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.
“The church has never been perfect. Only the Lord of the church is perfect, a truth that is abundantly clear in 1 and 2 Corinthians. Here we find the gospel in all its glory and life with all its complexities. The Book of Ecclesiastes says, ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ and Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth prove the truism. Paul wrote to a people who loved Christ but struggled with division of all kinds, manifold rebellion, and downright immorality. When you read and study these two books, you are reminded that although Jesus is Lord of the church, there is no perfect church.
Even still, in these two books we learn the centrality of the cross, the meaning of marriage, the danger of lust, and how a church should be structured. We learn the importance of spiritual gifts, the value of diversity, and the joy of taking the Lord’s Supper.
Paul’s letters to the church ground us in the gospel of Christ and fill us with resurrection hope. And this hope does not disappoint. This hope gives us strength for endurance so that in our struggle, we do not lose heart.
These two books serve as a banquet table of gospel truth, served up for the strength and health of God’s people. At this critical hour, an intense and thorough study of these two books is sure to bring nourishment to the famished soul and strength to any gospel-centered church.” (Source: Clint Presley, 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.
Description: “The letters of the New Testament comprise a small portion of the Bible, but they are rich in instruction for Christians today. They give us a glimpse of early church life, and at the heart of these letters, we see the heart of the apostles, which happened to be the heart of the gospel: Christ crucified and raised for our justification.
It might be easy during this part of your journey through the storyline of the Bible to miss out on some of the real-life stories of the early church that prompted the writing of these letters. We do our best in this study to show you the background situation so you can see how the apostles’ instruction was timely and powerful in the first century. We also show how the gospel impacts our lives today through our careful application of the truths in these letters.
The apostles wrote letters because they loved the church and cared about the mission. The writers and editors of this volume of The Gospel Project love the church and care about the mission too. And we pray that your love will grow and your own mission efforts will be stronger as a result of your study of these divinely inspired letters.” (Trevin Wax, General Editor—The Gospel Project)
Description: “The Galatians had come to Christ by faith-powerless to win God’s favor apart from His saving mercy. But certain people were saying, “In order to keep His favor, you have to maintain His standards by your own efforts.” To safeguard the essence of the gospel, the Apostle Paul reaffirms that we can only live right with God by faith in Him, and by His empowering presence in us.
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: The Old Testament books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah are known collectively as part of the Minor Prophet, but there is nothing “minor” about the lessons they teach about God or their potential impact on your life. If you want to let the Bible change your life, this study is an ideal tool for digging deeper. Explore the lives and times of these prophets and discover their important teachings so that you will come to know God in a new and life-transforming way.
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: As believers it is time for us to get our battle plan ready. It is time for us to strategically prepare and fight for our homes and families. It is time for us, as the church, to stand up for truth. And prayer is a powerful weapon that is absolutely necessary to ensure our victory in this spiritual battle. So, welcome to The Battle Plan for Prayer Bible study.
Many in our generation have lost sight of the power of prayer. We don’t pray. Prayer is hard work. It’s easier to go out and attempt to fix things ourselves than to pray. Because prayer requires us to be still, quiet, humble, dependent, and honest before a sovereign and holy God, prayer becomes our last resort. But prayer is so misunderstood and underutilized.
We believe God is raising up an army of prayer warriors in our generation. We are asking you to go with us on this journey and equip yourself and others to pray more effectively. We will discuss types of prayer, hindrances to prayer, keys to effective prayer, praying strategically for the lost and for believers alike. We will be sharing real stories of answered prayer in our lives and in Christian history and we will be hearing from some of our generation’s most respected prayer teachers and trainers and learning from them as well. (Source: Study Introduction) Note: Participant Workbook Donation $7.00
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: Fire On The Mountain, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is part of the That the World May Know series. When the Israelites left Egypt, they were finally free. Free from persecution, free from oppression, and free to worship their God. But with that freedom comes a new challenge–learning how to live together the way God intends. In this study, participants, discover how God teaches the Israelites what it means to be part of a community that loves him and what that means for us today.
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.
Sessions include: The Lord Who Heals You; Not By Bread Alone; Their Blood Cried Out; The Mountain of God; I Led You Like a Bride; The Whisper of God (Source: Publishers Description) Participant Workbook Donation: $5.00
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