Starting August 22, a group of people will meet at the First Presbyterian Church to better understand the word of God.
The Explorers’ Bible Study has been in Vicksburg for 35 years, said coordinator Rosalye Baldwin.
âExplorer’s Bible Study is like community Bible study and the Bible study community, all of which are organizations that have strictly Bible studies,â she said. âExplorers is from Dixon, Tennessee, and they have groups all over the United States and on the Internet. “
Baldwin has been involved in it for 20 years.
âWe take one book or more from the Bible every year,â she said. “We are doing the gospel of John this year, and the workbooks (for the program) are from Bible Explorer.”
The group meets every Wednesday for 30 weeks during the school year, and studies one chapter per week.
âYou have five lessons each week and then we get together the next week and have a small group and answer questions and discuss questions,â Baldwin said. “That was one of the beauties for me when I walked in, is that each person is encouraged to use only the Bible.”
And while the group is interracial and interfaith, their religion or faith’s interpretation of a passage is not in dispute, she said. âWe don’t ask what my church says about it; it is strictly the word of God, âshe added.
The Bible, she said, is the only text used in the program and provides the answers to the questions in the workbook.
Each meeting begins with a group meeting consisting of a hymn and a prayer, then divides into five small groups to discuss the homework questions from the previous week. After the questions have been discussed, the small groups come together for a video lesson by Marni McKenzie of Batesville.
At the first meeting on August 22, Baldwin said, âWe will have an introduction to the gospel of John, and we will have books that we always open with a coffee and we will sit down, and then we will have an introduction and they will have. their books and start the first chapter that week. We’re all here, and that’s a beautiful thing.
She said that currently around 87 people are expected to attend the first session: âBut people can come any time of the year and we encourage our members to invite more. It’s a really great group. “
The Explorers’ Bible Study meets 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St. Course cost $ 60 and scholarships are available as needed. To register for the course or for more information, call Baldwin at 601-638-3994 or Jennifer Sluis at 601-630-7383.