So what is an Intensive?
This is the way that The River refers to one- or two-evening, focused, extended Bible studies. They are more than the typical “group Bible study” in that they tend to run for two or more hours. But they are not the kind of thing that would require a few weeks of classes either.
Some things just take a bit of time to understand. Some things require us to invest a bit more attention in order to really grasp. And, often, that kind of investment is of greatest benefit when we do it in one sitting, at one time.
That is what we have in mind when we talk about an “Intensive.” A topic or section of Scripture not requiring multiple weeks for study but needing some concentrated time—an opportunity to look closely and deeply and some facet of the Christian life, some critical portion of Scripture.
Some examples of the topics that might serve as the focus of an Intensive include:
- Gospel Roots: God’s Promises in Genesis
- Exploring Worship: An Evening in the Psalms
- Living in Jesus’ Absence: John 14-16
- Living in Joy: Studies in Philippians
- Grasping the Gospel: Romans 1-5
- Into this Life: Romans 8
- Jonah: Not a Wicked Prophet