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

Small Groups

Discipleship

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:

  1. Getting involved in a Biblical community like a small group.
  2. Practicing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study and fasting.
  3. 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.

  • His Needs, Her Needs

    Is your marriage not where it needs to be on your priority list, because of the busyness of parenting and other important life commitments? Is your marriage where it needs to be on your priority list, but you would like to ensure that will continue to be the case in 2020? Join a six week study of His needs, Her Needs beginning January 5. The group will meet Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15a in Fellowship Hall. This study will be led by Jeff & Edie Logston, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020. The class will end with a special date night. Cost for this class is $10 per couple and will include the participant guide and date night. Register by Sunday, December 29.

  • List Item

    Planning for the future is hard when you're still paying for the past! Listen - there's a better way! Join the Financial Peace University class, and you'll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future. Classes are Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30p beginning on January 8. Cost is $95 and includes unlimited access for one year to Financial Peace University with the tools you need to win with money! Questions? Contact Mark Farney here.

    Ready to register? Pick up a registration form at the Connection Center or register online (cost is $99 online).  

  • Sunday Morning Groups

    9:00 Groups

    • 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)


    10:30 Groups

    • Berean Bible Fellowship - Room 219
    • Three M's Bible Fellowship - Reception Room
    • Works in Progress - Lower Level 2
  • Weekday Small Groups

    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.

  • Free Digital Library

    Did you know the church has a digital library that YOU can use at any time? This is great for small groups, family studies or even kid's shows!


    You can access this great tool right here.


    Questions? Talk to Tyler.

Women's Ministry

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

  • Healthy Heart Event

    Saturday, February 1 | 9:30a-1:30p

    Cost is $15 (includes lunch)


    Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
    with all your soul and with all your mind.' Matthew 22:37


    Featured Speaker - Dr. Melinda Hunnicutt

    Along with - Lisa Newton, Laura Martin and Deena Bates


    Register

  • Study Groups

    Wednesday PM

    The Amazing Life of Jesus Christ - Book 2 | $25.00


    “Who do you say that I am?” – Jesus Christ

    Our answer to this most important question not only determines our future but also how we live every day of our lives. But first, we have to know: Who is Jesus? What did He say and do while He was on earth? Why should that matter to us today? 

    Whether you are just meeting Jesus for the first time or have known Him for years, this in-depth study of Scripture will help you apply His truth to your life.


    Register

    Wednesdays | January 22 - April 21 | 6:00-8:00p


    Thursday AM

    Twelve Women of the Bible | $15.00

    This study has short relevant DVD teachings with a little bit of homework.


    In this study you will learn about the triumphs and failures of Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Hannah, and nine other women, learning how to:

    • Apply biblical lessons to your own modern-day struggles
    • Live through your failures as well as your successes
    • Draw near to God in a world filled with trials
    • Find lasting contentment in every situation
    • Over rejection and insecurity...and more

    This fresh look at the women of the Bible helps women discover new insights and provides a powerful witness to God's gracious love that will leave you feeling challenged, encouraged, and deeply valued.


    Register

    Thursdays | January 23 - April 22 | 9:00-11:00a (Classes not meeting March 9-20)


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    Believing Jesus - A Journey Through the Book of Acts | $15.00

    This study has DVD teachings with daily homework.


    Are you truly willing to risk everything? 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.


    Session Titles:

    • The Declarations That Define Us
    • Earth, Wind, and Celestial Fire
    • Checkered Pasts Can Make Incredible Preachers
    • What's Mine Is Yours
    • Loving More People, More
    • The Need to Be ReGospeled
    • Turning Your World Upside Down
    • Bearing the Chain Because

    Register

    Thursdays |February 13 - April 16 | 9:00-11:00a (Classes not meeting March 9-20)


    Questions? Contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister, here or at 812.379.4491.

  • Personal Growth Groups

    Spring 2020


    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.



    Register

    Thursdays | April 2 - May 7 | 9:00-11:00a    

    This study is limited to 10 participants. 


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    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. 


    Register

    Thursdays | March 26 - May 7 | 6:30-8:00p

    This group is LIMITED to 12 participants. 


    Questions? Contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister.

  • REFRESH...for moms

    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. 


              January 28     February 25     March 31     April 28


    Please RSVP one week prior to each session that you are able to attend. This will ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP


    Limited childcare is available for children ages 6 weeks - PreK. Please RSVP here with the name(s) and age(s) of the children that will need childcare so that we can be prepared for your children.


    Group meets from 8:45-11:15a in Connection Corner/Hebrews Cafe (room next to the 4th Street entrance).


    Questions? Contact the leadership team here.


    I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25

  • Social Groups

    Hobby Night


    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.


    The remaining 2019 date is: December 13


    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).


    2020 Books

    January 9 - Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

    February 13 - The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

    March 12 - Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

    April 9 - Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown

    May 14 - Walking with Henry by Rachel Anne Ridge

    June 11 - In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

    July 9 - Always Watching by Lynette Eason

    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.

  • Care Group - Prayer Shawl Ministry

    Prayer shawls are given to those in need of support, empathy, even celebration. We call them knitted or crocheted hugs to show Christ's love and kindness to a hurting world.

    The Prayer Shawl team is always looking for people who knit or crochet or would like to learn how to knit/crochet. Interested in finding out more? Contact Lesa & Betsy here.

Men's Ministry

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

  • Men's Discipleship

    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. 

  • Men's Fellowship Breakfast

    Every other Wednesday morning at 6:30a, during the school year, men from the church and community come together to enjoy breakfast, to grow in God's Word with a devotion and fellowship together.


    January 15          January 29          February 12          February 26          March 11                March 26             April 8                  April 22

Young Adults

ages 18-25

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:

  • Thursday Evenings The Gathering - 7:30-9:00 Various locations | Follow The Gathering on Facebook and Instagram
    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.
  • During the months of November & December this group meets at CCC.
  • Text @gathercbus to 267.612.4049 for locations and updates.

Questions? Contact Dj Butcher, Family Life & Youth Minister, at 812.379.4491 or here

Senior Adult Ministry

You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.  


Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.


Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:1-8

  • 55 Fellowship Lunch

    Our 55 Fellowship Lunches (for our senior adults) are the 2nd Tuesday of every month at noon in the Reception Room. A donation of $6 is suggested - sign up at the Information Center.