A Brief History of Small-Group Bible Study By Anthony Freddura

Today, Christians of all denominations enjoy participating in small-group bible study in addition to attending services at a larger church. Many who participate in such groups see them as forums for building close relationships within the church, and ways to help further their understanding of scriptural teachings.

Biblical accounts of characters such as Noah, Moses, and Jesus suggest a valuation of small-group fellowship, however small groups had a very different function in Early Christianity than they do today. In the earliest days of Christianity, worship groups had to be small because there were few (if any) dedicated buildings for worship. This meant believers had to hold services in existing houses or other spaces.

Much later, as the Protestant reformation began to brew during the 17th century, reformers (including John Calvin and Martin Luther) urged their followers to meet in small groups outside the established churches, which many viewed as spiritually corrupt.

Today, however, it is simply a great chance to build relationships in the church, and to learn about the theology and beliefs that make up your faith.

About Anthony Freddura

An active parishioner of the Grace Chapel congregation in Lexington, Massachusetts, Anthony Freddura participates in the church’s musical performances as well as its bible study groups. In addition to his private worship activities, Freddura lends his time to community outreach efforts that support less-fortunate community members.

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Anthony Freddura has developed his skills as a Project Manager and Business Systems Analyst with 15 years immersed in various software projects. From 1990 until 1994, Anthony Freddura studied at Stonehill College, located in North Easton, Massachusetts, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in History. Through the late 1990s, Anthony Freddura worked a series of Systems Quality Analyst jobs in Boston, Massachusetts. Anthony Freddura’s first position found him at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he served as the primary Analyst for a client/server transaction processing system. In 1998, Anthony Freddura joined Pioneer Group, Inc. to work as a Business Systems Analyst. For this job, Anthony Freddura documented business requirements, analyzed business functions, and coordinated file transfers to AS/400. In 2000, Anthony Freddura brought his computer skills to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to participate in the tech boom. At Robertson Stephens Inc., Anthony Freddura took on a leadership roll as a Project Manager. Anthony Freddura then enjoyed a series of contract positions at companies such as Cisco and Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. From 2004 through 2007, Anthony Freddura worked as a Business Systems Analyst at Genentech, Inc. Anthony Freddura moved back to Massachusetts in 2007 to take on several Systems Analyst positions at companies such as Fidelity Investments; Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.; and Iron Mountain Incorporated. Currently, Anthony Freddura holds the position of Senior Business Systems Analyst at MultiPlan Inc. in Waltham. Outside of work, Anthony Freddura serves his community by providing guitar accompaniment for The Worship Arts Ministry at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. Anthony Freddura has participated in the nutrition program SoulFood in Boston, which targets undernourishment in the homeless population. In his spare time, Anthony Freddura also enjoys creative writing and reading.