<p>Weekly Bible Studies<br />
Groups for men &amp; women<br />
Morning &amp; evening options</p>
Weekly Bible Studies
Groups for men & women
Morning & evening options

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!

Elective courses meet on Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM in the fall, winter, and spring. The winter session runs January 9 – March 27.

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. Guests and newcomers are always welcome!

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    Winter Bible Study Electives
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    January 9 – March 27

    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    January 9 – March 27
    (unless otherwise noted)

    Our Bible study electives give you the opportunity to grow spiritually by studying God's Word. Whether you're a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, check out the new courses below and join us! Walk-ins are welcome anytime — just sign in at your first class!

    The next Wednesday evening Calvary Membership Course will be offered in September. Get details about the membership class here.

    Elective courses meet on Wednesdays right after Fellowship Dinner in the Crown Room. It's the same schedule as Awana for kids, IGNITE for students and Wednesday Worship rehearsal — so it's easy to make it a family night!


    How We Got the Bible    
    Room 226 | Pastor Nathaniel Pearce
    Why is the Bible called the “Bible,” “God’s Word,” or “Scripture”? How did this come to be? Why is the Bible distinctively dissimilar to all other books? How is it that the Bible is and will always remain relevant in all times and culture? Join us as we seek answers by exploring the origin, history, and development of the Bible and God’s intended purposes for it.


    Slaying the Giants in Your Life
    Room 402 | Wayne Smith & Manoj Kothuri
    As Christians live and make plans to serve and honor Christ, it is clear that the enemy has plans to disrupt and discourage us. Satan creates "giants" in our lives through anger, anxiety, fear, failure, guilt, jealousy, loneliness, bereavement, etc., to cloud our vision and distort our focus on our great reward. Join us for this video-based study by Dr. David Jeremiah and learn how to "slay the giants" in your life with the weapon of the whole armor of God.


    General and Pastoral Epistles 
    Room 238 | Pastor Jim Cashwell
    The General Epistles center around eight New Testament books: Hebrews, James, 1, 2, & 3 John, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. The Pastoral Epistles: 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, are letters Paul wrote to the young church leaders, Timothy and Titus. Our 11-week survey of these books will seek to understand their content, the people to whom these books were written, and how they are written to believers today.


    Marriage Was Made for So Much More   
    Banquet Room (new location!)  | Pastor Rodney Navey
    The goal in marriage is to display the beauty of the Gospel and to reflect the relationship between Christ and the church. For those who are married, it’s a life-long pursuit worthy of our great God. Don’t settle for anything less; come learn more about the intimacy God designed for us and what it will take to achieve it. This class will use A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is About More Than Just Staying Together? by Gary Thomas as a reference.


    Cults and Occults: How to Evangelize Them    
    Room 237 | Pastor Sibu Rajappan
    What are cults and the occult? What influence do they have on our society today? How do we recognize the different cult groups? This class overviews some of the major cult groups, their beliefs, and how we can share the Gospel with those who follow them.


    Heresy: Yesterday and Today
    Room 232 (new location!) | Pastor Rob Reece
    How important is doctrine? The Apostle Paul considered correct doctrine to be fundamental to the Christian faith. He not only warns his readers to adhere to sound doctrine but also rebukes those who contradict it!  Are all churches on the same page — at least regarding the fundamentals? Are you able to discern false teaching? Can you identify heresy? Should there be room for compromise in doctrine? Should we be more generous in our orthodoxy? This class will help us recognize when there is a “drop of poison in the bucket of water!”


    Single & Parenting (Part 1)
    Conference Room A | Debbie Bordwine & Greg Goodlett
    This class focuses on the problems that single parents face: helping your hurting child, strategies to encourage children to obey their parents, handling visitation, dealing with tight budgets, making time for restoration, and finding emotional and spiritual strength through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Based on the Church Initiative’s curriculum, “Single & Parenting,” this class has 15 sessions. Part 2 will extend into the spring session and will end on May 15. Free childcare is available if preregistered through Calvary's Children's Ministry. 


    His Path to Golden Glory (Part 2)
    Room 402 | Pastor Jim Pile — Afternoon meeting time: 3:30–5:00 PM
    How do senior adults make their "golden years" the best spiritual days of their lives? His path to golden glory for the mature believer should be one of increasing light (Proverbs 4:18). So how do you navigate practical issues and potential challenges to ensure you leave a strong legacy of faith for generations to come? Find out more and join us for this relevant and compelling study.


    Financial Peace University
    Room 242 | Rhondale and Deborah Haywood
    FPU is a biblically-based DVD curriculum by Dave Ramsey which teaches what God has to say about money. The class incorporates small group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. Registration is $109 per couple or individual—this includes a kit containing: a workbook, audio library, book, lifetime membership, and more. Register early to get course material before the first class!


    Spanish Bible Study – The History of the Church
    Room 227 | Bill Ogden
    The study of the history of the Church comprises many insightful, interesting, and dramatic descriptions of key persons, movements, and events. Many Christians remain oblivious to the struggles encountered and the sacrifices made to preserve Judeo-Christianity and its beliefs over the years. You will not want to miss this fascinating study! 

    La Historia de la Iglesia
    El estudio de la historia de la Iglesia presenta muchas descripciones reveladoras, interesantes y dramáticas de personas clave, movimientos y eventos que comprenden la historia de la Iglesia. Un gran número de cristianos permanecen ajenos a muchas de las luchas encontradas y los sacrificios hechos por muchos para preservar el judeo-cristianismo y sus creencias a lo largo de los años. ¡No querrás perderte este estudio!


    Wednesday Night Prayer
    3rd Floor Prayer Room | Paul Hundrieser
    Please join us each Wednesday evening for prayer in the Prayer Room from 6:30–7:45 PM. During this time we will pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world. Come if you need prayer or want to pray for others. We meet continually throughout the year. 


    Questions about Bible study electives?
    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com
    Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com

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    Spring Bible Study Electives
    Wednesdays: April 3 – May 15
    Register now for new classes!

    Spring Bible Study Electives
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM  |  April 3 & 10,  May 1–15
     
    Elective courses meet on Wednesdays right after Fellowship Dinner in the Crown Room. It's the same schedule as Awana for kids, IGNITE for students and Wednesday Worship rehearsal — so it's easy to make it a family night!
     

    The Calvary Membership Course will next be offered on Saturdays, May 4 & 11. Get details about the membership class here.

    Check out the NEW courses below for our spring semester! Please register in advance so we may prepare for you. We'd love to see you! 


    Creation: A Journey to the Beginning of Time, Part 1
    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. (Part 2 of this course will commence in Fall 2019)

    Register


    Discovering God's Will
    Room 402 | Pastor Jim Pile
    God has a personal vision for your life, and He wants you to know it even more than you do. But determining God's will can be a difficult process, especially when you need to make a decision in a hurry. This class will help you through the important steps of decision making, pursuing God's will, seeking counsel from others, learning to use discernment, and understanding the mind of God through Scripture as you seek His will.

    Register


    Jonah: God’s Love for the Nations
    Room 233 | Pastor Rodney Navey & Marc Martens
    Join us for a verse by verse exposition of the book of Jonah. We’ll study the background, context, and historical setting of the prophet Jonah and his ministry. We’ll also make application to life, family, and our responsibility to reach the world with God’s love.

    Register


    Philippians: Joyful Life in Christ
    Room 238 | Pastor Jim Cashwell  
    Paul knew, as did the Philippians, that true joy comes only through humble faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, joining ourselves in harmony with His followers, and serving others in the name of Christ. This was the life experienced by the Philippian believers, and it is a life available to us today. Come join us in this study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

    Register


    Jesus Among Secular Gods
    Room 237 | Pastor Sibu Rajappan
    Jesus of Nazareth claimed to be “the way, truth, and life”. The leading exponent of all religions also claims to be the way to eternal life. This presents an insurmountable difficulty to talk about the exclusivity of Christ. This class will teach you how to explain why Jesus is the only way and share the Gospel in this increasingly pluralistic world.

    Register


    Single & Parenting, Part 2
    Conference Room A | Debbie Bordwine & Greg Goodlett
    This continuing class focuses on the problems that single parents face such as helping your hurting child, strategies to encourage children to obey their parents, handing visitation, dealing with tight budgets, making time for restoration for the single parent, and finding emotional and spiritual strength through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Register 


    Spiritual Gifts & Their Place within the Body of Christ
    Room 226 | Pastor Nathaniel Pearce
    What are spiritual gifts? Why were they given, and how are they to be used? What spiritual gifts do you have and how is your church benefiting from them? This class will study the gifts given to the Church, help attendees discover their gifts and provide ways their gifts can be employed within the Body of Christ.

    Register


    Spanish Bible Study – 1 Juan
    1 John

    Room 227 | Bill Ogden
    "These things I have written...so that you may know that you have eternal life." These words found in 1 John offer us confidence in our salvation. Before writing them, the apostle described the characteristics of a true follower of Christ. This study will look at the basis of our confidence and eternal life.

    Estas cosas os he escrito…para que sepáis que tenéis vida eterna.” Estas palabras encontradas en 1 Juan nos ofrecen confianza en nuestra salvación. Antes de escribirlas, el apóstol describió las características de un verdadero seguidor de Cristo. En nuestra clase estudiaremos los fundamentos de nuestra confianza y la vida eterna.

    Register


    Wednesday Evening Prayer and Praise
    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. 


    Questions about Bible study electives?
    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com

     

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    Next Steps in Missions
    A Special Post-Conference Class
    Wednesdays, March 6 – April 10

    Next Steps in Missions
    Wednesday, March 6 – April 10
    6:30–8:00 PM  |  Room 401


    Is God calling you to serve in some capacity in missions? Perhaps you recently attended our Missions Conference and made a commitment to serve short-term overseas or maybe as a career missionary. Unsure what the next step should be? This six-week class is for you!

    Come learn from a team of Calvary missions experts representing multiple agencies who will help equip and guide you along the way. There is no cost and walk-ins are welcome!

    Class schedule:
    •    March 6 – The Call
    •    March 13 – Theology of Missions
    •    March 20 – Finding the Fit: Understanding Missions Agencies
    •    March 27 – Meeting Some Agencies
    •    April 3 – Next Steps, Part 1
    •    April 10 – Next Steps, Part 2


    Contact: Vince Eaton, Missions Director, 704.341.5322, veaton@calvarychurch.com

     

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    Women's Bible Studies
    Tuesdays, AM & PM
    January 8 – April 9

    Ladies, are you looking for an opportunity to connect? Are you ready to study God's Word in a deeper, more meaningful way? Join us on Tuesdays for one of our new Bible studies! Childcare to age 5 is available during morning classes. 

    Pre-registration is closed, but walk-in registration is available on Tuesday, January 8 as we begin the new season together. We hope to see you there!


    Tuesday Morning Classes

    January 8 – April 9  |  9:30 AM–Noon
    Kick-off session in the Crown Room on January 8, at 9:30 AM

    Stronger
    by: Angela Thomas-Pharr
    Teacher: Judy Trexler | Room 226
    No matter what difficulty you may be facing today, remember that God is stronger than anything you will encounter. Through the saving grace of our Savior and the power of the Holy Spirit, you can live a “confident, life-transforming, and Christ-radiating life.” Join us as we cast off our burdens and find renewed hope and strength for living. This interactive Bible study uses teaching videos in addition to the class discussion. Cost: $18

    Philippians
    by: Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Jackie Schaffer | Room 242
    Having joy! That’s what Philippians is about! It is a wellspring of spiritual truths that have brought countless believers new joy and peace in their daily walk. You will find it a beautiful and profitable book, which contains principles of life that will literally transform your attitude toward people and circumstances. Come join us in this wonderful study which will show us how to have and experience REAL joy as we face the challenges of life. Cost: $25


    Psalms, Part 2
    by: Jan Adams
    Teacher: Jan Adams | Room 231
    The Psalms have been a source of comfort and strength for believers in every experience of life. They are a gateway to the heart of God. Through them, He is drawing us to Himself into a closer relationship of trust, obedience, and worship. Join us as we dig deep into these treasures. Cost: $10


    I'm Stuck, But I Want to Be Free
    by: Debbie Friley
    Teacher: Karmen Estes | Room 228
    Are you stuck, but longing to be free?  Ephesians 4:31 says, "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”...so how do we do that? How can we better honor the Lord in our walk? Come and discover some simple steps to lasting change as we use the power of God’s Word to unlock His desire for us to know and experience the truth of John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” All He needs is our desire to obey Him! Cost: $10


    Lord, I Want to Know You 
    By: Kay Arthur
    Teacher: Rometa Arrington | Room 222
    Let’s discover the limitless power of God’s name! So much of our confusion and pain results because we don’t know God....who He really is or how He works in our lives. But with the heart attitude of "Lord, I want to know you," that will all change. When you know God more fully by studying His names: Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, and many others, you’ll gain the power to stand strong. You’ll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul’s deepest needs. And your walk with God will be transformed. Cost: $17


    The God You May Not Know
    By: Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman  |  Room 232
    Knowing about someone is not the same as knowing the person himself. Trying to comprehend the person of God is like trying to capture all the galaxies of the universe in a child’s prism. Yet the Bible encourages us to try.  God seeks to be known, He reveals Himself in His creation and in His Holy Word. This study will enable us to love Him more, to know Him better, and to make Him known. As our Lord Jesus Christ prayed on the final night of His earthly life: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Cost: $18


    Called to Contentment
    MOMS Class, 9:30–11:35 AM
    by Donna Navey
    Teacher: Donna Navey | Banquet Room
    The MOMS Class is designed to help mothers of young children encourage one another and draw closer to Christ. Members of the class become part of small groups with a designated Mentor Mom (Titus 2:3–5) who leads the discussion on the practical application of sound doctrine. This semester, the MOMS group study is Called to Contentment. The culture sells the idea “all we need is a little more than we have.” God’s Word reveals a more purposeful and eternal ambition. The struggle to "be, do, and have it all" cannot provide the blessing of a contented life. This study will help mothers rest in God's best! Cost: $15


    Tuesday Evening Classes

    January 8 – April 9  |  6:30–9:00 PM
    Walk-in registration on the second floor

    I'm Stuck, But I Want to Be Free
    by Debbie Friley
    Teacher: Karmen Estes | Room 228 
    Are you stuck, but longing to be free?  Ephesians 4:31 says, "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”...so how do we do that? How can we better honor the Lord in our walk? Come and discover some simple steps to lasting change as we use the power of God’s Word to unlock His desire for us to know and experience the truth of John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” All He needs is our desire to obey Him! Cost: $10

    A Message from God — 1 John
    by Pam Gillaspie
    Teacher: Linda James | Room 242
    In our day, everything from music to politics is described as “Christian,” but is it really? Is Jesus what our society or culture says He is? And who are the people who belong to Him? How can you know? Biblical truth can only be understood straight from God's Word, not opinion polls. In A Message From God: Light Living in Dark Days you'll unpack 1 John and see God’s message for yourself without the “middleman” of others’ opinions and ideas! You will learn how to discover Truth for yourself. Cost: $21


    The God You May Not Know
    by Dr. David Jeremiah
    Teacher: Mary Beth Hohman | Room 232
    Knowing about someone is not the same as knowing the person himself. Trying to comprehend the person of God is like trying to capture all the galaxies of the universe in a child’s prism. Yet the Bible encourages us to try. God seeks to be known, He reveals Himself in His creation and in His Holy Word. This study will enable us to love Him more, to know Him better, and to make Him known. As our Lord Jesus Christ prayed on the final night of His earthly life: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Cost: $18



    CHILDREN'S MINISTRY for morning studies (currently on waitlist)
    Infants to age five (including Kindergarteners) receive loving care during Tuesday morning classes for preregistered participants. Our program includes Bible story time, crafts, coloring, outdoor play (weather permitting), and a snack each week. Free for mothers who attend Bible studies. (There is a $4 charge per child for any Bible study participant who is not the child’s mother or legal guardian.) This ministry is not provided for evening classes. Financial assistance based on need is available. Please contact Jenna Mascia, 704.517.6606, jmascia@live.com

    HOMESCHOOL CLASS for morning studies (currently on waitlist)
    We offer a special class for homeschool students in grades 1–5. 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, and then we incorporate lessons on science, literature, history, art, and more. Space is limited. There is a $10 fee per child/semester to cover supplies. Maximum of $30 per family/semester. Please include the birthdate and grade for each child when you register. Contact: Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com


    Contacts: Pastor Jim Pile, 704.341.5359, jpile@calvarychurch.com
    Jennifer Sharpless, 704.341.5417, jsharpless@calvarychurch.com

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    Men's Bible Studies
    Mondays & Tuesdays
    Check out our studies!

    Groups meet weekly for Bible study — come grow in your knowledge of God's Word and fellowship! Newcomers are welcome anytime! 

    Check out the new winter options below, and be sure to bring your Bible! 


    Monday Morning Studies

     

    Mondays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  February 18 – May 13

    2 Corinthians
    Conference Room A (4th floor)  |  Tom Miller
    In Paul's first letter to the Corinthian Church, he expresses concern for their spiritual growth by addressing a wide array of spiritual and moral issues and questions. In his second letter, however, he confronts false teachers who had entered the church and emphasizes the authenticity of his apostleship and message. He also points out the dangers that threaten the church. Join us for a verse by verse study of this amazing book.


    Mondays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 7 – May 13

    The Book of Acts
    Room 242  |  Dave Wentink

    This in-depth study of the beginning of the church era found in the book of Acts highlights the spreading of the Gospel as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:19 — "Go and make disciples of all nations…." Our group (ages 30–85) enjoys a lively interactive exchange that values the knowledge and experiences of all attendees. Please bring your Bible.


    Tuesday Morning Studies

     

    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 8 – May 14

    Getting Ready for Christ's Return
    Room 306  |  Bill Harding
    Believing that Christ’s return was both sure and imminent in the first century, Paul wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians to help believers prepare. Join us and learn how to balance practical Christian living and service in light of Jesus’ coming. All men are invited! 


    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 AM  |  January 8 – May 14

    Matthew
    Stonecrest Chick-Fil-A  |  Jeffrey Arrington & Sy Pugh
    This semester we will continue our study of Matthew. Throughout his Gospel, Matthew takes us back to the Old Testament repeatedly to remind us of God's promises. Man has been on a quest to find his way back to God since the fall of humanity. In Christ Jesus, the Father fulfilled His promises and shows us the way into a relationship with Himself. Join us as we continue our study of Jesus' life and ministry.


    Tuesday Evening Study

     

    Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 PM  |  January 8 – May 14

    1 & 2 Corinthians
    Room 401  |  Wayne Hackbarth

    Paul founded the church at Corinth on his second missionary journey. Shortly thereafter, while Paul was not in Corinth, news came about spiritual and moral problems in the church, and Paul wrote to address them. These letters apply to us today and offer powerful lessons on how to walk with Christ, grow in Him and our relationships, and how to serve God with the gifts given us. Join us as we continue this conversational study! 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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    Personal Bible Study
    A Bible reading plan for the new year!

    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.