Steve, the administrator for JesusAlive.cc, leads two online Bible studies on “Zoom” for visitors to the JesusAlive.cc website. One is on Sunday night, and one is on Thursday night, with both meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. If this is something that would be of interest to you, here is what you need to know.
1. These Bible studies are open to anyone in the U.S., or the world who is able to download Zoom (not available in some countries) onto their pc, phone, or tablet (it will need to have a camera and microphone). You can download Zoom here: zoom.us.
***Note: For those of you outside of the United States, please make sure you understand what the time difference is between where you are and the United States. Google: “time in New York right now” to find this. For many outside of the U.S., our meeting will be in the middle of the night for you. (In the future, we may add a study at an earlier time if there is enough interest.)
2. When I say “Bible studies,” they are indeed that, however, they are also more. There are 3 aspects to these meetings: 1. Fellowship – we will spend a little bit of time interacting with each other, 2. Prayer – we will pray for any needs you might have, 3. Bible study – we will spend time studying God’s Word (usually about an hour or so).
3. On Sundays, I primarily do expository teaching. What this means is that we will take a book of the Bible, and explore it verse by verse. While what I teach is geared towards newer Christians. I will go deeper sometimes. This study is “interactive.” I encourage questions, and participation, however, there will not be “debate.” While I do not expect you to agree with me on every theological viewpoint, if you don’t, this study is not a forum for you to argue with me. If I find someone to be disruptive, or monopolizing time, they will either be removed from the room immediately, or not be asked back for another meeting. (Thankfully, this has not happened so far.)
4. Thursdays are a chance for people to ask Steve Bible related questions, and we will search through Scripture to find answers. If no one has any questions, we will either do a topical study, or pick a section of Scripture to discuss. This night is less structured than Sundays, and more back and forth discussions are allowed.
***Note: Please take some time to look over the JesusAlive.cc website to find my views on different Bible topics.
Interested in joining?
Here is what you need to do:
If you would like to be a part of either of these groups, comment below. In order to comment, you will need to have an e-mail address, and I will receive this e-mail address when you comment. I will use it to contact you. My wife and I meet with each person on Zoom before bringing them into the Bible studies. This gives you a chance to meet us, and ask any questions you might have, and it gives us a chance to get to know you a little better. I know this makes some people uncomfortable, but we feel it is necessary.
Honestly, it is also a filter for us to make sure you are someone who is sincere about joining, and not someone intent on coming in to cause problems and ruin the studies. (This has been a constant problem for those who have “open join” Zoom meetings.) We simply cannot let people into the studies that we have not met first.
After the meeting, assuming everything goes well, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join us on whatever day you have chosen.
I look forward to connecting with you!
In Christ, Steve