Weekly Life Groups
The Spring 2021 Life Group Semester begins on January 6th and 7th
Life Group 1 (Wednesday Nights)
In this primarily inductive bible study, we will seek to look at God’s Sovereign plan to bring about salvation to all using a remnant. While these two books are often touted as a source of teaching on revival and leadership, they serve a more important role as the continuation of the promised plan of God to bring about salvation for His people. Despite being taken into exile, God faithfully restores a remnant to worship in Jerusalem and set the stage for the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan.
Life Group 2 (Wednesday Nights)
Attributes of God (Dr. Stephen Lawson)
Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, we should study what He Himself has said.
In this 16-part teaching series, The Attributes of God, Ligonier Teaching Fellow Dr. Stephen Lawson articulates a biblical understanding of divine attributes and explores how a right understanding of God can affect every aspect of our lives.
Life Group 3 (Wednesday Nights)
I, II, III John
The books of 1-3 John are full of practical wisdom for Christian life. John, “The Apostle of Love”, wanted his readers to understand that as they grew in their understanding of their identity as children of God, they ought to grow in love for one another and in obedience to God’s commands.
The three epistles of John form a single “package,” thus we will discuss each epistle of John and will look closely at the author himself and what God’s word tells us about John the Apostle. Over the course of 16 weeks, this study helps us see what it looks like to truly love and follow Jesus in a world that “is passing away along with its desires” - a transformed life that comes through knowing the love of God in Jesus Christ.
We will incorporate an inductive approach to our weekly study by looking at God’s Word and asking: “What Does God mean by all that He says?” We will seek the true meaning of Scripture by asking God for understanding each week as we pray together, read together, observe together, interpret together and discover how God wants us to apply the Bible for His purpose.
Life Group 4 (Wednesday Nights)
Trustworthiness of Scripture
This study will survey evidences that scripture truly is God’s infallible Word. For believers, the character of God is sufficient for trusting his Word, but we may overlook or take for granted the many assurances of trustworthiness he provides for us throughout scripture. From Moses, to the prophets, to the unlikely conversion of Paul, and many other examples in between, each week of this study will focus on a different passage from scripture that fits this overarching theme. (Note: This is not a study of historical, scientific, archeological, or any other worldly evidence supporting scripture. Instead, it is a study of scripture and God’s sovereignty and power clearly displayed in his Word.)
Life Group 5 (Thursday Nights)
The Apostle Paul, writing from prison, encourages the believers at Philippi to continue striving after Christ for the Gospel’s sake. The present circumstances and trying difficulties in our lives can discourage and distract us all, but the words found in the book of Philippians offers comfort, peace and strength for our souls. Found within the pages are divinely inspired instructions, exhortations, and warnings to equip the saints while we live out our faith to the Glory of God, no matter what challenges we may face. During this semester, dive deeper into each chapter and be encouraged by the truth of God.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
In our Life Groups, our shared life and gatherings will be guided by the following goals:
- Meet God through his Word Faithfully and Expectantly. (Psalms 19:7-11; 2 Peter 1:3,4)
The Bible will play a central role in our Life Groups because it holds the words of life. We need God’s Word more than we need food, and there are always more riches to be seen, enjoyed and applied to our lives. Our desire is for each participant to study the Scriptures expectantly, with the eyes of faith, anticipating God to speak and move each time we open his book.
- Prayerfully Depend on the Lord. (Philippians 4:6,7; Hebrews 4:14-16)
Prayer will be the regular, visible engine of our Life Group Communities. We will look to God for everything we need, never taking his provision for granted. When we are alone and when we are together, we will be a people of prayer – always adoring, always confessing, always thanking, always asking.
- Worship God in Song. (Psalm 9:2; Ephesians 5:19)
Singing has a unique way of bringing our heart, soul, mind, and strength together to focus entirely and completely on our Mighty God. In an age of distraction, singing grabs the attention of all our senses and focuses us on God.
- Know and Serve One Another Persistently. (1 Thessalonians 2:7,8; Hebrews 3:12,13)
Week-in and week-out, we will work to know each other more and more deeply – sharing our hearts and lives, praying for one another, asking questions and bearing one another’s burdens. And, with everything we learn about each other -- good, bad or otherwise -- we will strive to love and serve one another, meeting each others needs, encouraging growth and helping one another to thrive.
- Pursue Disciples for Jesus Boldly and Globally (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8)
Our commission from Jesus is clear. Go and make disciples. God saved us in order to send us. We will strive to be lights in a world of darkness and despair. We are God’s chosen means of spreading the Good News and winning worship for himself in every corner of the earth. Therefore, we are to be bold where we are, and we are eagerly behind what God is doing among the nations!