2019 Winter Studies At HCBC!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone!  As trees get taken down and decor gets put back into storage for another 11 months, all of us are now looking ahead to a new year, and at Harbins, a new year means new Bible studies and opportunities for growth and discipleship.  Below is a list of upcoming studies that will be launching in January that you can participate in.

The Attributes of God/Pre-Service Prayer – Launching Sunday, January 6th, at 9:30am in the Sanctuary 

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Who Does God Say That He Is?

Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, we should study what He Himself has said.

In this 16-part teaching series, The Attributes of God, Dr. Steven Lawson articulates a biblical understanding of divine attributes and explores how a right understanding of God can affect every aspect of our lives.

In addition, I am excited to continue pre-service prayer.  This past fall was the first time Harbins ever had a prayer time like this and from feedback I’ve received it has been very encouraging, impactful, and unity building.  In our prayer time, we will be praying for the main service, the preaching, the worship, the church, visitors, and our own hearts as we prepare for corporate worship.

Desiring God- Launching Wednesday, January 16th, 7pm, in the Sanctuary.(Parents, bring your children as BibleKids will continue downstairs!)  

(Note: our 1 Samuel study will resume at a later date either as a midweek study or Sunday morning sermon series.)

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Outside of my conversion, there have been a handful of massive, life-changing, paradigm shifting moments in my spiritual life.  One of them was in seminary when my professor introduced me to a man I’d barely heard of named John Piper.  My world was rocked as I learned through Piper that I was called, even commanded, to glorify God through the enjoyment of and satisfaction in God.  I learned that God’s highest pursuit and blazing passion was His own glory, and how that was a good thing.  After all these years I am still thinking through the implications of Piper’s “Christian Hedonism” for my own life and ministry, and I’m sure I’ll ponder these things for the rest of my life.  I look forward to pondering them with you as we explore these things together for the next couple of months.

Through open Bibles, short video clips, group discussions, and utilizing our own study guide, we will learn why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God and, in what may be surprising to some, how God is ready to pursue with all His might our pleasure in Him! The implications of this truth are discussed in regard to conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.   I’m looking forward to some great conversation with you all as we pursue the enjoyment of God together!

To get the most out of this study, purchase a study guide here or here.

Sermon on the Mount, a  9 Week Bible Study for Ladies, starting Tuesday February 5th at 10am in the fellowship hall at Harbins (childcare provided) and Thursday February 7th at 7pm at the home of Barbara Coleman (1830 Jessica Way Winder)

What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? The Sermon on the Mount images articulates what the life of a Christ follower should look like, asking us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? In this 9-session study, examine the words of Jesus in-depth as He challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  This DVD study has excellent teaching from Jen Wilkin and we will also have a great time discussing what we learn together each week as we get to know each other and God’s Word better!

Purchase the Study Guide Here!

Theology Reading Group – Systematic Theology (Date and Time will be determined based on the availability of those who sign up.  Sign up deadline is Jan. 13th)

One of the things I have a burden for is raising up leaders in the congregation and helping people develop a robust theology, as well as learning how to apply theology to everyday life.  One means I would like to do this is through the launching of Theology Reading Groups.  The idea is that I will take a group of interested members through a particular theological book, learning from it, and discussing its implications for life, church, our world, etc.  While I envision Theology Reading Groups (TRGs) as one means to develop leaders in our church, you don’t have to aspire to church leadership to be in a TRG.  This is for anyone who wants to grow deeper in discipleship through a greater understanding of God’s Word.

In the future, I’d love to see multiple TRGs at Harbins, but for now, we’ll start with one.  I’d like to take a group through all 57 chapters of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology.  This is a big task, and will take over a year to go through.  I am envisioning reading one chapter a week, and meeting every other week to discuss what we’ve read.  Together we will explore a whole host of doctrines including:

  • imagesThe Inerrancy of Scripture: Are there any errors in the Bible?
  • The Existence of God: How can we know God exists?
  • The Trinity
  • Angels, Satan, and Demons
  • The Person of Christ and the Work of the Spirit
  • Election/Predestination
  • Church Government and Worship
  • The Millennium and the Final Judgment
  • And Much More!

I’m looking for people willing to make a significant commitment, and outside of emergencies, (or holidays/family vacations) can commit to no more than 2 or 3 absences as we explore the book.  Before I announce a particular day and time that we would meet, I would first like to determine who would like to join this group.  There will be open signups through Sunday, January 13th.  At that time, depending on who would like to join me in this study, we will work out dates and times based on the availability of those interested.  Once this group starts, it will be a closed group and you’ll be unable to join it and you’ll have to wait for another group to start in the future.  If you are interested in this, let me know your best days and times in regards to availability.  You can email me this at demerwebb@gmail.com or take advantage of the sign up sheet that will be on hand Sunday.

You can purchase the Systematic Theology book here

I am really excited about this TRG and look forward to launching soon!

I am hopeful that you can take advantage of one (or more) of these terrific opportunities for discipleship and fellowship.  I look forward to learning and growing with you in 2019!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

Spring 2017 Community Groups Coming Soon!

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One of the things I love about HCBC is how eager our folks are to study the Bible.  Many people have been coming up to me lately asking when our next round of Community Groups will be launching.  I’m happy to say we’ll be relaunching the week of February 5th.  As usual we’ve got a terrific lineup of studies.  Here’s what we’re offering this time around:

1 Peter: Maintaining Our Hope in a World That’s Not Our Home

imagesLed by Steve Doyle at Barbara Coleman’s home.  1830 Jessica Way, Winder.
Launch Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 7pm.

Do you ever feel like an alien and a stranger in a land that is increasingly distant and even hostile to Jesus Christ?  That’s normal.  The Apostle Peter begins his letter by saying he is writing to “To those who are elect exiles…” (1 Pe 1:1).  To be a believer is to be an exile longing for their true home in heaven.  But in the meantime, how now shall we live?  This Bible study will equip and encourage all pilgrims who are passing through this difficult world in route to their ultimate destination, the New Heavens and the New Earth.  No study guide necessary, just your Bible!  Sign up here!

Lessons from the Upper Room

 Led by Jeff Thomas at Karen Lindsey’s home.  2515 Harbins Mill Drive, Dacula.
Launch Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 7pm.

Knowing the time was fast approaching for Him to imagesdepart this world, Jesus spent His final hours with His closest friends. As the disciples sat with their master, unaware of what would soon take place, Jesus served them, taught them, and prayed for them.  In this 12-part teaching series, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson paints a vivid picture of the disciples’ final moments with their Savior. Carefully walking through John 13-17, Dr.
Ferguson reminds us of the centrality of Christ in all of life.   No study guide necessary, just your Bible!  Sign up here!  For more information, view the trailer below:

 

God in our midst: The Tabernacle and our relationship to God.  

Led by Mark Pierce at the Pritchett home, 2290 Marshland Ct, Suwanee.
Launch Date: Wednesday,  February 8th, 7pm.

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, Daniel R. Hyde encourages us to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14).  No study guide necessary!  Just bring your Bible!  Sign up here!  For more information, view the trailer below:

 

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

Led by Demer Webb at the Sims’ home, 3605 Wynter Frost Walk.
Launch Date: Wednesday,  February 8th, 7pm

imagesIt 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.

Sign up here!  

After you sign up, get your FREE study guide here! (required)  

To go even deeper, click here and order the book! (optional but recommended)

For more information, view the trailer below:

 

Behold Your God

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THE STUDY THAT BEGAN LAST SEMESTER.  

Led by Todd Harrison at the Harrison home. 1480 Bradley Gin Road, Monroe.
Study resumes Thursday, February 9th,  7pm.  

Are we sure that the God we serve is the imagesGod 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?

Behold Your God is a study that focuses on God’s self-revelation in the Bible, helping the believer to apply the descriptions of God to all of life. Each week features a short biographical sketch of the life of a significant figure from Christian history whose ministry illustrates the truths that you will be studying weekly.  They include A. W. TozerGeorge MullerRobert Murray M’CheyneCharles Spurgeon,  Jonathan Edwards, and more.

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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.

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.

***Because this is a study that began in the Fall, you are encouraged to consider another one of our study options.  However, if you are still interested in joining this study midstream,  order the required daily devotional and then sign up here!***

For more information, view the trailer below:

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 desire to participate in due to day of the week, location, interest, 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 thrilled that HCBC is able to offer such amazing studies that will draw you closer to God, facilitate transformation in your life, and sink your roots deeper into the precious Word of God, through which we are able to more clearly see and savor our Lord Jesus Christ!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

 

Coming soon: Men’s Discipleship Groups!

Scripture says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Prov 27:17)

Pastor Steve and I are looking for some men in our church that would be interested in receiving some “sharpening.”images

By sharpening I mean spiritual mentoring, discipleship, accountability, and mutual encouragement and edification.  We really believe these are some of the main means that God uses to facilitate stronger and healthier spiritual lives.

At the beginning of 2016, we launched our Men’s Discipleship Groups (MDGs)  Several men got involved and I believe it was an encouraging and profitable experience.  In September we’ll be relaunching these groups.

Whether you’ve been a Christian for a little while or you’ve been journeying for a long time, it would be our privilege to journey with you on a more personal basis.

MDGs consists of very small groups of men meeting weekly or bi-weekly.  Each group would include one of the pastors, (Steve or me).  We know that different people have different times that work best for them, and Steve and I want to be flexible and we’ll try to form groups that meet at times that are convenient for everyone who is interested.

While I envision some common denominators between these groups that would include prayer, Bible, and general spiritual accountability and support, what each group will specifically do will be largely dependent on who is in these groups, and what the specific needs and interests are of the men who want to be a part of a group.

For example, if there are men who are interested in more theological training, Steve or myself might take a couple of guys through a study using Wayne Grudem’s book, “Systematic Theology.”

If there are men in the church who want help being a better husband, Steve and I would make sure when meeting with those men that there would be some sort of focus or study on marriage that would be included in at least a part of our meetings.

Maybe there are guys who want to be stronger in the area of sexual purity.  We want to help men grow in that area.

imagesPerhaps you don’t have specific preferences or ideas of what you want to focus on.  That’s fine.  some of these groups may simply go through a book of the Bible together.  Steve and I love doing that.

Regardless, Steve and I are eager to connect with the men of the church and shepherd you in a more direct and personal way.  We want to encourage you in the Lord and help you grow in Christ in any way we can, and we count it as a privilege to invest in your lives.

Some of you are already part of a Men’s Discipleship Group and those groups will continue until you finish your current study.

However, if you are not presently part of a group, and would like to join one, please email me at demerwebb@gmail.com.  There will also be a signup sheet in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday.  Just let us know your availability, and if you’d like to be in a group with a specific topical focus such as theological training, marriage, or anything else.  If you just want to get with some guys and you don’t care about the specific focus, that’s great.  We’ll find a group to connect you with.

Steve and I are looking forward to connecting with more of our men and be a source of encouragement and edification for you.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

Community Groups to Launch Soon!

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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. 

imagesIt 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.

Click here to sign up for this study!

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

imagesWhen 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.

Click here to sign up for this study!

Click here to order the required study guide!

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

imagesLives 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:

 

Click here to sign up for this study!

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

imagesDo 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.

Click here to sign up for this study!

Click here to order the required study guide!

Praying with Paul- Launches Thursday, February 4th, at Todd and Carol Harrison’s home, 7pm. 1480 Bradley Gin Road, Monroe.  Led by Todd Harrison

imagesIt’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.

Click here to sign up for this study!

Click here to order the required study guide!

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