Bible Study Fellowship


What is the Purpose of Bible Study Fellowship?

The Scriptures indicate that the Christian life is to be lived out in community with other believers. Within that community, we are instructed to encourage one another, serve one another, rejoice and weep with one another, correct, instruct, build up, accept and love one another. Bible Study Fellowship provides a wonderful context to facilitate involvement in one another’s lives. In times such as these we’re not using COVID-19 as an excuse not to fulfill the great commission. We are reaching, teaching, and ministering to those who find themselves in an unexpected place during this season. We are the Church!

Hebrews 10:24‐25 says,

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

As a church, we are hopeful that our Bible Study Fellowship ministry will be one of the significant ways we live out our obedience to this exhortation.

Our Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Teachers and Students are standing on the promises of God. And no matter what God has in store for us in 2021 – you don’t have to celebrate it, grieve it or pray through it by yourself! We promise you – being a part of a BSF Class means that no one walks alone!

Choose one of the Downtown Campus BSF Classes listed below. All Classes are taught via Zoom. To register or if you have any questions – please contact us at swesley@smbcjax.com or call 904-355-9525. (If you are currently in a class and want to remain where you are you do not have to register).

We are so grateful for the 30+ BSF Teachers who are committed to prayer, preparation and being present for each class trusting God for the results. Won’t you join us?

Sermon Based

  • Sermon Based Study

Begins, Sunday, January 3rd
This class is designed to follow the teaching/preaching ministry of the Senior Pastor.

On-Going Studies

  • Journey into Christlikeness (A 13-week Study of the Fruit of the Spirit)

Begins, Sunday, January 10th – April 11th
This is a study of the fruit of the Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is really just a word picture of Jesus Christ. The nine components compose a trio of threes or a trinity within a trinity. The first trio relates to our relationship with God, the second trio to our relationships with other people, and the third trio to our relationship with ourselves.

Lesson titles in this 13-lesson study include: Becoming the Person God Wants You To Be, Building Healthy Relationships, Finding Joy Every Day, When You’re All Stressed Out, The Paybacks of Patience, “Try A Little Kindness,” Becoming a Good Person, Getting God To Bless Your Life, Being a Gentle Person, Getting Control of Your Life, Producing the Fruit of the Spirit, etc.

CoedChristian Growth Seekers
MenDisciples for Christ
WomenLadies in Faith Together
MenPowerful Christians
WomenSeasoned Women
WomenSister's Keepers
CoedTrinity
WomenWomen of Faith
WomenWomen of Love
WomenWomen of the Word
WomenWomen of Vision Thursday/Facebook)
CoedYoung Adults (18-34)

Core Studies

  • Intro to Shiloh (New Members Class)

Begins, Sunday, January 3rd
Our Intro to Shiloh classes are designed for those who are new to Christ and/or new to Shiloh Church. There are four required lessons to complete the membership process if you are joining by statement/Christian experience. If you are joining as a new Christian then the 4 classes and baptism are included in your process. The classes are: Step #1 – Following Christ; Step #2 – Church Membership; Step #3 – Bible Study Fellowship; Step #4 – Christian Service. The classes correspond with the Sunday of the month (i.e. Lesson #1 is taught the 1st Sunday etc.). in addition to being taught Sundays at 8 a.m., the class is also taught Wednesdays at 6 p.m., but require an email on Tuesday or Wednesday morning to confirm your attendance.

  • Fundamentals of Faith

Begins, Sunday, January 3rd
Thirteen lessons blend basic biblical truths with personal obedience and service. Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths. With topics ranging from the character of God to church participation, it’s an ideal study for discipling new believers or returning to the basics of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

  • Old Testament

Begins, Sunday, January 10th
During our 26 weeks in these 39 books we will examine two purposes for studying the Old Testament. First, the Old Testament reveals the character of God in a way that the New Testament does not. In the New Testament, we have the benefit of great clarity, and the benefit of considering God this side of Christ. Second: the Old Testament tells us about Jesus. And it does that in three ways. It is the context for the events of the New Testament. Historically, to be sure. But also thematically. The Old Testament is the source of, by one count, 295 references and 600 allusions in the New Testament that help us understand who Jesus is. The New Testament writers clearly expect a working knowledge of the Old Testament. If we were to summarize the entire Old Testament in a simple phrase, it would be “promises made.” We learn of our need for God’s promises—we are sinners, unable to save ourselves and condemned to hell by a just God. But we learn of our promise-making God, who in his mercy promises us what we could never achieve ourselves. And finally, we’ll look at the story of his promise, which ultimately carries us into the ministry of Jesus Christ.

  • New Testament

Begins, Sunday, January 10th
During these 26 weeks overview of the New Testament we will study both “The King and the Kingdom” and the Promises God has Kept to His people. Our hope is to demonstrate the continuity of themes across the span of scripture. The purpose and summary of course is to understand the big picture of each book of the New Testament; understand the continuity between the books in the New Testament; realize the Promises God has kept to His People from the Old Testament and to hear God speak to us today through His Word and so to be challenged in our lives.

Electives

  • GriefShare

Begins, Saturday, January 9th (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Who should come … GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation. You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin.

  • Stewardship Matters (A 10-week Financial Hope Bible Study)

Begins, Sunday, January 10th – March 14th
This Bible study explores what the Bible says about our money and how we relate to it. It will help you understand that how you view and handle money impacts your relationship with God. It will help you make wiser and more productive financial decisions, allowing you to move in the direction of financial health. And it will help you learn to place your hope in God instead of your financial situation. We trust that by the end of this study you will know more completely that hope is found in God alone.

  • The 7 Rings of Marriage (An 8-week Bible Study for Married and Engaged Couples)

Begins, Sunday, January 10th – February 28th
From the engagement ring to the years after the wedding band, each season of marriage requires renewed commitment, fresh perspective, and practical Biblical wisdom. Each of the 7 “rings” outlined in this 8-session study will guide couples to begin with the end in mind, ultimately leading to lasting and fulfilling relationships in every stage of marriage. Join author Jackie Bledsoe as he walks through the 7 rings: the engagement RING (the beginning), the wedding RING (the commitment), discoveRING (the real you), perseveRING (the work), restoRING (the fixing), prospeRING (the goal), and mentoRING (the payback).

All services are being held online until further notice. Please pray as we make plans to return to in–person services safely. Until then, stream our online services Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm (EST), Saturdays @ 9:00 am (EST), & Sundays @ 9:30 am (EST).