Bible Studies

Bible Studies

It can be daunting when one moves to a new country and becomes surrounded by unfamiliar languages, cultures, and religions. But one thing that remains the same is God’s steadfast love. JCF’s Bible Study groups aim to offer regular fellowship with other believers as we delve into the word together and deepen our relationships with God.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

What are JCF Bible study groups?

Each JCF Bible study group has anywhere between three to ten people who meet once a week over the internet or in person. Each group has two leaders and the group leaders conduct the Bible study and prayer times. The groups will consist of fellow foreign residents (usually Christian) from different parts of Japan. These groups are a great way to meet new friends, fellowship, and encourage one another to go into our Japanese communities to share the Good News with them.

What does being in a Bible study group involve?

Since each Bible study group is different it can comprise of different things. They involve meeting in person or on Skype/Google Hangouts at a given time once a week with people who would like to know Christ more. Some groups use the time to do one or more of the points below:

  • Chat and pray for each other
  • Take turns to share something about what God has spoken to them or personal challenges
  • Look at a Bible passage and discuss

If needed, the Bible Study Coordinator can provide some topics and limited resources on some topics you may like to cover during your Bible study. You may also like to prepare a Bible study every week or have the members take turns running it. This will be up to your group and who chooses to lead. You can also discuss this with the members in your group and go from there.

Bible study guidelines

Of course anyone is allowed to participate in a JCF Bible Study, but we want to make sure we all understand how to have respectful, mutually edifying study times focused on the Bible. Please observe the following:

  • God’s word (Bible) stays at the forefront of discussions when we gather, not our own words.
  • Turn to the Bible during uncertainty in Bible studies and our daily lives.
  • Realize everyone has different denominational and cultural backgrounds and remain respectful of everyone’s opinions when speaking truth into situations.
  • Encourage and uplift one another in our faith through prayer.
  • Pray for ALTs and others as witnesses, as well as for those being witnessed to in our communities. Pray for each other.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to be part of a Bible study group, please contact the Bible Study Coordinator who will take you through the guidelines of what it means to be in a group and then discuss days and time.