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Bible Study

Bible Study

Everyone can find a place in Sunday Bible study! First Baptist Church offers the very best options for preschoolers, children, teenagers, and adults. Join us Sunday mornings at 9:45 for the class of your choice. Ask a greeter at any entrance to help you find your way.

Journey Class

A co-ed group of young adults characterized by lively conversation, fellowship, and a desire to grow in faith and participate in ministry projects. Jordan Fannin, Robert Hortman, Jim Poyner and Ryan Weldon teach this group. Meets in Room 304 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.

Builders Class

A co-ed class primarily in their late early 40's and 50's who enjoy being together, supporting each other, and learning how the Bible applies to their lives in the 21st century. Steve Conrad and Stephanie Lewis teach this class in Room 302 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.

YAGO (Young Adults Getting Older)

This co-ed class has met together since many were young adults and now are in their late 50's and 60's. They appreciate spirited discussions about Scripture and life. Vicki Gee, Roger Goss, John McClellan and Jana Weidemann rotate teaching this class in Room 308 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.

Dean's List Class

A co-ed group of adults who are attentive to serious Bible study and respectful discussion and are quick to respond to community needs. Joe Baskin teaches this class in Room 309 of the Education Building.

Conundrum Class

The Conundrum Class is for adults in "life's second half" of age, transition, and exploration where Scripture is taken seriously, but without taking themselves too seriously. Brian Inman as well as Bill Davies teach this group in Room 303 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.

The Choir Room Class

The Choir Room Class meets in the Choir Suite (just behind the Sanctuary). It is the perfect class for those who need to be in places of leadership early. Larry Atwell teaches this class.

O.M. Cates Class

The O.M. Cates Class appreciates the scholarly yet humorous teaching of Hugh Peacock and Joe Walton. These mostly-retired men meet in the Church Conference Room on the Ground Floor of the Office Building.

Joy/Friendship Class

This women's Bible Study is characterized by culturally relevant conversations about faith and culture. It meets in the Community Room on the Ground Floor and is easily accessible. Tara Inman and Nancy Ratcliffe teach this group of women in their 70's and 80's.

Fidelis Class/Scrap Iron Class

The Fidelis Class/Scrap Iron Class is characterized by faithfulness. Some have been members of this class since the 1930's and are STILL gaining insight into Scripture. Teachers include Dianne Dobson, Miriam Peterson, and Earl Tillman and they meet in Room 240 on the 2nd Floor of the Office Building.

Chapel Class

The Chapel Class meets in the Chapel. It includes many newcomers to the church and is an excellent place to get started in Bible Study. Tamara Smathers, John Uldrick, Bob Hortman and Holly Amerman rotate teaching. Class begins at 10:00 a.m.

College Class

The College Class includes young women and men that are college students in town and out of town. Teachers are Hilary Reaves, Chris Cook, and Jennie Cook and the class meets in Room 242 on the 2nd Floor of the Office Building--easily reached from the First Street entrance.

Scrap Iron Bible Study Class Radio Broadcast

The Scrap Iron Bible Class Radio Broadcast can be heard every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on WLAQ 1410. Continuing a tradition of over 75 years, this radio broadcast presents a 30 minute lesson each week.

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Bible Study Teacher Helps

Teachers who utilize Baptistway Press will find these resources helpful:

 (June – August 2019)   Pillars – Premium Commentary  by Dr. Ron Lyles Pastor, South Main Baptist Church Pasadena, Texas

(June – August 2019)   Pillars – Premium Teaching Plans  by Dennis Parrott


Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies

When preparing to teach, this site offers great helps.

  • Teaching plan, with discussion questions
  • Digging Deeper (corresponds to the shovel icon on the lesson page)
  • Hardest Question
  • Video featuring an overview by Tony Cartledge,
  • An electronic version of the lesson, if by chance you have misplaced your magazine.

To reach these materials:

  • Select “Teachers”
  • Enter a Password (given on page 21 of the NFJ). With each month, a new password will be required. This can be found on the Introductory page (p.21).
  • Other good stuff!
    Nurturing Faith Journals are no longer mailed out, however, copies are available in all adult classrooms (and the church office). Encourage your class to note other very timely articles in the Journal. These are designed to make us think!

Faith Element

Another online resource that corresponds to the same text used in the NFJ. There are six different teaching plans that cater to various learning styles. Nikki Hardeman offers a video review of the lesson, and also media options.
We have a group subscription to this resource. To access it:

Text Week

A teacher’s goldmine of journal articles, sermons, contemporary readings, etc. Search any scripture passage.

The Lectionary Library of Vanderbilt University

Again, search for the scripture passage, and find artwork, prayers, and related readings.

Bible Gateway

Read and print Scripture passages from a wide range of translations. Teachers can also listen to the text being read aloud and discover how to pronounce some of those difficult names and places.

Working Preacher

A site designed for preachers and teachers. Usually offers a commentary on the text we will be studying, as well as thoughtful questions about the text. In addition, you’ll find Scripture Index. Enter almost any text and find commentary information.


REALLY….don’t trust everything you find on the internet. There’s a world of information there. Know the source, the perspective they come from, and the purpose for which it was written.

The Lectionary

It’s a new word for many Baptists! Known as the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL); A three-year cycle of Bible texts built around the seasons of the church year and used by a majority of mainline Protestant churches in the US and Canada. Each week it will include readings from the Hebrew bible; a Psalm; an Epistle and a Gospel. Nurturing Faith uses one of these texts. Matt is currently preaching from one as well. Look ahead at the Bible reading for Worship and you will be able to make connections between the Bible study and Worship.

Resources available at First Baptist Church include an extensive collection of Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and atlases–all available in the office building, Room 242.