It’s hard to believe, but summer is winding down. But while summer winds down, activities and opportunities for further fellowship, growth, and discipleship at Harbins Church begin winding up! We are just weeks away from relaunching our weeknight Community Groups. Pastor Steve and I believe these groups play a vital role in our spiritual health and we urge everyone to select one and plug in. In these groups you’ll find fellowship, encouragement, ministry for your soul, a means for you to bless others, and a means to better see and savor Jesus Christ. As always, we have some outstanding study options. Some we’ve offered before, and some are brand new. Your five study choices are:
1) Battling Unbelief- Launches Tuesday, Sept 6th, at two locations: Location #1 Demer and Dana Webb’s home, 7pm. 514 Bentley Circle, Bethlehem. Led by Demer Webb. Location #2 Barbara Coleman’s home, 1830 Jessica Way, Winder. Led by Steve Doyle
“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 4th time for believers who seek greater growth in godliness and greater power to kill sin in their lives. Pastor Demer, with help from John Piper, will help you battle the destructive, joy-killing sins of anxiety, pride, impatience, covetousness, lust, and more. Many have experienced a revolution in their spiritual lives through this study. Will you be the next to be transformed?
2) What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage- Launches Wednesday, Sept 7th, at Matt and Marietta Pritchett’s home, 7pm. 2290 Marshland Court, Suwannee. Led by Mark Pierce.
“It won’t take long for you to be disappointed in marriage. It won’t take long for your dreams to be dashed. The reality is that you can’t escape the brokenness of this world. You won’t be able to avoid the sin of your spouse.
The Bible teaches that we all bring something destructive into our relationships – sin. But as Paul David Tripp explains, we buy into the delusion that our biggest problem is outside of us. We blame our spouse. We blame our circumstances. We rarely take seriously the nature of our own sin.
‘What Did You Expect?’ challenges you to look into the mirror of God’s Word and see yourself with clarity. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you love yourself more than your spouse. Maybe you love your little kingdom more than God’s big Kingdom. When you reach that level of honesty, you’re at the edge of real good things for your marriage.
Start working on a marriage of unity, understanding, and love.”
Here is the trailer for the book:
So what are you waiting for? The next step in strengthening your marriage can be signing up now!
3) Praying with Paul- Launches Wednesday, Sept 7th, at Gabe and Aida Bruzzi’s home, 7pm. 2850 Crystal Ridge Drive, Dacula. Led by Jeff Thomas
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 great study.
We have heard from more than one person how this study has resulted in a strengthened and more vibrant prayer life. Who wouldn’t want that? If you are ready to deepen your prayer life, you’ve just found your study, so……….
4) Behold Your God- Launches Thursday, Sept 8th, at Todd and Carol Harrison’s home, 7pm. 1480 Bradley Gin Road, Monroe. Led by Todd Harrison.
Are we sure that the God we serve is the God described in Scripture? Is rethinking Him biblically really necessary? How do we do it? How would it affect our views of Christ, the gospel, holiness, worship, evangelism, service, and revival?
In addition, each week’s lesson will reinforce what you have been studying in the Bible on your own time throughout that week. Finally, you will be able to listen to highlights from interviews with contemporary ministers whose lives and labors reflect these same truths. These include Paul Washer, Andrew Davies, Conrad Mbewe, and more. Comments from men whose gospel labors range from Peru, Ethiopia, Virginia, and Memphis to New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, and Zambia help to show that these are eternal truths about an eternal God who is not altered by any temporal or geographical context.
Many in our day are tired and disillusioned because they have consistently hoped in the next new idea. It is just this kind of day that makes Christians stop running on their religious hamster-wheels and ask “Why are we doing these programs?” and “Why doesn’t God ever really seem to show up and effectively work in our churches?” Hard questions often lead to right answers. This study is written with the conviction that our fundamental need in Western Christianity is to repent of our low and unworthy views of God, to return to the biblical descriptions of the true God, and to risk it all in order to live upon Who He is. Nothing in this study is new truth. Instead, everything is meant only to help you to take the biblical descriptions of God seriously and to see how they form the foundation of Christian living.
Whet your appetite with the trailer here:
Ok, I’m ready to sign up now! But I can’t, because I’m teaching my own study. But the good news is that YOU can be a part of this incredible group by signing up today!
To preserve strong group dynamics and intimacy, Pastor Steve and I are trying to keep the groups from becoming too large. Therefore, our preference is to have a maximum of 12 participants per group. (This does not of course, include babies and other children who won’t really be participating in the study!) With that said, we want to make sure everyone is in a group, so if there is only one that you are able to participate in due to day of the week, location, etc, then we will of course increase the size of any group to make sure that everyone is included. With that said, please let us know as early as you can which group you’d like to participate in.
I’m excited as I’ve ever been about our lineup of studies available to you. You can’t go wrong with any of the five options available, and I am excited to see and hear how God will use the Harbins Community Group ministry in your life in the months to come.
Grace and Peace,