And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
A church thrives best when it’s members strive to connect more than once a week on Sundays. We were created for community, and the above verse tells us of some of the blessings that happen when Christians make a habit of meeting together. It helps produce love, good works, and encouragement. That’s why I’m excited that in a few short weeks Harbins Church will be launching another season of Community Groups. I’m excited to say that our Community Group ministry is expanding to five groups. All of them are providing excellent studies to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. Here are your choices:
Responding To Relativism- Launches Wednesday, Feb 3rd, at Matt and Marietta Pritchett’s home, 7pm. 2290 Marshland Court, Suwannee. Led by Todd UpChurch.
It is a popular notion that there is no such thing as absolute truth, or even absolute good and evil. How can you winsomely and intelligently engage with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who hold to the idea of Moral Relativism? This study provides help from apologist Greg Koukl that will equip you with a strong defense for the concept of absolute truth against the fallacy of moral relativism.
Battling Unbelief- Launches Wednesday, Feb 3rd, at Jeff and Beth Thomas’ home, 7pm. 2700 Angel Oak Circle, Dacula. Led by Steve Doyle and Jeff Thomas
When faith flickers, stoke the fire! No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us-until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.
Battling Unbelief, one of the most powerful and popular studies ever done at Harbins Church, is being offered for a 3rd time for believers who seek greater growth in godliness and greater power to kill sin in their lives. Pastor Steve, with help from John Piper, will guide you through this terrific study that can revolutionize your walk with God.
Life Is Best- Launches Tuesday, Feb 2nd at Toby and Kristin Larsen’s home, 7pm. 438 Hoke Okelly Mill Rd SE, Loganville. Led by Peter Salas
Lives are at stake. Souls hang in the balance. Some Christians are engaged in the battle, but
many are not. In this engaging study tackling the issue of abortion, the Life Is Best study will thoroughly equip and inspire you to join the fight for lives and souls. We need to be more than anti-abortion, we need to be pro-gospel.
Check out the trailer for the study here:
Christian History Made Easy- Launches Thursday, Feb 4th, at Demer and Dana Webb’s home, 6:30pm. 514 Bentley Circle, Bethlehem. Led by Demer Webb
Do you know the real life stories of people such as St. Patrick, Martin Luther and Augustine? How did Constantine and Charlemagne change history? How did the early church recognize the canon of Scripture? How did the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches come to be? What can we learn from the doctrinal and cultural battles of the early church that can better equip 21st century believers to handle the challenges of our times? How has Christianity spread worldwide? This study will address those questions and much more!
In this 12 week study you’ll take a fascinating tour through the most important events in Christian history from the time of the apostles to today. Don’t worry, this study isn’t dry names and dates. It’s instead full of dramatic stories told with a touch of humor, combined with Bible study. We’ll tie in spiritual lessons believers can glean from the past, and we’ll be encouraged as we discover how God was (and still is) working in his church despite all the ups and downs.
Here’s a short trailer explaining why you should consider this study.
Praying with Paul- Launches Thursday, February 4th, at Todd and Carol Harrison’s home, 7pm. 1480 Bradley Gin Road, Monroe. Led by Todd Harrison
It’s doubtful that there is any Christian who has not sometimes found it difficult to pray. In itself this is neither surprising nor depressing: it is not surprising, because we are still pilgrims with many lessons to learn; it is not depressing, because struggling with such matters is part of the way we learn. God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately. The apostle Paul found the kind of spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father that is available to all of us.
“Praying with Paul” leads group members into the Epistles to see what Paul taught in his “school of prayer.” Group members will be exposed to the priorities of prayer, a God-centered framework for prayer, and practices for a more meaningful and dynamic prayer life. Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.
Here’s author and teacher DA Carson sharing a bit about this outstanding study.
Prayerfully consider which group might be best for you, sign up for one, and then be prepared to be blessed and to be a blessing to others as you cultivate the habit of meeting together with other believers, encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Steve & Demer