Sunday Bible Study
9:00 a.m. - Bible Study Classes
One of the most effective ways to link our lives with God and others is to grow in our understanding of our relationship with God. Through an organized Bible study program, we can advance on such a journey. At FBCSCW, you will find a Bible study that will provide the challenge you need to grow. All of the classes are taught by well trained, highly educated, concerned students of the Bible.
A variety of topics and study materials is offered to meet the individual needs of our church family. It is our prayer that you will experience an excitement as you learn more about the awesomeness of God.
Co-Teachers – Dr. Glenn Saul and Dr. Scott Williamson
The focus of the Explorers class is to encourage individuals to grow in understanding of God’s word. The class follows a seminar approach for Bible Study. Occasionally the class will deal with contemporary issues facing the church. Study material is from the Bible. Dr. Glenn Saul and Dr. Scott Williamson are the teachers of this class.
Dr. Glenn Saul is a retired Senior Pastor of FBC SCW. He was Professor Emeritus at Wayland Baptist University and was a professor at Gateway Baptist Seminary for 12 years. He received a B.A. from Wayland Baptist University, a B.D. from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Rosemary Saul; he has three children and 5 grandchildren. He and Rosemary have been members of FBCSCW since 2006.
Dr. Scott Williamson is a graduate of Golden Gate Seminary and has served churches as pastor for 45 years is California, Alaska, and Arizona. He served as trustee for California Baptist University for 15 years and served the California Southern Baptist Convention staff for four years as director of the Leadership Development Division. He enjoys retirement by making sawdust in his garage.
The class meets in Room 112.
Teacher - Jack Roberts
This class was created for those who are still in the work force or recently retired. Since its expansion it is now a multi-age class with the focus of encouraging one another spiritually and emotionally. The Bible study material is from the Explore the Bible series.
Jack Roberts is the leader of the class. He has served in many capacities throughout his Christian life, having worked with youth, has been a Sunday School teacher, a trustee, a deacon, associate pastor and pastor. He and his wife, Debbie, have a combined family of three sons and a daughter.
The class meets in Room 104.
Teacher - Rev. David Jakes
The focus of the JOY class is on living a Spirit-filled life as dictated by the scriptures. The members of this class are singles and couples. Study material is from Bible Studies for Life series.
Rev. Jakes is the former Executive Pastor of First Baptist, Sun City West, having been ordained in 1998 to the gospel ministry. He has been an interim pastor three times in Arizona and has been President and CEO of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services and Arizona Baptist Retirement Centers (Now LifeStream Complete Living).
The class meets in Room 111.
Teacher - Bill Swinney
The focus of the Ambassadors class is to assist members in studying the Bible a book at a time, in order to find out what it meant to those who first received it, and what application it has today. Study material is from Lifeway’s Explore the Bible Series and supplemental materials.
Bill Swinney, a former band director and principal in the Texas school system, is the teacher of this class, and also is a deacon and member of the choir. Bill has served as minister of music and as a deacon for several churches in Texas, in addition to teaching Bible study classes. He and his wife, Caroll, have a son and daughter. They have been members of First Baptist Church, SCW since 2001.
The class meets in Room 108.
Teacher - Carol Woods
The focus of the Bible Seekers class is designed to encourage growth in Christian faith, discipleship, and knowledge of the Bible. Study material is from Lifeway’s Explore the Bible Series.
Carol Woods is the teacher of this class. She has taught Bible studies in various settings, along with being a mentor and encourager of women. Carol served with her husband, who pastored a church in California for 22 years before his death. In 2010, she moved to Sun City West and joined First Baptist Church. Her son lives in Washington, along with his wife and their two children.
The class meets in Room 115.
Teacher - Dr. Bob Marti
The Abundant Life class is designed to assist participants in further understanding what it means to be a Christian and help them explore their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The teacher of this class is Dr. Bob Marti who has pastored churches for over 50 years. He attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth and received his doctorate from Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City. Bob and his wife, Barbara, have five children, fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The class meets in Room 113
New Member/Attendee Discovery Class
This class is offered to all new members of First Baptist Church, Sun City West. and meets periodically for four weekly sessions. Topics to be covered include an overview of Baptist doctrines and beliefs, as well as the organizational structure and ministries of the national Southern Baptist Convention and the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The organizational structure within our own church is also reviewed, and opportunities to become involved in service and ministry are presented.