Small Group Bible Study Model

Small Group Bible Study Model
Ephesus Church, Rincon, GA

Christ-Centered Reformed Baptist Church began from a small Bible study that began meeting in a living room in 2009. Those involved in the Bible study were largely charismatic Christians who had grown increasingly skeptical of the churches they were in because of aberrant theology and practices. Two men were taking turns leading the Bible study on Thursday evenings and spent the time working through the basic tenants of Reformed theology. In time, the Bible study grew to a regular attendance of 15-20 men, many of whom had wives and children. Some of the families began attending Ephesus Church on occasion, however the distance was difficult for them to be consistently and faithfully engaged. As each family was becoming convinced of Reformed theology, the growing consensus was that a new local church was a necessity as many of the families had stopped attending their previous places of worship altogether. When the Bible study began initially, there were no plans or intentions to begin a new church, however the need became obvious in time and the Bible study provided a wonderful foundation upon which to begin.

In early 2011, the men leading the Bible study began working with the elders of Ephesus Church to determine a plan to begin a church plant in Savannah, GA. Funds were raised to support the rental of a meeting location, as well as pay for various avenues of modest advertisement. Both men who were leading the Bible study maintained their regular jobs throughout the process. Initially, the Bible study continued to meet on Thursday evenings while the participants were encouraged to worship at Ephesus Church on the Lord’s Day. However, by the summer of 2011 plans were in place to begin and on July 11, 2011 Christ-Centered Reformed Baptist Church began meeting weekly on the Lord’s Day.

The first two years (2011-2013) were utilized to draft a church constitution and by-laws as well as educating the core group on the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and an biblical understanding of church governance.

Nick Kennicott