At The River, we believe that growing your faith goes beyond attending service. It takes work to cultivate and nurture the strength of the Spirit within you, so we host biannual co-ed Bible studies for those who enjoy an open classroom setting to dig a little deeper into the Word.
Our Bible studies are for all adults in any stage of life, led by Pastors Jim and Tracy Xavier. These curriculums are built to be easy to follow, with accompanying homework (don’t worry, it’s not graded) to help you apply what you learn in the study.
In September 2022, we took a close look at Philippians and Colossians, going chapter by chapter and delving deep into these letters to the early churches. As it turns out, the problems and issues the people of Philippi and Colossae were facing are not so different than those happening in our modern-day culture.
Pastor Jack’s latest book, The Fortress: How to Armor Your Heart, was used as the template for this study. In January, we nosedived into the topic of learning to guard your heart from the enemy’s attacks, while also remaining sensitive to the Holy Spirit and being able to stay strong in the midst of spiritual warfare.
For six weeks between October and November, we explored the richness of Paul's letters to the post-Jesus Jews. The urgency to be Christlike, the breaking of barriers between Jew and Gentile, how to operate in love, and receiving righteousness found in Jesus rather than looking to the law for perfection were some of the key elements in this study.