My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:1-6
Be a disciple...wait, a what? In Matthew 28, Jesus tells His followers to 'go and make disciples.' It's at the very core of our faith in Jesus yet as we often associate the Christian faith as attending church but it's so much more than that. A disciple is one who responds in faith and obedience to the call to follow Jesus. It's a lifelong process of continuing to move closer to Jesus each and every day. So how do we do that? For each of us, it's going to be a little different but at the core we believe there are three elements that move us closer to Jesus:
- Getting involved in a Biblical community like a small group.
- Practicing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study and fasting.
- Serving and using our spiritual gifts to build up the church and community.
There are lots of ways to get involved in each of those areas so we invite you to take the next step in your walk with Jesus and become a disciple. If you have any questions about any of those areas or you need help find a place to start, contact Tyler Tolbert, Outreach & Discipleship Minister.
Does your small group want to use this sermon series as your group study? There is a small group leader guide that you can use or you can use these discussion questions.
Would you like to participate in a small group? There will be in person or online groups available for teens and adults. Groups will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning September 9. Register here.
(rooms may change depending on needs)
- Follow Jesus - Conference Room at 9:15
- Extraordinary Women - Room 218 at 9:00
- Berean Bible Fellowship - Reception Room at 10:30
- Works in Progress - Lower Level 2 at 10:30
- Follow Jesus - Conference Room at 9:15
Each of us are on a journey in life that the Lord desires to lead us toward all the good He has planned for us. As women, we are blessed to be able to come alongside each other in this journey; a journey that will grow us and our relationship with the Lord, allow us to serve together and to reach other women in our community to know the kind of hope that only Christ can provide.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
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Are you missing your Bible Study? Check out all the studies that are available from RightNow Media. There are studies like - Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs; Perfect Love by Lisa Harper; Amazing Grace by Francis Chan; and so many more.
You can access these studies for FREE! Use this link or text RIGHTNOW FCCColumbus to 41411 to sign up for your account.
Questions? Contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister, here or at 812.379.4491.
Step Into The Light | $15.00
This study will use the book Living in the Shadow of Ghosts of Grief by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. This class is for seekers of peace with old losses and stored grief. Find God's life-affirming message for you to step out of the shadows of grief. Move gently toward hope and healing, finding new potential for happiness and spiritual growth.
This study is limited to 10 participants.
In-Person | Thursdays | September 17 - October 28 | 6:15-8p REGISTER
Gardening Your Life - Grounding: A Personal Growth Journey | $15.00
God, our master Gardener, provides us with the ‘gardening’ analogy of healthy living throughout the pages of the Bible. In this group we will explore how to incorporate effective life skills rooted in a relationship with God through Christ and soak up the nourishment He provides. We need this solid grounding to experience psychological and emotional health.
This group is LIMITED to 12 participants.
In-Person | Thursdays | September 10 - October 15 | 6:30-8p
Please contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister if you are interested in this class.
Believing Jesus- A Journey Through the Book of Acts | $15.00
This study has DVD teachings with daily study
Do you want to know more about the role of the Holy Spirit in your life? Join Bible teacher, Lisa Harper, in this eight-session study as she retraces the revolutionary steps of the early Christians in Acts. Drawing on her theological depth and comedic wit, Lisa reveals that while the early believers didn't have much of a road map to follow after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit catapulted them forward with so much power, grace, and authority that they dramatically impacted the world.
In-Person | Thursdays | September 17 - November 12 | 9-11a REGISTER
In-Person | Wednesdays | September 16 - November | 6:15-8p REGISTER
Our online option for this class is no longer available. Contact Nancy Lewis with questions.
***All in-person classes subject to change based on restrictions due to COVID-19.
Please contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister, with questions or for more information - email or 812.379.4491.
Would you like to have someone to connect with during this time? Life Line is the perfect ministry for you! You can ask someone to participate with you or our team will be happy to match you up. This is an easy opportunity to grow in your faith. Pick a time each week for the remainder of 2020 to pray, care, and connect with each other - be a life line for one another.
Day & Evening Options Available
Join us for fun, refreshments, crafts, lessons and a time to share together. Due to COVID-19, registration is required for this event and space is limited. Please RSVP here by September 24.
Limited childcare is available, walkers - PreK.
September 30 | 9:00-11:15a & 6:00-8:00p
Caring & Coping during COVID-19 - Kathy Wallace
Chair Yoga - Amy Allen
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25
This group meets once a month from 6:00-10:00p in the Reception Room. Enjoy fun, fellowship, food and finally make some progress on that project that has been put on the back burner. Bring your project (or come to visit) and a snack to share. Please contact Christy Pruitt to confirm the group is meeting.
September 18 October 23 November 13 December 11
Questions? Contact Christy Pruitt here.
Christian Women Fiction Book Club
Looking at a book through our Christian worldview, can be a path to encouragement, understanding, surprise, discover and just fun. Book discussion will be the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30a at Papa's Deli (back long table). Please contact Vania & Jennie to confirm the group is meeting.
September 10 - In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury
October 8 - Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
November 12 - Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
December 10 - Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Questions? Contact Vania & Jennie here.
Community Wide discipleship program designed for men 18 and older. This chapter of Fight Club is a 6-week journey where men are required to complete weekly challenges within the context of community and accountability. These challenges change weekly and cover spiritual, intellectual, relational, and physical assignments, along with Scripture memory and many opportunities to try something new, sometimes intimidating, sometimes just-for-fun, but always in community.
Kick-Off Event | Friday, September 11 | 8:00-11:00p | Gelfius Farms
Decisions, decisions and more decisions. It seems like that's what life is full of, especially after high school.
The phases of life soon to come can be overwhelming, but there's good news. The good news is that God,
who has always been walking alongside you, is still with you and there are people that have been where you are that can encourage and guide you. Staying connected to the body of Christ is essential. Through the opportunities available
at First Christian, we hope that you can grow in faith and wisdom in community.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Here is an opportunity available for you during the week:
- This is a partnership between First Christian Church (FCC), Community Church of Columbus (CCC) and New Hope Christian Church. This groups is open to anyone, at any stage in their faith. If you are new to FCC or the Columbus community, this is an excellent place to start.
- Thursday Evening - Please text The Gathering to find out when they are meeting next or to see if they are meeting online.
7:30-9:00 | Follow The Gathering on Facebook and Instagram
- Text @gathercbus to 267.612.4049 for locations and updates.