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


Topic: Galatians; James

Teacher(s): Jim Croft & Ron Standifer

Location: Upstairs, Room #105

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  1and 2 Corinthians.

“Someone has well said that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross so Christianity could become only a hobby that we practice one day a week. Real Christianity is for all of life and affects every part of life.

That is why this study of Galatians and James is going to be so revealing, re-energizing, and may even be revitalizing to your walk with God.

On the one hand, the Christian life is a life of faith that leads to freedom. Once and for all we know that rules and rituals have been replaced by grace and faith. The Book of Galatians makes it plain that the way to the Lord is not by keeping God’s law, but by trusting a loving God. In a real sense, the Book of Galatians is the Emancipation Proclamation for every child of God.

On the other hand, the freedom that we enjoy through faith in Christ does not mean that are free to do whatever we want to do. Rather, we are free to do what we ought to do. A real tree bears fruit. We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone. Faith confesses Christ as Lord and faith shows our commitment to the Lord. Inward profession should produce outward practice. That is the theme of the Book of James.

Galatians says we are justified before God by faith. James says faith without works is dead. Paul and James were two sides of the same coin as you will see in this fantastic study.” (Source: James Merritt, General Editor — ETB)

Topic: “Welcome Home" and "How To Pray"

Teacher(s): Dan Stinchcomb

Location: Downstairs, Room #202

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.

  • Welcome Home — “What are we communicating to those who come to our church or Bible study group for the very first time? What are we really saying? We might be verbalizing words of welcome, but we might also be presenting a message that says just the opposite. In this study, we will examine what we are really saying. We will look deeply into the posture and attitude that exemplifies the right kind of invitation. We will look at what we need to do so that, when we encounter those who are just beginning to come around to the truth of God and His church, they don’t just hear, but also feel the same welcome God has given us in Christ.” 
  • How To Pray “If you could ask Jesus one question, what would it be? Twelve disciples walked closely with Jesus . . . It appears that, in all they observed in Jesus, it was His prayer life that seemed to be the ‘secret’. Thankfully for all of us Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He gave them, ultimately us, a model as a part of His Sermon on the Mount. This prayer has inspired Christians for over two thousand years. It is both striking in its simplicity and breathtaking in its scope . . . . Prayer changes us as we pray. Isn't it time we joined the original disciples and ask Jesus to teach us how to pray? After all, prayer moves the Hand that moves the world.” (Source: Study Guide)

Topic: “In The Beginning”

Teacher(s): Mitch Kemp & Ray Tignall

Location: Downstairs, Fellowship Hall

Description: “For a story to be great, it must include a great beginning. The story of the Bible, which tells the true story of our world, is no exception.

In the Book of Genesis, we see God the Creator in all His majesty and goodness as He spins the world into motion and lavishes His image bearers with love. We have an ‘inciting incident’ that introduces conflict into this good world, as the first humans raise their fists in defiance toward their loving Father and bring havoc into this peaceful paradise. But even here, we have a promise—God will make things right again. God will cover His people’s sins and crush their adversary. The rest of Genesis shows how even though sin spread throughout the world, God remained faithful to His promise to Eve, His promise to Noah, and His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The Book of Genesis is a glorious and earthy tale of rebellion and redemption, of sin and salvation, of failings and faith. Here is a book that shows us who we are in our sin and who God is in His grace. May this study lead you to express gratitude for God’s love toward you and then extend His love to everyone who inhabits this world He has promised to restore.” (Trevin Wax, General Editor—The Gospel Project)

Topic: A Life Changing Encounter with God's Word from the Book of Luke

Teacher(s): Michael Kaye & Dave Boteler

Location: Downstairs, Room #107

Description: “Luke’s vivid, fast-moving report offers a gospel of reconciliation and celebration. In the New Testament’s longest book, Luke, the physician friend of the apostle Paul, reveals Jesus as the Man who came to save all—including women, the poor, the outcast, the sick, and the ordinary, everyday people of every nation. This Bible study traces Luke’s story from the announcement of Jesus’ birth to His submission to the crucifixion and His ultimate triumph in the resurrection.

Christians have a lifelong goal: to become like Christ. This involves change, and change isn’t always easy. But the more you know of God’s purposes for you, the more you can experience His joy and participate in His plan. The LifeChange Series of Bible studies on books of the Bible can help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word. You’ll benefit in these important ways: 1) You’ll gain a firm understanding of the book-its historical context, purpose, structure, and meaning; 2) You’ll apply its powerful, relevant wisdom to needs and issues you are currently working through; and 3) You’ll acquire personal study skills and a thirst to return to the book on your own-so you can keep going deeper into its life-transforming truths.” (Source: Publishers Description) Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00

Topic: The Baptist Faith & Message

Teachers: Blair Radney, Ken Feaga, and Mark Tapscott

Location: Downstairs, Room #106

Description: The Baptist identity is built on the rock-solid foundation of God’s Word. The Bible shapes our faith, our worship, and our witness.

Throughout our history Baptists have developed statements of faith to help us define our vision, understand biblical beliefs, defend our faith, and grow in Christlikeness. The Baptist Faith and Message, a statement of beliefs adopted by the Sothern Baptist Convention in 2000, succinctly summarizes Baptist beliefs.

This study examines in detail the 18 doctrines outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message statement. Combining biblical insight with historical and contemporary illustrations, the authors help you understand essential Baptist beliefs, identify the biblical foundation for these beliefs, and apply the beliefs to your Christian walk.

Each believer is responsible for knowing, claiming, and living biblical truth. Use the Baptist Faith and Message to anchor your beliefs in the unshakable foundation of God’s Word.” (Source: Back Book Cover) Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00

Topic: Making Space; Exploring Proverbs for What Matters Most — DVD Bible Study

Teacher(s): Julie and Corey Snyder

Location: Downstairs, Room #101

Description: Do you know what’s most important in life? Do you feel too busy to make time for those things?

This study gleans wisdom from the Book of Proverbs and from the example of Jesus to show you how to center your life on God’s priorities. You will examine the things that matter most to God and to you as a follower of Christ. Then you will learn to apply godly wisdom that will help you incorporate these activities into your busy life. In some cases, you will find that you are doing the wrong things. Or you might find that you are doing the right things for the wrong reason or in the wrong way, so they are not life-giving or fulfilling.

Wisdom is learning how to do the right things at the right time in the right way. Allow God to show you what is most important in life and when and how to engage in those activities.

Session titles: What Is Wisdom?; Finances (Work and Money); Rest; Prayer and Bible Study; Heart; Friendship; Family; and Hospitality.” (Source: Publishers Description) Note: Participant Workbook Donation $10.00.

Topic: Why Study the Old Testament

Teacher(s): Peggy Muth

Location: Upstairs, Room #201

DescriptionCould you give the answer as to why it's important for Christians to study the Old Testament. Do believers need to know about Jewish history, the Law, etc. The Old Testament is so much more than stories. First of all it is part of God's Word. Paul tells us (II Tim. 3:16) "ALL scripture was given by God to equip us..."

The O. T. tells us who God is. It introduces us to a living God. It foreshadows Jesus (Gen. 3:16). It brings credibility to the New Testament. The O. T. is His-story.

When you read a story you don't begin with the last chapter. Why not? It wouldn't make sense without knowing what led up to the last chapter. In a similar way, the N. T. is the final chapter of the O. T. The Old Testament forms a backdrop against which we can understand the New Testament. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament. are about Jesus. The Old Testament points to Jesus, and the New Testament describes His life, death and resurrection. Come join us in a study of an overview of the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament.

Topic: Walk As Jesus Walked--Being Disciples In A Broken World (DVD Study)

Teacher(s): Pastor Mark Klimovitz & Mike Jones

Location: Downstairs, Music Room

Description: This video-based small group bible study features noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan. In this study, Vander Laan helps you experience how the disciples translated Jesus’ call to passionate discipleship into language and imagery the Roman culture already understood. Session Titles Include: Run the Passion of Elijah; Learning to Walk Like Jesus; An Unlikely Disciple; Why Christians Suffer: The Weight of Gethsemane; and Don’t Forget Us.

Filmed on location in Aphrodisias, Antioch Pisidia, Lystra, and Cappadocia. 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.

These illuminating "faith lessons" afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. Individual believers will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study. (Source: Publishers Description) Participant Workbook Donation $5.00


   November 2018