In depth studies of the Holy Bible are taught each Sunday Morning by Jay Lester in the Internationals Class Room located at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship from 9:30am until 11am. We welcome you to join us for a time of Christian fellowship and study from the Word of God.

Current Study (ICF-A): What to Want


What to Want

We are all motivated by our desires. Some of our desires are bad, and some are good. What does the Bible say? What should we want? That’s what we are talking about in this short study series.

Study
Title
Bible Reference
July 9 True Greatness Mark 10:35-45
July 16 True Security John 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:3-5
July 23 True Freedom John 8:31-36
July 30 A Better Tomorrow Matthew 5:13-16
Aug 13 Belonging John 1:12-13; Galatians 4:4-7

 

 

Previous Study (ICF-A): God's Will for His People


God's Will for His People

People generally believe there is a right way to live and behave. But how do we know? And how can we do it? God has given His people instructions on how to live, and He has given them the resources to do it! What are God's instructions? How do they apply to our daily lives? That’s what we are discussing in this informative, challenging, and practical study. We are using the "Ten Commandments" as a general outline.

Study
Title
Bible Reference
Mar 19
Living the Right Way
Mar 26
Counterfeit Gods
Apr 02
Reverence and Rest
Apr 09
Honoring Parents
Apr 16
Murder, But …
May 07
Hatred & Anger
May 28
Faithfulness & Purity
Jun 04
Stealing
Jun 18
To Be Honest

Exodus 20:16; Colossians 3:9-10

July 2
What Not to Want Exodus 20:17; Colossians 3:5

 

 

Previous Study (ICF-A): "Joy in the Journey” (A Study of Philippians)


"Joy in the Journey” (A Study of Philippians)

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul mentions the words “joy” and “rejoice” 16 times. Paul found joy in his Christian journey, and we are urged to rejoice with him. This study will help believers live the Christian life with joy, and also help non-believers learn more about the Christian life.
Study
Title
Bible Reference
Jan 15
Praying with Joy

Philippians 1:1-11

Jan 22
Progress & Joy Philippians 1:12-26
Jan 29
How to Live (Part 1) Philippians 1:27-2:11
Feb 05
How to Live (Part 2) Philippians 2:5-18
Feb 12
Two More Examples Philippians 2:19-30
Feb 19
Changing Values & Pursuits Philippians 3:1-11
Feb 26
Pursuing the Goal Philippians 3:12-21
Mar 05
Rejoice! Philippians 4:1-9
Mar 12
Thankful & Content Philippians 4:10-23


Previous Study (ICF-A): Christmas & Advent

Date
Title
Reference
Nov 27
Hope
Dec 04
Peace
Dec 11
Joy
Dec 18
Love

 


Previous Study: "A Christians Journey (The Life of Paul)

Life is a journey for all of us. Paul’s journey was unique. It was one man’s “Christian journey.” However, each Christian’s journey is similar in many ways, and we can learn much from Paul’s life. How did Paul become a Christian, know God’s will, share his faith, face opposition, deal with suffering, find fulfillment, etc.? As we consider Paul’s journey, we will see how it relates to our journey. I trust this study will equip and encourage Christians in their own journeys, and also help non-Christians understand how the Christian journey is different.
Study
Title
Reference
Sept 18
Becoming A Christian Acts 9:1-22
Sept 25
Beginning to Serve Acts 9:20-30
Oct 02
Keeping Things Straight Acts 14:8-20
Oct 09
Bumps & Turns in the Road Acts 16:1-15
Oct 16
Problems, Pain, Praise & Peace Acts 16:16-40
Oct 23
Responsiveness & Riot Acts 18:24-28; 19:8-41
Oct 30
To Finish the Race Acts 20:16-38
Nov 06
Troubles, Trials & Opportunities Acts 26
Nov 13
Storm & Shipwreck Acts 27:1 - 28:10
Nov 20
Thanksgiving Acts 28:16-31; Philippians 4:4-20

 

 

Previous Study (ICF-A): Uncovering the Unknown God

Date
Title
Aug 21
New In Town
Aug 28
The Maker & Us
Sep 04
Now What?

 

 

Previous Study (ICF-A): Life Matters

"In this study series, we are considering important aspects of life from a biblical perspective."

Date
Title
April 17
Purpose
May 01
Education & Knowledge
May 15
Work
May 29
Success
June 06
Family - Parents
June 10
Family - Marriage
June 26
Trouble
July 03
Encouragement
July 10
Leisure
July 24
Health
July 31
Community
Aug 14
Character

 


Previous Study (ICF-A): The Life (John 11-21)

"This is the life" is a commonly used American phrase, especially in the midst of great enjoyment. The Bible talks about "the life", but it means much more than a temporary enjoyable experience. "The life" of the Bible is much better in many ways! What is "the life"? How can we experience it? How can we live "the life" on a daily basis? We will answer these questions as we consider "The Life", based on a chronological study of John 11-21.


Previous Study (ICF-A):
Holiday Reflections


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Previous Study (ICF-A): "The Light (John 1-10)."

Date
Title
Reference
The Word John 1
Coming of the New John 2
10/11/15

New Birth & Eternal Life

John 3

10/18/15

Living Water John 4:1-42

10/25/15

The Healer & Life-Giver John 5
11/08/15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-15, 25-40, 48-51

11/15/15

Opinions & Truth John 7
11/22/15
Truth & Freedom John 8:31-59

11/29/15

The Light of the World John 9

12/06/15

The Good Shepherd John 10:1-21


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Previous Study (ICF-A): "The Most Important Questions"

As humans, we have many questions about life. At the same time, many of us fail to carefully consider the “most important questions.” These “important questions” address the meaning and purpose of life, and help us know how to live. Whether believer or nonbeliever, this study should be informative and practical, because our responses to the "most important questions" deeply affect every part of our daily lives.

Date
Title
Important Questions - Introduction
What is Ultimate Reality?
How Can We Know?

What is Man?

What is Wrong?
What is the Solution?

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Previoius Study: “Genuine Christianity”

Date
Title
Reference
5/31/2015
The Word of Life 1 John 1:1-4

6/07/2015

Walking in the Light

1 John 1:5-2:2

6/14/2015
Knowing That We Know 1 John 2:3-2:14

6/21/2015

Do Not Love

1 John 2:15-27

6/28/2015

Children of God

1 John 2:28-3:10
7/5/2015
Love & Assurance 1 John 3:11-24
7/12/2015
To Whom Do You Listen? 1 John 4:1-6
7/19/2015
The Move to Love 1 John 4:7-21
7/26/2015

Overcoming the World

1 John 5:1-12

8/02/2015
What Can We Know? 1 John 5:13-21

 

Previous Study ICF-A): “Living in Grace”

Date
Title
Reference
4/26/2015
Forgiveness Matthew 18:23-35
5/3/2015
Acceptance Luke 15:11-32
5/10/2015
Love John 13:1-35

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Previous Study (ICF-A): “Living Well in an Unwell World”

Date
Title
Reference
1/18/2015
Chosen with a Purpose 1 Peter 1:1-2
1/25/2015
A Living Hope 1 Peter 1:3-12
2/01/2015
In All You Do 1 Peter 1:13-25
2/08/2015
Who We Are 1 Peter 2:1-10
2/15/2015
Living Honorably in the World 1 Peter 2:11-17
3/1/2015
Following in His Steps 1 Peter 2:18-25
3/8/2015

The Way of Blessing

1 Peter 3:1-12
3/22/2015
The Path to Victory 1 Peter 3:13-22
3/29/2015 Living the New Life 1 Peter 4:1-11
4/5/2015
Peter & Easter 1 Peter 4:12-19
4/12/2015
In the Shepherd’s Care 1 Peter 5:1-11
4/19/2015
Standing in Grace 1 Peter 5:12-14


Previous Study (ICF-A):
“Lessons from Luke”
Date
Title
Reference
8/17/2014
So You May Know Luke 1:1-4
8/24/2014
Testing & Temptation Luke 4:1-13
8/31/2014
Fishers of People Luke 5:1-11
9/7/2014
What Kind of Love Luke 6:27-36
9/14/2014
The Parable of the Sower Luke 8:4-15
9/21/2014
Feeding the Crowd Luke 9:10-17
9/28/2014
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
10/5/2014
Teach Us to Pray Luke 11:1-13
10/12/2014
Welcome Home Luke 15:11-32
10/19/2014
Impossible? Luke 18:15-30
10/26/2014
Faithfulness While Waiting Luke 19:11-27
11/2/2014
The End is Coming Luke 21:5-36
11/9/2014
The Lord's Supper Luke 22:7-30
11/16/2014
Innocence & Justice Luke 23:1-25
11/23/2014
It is True! Luke 24:13-35
11/30/2014
Believing the Impossible Luke 1:26-45
12/7/2014
Hearing, Going, Seeing, Telling Luke 2:8-20
12/14/2014
What Child is This? Luke 2:22-38
12/21/2014
My Father's House Luke 2:41-52

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Previous Study
(ICF-A): Nehemiah – Lessons in Leadership
Date
Title
Reference
May 11 Heart & Prayer Nehemiah 1
May 18
May 25 Working Together Nehemiah 3
June 01 Opposition from the Outside Nehemiah 4
June 08 Oppression from the Inside Nehemiah 5
June 15 Facing Intimidation Nehemiah 6
June 22 The People Nehemiah 7
June 29 Finding Joy in the Book Nehemiah 8
July 06 Confession Nehemiah 9
Handout - Nehemiah in the Big Picture
July 13 Dedication Nehemiah 10
July 20 Celebration Nehemiah 11-12
July 27 Setbacks & Way Forward Nehemiah 13

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Previous Study
: Wisdom from James

Date

Title
Reference - Book of James
Jan 19

Turning Trials Into Triumphs 1:1-12
Jan 26

How to Handle Temptation 1:13-18

Feb 02

Doing What You Hear

1:19-27

Feb 09

No Favoritism

2:1-13

Feb 16

Genuine Faith

2:14-26

Feb 23

Controlling the Tongue

3:1-12
Mar 02 True Wisdom 3:13-18

Mar 9

Discovery Weekend
Mar 16 War & Peace 4:1-10

Mar 23

Who's the Judge 4:11-12
Mar 30 4:13-17
Apr 06 The Wrong Side of Riches 5:1-6
Apr 13 The Power of Patience 5:7-12
Apr 20 Easter Special Lesson: Easter
Apr 27 Let Us Pray 5:13-18
May 04 In Conclusion 5:19-20

Previous Study: The Road to Christmas

In this short series, we are travelling “the road to Christmas,” quickly tracing “the big story” of the Bible from Genesis to Jesus, and finding practical applications along the way.

Date

Title
Reference
Dec 01 The Journey Begins Various Passages, Genesis – Numbers
Dec 08 The Promised Land Various Passages, Joshua – 1 Kings
Dec 15 Detour Through Exile

Various Passages, Isaiah – Jeremiah

Dec 22

Arrival in Bethlehem

Various Passages, New Testament

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Previous Study: "Good News in the Psalms"

The Bible contains different kinds of literature. The "Psalms" are Old Testament poetry written long ago, but they still grab our attention, arouse our emotions, and touch our souls. They effectively communicate powerful truths about God, humanity, and our relationship with Him. And they point to the good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ. Join us as we "speak to one another with psalms" (Ephesians 5:19). This study should be informative to the non-Christian and also helpful to the believer in living the Christian life.

Date

Title
Reference
Aug 18
Aug 25 What is Man? Psalms 8
Sept 01
Sept 08
Sept 15
Sept 22
Sept 29
Oct 06
Oct 13
Oct 20
Oct 27
Nov 03
Nov 10 The Right Way Psalm 1
Nov 17 How To Walk Psalm 119
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Psalm 95

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Previous Study : The Fruitful Life

Date

Title
Reference

May 19
The Vine & the Branches John 15:1-5
May 26 God’s Word 2 Timothy 3:14-17

June 02
Prayer Luke 11:1-4
June 09 God’s Discipline Hebrews 12:4-11
June 16 Obedience John 15:9-17; 1 John 2:3-6

June 23

Fellowship Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25

June 30

The Body 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
July 07 Witness John 15:16, Acts 1:8
July 14 Light & Salt Ephesians 5:8-12; Matthew 5:13-16
Aug 11 Fruit of the Spirit John 15:4-5; Galatians 5:16-25

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Previous Study (ICF-A): Romans - Good News for the World

Date

Title
Reference

Jan 06

Good News & Purpose Romans 1:1-17
Jan 13 Bad News Romans 1:18-2:29

Jan 20

Our Problem & God's Solution Romans 3
Jan 27 Reason for Hope Romans 5:1-11
Feb 03 A New Life Romans 6:1-23

Feb 10

The Struggle Romans 7
Feb 17 The Spirit of Life Romans 8:1-17

Feb 24

Assurance of Hope Romans 8:18-39
Mar 03 The Recipients of Salvation Romans 9:1-8; 9:30-10:15
Mar 10 (Discovery Weekend)

Mar 17

God's People & God's Plan Romans 11

Mar 24

Living the Christian Life Romans 12:1-8

Mar 31

Christian Love Romans 12:9-21
Apr 07 Relating to the State Romans 13:1-7
April 14 Fitting Clothing Romans 13:8-14

April 21

Disputable Matters Romans 14
April 28 Singing & Testimonies The Roman Road

May 05

Plans & Providence Romans 15:14-33

May 12

In Conclusion Romans 16


Previous Study (ICF-A): Isaiah Looks Forward to Christmas
Date
Title
Reference
Nov 25
Preparing the Way
Isaiah 1-2; 40:1-5; Luke 1:57-80
Dec 02
Immanuel Isaiah 7:1-8:10; Matthew 1:18-25
Dec 09
What Child is This? Isaiah 8:11-9:7; Luke 1:26-33; 2:29-32
Dec 16
Coming to the Light Isaiah 60:1-9; Micah 5:1-5; Matthew 2:1-12

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Lessons from the Hall of Faith
Date
Title
Reference
Sept 02
Introducing the Hall of Faith Hebrews 11:1-3, 6
Sept 09
Abel & Enoch Heb. 11:4-5; Genesis 4:1-16
Sept 16
Noah Heb. 11:7; Genesis 6:5-22
Sept 23
Abraham Heb. 11:8-12
Sept 30
Joseph Heb. 11:22; Genesis 37-50
Oct 07
Moses Heb. 11:23; Exodus 1:6-2:10
Oct 14
Joshua Heb. 11:30-31; Joshua 1:1-3; 3:1-17; 6:1-5
Oct 21
Gideon Heb. 11:32; Judges 6:25-32; 7:1-22
Oct 28
David Heb. 11:32; Psalm 23
Nov 04
Daniel Heb. 11:32-34; Daniel 6:5-23
Nov 11
Jesus Heb. 12:1-3

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“Rulers & God’s Rule”

Date
Title
Reference

Jul 29

King Saul: Firsts & Failures 1 Samuel 13:5-14; 15:7-23
Aug 05
King David: A Man after God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 11; Psalm 51

Aug 12
King Solomon: King of a “Great Nation” 1 Kings 3:7-14; 4:29-34; 9:4-7; 11:1-13

Aug 12

Aug 26

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Encouragement in Faithfulness - A Study of 2 Timothy

Study
Title
Reference
Lesson 1

Helpful Reminders

2 Timothy 1:1-7
Lesson 2
It's Worth It 2 Timothy 1:8-18
Lesson 3
Endurance and Faithfulness 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Lesson 4
Arguments & Instruction 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Lesson 5
The Last Days 2 Timothy 3:1-9
Lesson 6
Do This Instead 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Lesson 7
The Final Charge 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Lesson 8
Importance of People 2 Timothy 4:9-22

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"Living out God's Purpose (A Study of Ephesians)"

God has a great plan and purpose for His creation. God's plan and purpose is accomplished and realized in Jesus Christ. What does this really mean for the Christian? How does the Christian live out God's purpose for his/her life? We will consider these questions, and others, as we study the book of Ephesians. While the book of Ephesians is directed to Christian believers, this study will also help inquirers and seekers learn more about God and the Christian life.

Study
Title
Reference
Lesson 1

Blessings in Christ

Ephesians 1:1-14
Lesson 2
To Know Hope & Power Ephesians 1:15-23
Lesson 3
Made Alive! Ephesians 2:1-10
Lesson 4
Peace & Unity Ephesians 2:11-22
Lesson 5
The Mystery Ephesians 3:1-13
Lesson 6
Praying for Power Ephesians 3:14-21
Lesson 7
The Body Ephesians 4:1-16
Lesson 8
The New Life Ephesians 4:17-5:2
Lesson 9
Children of Light Ephesians 5:3-21
Lesson 10
Love & Marriage Ephesians 5:22-33
Lesson 11
Relationships
Ephesians 6:1-9
Lesson 12
Spiritual Struggle Ephesians 6:10-24


Being A Christian in the Modern World
(A Study of 1 Corinthians)

First century Corinthian culture was influenced by the values of status, occupation, education, knowledge, wealth, luxury and pleasure; which promoted attitudes of self-advancement and self-indulgence. Corinth was a cultural melting pot of different religions and moral standards. This sounds like the modern world, especially cosmopolitan and university communities. Thus Paul's letter to the Corinthians is very applicable to us today. How are Christians to live in the modern world? Our study of 1 Corinthians will help answer that crucial question.
Lesson
Title
Reference
Jan 23 Unity & Division 1:1-17
Jan 30 Foolishness & Wisdom 1:17-2:5
Feb 06 Understanding True Wisdom 2:6-16
Feb 13 Spiritual Building

3:1-23

Feb 20 Servants of Christ 4:1-21
Feb 27 What Lives in You?

5:1-6:20

Mar 06 To be decided
Mar 13 Married or Unmarried? 7:1-40
Mar 20 Knowledge, Rights, & Love 8:1-9:27
Mar 27 "Flee from ... !"

10:1-11:1

Apr 03 When We Come Together 11:2-34
Apr 10 Unity & Diversity 12:1-31
Apr 17 The Most Excellent Way 13:1-14:40
Apr 24 Raised or Not? 15:1-34
May 01 Bodies of the Future 15:35-58
May 08 Testimony & Singing No lesson
May 15 Giving, Going, and Going On 16:1-24

 


"God's Promise for the Nations"


Beginning on page 1 of the Bible, we will trace God's plan through history to restore the harmony of his original creation. This study provides an overview of the historical, biblical basis of the Christian faith, and highlights the continuity of the Bible through both the Old and New Testaments. We will also find practical application for today's world and our own lives.

Aug 22
The Crown of Creation
Aug 29
What Went Wrong?
Sept 05
The Promise and Abraham
Sept 12
Early Descendents of Abraham
Sept 19
The Passover & Exodus
Sept 26
Singing & Testimony in Chapel (No lesson)
Oct 03
The Giving of the Law
Oct 10
The Tabernacle
Oct 17
Wilderness Wanderings
Oct 24
The Promised Land
Oct 31
The Promise & David
Nov 07
Isaiah & the Promise
Nov 14
The New Covenant
Nov 21
The Promised One
Nov 28
The New People of God
Dec 05
The Kingdom of God - (Also see Diagram)

 


"The Sufficiency of Christ"

In this world, we face many challenges. We struggle to live as we ought. We strive to satisfy our deepest desires, but our efforts fail. We might turn to philosophy and religion, but we still feel empty. How can we handle life's challenges? How can live as we ought? How can we experience true fulfillment? As the book of Colossians reveals, Christ is sufficient. Why is Christ sufficient? How is Christ sufficient? How does the sufficiency of Christ apply to our daily lives? We will discuss these things as we study the book of Colossians.

Oct 25
Reason for Thanksgiving
Nov 01
What to Pray For
Nov 08
The Supremacy of Christ
Nov 14
Hidden Treasures
Nov 22
Freedom In Christ
Nov 29
Christ and Religion
Dec 06
The New You - Part 1
Dec 13
The New You - Part 2
Jan 03
Relationships
Jan 10
Sharing Christ

"Lessons From Tragedy

April 29 Life Brevity
May 06 Light
May 13 Treasure

"Hall of Faith"

April 24 Hall of Faith - Lauren McCain


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The Good News & Becoming a Christian

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Anger

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The Passion of Christ

The Resurrection of Christ

What is Atonement?
How Can We Have Peace?
Knowing God's Will

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Belief in God in the Age of Modern Science

Doesn't Evolution Contradict Genesis

The Reliability of the New Testament

The Bible

Wars, Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Hurricanes

Evil and Suffering

Wars in the Old Testament
What About Marriage?
Marriage Relationship

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