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.
Do you have questions about faith, the Bible, and Jesus? Are you not sure what you believe? If you answered ‘yes’ to those questions, you’re not alone. The Alpha course may be what you have been looking for. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.
Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
Use this link to sign up - search Columbus, IN.
Questions? Contact Tyler Tolbert, Outreach & Discipleship Minister, here or at 812.379.4491.
We have several small groups that meet during the week. Some groups meet weekly, some every other week and some monthly.
Are you looking for a group? Has God laid it on your heart to start a group? Contact Tyler Tolbert, Outreach & Discipleship Minister, at 812.379.4491 or here.
- Extraordinary Women - Room 221
- Follow Jesus - Conference Room (starts at 9:15)
- Growing Godly Families - Lower Level 2 aka Fishbowl (starts at 9:15)
- Onward - Room 223 (starts at 9:15)
- Berean Bible Fellowship - Room 219
- Three M's Bible Fellowship - Reception Room
- Works in Progress - Lower Level 2
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.
We are working on what studies will look like in the fall. As soon as we have a plan of what will be offered and how it will be offered we will update this page as well as the Women's Facebook Group. Please contact Nancy Lewis with any questions.
These personal growth groups will be offered again soon.
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.
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.
Refresh is a gathering for mothers of young children and meets one Tuesday morning a month during the school year. Join us for fun, refreshments, crafts, lessons and a time to share together. Join our closed Facebook group.
Be Encouraged. Be Engaged. Be Educated.
Group meets from 8:45-11:15a in Connection Corner/Hebrews Cafe (room next to the 4th Street entrance) during the school year. Limited childcare is available for children ages 6 weeks - PreK.
Questions? Contact the leadership team here.
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.
July 24 August 28 September 25 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.
August 13 - The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall
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.
We feel it is Biblical and therefore highly important that men be the leaders in their homes.
We are creating ways to teach men their responsibilities in their homes, in the church and in the world.
Questions about Men's Ministry? Contact Tyler Tolbert, Outreach & Discipleship Minister, at 812.379.4491 or here.
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." Nehemiah 4:14
Find out more about Fight Club by watching this video.
What is Fight Club? A community-wide discipleship program designed for men 18 and older. Fight Club is a 10-week journey where men are required to complete weekly challenges within the context of community and accountability. A 3-strike rule applies to all challenges. These challenges change weekly and cover spiritual, 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.
Contact the leadership team to find out when the next chapter will begin.
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.
Questions? Contact Dj Butcher, Family Life & Youth Minister, at 812.379.4491 or here.