Sunday Morning Bible Study
You may see the initials SMBS mentioned throughout the church and in printed materials. What does that mean? It simply stands for Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS) It’s the small church within the larger congregation of Green Acres. adults that feel connected to Green Acres are active in a SMBS group. There are over 60 open groups to choose from. Use the interactive tool, SMBS Finder, to narrow down your choices and find a place to start. All SMBS groups use the same curriculum and it is designed for new people to jump in on any Sunday. No cost or previous Bible knowledge required.
The purpose of an organization gives reason for that organization’s existence. The Adult Transformation Ministry exists to help achieve the mission of Green Acres Baptist Church. It falls under the authority and direction of the church and her leaders, and it must adhere to the church’s established mission.
Green Acres Baptist Church exists to:
Exalt God’s Greatness (worship)
Evangelize God’s World (missions)
Equip God’s People (discipleship)
Express God’s Love (ministry)
Through Jesus Christ our Lord!
The Adult Transformation Ministry (ATM) was established to equip God’s people, specifically adults as Christian disciples.
Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS) is the bedrock organization for Green Acres Baptist Church and the fundamental organization for the Adult Transformation Ministry. It serves many vital ministry lists within the church. It provides a place for adults to connect with other adults in significant relationships. It is the small church within the larger congregation of Green Acres. In a SMBS, adults will have a place to serve and be served. And it is also a group where adults can know others and be known by others. It is the primary method for adults to receive ministry. It also provides a systematic process of follow up and assimilation for guests to Green Acres.
SMBS is an open group that welcomes all adults who desire to attend. There are no requirements to enroll, just an openness to connect to other adults through Bible study. Most adult SMBS groups are based on a particular life-stage (e.g. single, married, parents, empty nesters, etc.) although many groups will have one or more individuals who are outside the life-stage description of the group.
The mission statement provides the ultimate measure of success or effectiveness of those who work within it.
Sunday Morning Bible Study groups strategically connect all adults to Jesus and other believers in order to make and multiply disciples of Jesus. Disciples of Jesus are the only measure of success of SMBS.
SMBS Core Values
Core values are the guidelines or principles of how Sunday Morning Bible Study groups will strive to accomplish its purpose.
– Open to the lost
– Open groups
– Open to evaluation and change
– Open to risk and redemptive in failure
- Honest and loving communication
- Interactive teaching designed to make and multiply disciples of Jesus
- Loving, honoring, and serving leaders
- Qualified leaders
- Ongoing training of all leaders
- Intentional multiplication of leaders and groups
The Bible is Our Middle Name
The mission, purpose and values of SMBS are completely based on the Word of God. The following verses provide small samples of how the Bible helps form the mission and values of Sunday Morning BIBLE Study.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.—Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.—Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.—Colossians 1:28 (NIV)
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.—2 Timothy 2 (NIV)