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. This study will focus on 1and 2 Corinthians.
“Throughout history there have been certain figures who were considered “larger-than-life.” Few Bible heroes hold this distinction more than David. He rescued his nation from the Philistines via his legendary slaying of Goliath. He articulated true relationship with God while expressing life’s every emotion in penning numerous psalms. He is often seen as a role model for being “a man after God’s own heart.” Who wouldn't want to emulate him?
This study of 2 Samuel certainly reveals David’s successes; however, we’ll also discover that one of the Bible’s greatest heroes wasn’t without major flaws. David’s lust for Bathsheba led him to adultery, murder, and abuse of his monarchical authority. Yet, when God confronted this behavior, we witness David’s confession and sincere repentance. As a result, God’s gracious forgiveness—available to all who are willing to repent—is on full display.
Despite David’s human weaknesses, God worked through him to achieve the salvation of humanity by the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.
While most of us will likely never become a heroic figure, by studying 2 Samuel we can still clearly relate to David. Even if we’re far from perfect and our flaws are often evident, we can continually strive toward David’s most positive attribute—possessing a deep and profound faith in God. Who knows, in the end perhaps God will use us to impact His kingdom in “larger-than-life” ways?” (Source: Jason K. Allen, General Editor — ETB)
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.
Why Are We Here? . . . As adults, we would do well to keep asking “why” questions. Too many adults sink into an attitude that life is “just the way it is.” But why is life the way it is—and can we do anything about it? God’s Word provides answers—and with those answers comes hope and purpose.
Nehemiah: Building a Life of Service — Following Christ is a life of ministry and service. This is a call for all believers. But what does that look like? How specifically do I serve? How do I practically carry out that ministry? Nehemiah gave us a great example of what serving looks like. He started a task, prayed and depended on God, and saw it through to completion, giving us a pattern for our lives of service. (Source: Back of Study Guide)
Description: "When we talk about hope in this world, oftentimes we do so in the sense of wishing. But when it comes to hope as described and prescribed in the Bible, hope takes on a much deeper dimension. No longer is it wishful thinking but a settled belief that something will occur, even if we cannot see how that something could happen. It is this hope that runs through the storyline of Scripture and through the biblical stories in this semester.
A sure hope of fulfilling his mission sustains the apostle Paul through threats, prison, facing his accusers, facing rulers, and even a shipwreck. A sure hope empowers letters to those in need of joy, truth, hope, and a reminder of grace. And sure hope reveals in powerful words to suffering, persecuted, and straying churches what we cannot yet see—that God will one day make all things new.
This God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 21:6; 22:13). Over all and above all, He declares the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10). Faith in this all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, and all-good God leads to a sure hope of our future as believers. He sent Jesus just as He promised to rescue us from sin. He sent His Spirit as promised to strengthen us for our mission. He has given us His word to fuel our sure hope in His promises, and one day He will deliver on them all. So until the Lord Jesus comes, let us live lives in this dark world marked by faith, love, and hope (1 Cor. 13:13).” (Ed Stetzer, General Editor—The Gospel Project)
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, a nd 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
Description: In the Minor Prophets 2 you’ll discover the insights of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi into God’s character. They present a firsthand view of an all-powerul God who longs to connect with His people. In these 12 studies, you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for these prophets, their commitment, and the God they served.
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: Back Book Cover) Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00
Description: When you were young, you were told, "You are special!" and were encouraged to become anything you wanted. The future held unlimited options. But then life happened. And now you look around feeling, thinking, looking, and acting basically the same as the next guy. You can’t help but feel trapped and hemmed in. Unfortunately, many try to break out of the suffocating sameness by making the same bad decisions over and over again.
The Breakaway study is designed to renovate your thinking by illustrating four core beliefs that dictate the decisions shaping the outcome of your life. This study will help you break out of the crowd and away from bad patterns for good!
None of us sets out to be like everybody else, but it happens. Life begins to squeeze us into a mold until one day we wake up feeling trapped and hemmed in. Unfortunately many people think that the answer is to run away, but they only end up making the same bad decisions over and over again. So how do you break the cycle and break out of the crowd?
Andy Stanley will expose you to four core beliefs that have the power to renovate your thinking and change the trajectory of your life. (Source: Publishers Description) Note: Participant Workbook Donation $5.00.
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)
Description: With All Your Heart, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is part of the That the World May Know series.
Do you remember where your blessings come from? In Exodus, God warned the Israel to remember him when they left the dry dessert and reached the fertile fields of the Promised Land. In this study, discover how quickly the Israelites forgot God and began to rely on themselves. Find out what it means to remember the Lord in your own life. Discover what you can learn both in times of abundance and in want. Participants will learn that the desert is where we are closest to God and where our relationship with God is at peace.
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, Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers. (Source: Publishers Description) Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00
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