The Bible says that life is to be experienced in relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. As a result, our vision is to have everyone who attends Friendship Baptist Church intentionally connected to one another on a weekly basis through biblical-caring communities that promote transformation, caring relationships, prayer & a missionary-mindset that compels us to serve and see others introduced to Jesus.
By doing so, we will desire to intentionally engage one another and the community that surrounds us. We will seek to share with others the joy, fulfillment, hope and forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ. We will seek ways to intentionally invite others to church, Sunday morning growgroups or connectionsgroups that meet throughout the week in peoples homes so that they may know Jesus and grow to love Him more.
Please take a moment to review the various growgroups that meet on Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 and plan to participate. The Pastoral Staff and all of the growgroup leaders are excited about the topics offered. All of us hope and pray that you are too.
Let’s meet God where He is working and be transformed! And be ready to tell others!
Description: Explore the Bible is an ongoing Bible study series that takes the group on an exploration of a specific Bible book or group of books.
“Chapters 14—28 of Matthew offer a unique and challenging perspective into the last six months of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Together, we will discover the true identity of Jesus Christ and the impact He made on the first generation of Christ followers. This study will enable each of us to get into the ears and hearts of the first disciples as they listen to Jesus, walk with Him, and see their Lord crucified.
As important as it is to understand clearly the first-century historical context of the first Gospel in the New Testament, we will also be challenged to hear the teachings of Jesus with our own ears and to follow this Messiah with all our hearts. There will be some uncomfortable and provoking passages in the last part of Matthew’s Gospel, yet one of Matthew’s primary purposes is that each listener will encounter the prophesied Messiah. As the Gospel writer indicates, the condition of our hearts will determine our response to the very clear and simple message that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, offers each believer a place in the family of God.” (Rodney Woo, General Editor)
Description: Bible Studies for Life is intentionally designed to help make disciples through: In-depth Bible study that addresses real-life issues; engaging conversation that helps build biblical community; and "Live It Out" application that challenges participants to engage culture biblically.
The group will focus on the following topics:
Victory — “This study looks at the victory we have in Jesus Christ. Christ gives us victory that goes even beyond the salvation that will take us to heaven one day. That’s great in itself, but we’ll see that our victory in Christ also touches how we live today.
Identity: My Life of Faith — That victory in Christ changes everything, including our identity . . . Our connection with Christ changes us through and through; even our identity changes in Him. Join with your group in discussing how your identity in Christ affects your identity—who you are—at home, work, church, and in your community.
We can be thankful that Christ has given us victory and that He has changed us—that He is continually reshaping who we are.” (Source: Participant Guide)
Description: “The Rescue Begins! I love the title of this volume of The Gospel Project because of the way it reminds us of the great story of redemption and the new and decisive chapter that opens up with the birth and ministry of Jesus. In this study, we trace the line of Jesus back to Abraham, we see how His early life and ministry fulfilled some of the prophecies about Him, and we witness the way He interacted with the people around Him.
Some of these stories will be familiar to you—the Christmas story, for example, or the story of Jesus’ temptation. In the familiar stories, we want to help you see aspects of the Gospel accounts that you may have overlooked. In the less familiar stories, we want to help you see the beauty of Jesus’ interaction with all kinds of people, with all kinds of needs, and with all kinds of backgrounds.
Even here, early in the Gospels, we see Jesus as the Savior and the Lord who is able to withstand temptation, command His disciples, challenge religious leaders, and love the unlovable. May your study lead you to a deeper love for Jesus and a stronger passion to see His name and fame extended in your church, your community, and the world.” (Trevin Wax, Managing Editor—The Gospel Project)
Description: “There's a disciple-maker inside every Christian. Disciples Path: The Journey is a one-year intentional plan for discipleship that provides a purposeful process for maturing in Christ. Both new and seasoned disciples will encounter key ideas and practices to help them grow in Christ and as disciple-makers.
The 2nd Semester will explore the following topics: Who Is Jesus?; What Did Jesus Do?; Following Jesus; The Priorities of a Disciple; The Cost of Discipleship; The Fruit of a Disciple; The Doctrine of God; The Doctrine of Humanity; The Person and Work of Christ; The Kingdom of God; The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; The Doctrine of the Church; and Reflect and Connect.
The benefits to the participant include:
Description: “Over the years God has used the truths of Experiencing God to awaken believers to a radically God-centered way of life. As a result, millions have come to know God intimately, to recognize His voice, and to understand His will for their lives.
God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work. Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to—know when He is speaking to you; recognize His activity around you; adjust your life to Him and His ways; identify what He wants to do through you; and respond to His activity in your life.
When you recognize where God is working, you can join Him in what He is doing. Then you will experience God doing through you what only He can do.” (Source: EG Book Cover) [Participant workbook donation $10.00.]
Description: Biblical Advice for Parents that Still Works Today.
“Our most exhilarating joys and agonizing sorrows will likely come from the same source...our children. As parents we understand that raising children is a high stakes adventure. Think about it for a moment. The God of the universe decided that each of us would make our grand entrance as helpless little babies, completely dependent on someone else for survival. One of the greatest stewardship responsibilities you will ever undertake is taking one of those little babies and rearing them to be mature, responsible, followers of Jesus.
To say that parenting is a great challenge is a vast understatement. With so many competing ideas and philosophies, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. This feeling is amplified by the fact that so many parents grew up in broken, dysfunctional families. But there is HOPE. In the midst of all the white noise about parenting, God has given us a blueprint for parenting with clear, timeless truths that still work today.
Session Titles: Is There a Parent in the House?; What’s a Parent To Do?; What’s A Child To Do?; Is Technology Helping or Hurting Our Kids?; Is There Hope for Single Parents and Blended Families?”
(Source: Publishers Description) [Participant workbook donation: $3.00]
Description: Learning How Jesus Reacted to People. It's been said that if you want to learn a skill you find the best of the best and observe their actions. So we are going to imaging ourselves as being part of the group that traveled with Jesus. We are going to listen and learn from how He interacted with those with whom He came in contact. Hopefully it will enable us to strive to have "the mind of Christ."
Description: “It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.
This Bible study examines the five core truths that came from the Reformation, now referred to as the solas. Group members will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The solas include: Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone); Sola gratia (by grace alone); Sola Fide (through faith alone); Solus Christus (through Christ alone); and Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone).
How is the Reformation still relevant today? As political pressure mounts, morality drifts with today’s culture, and evangelicalism becomes more and more refined in a post-Christian world, it’s even more important to hold the convictions of the great Reformation closer than ever. In short, the solas point us to the vibrant Christian community as well as personal identity in Christ.
As you’ll see in this study, the solas are more than cold Latin terms that academics throw around in church-history books. The five solas, like the Reformation itself, are intensely practical. They were the DNA of the Reformation and are still the DNA of the church today. They are grounded in a real-life, everyday following of Jesus. They are the most important, basic scriptural truths you can ever believe.” (Source: Lifeway Description) [Participant Workbook Donation: $10.00]
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