<p>Weekly Bible Studies<br />
Groups for men &amp; women<br />
<em>Registrations now open for fall classes!</em></p>
Weekly Bible Studies
Groups for men & women
Registrations now open for fall classes!

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 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! Guests and newcomers are always welcome!

Elective courses meet on Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM in the fall, winter, and spring. We are currently on summer break. The Fall 2019 session will run September 11 – November 20. Courses are now open for registration!

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

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    Summer Bible Studies
    Student Ministry
    Next meeting: Tuesday, August 6

    Student Ministry Summer Bible Studies
    Select Tuesdays: 10:00 AM–Noon
    Calvary Life Center

    Middle and high school students, stay cool and connected this summer! Join your friends on Tuesdays for Bible study with Pastor Eric and Pastor Matt. After we break apart for study, we will enjoy awesome fellowship, play games, or move off-campus for an action-packed special event!

    Bring your Bible and meet us in the CLC on these dates:   

    • June 11 & 25
    • July 9
    • August 6

    Contact: Pastor Eric Hill, 704.887.3678, ehill@calvarychurch.com or Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com or Jennifer Porras, 704.341.5320, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Men's Bible Studies
    June–August
    Newcomers welcome!

    Groups meet weekly for Bible study — come enrich your faith and grow in fellowship. Bring your Bible. Newcomers are welcome anytime! 

    Check out the new summer options below! 


    Morning Studies: Matthew & Isaiah

    Summer: Mondays, 6:30–7:30 AM
    June 3 – August 26

    Matthew
    Room 242  |  Dave Wentink
    Our study continues in the Gospel of Matthew. Throughout this book, Matthew takes us back to the Old Testament repeatedly to remind us of God's promises. Since the fall of humanity, man has been on a quest to find his way back to God. Through Christ Jesus, the Father fulfilled His promises and shows us the way into relationship with Himself. Bring your Bible and join us for this fascinating study of Jesus' life and ministry!


    The Book of Isaiah
    Conf Room A | Tom Miller
    The Old Testament book of Isaiah is best known for its many prophesies foretelling the coming of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. John writes of this work, "Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him." Join us for this verse-by-verse study and see how God's promises continue to be fulfilled, just as they were told some seven centuries earlier. Newcomers welcome!


    Evening Study: The Book of Job

    Summer: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 PM
    June 11 – August 27

    Room 401  |  Wayne Hackbarth
    When the pressures of life pile up on us, Scripture provides encouragement. Job is a man we often think of in times of adversity and testing. As we examine the book of Job, we will learn more about ourselves, our God, and the kind of trusting relationship He desires for each of us. Cost: $12 for the study guide. Newcomers are welcome! Contact: Wayne Hackbarth, 704.641.3472, lovinminthill@gmail.com


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

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    Women's Bible Studies
    Tuesdays, beginning September 10
    Register now for AM & PM options

    Check out our Women’s Bible Studies — there are lots of new classes this fall! You're sure to find a place to grow spiritually and connect with friends here!

    Regular meeting times are Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM unless noted. Newcomers are always welcome! Registering in advance helps us prepare materials for you — thanks! All classes are one semester unless otherwise indicated.

    Childcare (infant to age 5) is available during morning classes. See details below.


    Tuesday Morning Classes
    September 10 – November 19, 9:30 AM–Noon

    REGISTER for am classes

    MOMS — Making Our Mothering Significant
    Faith Workout, Philippians 2:12–13
    Teacher: Donna Navey
    9:30–11:35 AM

    The MOMS Class is designed to help mothers encourage one another and draw closer to Christ as they do the important work of bringing up their children. Members of the class become part of small groups with a designated Mentor Mom (Titus 2:3–5) who facilitates discussion and application, so it might significantly impact their homes, marriages, and children’s lives. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in "sound doctrine" and connect with others. This class will teach us the basics of discipleship through exercises of faith. We will be challenged to develop our spiritual muscles as Christian women for God's purpose and His glory. In Philippians 1:9–11 we read Paul's prayer for disciples of Christ, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Investing in our spiritual maturity through practical exercises of faith increases our knowledge and discernment so we are filled with the fruit of righteousness. Cost: $20


    Daniel, Part 1 – A Precept Upon Precept Study
    by Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Jackie Schaffer
    The prophet Daniel wrote one of the most amazing and inspiring books of the Old Testament. In studying it, we gain an understanding of our God and our future that gives us that “peace that passes all understanding” and an anchor in any storm which may come upon us. Join us and have your faith strengthened, gain insight into what the future holds, and learn how to live out a biblical worldview in this 21st-century society, which is opposed to all that Christians believe. This is a two-semester study. Cost: $23


    The Gospel of John
    Teacher: Jan Adams
    God has used this treasured Gospel over the years to reveal who He is to those who long to know Him and to generate life, demonstrate His love and deepen the faith of Christ’s followers. This study takes an in-depth look at the glory, the life and the teachings of Jesus, the unique Son of God, through the eyes of one the disciples who knew Him best. Join us for an enriching discussion of each chapter of the first half of this cherished Book. This is a two- semester course. Cost: $15


    Deepening Our Relationship and Walk with the Savior
    Teacher: Judy Trexler 
    Whether a new believer or “mature saint,” all Christians share a new birth and living hope through Jesus Christ. We know about Him in many ways, but is our relationship with Him personal, vibrant, and fruitful? How can we come to know the Savior better? Jesus provides one answer for us through the seven "I AM" statements found in the Gospel of John. Each offers rich detail of His ongoing work as our Savior and His continuing relationship with those who follow Him. We will deepen our understanding of who Christ is by examining the context, meaning, and practical significance of each statement. By living moment-by-moment in the reality of who Christ is, we can deepen our relationship with the Lord and bring Him glory. Cost: $15


    Don't Waste Your Life
    by John Piper
    Teacher: Karmen Estes 
    The American Dream beckons people to spend their lives on trivial diversions, slipping through life caught up with seeking success, comfort, and pleasure above all else. But God designed people for far more than this. In this study, John Piper makes a passionate plea to this generation and the next to avoid the dangers of a wasted life. He calls us to take risks and make sacrifices that matter for eternity — with a single, soul-satisfying passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of Him in every sphere of our lives! Cost: $20


    Follow Me
    by David Platt
    Teacher: Tracey Stipp
    Do you want to learn what Scripture says about being a true disciple of Jesus Christ? This class is designed for international women from all nations and backgrounds. English may be your first, second or third language — all are welcome as we grow in Christ together! Cost: $16


    Lord, I Need Grace to Make It Today
    by Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Rometa Arrington 
    There are times when we all wonder if we’ll make it in life—and if it’s worth even trying. Feelings of unworthiness and guilt over past sins, times of spiritual weakness and inadequacy—the burdens seem overwhelming. Don’t give up! God‘s grace is available freely and lavishly for all who would take it. If you long for the covering of God‘s grace, let’s open the Word of God and learn how to appropriate God’s grace for every situation and every emotion you must face.
    Cost: $20


    The Book of Signs: 31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse
    by Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman 
    In "The Book of Signs", Dr. David Jeremiah examines the prophetic writings from the Old and New Testaments and gives us insights about God's plan for humankind as the end times draw near. In this comprehensive thirty-one lesson study, we will explore what God's Word says. God has given us a firm understanding of what is really going on in the world and what will happen as we approach the end of the age. As we come to understand the truth about these signs, our faith will grow, we will live more confidently, and we will gain a new hope for the future. As Christians, our future is secure and certain. Although we live in a chaotic world, we can be at peace — for we know God is on His throne and the return of the Prince of Peace is drawing near. This is a two-semester course. Cost: $18


    God of Creation: A Study of Genesis 1–11
    by Jen Wilkin
    Teacher: Betty Farynyk 
    Genesis is the book of beginnings where the overarching themes for all of the Scriptures are revealed. This pivotal book will help you understand the big story of God’s reign and rule and how that plays out in creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration. We will study Genesis following three critical stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application. Join us as we investigate the lives of important historical figures and get to know the Lord of creation and ourselves better! This study will utilize teaching videos and group discussion to help us find answers to some of our deepest questions. Cost: $18


    Tuesday Evening Classes
    September 10 – November 19,  7:00–9:00 PM

    REGISTER for pm classes

    Follow Me
    by David Platt
    International Women's Class
    Teacher: Cheri Strahm 
    Do you want to learn what Scripture says about being a true disciple of Jesus Christ? This class is designed for international women from all nations and backgrounds. English may be your first, second or third language — all are welcome as we grow in Christ together! Cost: $16


    The Book of Signs: 31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse
    by Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman 
    In "The Book of Signs", Dr. David Jeremiah examines the prophetic writings from the Old and New Testaments and gives us insights about God's plan for humankind as the end times draw near. In this comprehensive thirty-one lesson study, we will explore what God's Word says. God has given us a firm understanding of what is really going on in the world and what will happen as we approach the end of the age. As we come to understand the truth about these signs, our faith will grow, we will live more confidently, and we will gain new hope for the future. As Christians, our future is secure and certain. Although we live in a chaotic world, we can be at peace — for we know God is on His throne and the return of the Prince of Peace is drawing near. This is a two-semester course. Cost: $18

    Don't Waste Your Life
    by John Piper
    Teacher: Karmen Estes
    The American Dream beckons people to spend their lives on trivial diversions, slipping through life caught up with seeking success, comfort, and pleasure above all else. But God designed people for far more than this. In this study, John Piper makes a passionate plea to this generation and the next to avoid the dangers of a wasted life. He calls us to take risks and make sacrifices that matter for eternity — with a single, soul-satisfying passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of Him in every sphere of our lives! Cost: $20


    CHILDCARE


    MORNING ONLY childcare is provided for infants to age five during Tuesday AM classes for registered participants. (Please contact Jenna Mascia about childcare if you join a study after September 10.)

    Our program includes Bible storytime, crafts, coloring, outdoor play (weather permitting), and a snack each week. Childcare is free for mothers who attend our 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. 

    REGISTER for childcare


    HOMESCHOOL CLASS
    We offer a class for homeschool students in kindergarten to 5th grades. 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, plus we incorporate lessons on science, literature, history, or art. Space is limited. There is a $10 fee per child/semester to cover supplies. Maximum of $30 per family/semester.

    REGISTER for homeschool class

    Contacts: Jennifer Sharpless at 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com or Jenna Mascia, 704.517.6606, jmascia@live.com


    Contact: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, jpile@calvarychurch.com

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    Bible Study Electives
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    Register now for September 11 launch!

    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    September 11 – November 20 (unless otherwise noted)

    Our Bible study electives give you the opportunity to dig deeper into 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 begin after Fellowship Dinner in the Crown Room and run during the same time as Student Ministry and Awana activities, so it's easy to make it a family night!

    Please register online so we may prepare enough materials. All are welcome!


    A Biblical Look at Roman Catholicism
    Room 232 | Senior Pastor, Dr. John H. Munro
    This class will examine the official teaching of Roman Catholicism in the light of Holy Scripture. Topics will include authority and tradition; the church and the priesthood; the papacy; Mary; the sacraments; the way of salvation; and purgatory.

    Register


    Proverbs: Fool-Proofing Your Mind, Your Life, & Your Family
    Room 401 | Pastor Rodney Navey
    God communicates what wisdom is and how we can attain it through the Spirit-breathed book of Proverbs. Proverbs is replete with practical wisdom for everyday living, covering virtually every area of life — our children/family, our finances, our work, our relationships. Join us as we uncover King Solomon's unique, God-given perspective and guidance in an effort to grow in godliness and wise living, avoiding the foolish life.

    Register


    Keys to Godly Stepfamilies
    Room 402 | Pastor Jim Pile
    Stepfamilies are unique! Couples who enter marriage with children discover that blending two families comes with unique rewards, as well as unique challenges. God’s Word offers clear biblical principles to grow and strengthen these family relationships. Join us as we seek to better equip couples who desire to honor God in their stepfamilies. 

    Register
     


    Financial Peace University
    Room 242 | Rhondale & Deborah Haywood
    What does God’s Word say about money? This course incorporates Dave Ramsey’s biblically-based DVD curriculum with small group discussions for personal application and accountability. Registration is $93 per couple or individual and includes a kit containing: a workbook, audio library, book, lifetime membership, and more. Register before the first class to get course material before our first meeting! Cost is $93 per couple or individual.

    Register


    Creation: A Journey to the Beginning of Time, Part 2
    Banquet Room Dr. John Trent
    Have you ever questioned the conflicting information on God's creation between scientists and what the Bible teaches? Have you considered the sights and sounds that accompanied God’s creative acts? Bring your Bible and join us on this exciting voyage as we explore God’s six days of creation and His redemptive plan for humankind. Scientific demonstrations will supplement our study. The first class will review the major concepts covered in Part 1 of this elective offered last spring. 

    Register


    Teaching & Leading Others (Men only)
    Room 222 | Bill Bailey
    This hands-on class 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. Participants will be given opportunities to practice what they learn and receive constructive feedback, thereby gaining experience and confidence in obeying God’s command to “go and make disciples.” 

    Register


    Big Picture Bible Overview
    Room 226 | Pastor Nathaniel Pearce & Doug Goforth
    The Old Testament provides a Spirit-guided list of historical events and interactions, all ultimately connected with each other, the New Testament, and the Gospel of Christ. As such, it is important to understand how the people and events of the parts fit the message of the whole. Join us for this Big Picture excursion through the Old Testament and understand it like never before. 

    Register


    Women's Bible Study – Overcomer
    Room 231 | Annie Isaac
    Believers struggle with sin and various life challenges that often leave us with a sense of defeat and bewilderment. In such cases, we long to experience the victory of Christ and to become overcomers. In this video-based study of Ephesians 6, Dr. Jeremiah explores practical ways of using the Armor of God to confront our challenges with anxiety, confusion, fear, regret and temptation. Join “Overcomer” and experience renewed strength and hope in your walk with Christ. 

    Register


    Paul's Letters to the Corinthian Church
    Room 233 | Pastor Rob Reece
    It is hard to imagine that in less than 30 years after the death of Christ, a church founded by the Apostle Paul is mired in so much controversy.  As we study these amazing letters, we will uncover Paul’s rich theology as he deals with serious issues within the church of Corinth. These letters give us warning, instruction, and hope as we consider applications for our lives today. 

    Register


    God-Honoring Career Quest
    Room 237 | Maoj Kothuri
    The current or future career becomes a concern to everyone at some point in one’s lifetime. However, how does the Bible speak to our preparation for, the pursuit of, and the use of our careers? Students, active job seekers, and the employed are invited to this interactive class that will explore biblical foundations for finding the career of God’s choosing and how to live our faith in the marketplace of the world. 
     

    Register


    The Joy and the Art of Seed Sowing
    Room 238 | Pastors Jim Cashwell & Sibu Rajappan
    Is the Gospel merely a one-way ticket to heaven? Is the Gospel extraneous for our lives today? Are you lost when it comes to sowing the seed of the Gospel? In this class, we will discuss the multifaceted transformational power of the Gospel and learn the art of sowing the seed of the Gospel effectively and joyfully. 
     

    Register


    Doctrines of Man and Sin
    Room 240 | Sam Speights & Adam Priestly
    Understanding what the Bible teaches about man and sin will guide one’s belief about who we are, how we came into existence, God’s purpose for mankind, how sin entered our world, why we suffer, the effects of sin, and man’s destiny without Christ. Join us for this interactive study of these two important doctrines, so we may grow in our knowledge of God’s Word and be better equipped for kingdom service. 
     

    Register


    Spanish Bible Study – Old Testament
    Room 227 | Bill Ogden

    Just before entering the Promised Land, Moses calls Israel together to remind them of their commitment to obey the laws of Jehovah. Deuteronomy could be called “Pause to Remember” because it recalls God’s faithfulness and Israel’s rebellion in Egypt and the Wilderness just before they enter the Promised Land. This study will look at those things Moses and His God thought important enough to keep before the minds of Israel and us today.  

    Justo antes de entrar a la Tierra Prometida, Moisés reúne a Israel para recordarles su compromiso de obedecer las leyes de Jehová. Deuteronomio podría llamarse "pausa para recordar" porque nos recuerda la fidelidad de Dios y la rebelión de Israel en Egipto y el desierto, justo antes de ingresar a la Tierra Prometida. Este estudio analizará las cosas que Moisés y su Dios consideraron lo suficientemente importantes para mantenerlas en la mente de Israel y la de nosotros hoy. 

    Register


    Wednesday Evening Prayer
    Prayer Room (3rd Floor) | Paul Hundrieser
    Gather with us to pray for our church, our community, our nation, and our world. We meet continually throughout the year. 

    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com
    Debbie Bordwine, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

     

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    Personal Bible Study
    A Bible reading plan for 2019

    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 starts with Genesis and takes us through Psalm 119 this year. It's a great option as you plan your daily quiet time in God's Word.

    Download the 2019 plan as a PDF.

    Looking for the 2018 plan as a reference? You can view or download it here.