DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS-Sunday Evenings: Discipleship Groups gather September-May.
Discipleship groups are an opportunity for people of all ages to connect with the church body, study the Bible together, pray together, and minister to one another. They’re called “discipleship groups” because they’re meant to help us become better “disciples”, or “followers”, of Jesus Christ, especially in the areas of Bible reading, prayer, and evangelism. These groups meet on Sunday nights from 6:45–7:30 p.m. at the church with a brief time of teaching all together before breaking off into our individual groups.
In order to read Scripture devotionally, we must learn the overall message of the Bible and how each book functions within the whole. We must also learn how to read and interpret different genres within Scripture as well as how to apply our daily Scripture readings to our personal lives. We will also share some tools that will help in meditating upon and memorizing Scripture as well. We are currently follow this Bible reading plan (link).
In order to pray effectively, we must learn how the people of God prayed in biblical times, how to pray the Lord’s Prayer, how to pray through the Psalms and all of Scripture, and how to spend time with God. These are just some of the topics we will be covering as we learn to practice prayer together.
In order to evangelize, we first must learn the basic components of the gospel, how to give a testimony, and how to defend the faith in a way that honors God. In addition to these things, we will learn how to pray for those in our circle of influence and how to work with other Christians in witnessing to our friends in a non-threatening environment.
Keith Browne—all-male group for adults
Ellen Bowlin—all-female group for adults
Pastor Mark Hudson—mixed gender group for adults
Pastor David Groendyk—mixed gender group for young adults
Jeff Hansen—mixed gender group for youth