Big Apple Men's Bible Study
The following is an offering from NCBC elder Tim Axford, who has been leading this men’s bible study in Elgin for many years. Any and all men are welcome to attend.
The Friday morning men’s Bible study meets at 6:15 a.m. at Big Apple Bagel in Elgin. We end the study around 7:15 a.m. We normally take prayer requests at the end of the study and will sometimes have an extended prayer time depending on the needs. Attendance at the study is normally 10-12 men. I believe we have been meeting there since 2006 or 2007. We find it important to use that location because we are a witness to the community – we don’t have a separate room we meet in and the people who work there turn off the music for us during our study time. (They don’t ask us to purchase something during our time there but we feel it is an important witness to them that we do.)
Starting July 22 we began reading through the book “The Gospel Primer” by Milton Vincent. Many have already read through this book on their own but we find we benefit more from discussing the book as a group. In the past we have studied books of the Bible such as Luke, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Philippians, 1st Timothy, 1st and 2nd Peter from the NT and Genesis and parts of Deuteronomy from the OT. We have also read through and discussed books such as “The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification” by Walter Marshall, “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” by Jeremiah Burroughs, and “The Christian in Complete Armor” by William Gurnall.
One of the things I appreciate about the study is the encouragement the men receive from our discussions. For example - applications come easily as we read and interpret the passages of Scripture carefully. The Spirit of God is working through these men and with the variety of gifts God has given each of us, we are reminded of the truths of God’s Word through exhortations and sharing how He is working in each of our lives.
I would encourage any man to attend. I believe you too will receive encouragement from the Scriptures and encouragement from interaction with the other men at the study.