The saints of Antioch believe the Bible when it states that we must be "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). How does this occur? Well, Bible study of course!
Here at Antioch we put an emphasis on the study of God's Word. We have an hour of Sunday school and we also have two hours of Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Even more importantly, we encourage each other to have a vibrant and effective daily Bible study at home. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy on this very subject when he commanded Timothy to be diligent in his studies so that he could be "approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
So, if you visit us, be ready to be challenged to "Stay in the Word!".
Sunday school - Ephesians
We are currently studying the letter from the Apostle Paul to the congregation at Ephesus. The letter was probably a circular letter meant to be read by any number of congregations in Asia and possibly other areas. Paul was very familiar with the saints at Ephesus and it appears he had Tychicus deliver the letter. (Tychicus also delivered a letter to the Colossian saints. Colossians 4:7-9) The letter was an epistle that helped these saints, many of whom were Gentile believers, understand what the church, the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, should be aware of concerning evil teachers who tried to teach perverse things and to be aware of professing believers within who also would teach heresy. It also reminded these believers, some Jewish and some Gentile, that they are all one in Christ which would demonstrate to the world their love for one another.
On Wednesday evenings we are currently doing an expository study on the historical narrative of 1 Samuel. We are using a study guide prepared by AJ Vissage (our worship leader) and Pastor Brad based upon their staff meeting devotional.
Women's Bible Study
On every other Tuesday evenings our ladies have an in-depth Bible study. Our ladies have begun their next study, "Faith" by Paul David Tripp. Using Hebrews 11 as a guide, Paul Tripp will contend that there are no heroes of faith in the Bible. Noah, Abraham, Moses and the others enshrined were weak and messy Christians just like us, who often felt that the call of God was too big for them.