GrowGroups

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!

growgroup topics

[Please Review The Topics & Register For A Group At The Bottom Of This Page]


Topic: Acts Chapters 13-28 

Teacher(s): Jim Croft & Ron Standifer

Location: Upstairs, Room #202

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. This study will focus on the Book Psalms.

“In Acts 1:8, Jesus told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came upon them—which He did in Acts 2—they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 13—28 is the record of the gospel’s advance to the ends of the earth. What began in Jerusalem (chap. 1) made its way to Rome (chap. 28). What started with the focus on Peter (chaps. 1—12) concluded with the focus on Paul (chaps. 13—28). The Holy Spirit directed every step. The Lord Jesus was exalted at every turn. The Gospel went forth in unstoppable power.

Acts is a history book of the New Testament. It provides vital information about the early church. We learn so many lessons as we travel through its twenty-eight chapters. First, God is sovereign, and His plan to reach the nations with the gospel will succeed. Second, the work of the Holy Spirit is essential to the advance of God’s mission. Third, God calls ordinary people to do extraordinary works that reveal His greatness and glory. Fourth, the gospel is a compelling message that demands a response. Fifth, the work of getting the gospel to the end of the earth is not finished. The mission of Acts will only be finished when the One who ascended in chapter one returns. Our role in God’s story is clear: live in the power of the Spirit, bear witness to Christ, and watch what God does through the obedience of His people” (Source: Danny Akin, General Editor — ETB)


Topic: Jesus Changes Everything" and "Made For Something More

Teacher(s): Dan Stinchcomb

Location: Downstairs, Room #105

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.

Following Jesus doesn't happen in a vacuum. The road of Christianity is lived out in real time and in real life, dealing with real situations and real people. As Christians, we know Jesus has changed us on the inside. We’re made brand new because of the gospel, and if we’re truly new, we will always find new ways to apply that new life in our homes, workplaces, and other relationships.

In this edition of BSFL, the group will encounter Jesus in the Gospel of Mark as you hear straight from the Lord  and see how, indeed “Jesus Changes Everything.”

You’ll also have the opportunity in the second study to reaffirm the fact that, as Christians, we’ve been “Made for Something More.” This study will guide you through six traits that clearly identify a person who is abiding in Jesus day by day. (Source: Michael Kelly—Director of Groups Ministry)


Topic: “The Church on Mission”

Teacher(s): Mitch Kemp & Ray Tignall

Location: Downstairs, Fellowship Hall

Description: Gospel-centeredness is tightly tied to mission because the gospel is the story of a God with a missionary heart, a God who loves the world he has created and desires all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). To be gospel-centered isn't just about getting  the gospel right; its about getting the gospel out. We are to show and share the love of God.

This volume of the Gospel Project focuses heavily on the mission efforts of the early Christians. They were filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out in to the world and make disciples. We see in theses sessions a church on fire for God and His mission. We meet apostles who grow  and learn how God’s embrace reaches across cultural dividing lines. We see how the apostles were broken over the lostness they saw in the world around them but also how they engaged and confronted with boldness the world’s idolatry by showing the power and beauty of Jesus. Our prayer is that this volume of The Gospel Project will increase your confidence and passion in sharing the gospel. We are sent by God to the world around us. Let’s not miss one single moment to live on mission and bring glory to God our Savior. ” (Trevin Wax, General Editor—The Gospel Project)


Topic: Disciples Path — The Journey -- Semester #4

Teacher(s): Michael Kaye & Dave Boteler

Location: Downstairs, Room #107

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 4th Semester will explore the following topics: Return to the Gospel; Seeing the Big Picture; The God Who Sends; Our Work in the World; Compelled by Love; Reversing the Curse; Living by the Spirit’s Power; All Things to All People; Producing Spiritual Fruit; The Commitment to Disciple-Making; Disciple Through Strong Relationships; Who Is a Disciple-Maker?; and Review and Commission.

The benefits to the participant include:

  • Become a disciple that will be able to disciple others.
  • Gain confidence to share your biblical knowledge and life experience.
  • Reap the benefits of becoming a mature disciple of Christ.
  • Help your church expand its reach and influence in the community.” (Source: Publishers Description)

Topic: The Gospel Goes To Work

Teachers: Blair Radney and Mick McNary

Location: Downstairs, Room #106

Description: “Work is core to our lives. And the gospel is core to our faith. In this Bible study, author and executive coach Stephen Graves introduces a fresh framework that explores not only how the Gospel should shape our work but also how it could. Too often taking our faith into the workplace amounts to evangelism or moral responsibility. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with either practice, this study takes us further into our faith in such a way that we embody the gospel as a part of our work, office, home, or anywhere work may take us.” (Source: Publishers Description)


Topic: Love & Respect -- Building Blocks

Teacher(s): Julie and Corey Snyder

Location: Downstairs, Room #101

Description: What is Love and Respect? We believe love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved.  We asked 7,000 people this question: when you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved or disrespected?  83% of the men said “disrespected.” 72% of the women said, unloved.” Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict, and this difference is as different as pink is from blue!

Men and women will learn how to resolve conflict, dealing with the negative reactions (the crazy cycle). They will also learn how to motivate each other by meeting each other’s need (the energizing cycle). Even those who feel hopeless in their relationships will gain understanding on how to handle an indifferent or unresponsive partner (the rewarded cycle)

Each cycle centers on two concepts: love and respect. These two words surface in social research and the bible (Ephesians 5:33) as the two key ingredients for a successful marriage. 

The Building Blocks DVD study features Emerson unpacking five of the life changing principles he presents at the Love and Respect conference and is a fantastic follow up for those who have read the book or attended a conference, but also serves as a wonderful introduction to the Love and Respect message. (Source: Publishers Description)

[Participant workbook donation: $8.00]


Topic: Just Give Me Jesus

Teacher(s): Peggy Muth

Location: Upstairs, Room #201

Description: “How did the apostle John know that, two thousand years after he lived, your life would need a fresh touch from God?

How did John know that, at the beginning of a new millennium, our lives would be so busy, our focus so divided, our bodies so tired, our minds so bombarded, our families so attacked, our relationships so strained, our churches so programmed . . . that we would be desperate for the simplicity and the purity, the freedom and the fulfillment of a life lived in Jesus’ name?

John probably didn’t know. But God did. That’s why He gives us Jesus! And that’s why, as Anne Graham Lotz reveals, John’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ life is unmistakably relevant to your life today. The same Jesus who turned water into wine is the One who provides for your needs at this very moment. Enter into His life and find your soul refreshed with Living Water.” (Publishers Description)


Topic: God Heard Their Cry -- Finding Freedom in the Midst of Life's Trials

Teacher(s): Pastor Mark Klimovitz & Mike Jones

Location: Downstairs, Music Room

Description: "This Bible study, God Heard Their Cry, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume eight of the That the World May Know filmed-on-location DVD and Discovery Guide series. Vander Laan illustrates how, in ancient times, nothing was bigger than Egypt—their powerful pharaohs, strong armies, and a multitude of gods. God’s people were no match against the Egyptians. In this volume of Faith Lessons, discover how God answers the cry of his persecuted people and proclaims himself Lord to them and their oppressors. Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers." (Publishers Description)

Sessions include: How Big is Our God; Israel in Bondage: God Heard Their Cry; Finger of God: The Plagues; Watch With Me: Israel Leaves Egypt; The Lord Reigns: The Red Sea

(Note: Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00)


Topic: "Because of Bethlehem" and "He Chose The Nails"

Teachers: Pastor John Hevey 

Location: Upstairs, Sanctuary

Description: "In Because of Bethlehem, Max Lucado explores how the One who made everything chose to make himself nothing and come into our world. Jesus’ birth gives us the promise that God is always near us, always for us, and always within us—and that we no longer need to have marks on our record.

In He Chose the Nails, Max continues by examining the gifts that Christ gave at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns, the nails, and the empty tomb. The cross is rich with God’s gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear him whisper, "I did it just for you." (Source: Publishers Description)

Participant Workbook: $8.00 Donation 


 

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Goal: $7,000

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Goal: 1,000 Boxes Packed

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