Small Groups

Small Group Topics for Spring 2018


The Insanity of Obedience
Ken and Marie Merwin
Tuesday’s at 7 PM
Farragut Village
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This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to the realities of walking with Jesus in difficult places. Engage with Scripture and see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus, not just someone who believes certain truths. Discover the answers to key missiological and theological questions about living sacrificially for the cause of Christ.

Believers play a significant role in God’s divine purpose. Observe how Christians all over the world are not only surviving but also thriving in the midst of persecution.


Love & Respect
Ken and Patty Billing
Tuesday’s at 7 PM
Bayview
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Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love & Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect.

A wife has one driving need, to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need, to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.


Unanswered
Sue Johnson
Wednesday’s at 6 PM
Athol
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We live in a radically skeptical age. Tough questions are being asked about Christianity. And most believers are ill-equipped to provide the answers our culture and communities desperately need. Many in today’s church do not know the Bible as well as they should and they struggle with their own “big questions” about the faith.

This study provides precisely what the church needs today: tools and answers! It addresses several challenging topics, including mental health and suicide, paranormal activity, the resurrection, how we got the Bible, suffering, and why God is sometimes silent. The study will show you how to answer, how to explain, and how to respond in a deeply winsome and attractive way, as a thoughtful ambassador of Jesus. You will leave this study enriched, characterized by a thinking faith, capable to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency to offer trite answers to a skeptical world.


Knowing God by His Names
Karly Gates
Tuesday’s at 6:30 PM
Women’s Group
Athol
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This study is designed to whet your appetite to know and understand Our God by His Wonderful Name! You will soon see and discover how significant His Name is to you and your journey. It is true that we can love someone only as much as we know them. Therefore, knowledge of our God is so very important?

    
Yawning at Tigers
Linda Durland
Sunday’s at 6:00 PM
Durland Home
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Is your deity domesticated—a malleable source of love and good feelings? If you’re hungry for more than a simple and sedate spiritual life, it’s time to chart a course away from the “safe” harbor of sanitized, predictable religion and discover just how “dangerous” God’s majesty, love, and power really are!


Sunday Morning Bible Studies

8:00 AM Sunday Morning
Marshall Stanton
Sunday’s at 8:00 AM
Athol Baptist Church
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9:15 AM Sunday Morning
Gene Clark
Sunday’s at 9:15 AM
Athol Baptist Church
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Through the Bible. Currently studying the book of Genesis.

11:00 AM Sunday Morning
Joan Huntington
Sunday’s at 11:00 AM
Athol Baptist Church
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Bible Studies for Life. Lifeways quarterly topical Bible Study


Kid’s Worship

The curriculum for this semester is The Gospel Project. It’s a 3-year chronological study through the Bible teaching your kids how the Gospel is weaved into the entire Bible throughout every person, family, and nation.

1st Service: K-3rd grade
Shiela Bourdeau, Chantel Brady, Leslie Alderson
Sunday’s at 9:15 AM
Athol Baptist Church
K-3rd grade
CLASS FULL

1st Service: 4th-6th grade
Kim Antone and Ruth Moats
Sunday’s at 9:15 AM
Athol Baptist Church
4th-6th grade
CLASS FULL

2nd Service: K-4th grade
Angela Ciero, Shannon Valentine, Micah Valentine
Sunday’s at 11:00 AM
Athol Baptist Church
K-4th grade
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Barnabus Group
Carey Cates
One Sunday per Month
Various Homes
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This group focuses on the previous months sermons. A time of fellowship, prayer and discussion on those sermons and how best to implement them into our lives.


How to be a Christian Without Being Religious
Marcus and Shannon Valentine
Tuesday’s at 7:00 PM
Athol
18 to 30 year olds
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Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to find a way to be “good”–to please God by their own efforts. They end up carrying a burden God never intended them to bear. And what’s more, their brand of Christianity ends up looking like any other religion of the world–bound by joyless rules and rituals. Fritz Ridenour’s study of the book of Romans provides an antidote to the pharisaical spirit and shows that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. It is not people reaching up, but God reaching down. All Christians can enjoy their birthright when they realize who they are in Christ. The result is a life full of hope, joy, power, and potential.


The Truth Project
Kerry and Julie McKerracher
Wednesday’s at 7 PM
Careywood
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The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 video lessons (recommended to be viewed and discussed over 13 consecutive weeks) taught by Dr. Del Tackett, instructor of Christian Worldview at the Focus Leadership Institute and a former Senior Vice President of our ministry. This study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

We believe this curriculum can be a catalyst for exponential change within the body of Christ, as thousands of people are “transformed by the renewing of [their] mind” (Romans 12:2). As He has throughout history, God continues to call ordinary people to make an eternal difference in our world.