The word of the Bible is the most important thing for a local interfaith Bible study that launched its program this week.
Explorers’ Bible study began Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St., and will meet weekly. Although the group meets at the First Presbyterian, leaders say denominations are not participating in the study.
“We are not talking about a church. We don’t even know where everyone (worship). People think I’m going to this church because I’m taking care of it now, but I don’t. I’m down the street, ”said leader Rosalye Baldwin.
Baldwin said she learned a lot from participating in the study over the years and bonded with many women through the scholarship they experienced during the study.
“I’ve learned so much from the word of God over the word of God, and it’s just a beautiful thing,” Baldwin said. “It means so much to me. “
She said that there has been an Explores Bible study in Vicksburg for at least 33 years, and that this year’s study closely focuses on the gospel of Matthew for all 31 sessions held over eight months.
“We’re basically taking one chapter a week right now,” Baldwin said.
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.
The study has a workbook with questions that participants work on at home. Baldwin said the most important text for the class is the Bible where all the answers to the workbook questions can be found. She said executives are encouraged not to use any type of comment.
“The Bible is our text, but the books we use come from the explorers’ Bible study,” Baldwin said. “We are here to get all of our answers from the word of God. We use the Bible to get our answers and of course the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
After the small groups are done, everyone comes together for a video lesson by Marni McKenzie of Batesville.
“She has a gift for understanding the scriptures and presenting them in an easy (way). She just has a knack for teaching the Bible, ”said Jennifer Sluis.
Sluis leads one of the five breakout groups this year. This is her third year leading a group and her 17th year participating in the study.
“It’s wonderful. Studying the Bible verse by verse and the fellowship of women is great,” Sluis said. “It’s a wonderful time where you can learn even more than you get in school. of Sunday.”
Many participants enjoyed the study so much that they keep coming back year after year. Maurice Tadlock said she has been dating explorers since about 1983 and has read the entire Bible. She keeps coming back to learn more about the word of God.
“It speaks to you every day,” Tadlock said. “The only thing you have to do is open it and it speaks to you. “
Even though she has already done the study, she continues to learn from the spoken word and from the people who attend the class.
She said that when each person shares their point of view, it opens their eyes to different interpretations of the word.
“It’s refreshing all the time,” Tadlock said, and Baldwin agreed.
“There is just a beauty in those who come together with different backgrounds because you have ideas of what someone else has seen in the word of God that may be different than you,” Baldwin said.
The study runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday, starting in late August and ending in late April with weeks off for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays.
“We’re basically going for 31 weeks and we’re pretty much following the school calendar,” Baldwin said.
So far, 86 participants have signed up for the study, but Baldwin said it’s not too late to sign up. The group is open to everyone and she said people are welcome to attend a lesson before deciding to join.
“We are not a clique. We’re not a denomination where you have to do this and that. All you need is a copy of God’s Word, and if you don’t have one, we’ll get you one, ”Baldwin said.
The study costs $ 60.
Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the study.
“If there’s a need and they want to come, we want them to come,” Baldwin said.
For more information, call 601-638-3994 or 601-630-7383.