Weekly Life Groups
The Summer 2021 Life Group Semester begins on May 5 and 6
Life Group 1 (Wednesday Nights)
1 & 2 Thessalonians
A 12 week study from the Knowing God series by Matt Smethurst as our backdrop. Over these 12 weeks, we will be encouraged by being reminded of the salvation God will bring to all those whom he has called. We will be strengthened to purse lives of holiness and love as we anticipate the return of King Jesus and have some glimpses of what the end times will hold.
Study guide available here.
Life Group 2 (Thursday Nights)
The Redemptive Story
During corporate worship each week the church body is reading one of sixteen key verses that capture the essence of the redemptive story found throughout the bible. From Genesis to Revelation, explore the overarching themes of Salvation including God’s sovereignty, glory and grace. This summer, take an in-depth look at the sixteen specific verses the church recites together on Sunday mornings and trace the unfolding Gospel truth from passage to passage. Whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament, we find Jesus Christ in each verse and follow the unifying thread that ties the biblical story together.
Life Group 3 (Wednesday Nights)
1 & 2 Timothy & Titus
The two letters Paul wrote to his protégé, Timothy, were inspired by God for our learning. As he talks to his closest colleague, these letters give us a deep insight into the thinking of the great missionary apostle to the nations. The context of these two epistles is the Christian mission. Christianity is missionary at heart. Jesus himself was on a mission, sent by his Father and “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). This is an 8 week study titled, 1 & 2 Timothy: Guard the Gospel.
Paul’s letter to Titus gives us a vision of a life that touches people in a small but decisive way, “a life that has eternal consequences.” Paul is setting out the “truly good life.” This is a 5 week study, titled Titus: The Good Life. Both books are available on-line at thegoodbookcompany.com
We will incorporate an inductive approach to our weekly study by looking at God’s Word and asking: “What does God mean by what He says?”
Life Group 4 (Wednesday Nights)
The Book of Genesis
This will be a direct-teach study through the book of Genesis. Genesis is the book of the beginnings. It describes important beginnings such as the creation, the fall of man, and the origin of the nation of Israel. It lays the foundation for key themes, such as the beginning of salvation history, the story of God and man, sin and grace, wrath and mercy, covenant and redemption. These themes are repeated often throughout the rest of the Bible. Thus, Genesis is the beginning and essential seed-plot of the Bible and is an important book for understanding the meaning of the entire Bible.
Required book: The Bible. You may want to bring a notepad and pen.
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!