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Resources

Bible Books – New Testament

Luke

This study was set up for an 18 week Summer Sunday school class including a 1 week Introductory Class and a Review Class at the end. With the Gospel having 24 chapters, some lessons cover more than one chapter to accomplish the study in an 18 week period.

The Study uses the book written by Michael Card, Luke: The Gospel of Amazement for color commentary, context and application. Each lesson title focuses on amazing events happening in the accounts considered. For example, the first lesson covering portions of chapters 1 thru 3 is entitled Amazing Births. All lessons except the final (Review / Look Back) are 2 pages long.

The study is suited for a small group Bible Study setting, but can also be used for individual study. BE AMAZED!!


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John

Whether you’re a seeker exploring the claims of Jesus, a new believer wanting to grow in your understanding of Jesus, or an “old saint” just wanting to remind yourself and remember, the Gospel of John is a great book of the Bible to begin with.

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Let this book show the love of God the Father and the obedience of Jesus, His Son, as no other book can.

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 Romans

If you’re looking for a theology of mankind’s need, sin, grace, the greatness of God’s love for all people, especially the Gentiles during this Age of Grace this is a book worth digging into. See and respond to the “Romans Road” and then pay attention to the “Therefore’s.” These are the passages that tell us how to live and conduct ourselves as followers and disciples of Jesus.

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Think of yourself as sitting at the feet of the Apostle Paul, absorbing and applying the wondrous truths shared.

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1 Corinthians

There is probably no other first century church correspondence that is as relevant to the Church today as that to the Corinthians. They had problems with divisions / cliques, relationships, proper conduct and even what was and was not proper in corporate worship. As Greeks, they even had some doubts about the reality of the resurrection of Jesus.

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Paul encourages the readers to become “imitators” of his conduct and service of Jesus. Let it challenge you to do the same.

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2 Corinthians

Would you like to increase your CONFIDENCE as a follower of Jesus? Confidence is a strong theme of this letter as indicated in Paul’s opening address – See 2 Cor 1:12 and what will be observed throughout the letter. This is a 15 lesson study of the book with Introduction and Review worksheets and one for each chapter of the Book. The chapter lessons follow the READ study approach:

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


This study is best suited for a small group setting , especially to discuss what has been observed. The introductory lesson includes a summary acronym sheet on being IMITATORS and also a worksheet on Transforming “Mere Christians” into those that “Mirror” Jesus from the study of 1 Corinthians. The final review also includes Acronyms for CONFIDENCE and SATAN as found in 2 Corinthians. All lessons are 2 pages long with the exception of: Introduction - 5 pages Book Review (final lesson) – 3 pages

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Galatians

One of the challenges in the new life of a believer and follower of Jesus is leaving old religious beliefs and conceptions behind, and this can be a real struggle. In this letter Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, he seeks to deal with the error of adding Jewish ritual and Law observances to the simplicity of believing in Jesus for salvation. For the Judaizers, faith in Jesus was not enough, they stressed faith in Jesus plus circumcision plus observance of the Mosaic law. This letter calls the reader to observe that nothing can be added to Jesus finished work of salvation. Then Paul presents guidance for the believer on the characteristic of the new life in Christ:

  • Consider yourself crucified with Christ and living a life by faith in Jesus (Gal 2:20);
  • The contrast between a life in the flesh and life in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-21);
  • The characteristics of the life in the Spirit (Gal 5:22-25);
  • The call to not grow weary (Gal 6:9-10).


This study follows the READ approach in a chapter by chapter consideration of the letter. The study was prepared for a Sunday School class but can be utilized for small group or personal study.



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Ephesians

As one who grew up in a Church where you “worked” for your salvation and “hoped” for the best, the letter to the Ephesians brought clarification, assurance and relief. You can know that you have eternal life (Eph. 2:8-10) while you marvel at what has God done for you by His grace. This letter also presents the most comprehensive description of the “mystery” that was revealed to the Apostle Paul, that he spent the remainder of his life proclaiming.


This Bible Study employs the READ approach for a worksheet for each chapter of the book:
R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Let this book show you the superiority of Jesus and challenge you as Hebrew 12:1 states: “Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

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Philippians

Many consider this the “JOY” letter from the number of times the word is mentioned, plus the general tone of the letter. If you study this letter, you’ll come away with a better understanding of PEACE, which we normally think of as the “absence of war or hostilities,” but the real meaning of peace is “having every want and desire totally met.” Hard to imagine – isn’t it? Begin the journey towards the peace of Christ and the God of Peace which surpasses all understanding through this study.

This Bible Study employs the READ approach for a worksheet for each chapter of the book:

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Let this book show you the superiority of Jesus and challenge you as Hebrew 12:1 states: “Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

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Colossians

Here’s a letter to help you better understand and appreciate Jesus and his role in the Triune Godhead. It is also provides practical instruction in what living for Christ involves and looks like.

This Bible Study employs the READ approach for a worksheet for each chapter of the book:

R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Let this book show you the superiority of Jesus and challenge you as Hebrew 12:1 states: “Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

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1 Timothy

In the Old Testament, the Book of Proverbs begins with some fatherly advice to a son. In some ways 1 Timothy is similar as Paul instructs Timothy, his son in the faith, who is a young pastor in. To us it presents encouragement to faithfully live for Christ. This study follows the READ approach and can be used in a group Sunday School or Bible Study setting or for individual study.



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2 Timothy

Picture a loving caring Father who is very near death and wanting to leave some encouraging words for his child. Consider the legacy advice Paul entrusted to Timothy, and remember he is the one who encouraged us to follow him as he follows Christ. This study follows the READ approach and can be used in a group Sunday School or Bible Study setting or for individual study.



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Titus

If you’re a “liar, evil beast or lazy glutton,” this is the book for you! Actually, that’s how Paul described the people of Crete that Titus was ministering to, but strong words were necessary to help them become sound in the faith (see 1:12-13). This study follows the READ approach and can be used in either group or individual study settings.



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Hebrews

An anonymous letter written to Jewish believers – this is the “BETTER” book, because the author seeks to show the Jesus is better than what the Jewish people have known and in cases are still clinging to.

This Bible Study employs the READ approach for a worksheet for each chapter of the book:
R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion


The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Let this book show you the superiority of Jesus and challenge you as Hebrew 12:1 states: “Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

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James

Sometimes considered the New Test equivalent of the Book of Proverbs, the author James (the brother of Jesus by Mary & Joseph) gives a direct “in your face” consideration of matters such as real religion, controlling the tongue, wealth and a peer-to-peer look at the subject of faith vs. works.

This Bible Study employs the READ approach for a worksheet for each chapter of the book:
R – Reflect
E – Explore
A – Application
D – Discussion

The study is best suited for a Small Group Bible Study / Sunday School setting but can also be used for individual study. Think of James as the Drill Sergeant barking in your face with your well-being as a soldier for Jesus in mind!

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Revelation

The last book of the Bible is probably one that arouses the greatest curiosity and interest, yet is widely misunderstood. Think of this book as a jigsaw puzzle that has been assembled, but not all the pieces are in place and some in fact are missing. Many try to study this book on its own, but an understanding of the Old Testament prophets and Jesus’ words in the Gospel must be brought for consideration as well. This study begins with consideration of some of the Prophets who contribute to our understanding of events such as The Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation and the Promised Kingdom. After some background information the study begins a chapter by chapter consideration of the book.

As this book begins: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev 1:3), and ends: “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev 22:7b). Study and Be Blessed!

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Surveys

Acts & Pauline Epistles

Do you know how most of the New Testament epistles are arranged? Would is surprise you to find out that it’s based on length (eg., Romans - 16 chapters, 1 Cor – 16 chapters, 2 Cor – 13 chapters, etc.), rather than chronological order? Do you know that certain of the Pauline epistles were written within the Acts period, while others were penned after it? Does all this make any difference? If you’d like to consider if it does, this study is a chapter by chapter look at the Book of Acts, with consideration of the letters that the Apostle Paul wrote at the appropriate time within Acts, as well as consideration of letters written after the Acts period as his life and ministry were drawing to an end. This study provides an opportunity to consider the transitional nature of God’s salvation plan and how a zealous Pharisee was given the job of proclaiming the Gospel of Grace to the Gentiles. The study will also provide opportunities to see the questions and issues the early church had and how Paul addressed them and to also sense the progressive nature of the direction he provided.

Most lessons are 1 page, though there are some exceptions (especially the material provided to introduce the study). Unlike some of the other studies where there is an Acronym provided to summarize the material, in this study you’re invited to create your own acronym using either the word ACTS or ACTION. The study has been used in a Sunday School class setting, but can also be used for individual study. Download the Lesson on Acts


Bible for Beginners

Bible for Beginners

The Highway of Life is a survey (26 lessons) of the entire Bible presenting God’s plan of salvation and His desire for us to respond by faith and obedience. Each lesson references Bible passages to be examined and there is a chart which presents a picture of the journey (Highway) through the Bible that the lessons correspond to. This study is great for seekers, new believers, as well as a good reminder for all, no matter how long your personal journey with Jesus has been. It can be used for personal self-directed study, but is best suited for a small group / Sunday School class setting where insight can be gained from discussion and interaction. The pdf is ordered for pages to be printed double sided, except for pages 1, 14, 41 & 54 which are single sided.


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Prophets & Prophecy

The writing of the Old Testament prophets make up about ¼ of the Bible, yet their message and meaning are among the least understood of the Scripture. This survey considers the writings in the order in which the message was delivered to God’s people and is designed to help distinguish between the “forth-telling” aspect (the message for the people of the day the prophet was sent to) as well as the “fore-telling” aspect (pertaining to the future) of the message. Most lessons consider the message of one prophet, but the Major (longer writing) Prophets are covered in 2-3 lessons each. As this is a survey, it was not designed for chapter by chapter consideration of each book, but is meant to give an understanding of the major themes of the Prophets:

  • Exposed sinful practices of the people. It required considerable courage to tell the people what they needed to hear instead of succumbing to the temptation of telling them what they wanted to hear. They could not compromise the message because the only hope for the people was a humble turning to the Lord and acknowledgment of their guilt.
  • Called the people back to the moral, civil and ceremonial law of God. They reminded the people of the character of God and urged them to trust Him with all their hearts. God has a rich purpose for them, but they must believe and obey Him.
  • Warned of coming judgment. God must condemn the nation if its princes, priests and people continue to arrogantly reject God’s moral and spiritual principles.
  • Anticipated the coming Messiah (“Anointed One” / Christ). Jesus precisely fulfilled over 300 OT prophecies in His first advent, and over 400 more remain to be fulfilled when He returns to reign as King.


In summary, the message of the prophets is twofold: condemnation because of the sin of man, but consolation because of the grace of God.

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Other Studies


God, Your Money and Finances

The course will explore Biblical guidance on Giving, Budgeting, use of Credit and other areas such as Retirement Planning, Wills and Instilling Financial Values in Your Children.   An Excel spreadsheet and other resources is included to help you work up a budget and track the expenses and income you have (if you don’t have access to a computer, the same principles can be applied using envelopes or paper spreadsheets).


Called to Greatness

Ever feel like your life is “full” but not fulfilling? Ron Hutchcraft brings a challenge to live a fulfilling life that involves taking part in God’s Rescue plan. Drawing on observations from Lifeguard and Rescue training, this study utilizing Ron’s book, Called to Greatness, challenges and motivates us to become involved in Search and Rescue. While the book is no longer in print, copies can still be found by searching the internet and copies are also available to use from the church library.



The study material includes worksheets based on a chapter by chapter consideration of Ron’s book, plus the final lesson considers material from two other sources:

  • Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels
  • Permission Evangelism: When to Talk; When to Walk by Michael Simpson


Notes from these 2 books have been included with the study material made available.



This is one of the CORE courses offered at the church, but can be used for personal and small group study as well. From past classes, a small group setting for 5-7 presents an ideal setting for interaction and reflection.

Community Bible Church
3671 Tallmadge Rd
Rootstown, OH 44272
330-325-9449

Sunday Morning Worship Services:
9:00 and 10:45 am