Weekly Life Groups

The Fall 2022 Life Group Semester Begins on Aug 31 and Sept 1

Life Group 1 (Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm)
Randy Johnson     (254) 563-3269
Randy Williams     (619) 416-5053
Limited childcare available
 

Respectable Sins (by Jerry Bridges)

God’s word speaks directly to our sin and tells us of the Savior who saves us from our sin. Join us in this 16-week study that we hope will sharpen and sanctify us. This book asks us, “Have we become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own, more subtle sins?” Jerry Bridges addresses a dozen clusters of specific “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves―such as jealousy, anger, judgmentalism, selfishness, and pride. Jerry writes not from a height of spiritual accomplishment, but from the trenches of his own battles with sin. In his admonitions, Jerry offers a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcome our “respectable sins.”

Respectable Sins - ‘A Small-Group Curriculum: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate’

Life Group 2 (Wednesday Nights at 7:00 pm) 
Raymond Duggan (817) 907-2084
Limited childcare available
 

The Practice of Godliness (by Jerry Bridges)

"Godliness is more than a character trait," says bestselling author Jerry Bridges. "It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God." Growing in godliness is a twofold process. It involves an ever-deepening devotion to God and developing a character that is steadily transformed into His likeness. In The Practice of Godliness, the sequel to the popular book The Pursuit of Holiness, readers will learn how laying an inward foundation of God-centeredness will permit them to build an outward structure of godliness. Character formation will never be the same!

Please make sure the copy of the book you obtain has a study guide or to obtain one separately.

Life Group 3 (Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm) 
Curtis Graham (254) 300-7208
Limited childcare available
 

Evangelism

What is the gospel message? What is evangelism? 

These are fundamental questions in the Christian faith, but many Christians struggle to answer the first and we often avoid the second. The goal of this life group is to clearly and thoroughly answer both questions biblically while also providing practical advice for making obedience to The Great Commission a normal part of our daily lives. Plus, we will have opportunities to practice what we preach with organized monthly evangelism events!

Life Group 4 (Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm)
Dirk Aaron (254) 534-4047
Limited childcare is in the Cole's home.


1 & 2 Peter and Jude

This 12-week study will be an expository approach of biblical discussion as it relates to these Books of the Bible authored by the Apostle Peter, and by Jude the brother of James and Jesus.

How can we persevere through persecution? First-century Christians wrestled with this question. They were often harassed, slandered, beaten, and ostracized for their faith. As they endured these difficult circumstances, we can imagine their joy upon receiving two encouraging letters from the Apostle Peter. No stranger to suffering, Peter likely penned these letters while in a Roman prison just before his martyrdom. In the letters from Peter, we find no mere spiritual suggestions, but divine truths, warnings, and commands meant to give hope.

In the Book of Jude, we will see that he also reminds the church that their identity is in “Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt” He exhorts the church to live as saints delivered from sin by Jesus and urges them to not fall into unbelief.

Life Group 5 (Wednesday Nights at 7:00 pm)
Hexon Maldonado (254) 290-6041
Limited childcare available


The Book of Numbers

Numbers is the fourth book in a five-volume set regarding the saga of God’s people, following them from Mt. Sinai to the edge of the Jordan River. Genesis begins with God creating all that exist, but then focuses on the lives of the patriarchs, God’s covenant with Abraham, and his people moving to Egypt. Exodus focuses on God delivering his people from bondage, establishing Israel as a nation with God as their King, and the building of the tabernacle—the throne room of God. Leviticus focuses on God’s demand that his people be holy and live holy lives, and that they approach Him in worship with reverence and awe. Numbers recounts Israel’s tragic sins which lead to forty years of wilderness wandering, ending with them poised to enter the promised land. It is a book filled with old familiar stories of God raining manna from heaven, the ten spies bringing back a bad report, Aaron’s staff budding, a talking donkey, and more. But above all, it is a book about Christ who talks across every page.


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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!