Weekly Life Groups
The Spring 2022 Life Group Semester Begins on Jan 5 and 6
Life Group 1 (Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm)
The Pursuit of Holiness (by Jerry Bridges)
God commands His people, "Be holy, for I am holy." But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian's daily life. That's because we're not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In this spiritual growth classic, Jerry Bridges helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do--and where we need to accept responsibility. Whether you're just beginning your pursuit of holiness or continuing your journey, these timeless principles and guidelines will challenge you to joyfully obey God's command of holiness.
You may purchase this book with the study guide at the following link: The Pursuit of Holiness.
Life Group 2 (Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm)
The Book of Joshua
Although Joshua is lesser known than his predecessor Moses, the book bearing his name is an interesting sequel to the more familiar set of five books chronologically set before it.
Who is this brilliant military commander that led the Jewish conquest of Canaan, the promised land? More importantly, who is this God that is true to His unfailing promises and faithful to direct and provide leadership for a covenant people? The deeper meaning of familiar verses like “Be strong and courageous” and “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” are found as we study God’s redemptive plan in the context of Joshua.
Life Group 3 (Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm)
Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
This will be an inductive study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We will spend each week digging into passages with the goal of depth rather than breadth. We will explore questions like, “what is the meaning of this passage, how does it fit the overall theme of the book, how does it tie into other passages throughout scripture, and what are the implications of this passage on our lives?” Participants will be asked to read the passage of the week daily and commit to reading the entire book at least once a week.
Life Group 4 (Wednesday Nights at 7:00 pm)
The Book of Job
The book of Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible, likely written around the time of the Exodus, about a man who likely lived around the time of Abraham. It is a book which deals with the universal problem of evil and human suffering and magnifies the sovereignty of God over both. Come join us as we sit at the table and listen in on the conversation between Job and his four friends and learn from them how we should and should not respond to those who are suffering and, more importantly, how we should and should not respond to God when tragedy befalls us. Job is a book which humbles us, inspires hope, fortifies our faith, and elevates the magnificence of God.
Life Group 5 (Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm)
John 1-12 (Life to the full by Josh Moody)
This study by Josh Moody will involve an expository bible discussion approach to the first half of John’s Gospel, showing how the Word became flesh to offer life to the full.
Josh Moody writes in his commentary, “If you ever find yourself wondering about the basic truth structure of Christianity, or if you have conversations with people who do, then John, and especially Chapter I of John is for you. Here we discover that the underpinning logos, or structure and order of the universe, is all centered on a person. John’s logic is persuasive, and his foundational commitment to the truth of God as revealed in Christ is no small superficiality; it is deeper than the ocean.”
Order your books prior to the first evening from https://www.thegoodbook.com/john-112-life-to-the-full.
* Childcare is not provided. However, parents may bring their children who are able to play quietly during the lesson. This may include sitting with parents or playing unsupervised in a separate room.
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!