Bible Studies & Squads
First Women’s discipleship offers weekly Bible studies and SQUADS that meet in person and via zoom. SQUADs (Scripture, Questions, And Discussion) are small groups that study the same scripture together on different days and locations around the Columbia area.
The spring semester of Squads (Scripture, Questions And Discussion) begins May 18!
This semester Squads will go through the study Nice: Why we love to be liked and how God calls us to more, by Sharon Hodde Miller. The 6-session study will run May 18 through June 22.
The study is free. All you need is a RightNow Media account to access the videos and handouts. (We will send you a link to create a free RNM account if you need one.) Printed copies of the study handouts will be provided at the first in-person meeting. Zoom participants can pick up their handouts from the church office or print their own. For deeper study (but not necessary for participation), the corresponding book Nice is available as an optional purchase for $12 when you register. (It’s also available through online retailers like Amazon & LifeWay).
The spring semester offers 3 Squads/locations:
- Tuesdays at noon via Zoom (hosted by Carol Caulk)
- Tuesdays at 9:30am at FBC (hosted by Janet Ballew, Esther Dennis, and Ruth Wolfe) – Childcare available, but please register by May 2.
- Tuesdays at 6:30pm at FBC (hosted by Cameron Rick)
Choose whichever group fits your schedule. Our full line-up of Squads will be back in the fall, so anyone interested in rejoining a previous Squad may do so then. In the meantime, enjoy meeting some new friends!
God never called us to be nice.
We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core.
In this RightNow Media study based on her book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. She challenges readers to cultivate a better “tree,” providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.
First Women’s Ministry offers Bible studies and mentoring opportunities, which provide intentional relationships centered on the Word of God. These relationships are for the purposes of growing in our love for Christ and one another, our understanding of God’s Word, and our obedience to His will.
For more information about discipleship, contact email@example.com
First Women’s Ministry provides spiritual, educational, and social opportunities to introduce women in our community to Christ and to the fellowship and ministries of First Baptist Church.
For more information about outreach, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
First Women’s Ministry creates opportunities for women of all generations to come together for worship, fellowship, prayer and biblical teaching for the purpose of growing and strengthening our community.
For more information about events contact email@example.com
First Women’s Ministry serves in our community and around the world for the purpose of loving others in the name of Jesus Christ. We believe that when women unite under the banner of Christ, we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.
For more information about service, the following women’s service groups: Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), Baptist Women (BW), and Baptist Young Women (BYW) contact firstname.lastname@example.org
First Women’s Ministry believes that “the effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much” (James 5:16). The prayer team consists of women who are followers of Christ, believe in the power of prayer, and are committed to interceding on behalf of the church and ministry.
For more information about joining the prayer team or to submit a prayer request, email email@example.com.
Community Partnership: Saluda River Academy of the Arts
Saluda River, a Title 1 elementary school in Lexington School District Two, is located in West Columbia and has excellent, caring administrators and teachers that work in a community where 70% of the students are below the poverty level. Many of their parents work 2 and 3 minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet. We are seeking to support both the teachers and students.