Baptist College of Florida students stay grounded in Bible study

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GRACEVILLE – The Baptist College of Florida at Graceville is a higher education institution dedicated to providing a strong Christian foundation, academic excellence and more at an affordable cost.

BCF, located at 5400 College Drive, Graceville, is dedicated not only to preparing the next generation for ministry and leadership, but also to caring for the general well-being of its students, faculty, and staff.

One of the ways that BCF keeps students’ spiritual lives grounded is by providing Bible studies on a multitude of topics with the key phrase: “What does the Bible say …”

During the spring semester, two campus-wide Bible studies are available for students, faculty and staff.

Ladies Bible Study

One opportunity to study the Word of God is the BCF Ladies Bible Study. This Bible study group meets at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Kinchen Center.

The study is currently available to students, faculty and campus staff, but when campus activities reopen to off-campus visitors, women from the community are also welcome.

For the spring semester 2021, the passage explored is Matthew 5-7.

Beth Andrews, administrative assistant to the academic dean and responsible for Bible studies, said she chose this passage because it is one of Jesus’ best-known sermons, containing the beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and teachings on a wide variety of subjects all worthy of special attention.

She said the reason behind this Bible study was twofold.

God called me to do this, and as a seminary student I remember how easy it is to relegate Bible study to academics and miss out on the beauty and the practicality of the scriptures, ”said Andrews. “If anyone were to consider this Bible study, I would say, ‘Come on! We would love to have you and I promise you will be blessed by the Word and fellowship of our BCF ladies.

Virtual and in-person Bible study

Another opportunity to dive into the Word is at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Kinchen Center. This Bible Study is open to students both in person and through a Zoom link.

For students joining in person, free coffee is provided along with thoughtful discussion and fruitful conversations.

The reasoning behind this Bible study is that it is not just about papers, exams, or grades, but looking at the Word of God in an environment that invites discussion and questions.

BCF Campus Minister and Christian Ministry Assistant Professor Lance Beauchamp leads the group.

“We go verse by verse through a book of the Bible every week,” Beauchamp said. “We started going verse by verse through 1 Corinthians in the fall semester. We picked up where we left off this semester and plan to finish this book.

“I chose it because it is very easy to apply to 21st century American culture as we face the same cultural temptations and issues,” he said.

When asked what he would say to students looking for a Bible study, Beauchamp replied, “I would tell them they are welcome. This is a great opportunity to look at some of the more difficult passages of Scripture that have immediate application. We look at topics ranging from marriage and divorce to gray areas of life to spiritual gifts.

During the Madness of Life and COVID-19, BCF Bible Studies gives students a solid foundation of God’s Word and something they can hold onto.

The two dedicated people who lead the studies create an atmosphere where camaraderie is encouraged and healthy conversations are welcome.

The location provides room for social distancing ensuring student safety.

For more information about the courses and programs offered at Baptist College of Florida, call 800-328-2660 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.

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