Small Group Studies

At First Presbyterian Church we believe that small group studies are in integral part of one’s Spiritual journey. 


We offer both traditional Bible Studies along with other Christian Life and Bible focused programs. Our group studies are typically offered at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings after our main service or on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Sessions consist of a short video lesson followed by group discussion and run for approximately 60-90 minutes. Group sizes range on average from 5-15.


We encourage thoughtful discussion in our groups and approach the material with open hearts and open minds. There is no right answer when it comes to faith and often we come to better understand our own beliefs and grow closer to God by taking the time to understand what others believe and how others interpret what they have seen or read.


We have an open door philosophy, come for one session or come for them all. Either way, we’re always happy to have you join us.


Enrollment is free and there is no charge for course materials. One does not need to be a member of the Church to participate.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Group Studies

We’re excited to continue our Small Group Studies program.

  • 12 WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

    SUNDAYS AT 11:30AM

    SEPTEMBER 10 - NOVEMBER 26

    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will hold a study of the Twelve Women of the Bible beginning Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Lysa TerKuerst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders will take participants on a journey of spiritual lessons learned from 12 biblical women and what they mean for your life today. We will learn the stories of Eve: Finding Lasting Contentment in the Truth; Rebekah: Breaking Free of Feminine Stereotypes; Leah: Overcoming Rejection and Insecurity; Hannah: Surrendering in Waiting; Abigail: Dealing with Confrontation in Relationships; Gomer: Learning to Accept Unconditional Love; Mary, Mother of Jesus: Moving from Comfort to Courage; Mary Magdalene: Transforming from Outcast to Follower; Mary of Bethany: Putting Our Faith into Action; Martha: Finding Our Identity in Jesus; The Woman at the Well: Turning Our Messes into Messages; The Syrophoenician Woman: Approaching God with Persistency and Boldness. These 12 women and their messages still are strongly related to today's world. Each class will be about one hour long and will include a short lesson on DVD and discussion. Study guides will be provided. All are welcome to join this fascinating study of the women of the Bible. Please register for this free class at 201-438-3569 or at http://fpcrutherford.org/ under adult education. Classes will be held at the Karen Kaiser Parish House.


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Past Group Studies

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Life TogetheR"

    The classic exploration of the Christian Community. After Bonhoeffer's martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, he continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. In his book Life Together, we learn of Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience within Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words.


  • BIBLE STUDY: PAUL'S LETTER TO THE GALATIANS

    The course consisted of a 20 minute DVD presentation by James M. Efird. He is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister committed to making the Bible understandable and properly understood for pastors and laity alike. 


  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Impact

    The 12-week group study was presented by Prof. James VanderKam, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls and professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. The course was intended to provide background on the history and significance of the scrolls and was designed to give participants a solid understanding of what the scrolls actually are and of the community associated with them. The course also examined the meaning of the scrolls and the implications for the texts of the books in the Old Testament.


  • A Brief Survey of the Bible - Discovering the Big Picture of God's Story from Genesis to Revelation

    The study was presented by Dr. John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School and Dr. Mark Strauss, professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary and provided an overview of the Bible’s key themes, showed what the teachings meant to the people at the time, and explained how those teachings apply to our lives today. The course was designed to provide participants with an understanding of Scripture, knowledge of how all the books work together, and an understanding of what God has done to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him. 


  • why in the world

    Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM) which was formed in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that un-churched people love to attend. Since its inception, NPM has grown from one church to five in metro-Atlanta and has developed a global network of more than thirty strategic partner churches. His father is Dr. Charles F. Stanley, the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of InTouch Ministries.

    In this series, Stanley boldly proclaims that Christians believe a lot of really unbelievable things—including that God showed up in a human body and lived among humankind.  Stanley challenges participants to reflect upon Why - Why would God want to become one of us and live in a world of anxiety, chaos, and heartache? Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live in this world? We think we know why He died. But what compelled Him to live as one of us?

  • five things god uses to grow your faith

    Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM) which was formed in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that un-churched people love to attend. Since its inception, NPM has grown from one church to five in metro-Atlanta and has developed a global network of more than thirty strategic partner churches. His father is Dr. Charles F. Stanley, the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of InTouch Ministries.

    In this series, Stanley challenges participants to imagine how different their outlook on life would be if they had absolute confidence that God was with them.  Participants explore how differently they would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if they knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good and see what it might be like to have PERFECT faith.

  • christian: it's not what you think

    Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM) which was formed in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that un-churched people love to attend. Since its inception, NPM has grown from one church to five in metro-Atlanta and has developed a global network of more than thirty strategic partner churches. His father is Dr. Charles F. Stanley, the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of InTouch Ministries.

    In this series, Stanley unpacks the unique qualities that identify followers of Jesus Christ.  He boldly points out that if you ask 100 people to define Christian, you'll get 100 different definitions and it’s likely that all 100 will be incorrect. He notes that curiously, the term Christian is actually never defined in Scripture. Rather, the term is only mentioned three times in the Bible where it was used as a derogatory label created for Jesus' followers by outsiders. Stanley challenges participants to embody the characteristics used in Scripture to define followers as more than merely ‘Christian’ and reminds Christians that Jesus used the word ‘disciple’ to describe his followers and proclaimed that disciples should be known for their love – a novel concept for their time – and ours today.  What if believers today embodied these traits? Would the non-believing world put aside its definition of ‘Christian’ and instead know Christian by their love?

  • efird bible studies

    Efird Bible Studies feature video sessions of actual Bible Study classes led by Dr. Mickey Efird. Dr. Efird is an ordained Presbyterian Minister and has been a professor at Duke University Divinity School since 1962. The Series is currently used at over 1,700 Churches.


    Small groups at First Presbyterian have completed the following studies:


    •    Acts of the Apostles
    •    Ecclesiastes
    •    Esther
    •    From Genesis to Revelation: A Comprehensive Overview of the Bible
    •    Genesis
    •    Isaiah
    •    How to Get the Greatest Benefit from Bible Study
    •    Job
    •    Paul’s Letter to the Romans
    •    Psalms
    •    Ruth and Jonah
    •    Song of Solomon, Apocrypha, Daniel and New Testament Wisdom
    •    The Birth Narratives
    •    The Book of Revelation
    •    The Gospel of John
    •    The Gospel of Luke
    •    The Gospel of Matthew
    •    The Passion Narratives

  • bible in 90 days

    The Bible in 90 Days® program was first introduced in 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church in Houston and has been offered in a variety of churches across six different denominations since then.  Participants in the program read the entire Bible from cover to cover in 90 Days by reading only 12 pages a day.

    The program has been offered multiple times at First Presbyterian.

    Read the story here.