Bible Studies

First Free Rockford offers a variety of Bible studies for men and women. Bible studies tend to have a round-table discussion format, centered on a specific curriculum, but also offer group prayer and encouragement. If you’re looking for a welcoming environment where you can deepen your understanding of the Bible, our Bible studies are for you. The options below will be updated each semester.


Winter 2021 Studies

The Way Home – Tessa Afshar

Enter the story of Ruth like never before through this 6-week Bible study.

Ruth was a vulnerable, widowed woman starting over in a foreign land. While Naomi was returning to community, Ruth was setting herself up to be the odd one out her whole life. What gave her the strength to do it? Could it be that she sensed all along that her journey away from Moab was a journey toward home?

The story of Ruth is a remarkable tale of bravery, calling, and God’s provision, and it will come to life in new ways as you dig deep in this 6-week Bible study. Tessa Afshar, author of award-winning biblical and historical fiction, teaches you how to study the text, discern meaning, pray through it, and live it out. She’ll show you how to draw on the same strength and courage that Ruth did and accept God’s invitation to new beginnings in your own life.

This Bible study also includes optional teaching videos that can be purchased separately to enrich your study.

Book Info

Available at discount price in Scroll Resource Center. Open Sunday mornings.

Date and Time

Various days/times Weeks of Jan. 4–Feb. 8
In-person or remote; schedule based on preference.

A Great Cloud of Witnesses – Trillia J. Newbell

Rejuvenate your faith through the stories of the faithful.

Throughout Scripture we find countless stories of God’s faithfulness—we also find countless stories of the people who remained faithful to Him.

To strengthen and deepen your own faith, enter the stories of God’s imperfect yet faithful people in A Great Cloud of Witnesses, a six-week bible study by Trillia Newbell. This study dives into Hebrews 11, examining the lives of Rahab, Enoch, Gideon, Sarah, and many more whose faiths withstood the tests of their days. Each devotional invites you into the lives of ordinary people who lived by faith and concludes with reflection questions so that you can consider how your story connects with those found in Scripture. By studying the great cloud of witnesses found in Hebrews 11, and others who have gone before us, you will learn to imitate their faith while clinging to the One who is always faithful as you run the race God has set before you.

Book Info

Available at discount price in Scroll Resource Center. Open Sunday mornings.

Date and Time

Various days/times Weeks of Feb. 15–Mar. 31
Spring break is the week of March 24th.
In-person or remote; schedule based on preference.

Me and My Big Mouth – Andy Stanley

Open mouth . . . insert foot. Don’t we all wish we could avoid that scenario? Our words can get us into all kinds of trouble. But maybe we can learn to keep our big mouths in check. 4-week sermon series by Andy Stanley through RightNow Media.

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Book Info

Available at discount price in Scroll Resource Center. Open Sunday mornings.

Date and Time

Various days/times Weeks of April 5–26
In-person or remote; schedule based on preference.

Ephesians – J.D. Greear

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.

Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.

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Study handouts will be provided at each class.

Date and Time

Wednesdays, Jan. 6–Mar. 3
6:30–8 p.m. In-person; room TBD.

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Erin Blume

Director of Adult Ministries