Questions about Bible study electives?
    Contacts: Pastor Rob Reece, 704.887.3696, rreece@calvarychurch.com
    Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

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    Elective Bible Studies
    MODULE 2 begins February 15
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    Register now!

    Module 2 — Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    beginning February 15


    Elective studies provide an opportunity for you to grow spiritually through studying and discussing God’s Word in a group setting. Whether you’re a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, check out the course descriptions below and join us! Please pre-register online.

    Choose from eight new Module 2 classes! Or continue in a 12-week class (covering Modules 1 & 2). Electives will not meet on March 1; we offer missions discussion groups that evening. 

    Many courses are offered on campus and via Zoom (as noted). If you choose Zoom, course instructors will email login information to you.

    • Please register early! If you register online after noon on February 15, your name will not appear that evening on the class roster; just sign in when you arrive.
    • Allow two days lead time to receive Zoom info from instructors. Thank you!

    6-Week Courses / Feb 15 – Mar 29

    Calvary Membership Course
    With Pastor John Munro
    Room 232 (In-person only)
    Get full details and register HERE


    Reach Welcome Grow Prayer
    With Timothy Brown
    Room 240 (In-person only)
    Join this group to pray for the success of the Reach Welcome Grow campaign and all phases of the upcoming building expansion project at Calvary. No registration needed! 


    The Greatest Stories Ever Told
    with Marc Martens
    Room 238 & via Zoom

    Our Lord was a master storyteller, often speaking in perfectly-crafted parables. His parables taught, rebuked, and encouraged those to whom they were spoken — and they still teach, rebuke, and encourage His followers today. In this class, we will study several of the parables of Christ, with a particular focus on Christ’s parables about “the kingdom of heaven” or “the kingdom of God.” What was Jesus communicating in the first century? And how can we apply His parables to our lives today? Join us as we investigate these questions and more!

    Register


    Heaven, Hell, and Things in Between
    with Pastor Rob Reece
    Banquet Room & via Zoom

    Every person ever born is destined for one of two places — heaven or hell. This topic has fascinated as well as terrified people throughout the ages. Yet, many people have conceptions of heaven and hell that are unbiblical. This class will look to Scripture to explore each of these final destinations. 

    Register


    Book of James
    with Pastor Jim Pile
    Room 402 & via Zoom

    James is a book about practical holiness. This epistle is the New Testament version of Proverbs. Using a series of tests, James helps us evaluate the reality of our relationship with Christ to aid us in cultivating our faith — a faith that endures!

    Register


    Final Wishes and Preparation
    With Pastor Nathaniel Pearce
    Room 242 & via Zoom

    While many of us are thankful for life, few enjoy discussing death. Yet all of us will experience physical death. Do you talk about death with your family? Are you actively involved in preparing your loved ones for your departure from earth? Does your family know anything about your final wishes? This class will help us think practically about our last wishes and how to organize them as an act of love and service to surviving family members.

    Register


    Rediscovering Jesus
    With Miguel Gonzalez
    Room 237 & via Zoom

    John said, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). This class will take a fresh look at Scripture to trace the various aspects of the earthly life of Jesus Christ. Join us as we rediscover the splendor and mission of our blessed Savior, which will help us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

    Register


    Christianity in America
    With Bob Mayer
    Room 231 & via Zoom

    Christianity has played a role in America since the first European settlers arrived from Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands. Thousands of people from Europe and Africa had already settled in North America three hundred years ago. Most European settlers brought with them forms of Christian faith that they practiced in their native lands — Lutheran, Reformed, English Baptist, Puritan, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Quaker, and so on. Many European immigrants came seeking religious freedom and the ability to practice their faith as they saw fit. Many enslaved Africans brought to the continent against their will would embrace unique versions of Christianity. This class will examine how Christianity influenced colonial America and the United States.

    Register


    Journey of Hope
    Support Ministry Class: February 15 – May 10
    Room 234 & via Zoom

    Are you or someone dear to you dealing with sickness, disease, or failing health? Join us for support and encouragement as we are reminded of the hope that Christ Jesus provides. We will compassionately discuss the joys and challenges of life while trusting and applying biblical principles! Cost: $10. The coordinator will contact Zoom participants.

    Register


    12-Week Continuing Courses / Jan 4 – Mar 29

    These courses continue from Module 1. If you wish to join, please sign in at your first class.

    Gospel of John: See the Glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
    With Pastor Sibu Rajappan
    Room 1200 & via Zoom


    It All Starts with Genesis
    With Pastor Jim Cashwell
    Room 226 & via Zoom


    Fundamental Faith (In-person only)
    with Joey Grimm, Danny Van der Hoeven, Jon Allen, & others
    Room 222 
                         


    Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (Women Only)
    With Jaqueline Shaw
    Room 401 
    & via Zoom

    Newcomers are welcome anytime throughout this course!  


    Teaching & Leading Others (Men Only)
    With Bill Bailey
    Room 233 (In-person only)


    College Workshop
    With Chad Asvestas & Pete Mayo
    Room 200 
    (In-person only)

    College students (18–25), join us for a time in God’s Word as we address some contemporary issues facing this generation. We’ll enjoy lively discussions, share challenges, ask questions, and offer fellowship and encouragement. This informal group is open to all. Invite your friends!


    Spanish Bible Study   
    with Bill Ogden
    Room 227 & via Zoom
    We meet on Wednesday evenings to meditate on God’s word and apply it to our personal and family life from our Latin-American experience. This group is taught in Spanish without translation.

    Estudio Bíblico en Español | Salón 227
    Enseñada en español, esta clase estudiará I y II Pedro y se centrará en "Vivir el Evangelio en tiempos turbulentos."  


    Wednesday Night Prayer
    with Paul Hundrieser
    Room 228 & via Zoom

    Please join us each Wednesday evening. We will pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world during this time. We meet continually throughout the year.


    Questions about Bible study electives?
    Contacts: Pastor Rob Reece, 704.887.3696, rreece@calvarychurch.com
    Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

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    Women's Bible Studies
    Tuesdays, January 10–March 28
    AM & PM options

    Check out our weekly Women's Bible Studies! You’re sure to find a place to grow spiritually and connect at Calvary with friends. Newcomers are always welcome!

    We meet on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM or 7:00 PM. 

    If you wish to participate by Zoom, please contact Jennifer Sharpless for details.


    Tuesday Morning Classes

    January 10 – March 28, 9:30 AM–Noon

    MOMS — Making Our Mothering Significant
    True Woman 201: Interior Design
     
    by Mary A. Kassian & Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    Teacher: Betty Farynyk (In-person only)
    Room 240

    The MOMS class is designed to strengthen, encourage, and equip mothers in their ministry of motherhood and to help them draw closer to Christ. Our time together will include discussion, a video, fellowship, fun, and prayer. Members of the class become part of small groups with a Mentor Mom, according to the Titus 2 model of godly older women teaching younger women. Join us as we learn how God wants to remake us in His image on the inside so that we might reflect His beautiful character and bring Him glory. Cost: $11


    God of Freedom:
    A Study of Exodus 19–40
     
    by Jen Wilkin
    Teacher: Judy Trexler
    Room 226

    Exodus is the birth narrative of the nation of Israel, God’s special possession. In this verse-by-verse study, we will join the Israelites at Mt. Sinai and will find the foreshadowing of Christ in the giving of the Law, in God’s covenant with His people, and in the intricate details of the tabernacle. As God’s children, we will see how to live as those set free, having been delivered from death to life for His glory and kingdom. Join us in this journey that shapes our understanding of the Bible with themes reverberating to Revelation. Cost: $23


    Revelation, Part 4 Interpreting Revelation
    in the Light of Biblical Prophecy
     by Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Jackie Schaffer
    Room 242

    We are now in the last part of our Precept Ministries study, which focuses on broadening our understanding of the end times. Our topics will be the Day of the Lord, the Rapture, the Second Coming, and events that follow, including the Great White Throne and the rewards promised to those who follow the King of Kings! No prior study is necessary, so join us and learn how we are to live in light of our Lord’s last message to us. Cost: $15.75 if you are new.


    Christ Above All:
    The Book of Colossians
     by Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Rometa Arrington
    Room 237

    Today, there are thousands of ideas about the person of Jesus Christ, but only one book has it right — the Bible. In Colossians, the apostle Paul paints one of the most vivid portraits of Jesus Christ in all of Scripture to help believers understand that Christ is above all! He is superior to any false belief system. Join us to study verse by verse through Colossians and come to know who Jesus is theologically and how to live in light of this truth. Our minds need solid doctrine to have a solid relationship with Christ, built on personal reverence for Him and friendship with Him. Cost: $10


    Ezra and Nehemiah:
    Knowing the Bible
     
    by Kathleen Nielson
    Teacher: Jan Adams
    Room 234

    Israel’s return to its homeland after years of exile brought both joy and challenges. The enemy left their beautiful Temple, their houses, and the land in ruins. Everything had to be rebuilt — especially their relationship with God. God’s holiness, His sovereignty, amazing power, unconditional love, and faithfulness radiate through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. We will learn how to recognize and stand against opposition, fight discouragement, see the danger of sin and compromise, and be encouraged to follow God’s ways instead of our own. Join us for an in-depth, discussion-based study. Cost: $8


    Strong Women of the Bible:
    Four Courageous Women Who Fought the Good Fight of Faith
     
    by Cheri Strahm
    Teacher: Cheri Strahm 
    Room 227

    Two women of the Old Testament and two of the New Testament left a solid footprint in history. Each had a different call from God: Deborah was a judge and warrior, Abigail was a diplomat, Mary carried a unique secret, and Priscilla risked her life for the Gospel! We have much to learn from these amazing people. What made them so strong? Why such fascinating courage in dangerous circumstances? Join us as we study their lives together and grow stronger ourselves. Cost: $5


    Revealing Revelation by Amir Tsarfati
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman
    Room 232

    Tour the final book of the Bible with us! The Spirit of God gave us the book of Revelation so we would know, among other things, what the future holds. This study will help provide eye-opening insights as we examine the timeline of events before, during, and after the tribulation. We’ll discover God’s specific plan for the people of Israel in the end times. And we’ll study the encouragement, challenges, and warnings Jesus gave to prepare us for His return. If you are new, the cost is $15.


    Tuesday Evening Classes

    January 10 – March 28, 7:00–9:00 PM
     

    Discovering Joy in Philippians:
    Creative Bible Study Experience
     
    by Pam Farrell, Jean E. Jones, & Karla Donacher
    Teacher: Annie Issac
    Room 228

    It seems oxymoronic that Paul wrote Philippians — the joy epistle — from prison! Through this 11-week study, we’ll establish spiritual habits that produce greater joy and peace in our lives, homes, and relationships. Join us for this fascinating study as we seek to build community and grow in joy. Cost: $16


    Strong Women of the Bible:
    Four Courageous Women Who Fought the Good Fight of Faith
     
    by Cheri Strahm
    Teacher: Cheri Strahm
    Room 227

    Two women of the Old Testament and two of the New Testament left a solid footprint in history. Each had a different call from God: Deborah was a judge and warrior, Abigail was a diplomat, Mary carried a unique secret, and Priscilla risked her life for the Gospel! We have much to learn from these amazing people. What made them so strong? Why such fascinating courage in dangerous circumstances? Join us as we study their lives together and grow stronger ourselves. Cost: $5


    Revealing Revelation by Amir Tsarfati
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman
    Room 226

    Come tour the final book of the Bible with us! The Spirit of God gave us the book of Revelation so we would know, among other things, what the future holds. This study will help provide eye-opening insights as we examine the timeline of events before, during, and after the tribulation. We’ll discover God’s specific plan for the people of Israel in the end times. And we’ll study the encouragement, challenges, and warnings Jesus gave to prepare us for His return. If you are new, the cost is $15.


    CHILDCARE

    • Childcare is provided ONLY during Tuesday AM classes for infants through age five. Children must be pre-registered to receive childcare. Be sure to sign up for childcare when you register for your class. Our program includes Bible story time, crafts, coloring, outdoor play (weather permitting), and a snack each week. Childcare is free. Space is limited. 

    HOMESCHOOL CLASS

    • Homeschool instruction is provided ONLY during Tuesday AM classes for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Children must be pre-registered to attend the homeschool class. Each week we provide a biblical theme and message with lessons on science, literature, history, or art. Space is limited. There is a $10 fee per child per semester to cover supplies. Maximum of $30 per family per semester.

    Childcare and homeschooled children should check in weekly at the Welcome Desk in the Galleria. 


    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com & Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Men's Bible Studies
    Monday & Tuesday AM & PM 

    Calvary men’s Bible study groups meet weekly throughout the year. Grow in your knowledge of God’s Word and enjoy accountability, connection, and fellowship. Newcomers are always welcome at any time. Just contact Helen to join a group. 

    Check out the studies and join us! 


    Monday Morning Studies


    The Book of Mark
    Mondays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 9 – April 3

    Conf Room A & Via Zoom  | Tom Miller

    This is a 13-week study of the Gospel of Mark. John Mark, as he is called, reveals Jesus Christ as the Servant, the Workman of God. We see an amazing picture of our Lord in action through His miracles and His acts of care. This study will take a discussion format, so study with us and be prepared to engage.


    l & ll Timothy
    Mondays, 7:00–8:00 AM  |  January 9 – May 8

    Ralph Weitz & David Dafoe / Room 242 & via Zoom

    I & II Timothy are excellent sources for learning about the doctrines of salvation, discipleship, and church leadership. As we study these letters, God will open up rich applications for our walk with Christ. We will use a study guide, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, by Dr. David Jeremiah. Please join us and be blessed! The study guide is $10; pay online as you register for the class. 


    Tuesday Morning Studies


    Ezra & Nehemiah
    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 10 – May 9

    Dr. Terrill Nelson & Phil Comstock / Room 242 & Zoom

    This is a continuation of our fall study of Ezra & Nehemiah. The Jews returning from exile worked ahead to rebuild the altar of God, the temple, and the walls of the city of God. We’ll continue the study of leaders, including Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah, who oversaw the work and the spiritual repositioning. They faithfully overcame adversity to the glory of God! The study guide costs $10.


    Overview of the Books of the Bible
    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 10 – May 9

    Jeff Arrington & Sy Pugh / Chick-Fil-A, Stonecrest

    Join us as we study the Word of God from “In the beginning” in Genesis 1:1 to “Amen” in Revelation 22:21. Since we are studying the Bible consecutively book by book, you can register at any time and pick up wherever we are. We will use a study guide, Bible Workbook and Guide, by Brian Gugas. You may purchase your copies HERE


    Tuesday Evening Study


    The Gospel of Luke
    Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00 PM  |  January 10 – May 9

    Wayne Hackbarth & Team / Room 401 & Zoom

    In this conversational study, we will “travel” with Luke as he gathers many essential anecdotes of Jesus’ time on earth — from His birth to ascension. We will watch the Savior as He encounters Gentiles, Samaritans, women, children, tax collectors, sinners, and others regarded as outcasts in Israel. His compassion shapes the salvation He offered them and us today. You may purchase your study guide in advance. Order course materials HERE. Contact: Wayne Hackbarth, 704.641.3472, lovingminthill@gmail.com 


    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com & Helen Stewart, 704.887.3681, hstewart@calvarychurch.com

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    2023 Bible Reading Plan
    Join us daily in God's Word

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

    In 2023, we'll begin a new TWO-YEAR Bible reading plan! This reading plan is a great option if you've always wanted to read the entire Bible straight through. This year's plan will guide us through much of the Old Testament.

    Download the UPDATED PDF below. Or stop by the Welcome Desk in the Galleria to pick up a print copy to keep in your Bible.

    2023 Bible Reading Plan


    Contact: Pastor Rob Reece, 704.887.3696, rreece@calvarychurch.com & Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com