In 2009, our late, beloved pastor, Reverend Dr. Jerome Stevenson was given a vision from God to create a bible school at Morning Star Baptist Church, Clairton, PA. His immediate vision was to make biblical learning available to everyone, not only for members of Morning Star, but for any other church. His larger vision was to turn the school into a four-year fully accredited Bible School. Housed in his vision was also to offer other classes covering other books of the Bible and other religious topics.
Rev. Stevenson wanted students to be able to attend school and study the Word, and apply it to their everyday life. He believed it was not about getting A’s and B’s on tests, but equipping people with the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Jerome Stevenson Bible School is to provide an opportunity for everyone to be given an opportunity to study the Word, and apply it to everyday life. The school is meant not only for members of Morning Star for anyone and everyone who has the desire to study and learn the Word of God.
The Bible School meets on Tuesday night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM beginning in September and concluding in May.
1st Year of Study – Genesis
2nd Year of Study – Exodus
3rd Year of Study – Leviticus/Numbers
4th Year of Study – Deuteronomy / Joshua
First Year- GENESIS
Min. Gloria Ruffing / Mrs Elaine Stevenson
Mrs. Bertha Murray / Mrs. Ann Brown
Third Year- Leviticus-Numbers
Rev. Marie Walker / Deacon Mark Rue
Foruth Year-Deuteronomy / Joshua
Mrs. Debbie Hoye
1st Year Class: Genesis
Genesis is the book of “beginnings”. Genesis is also a history of origins, births, genealogies, and generations. Genesis reveals how the sin of man is met by the intervention and redemption of God. Genesis shows God’s choice of a nation through whom He would bless all nations. Genesis spans more time than any other book in the Bible. In fact, it covers more than all the other 65 books of the Bible put together (approximately 2400 years). The total duration is from the time of creation to the time when the Israelites arrived in Egypt and grew into a nation (about 1800 B.C.). The date of Genesis is sometime after the Exodus during the 15th century B.C.
2nd Year Class: Exodus
The Bible story in the book of Exodus, a name meaning departure, records the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. A fitting title for that
which describes the going out of the chosen people from the land where they had suffered helplessly as slaves for generations. There was a new king who had not known Joseph, who had been Governor over the land in Egypt.
Exodus may be divided into three main parts under Three “R”s (Ruin, Redemption, and Relationship). In Ruin, a state of bondage and affliction of Israel is viewed as demoted or reduced to slavery under the Pharaoh and Egyptians. God hears their cry for deliverance and comes down to deliver. Redemption is shown in their deliverance and receiving the laws, statutes, judgments and ordinances connected to the priesthood. God comes down to dwell amidst his people and their Relationship as His chosen people.
The same Three “R’s” are examined through scripture references in the New Testament as they relate to our lives living in ruin conditions but salvation is not the law, but by faith. There is redemption by God’s grace and life living as His dear children in relationship with Him.
3rd Year Class: Leviticus and Numbers
Leviticus focuses on Holiness, Worship and Fellowship. Leviticus gets its name from the Levites, the Priest, and was written to show Israel how to live in fellowship with God. Leviticus 19:2 “Speak unto all the congregation of the Children of Israel and say unto them, ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God, am Holy.”
God’s personal Holiness and His covenant relationship to His people is discussed. The Annual Feasts are examined. These sacred festivals were suggestive of the fellowship with God. The order of these feasts tells the story of the church age, the church history. Five great promises for the people, blessings on conditions of their faithfulness are reviewed along with the penalties of disobedience.
Numbers is full of spiritual instructions. It tells of Israel’s advance on retreat, and forty years of wandering in the wilderness. In Numbers, the people are taught how to function as a camp in preparation, set in order the civil and military conquering as a nation of Israel.
It is said that the people spent 40 years on a journey that should have taken 40 days.
We learn that God requires order in His work. The Levites were divided into classes and to these they were committed to various ministries. We take a look at various ministries God has appointed to different people today and the diversities of gifts accordingly.
4th Year Class: Deuteronomy and Joshua
Deuteronomy is the second “telling” of the laws as commanded and written by the hand of God. The class studies the continued exodus of the children of God to a land of promise and rest to the tribes after being in captivity as slaves in Egypt. We study the “protective custody” God imposed on the disobedient children.
The last days of Moses at the great age of 120 years are reviewed. He renews to them the promises that God shall go before them to victory. Moses bids them farewell with the most noted scripture “Be strong and of good courage, fear not; For the Lord thy God will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” At this time Moses’ copy of the law were committed to the priests to be preserved in the Ark of the Covenant. The Old Covenant and the New Covenant are reviewed.
In Joshua we see what happens to the children of Israel as they subdue and take their new found home on earth that God had already prepared for them. They will learn the difference between conquering and receiving an inheritance and actually taking and prospering in an inheritance. The class will study what made an inheritance made to Abraham, brings everyone the opportunity to be saved.
In Joshua’s farewell in the book closes with him reviewing Israel’s history to the people.. He parts with warnings and give counsels as their leader. He gives his own brave testimony “Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”
Classes are held at
Morning Star Baptist Church, Clairton, PA
September through May
In order to sign up for the next classes of the Bible School complete the application and return it to: Sister Elaine Stevenson, President of the Board of the Jerome Stevenson Bible School
Students who register for classes can audit the class or take it for credit. There is a small non-refundable fee of $25.00 for the class, whether auditing or taking the course for credit. The school is open to all who want to study the word of God.
You can contact any of the following people:
Board of the Jerome Stevenson Bible School
Sister Elaine Stevenson, President. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Richard Stevenson, Vice-President. Email: email@example.com
Sister Joyce King, Secretary. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Sheila Walker, Treasurer. Email: kersestinghouse.com