Fellowship Bible Study: Providing the Bread of Life

by David Apple April 24, 2014

Fellowship Bible Study (FBS), which meets twice weekly, consists of a group of Tenth Church members (some with former addictions) and homeless, addicted men and women. It began in 1989 as an outgrowth of the relationships that had been established in the Community Dinner ministry where hosts invited guests to study the Word of God.

Fellowship Bible Study is another non-intimidating way Christians can come alongside their homeless neighbors in order to establish involvement, trust, and hope. The goal is the transformation of the lives of those whom God brings to us. FBS demonstrates the message and work of Jesus Christ through a holistic Christian ministry. It seeks to restore those who have exhausted their own resources by communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and binding the hearts of the broken who are struggling with inner turmoil of hunger and homelessness and substance addiction. Fellowship Bible Study seeks to revive those overcome with past grief, so they may have hope for their future. It seeks to rebuild lives through referrals to Christ-centered addiction recovery programs, commitments to one-on-one relationships, and restructuring lives through Christian discipleship. Two Fellowship Bible Studies meet weekly. Tenth’s Sunday study shares a meal and spiritual bread with twenty to twenty-five guests, and the Friday study at Woodland Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia brings 10-15 guests after the meal served by University City Food Coalition.

In order for ACTS “staff evangelists” to focus on the priority of sharing the gospel, we are in need of people (including teens) to assist with set-up and food serving Sundays from 4:15-6:15 PM. This will free up those who teach the Word during the Bible study from having to focus on these other tasks.

If you can assist one Sunday a month or on a regular basis, please contact Jessie Yang or David Apple. Consider how God may use you in this important ministry, and be open to his leading.

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