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Know, Grow, Go

God created us for community and discipleship, both of which happen best in small-group settings. We have two simple goals in our small groups, which meet each Sunday at 9 a.m.:

• Developing a sense of community — Connect with believers walking through similar life stages, and building relationships that provide support and accountability. We encourage regular fellowship (in class and individual settings) to encourage relationships that go deeper than casual acquaintances and result.
• Life application of scripture — The Word of God is meant to be applied to our lives, so each lesson (which can be downloaded below) is designed to encourage discussion and expand practical application of scripture.

We base this approach on Acts 2:44-45:

“Day by day, continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Just as the first church understood the importance of relationships in their spiritual lives, we believe involvement in a DBC small group provides the best opportunity to be actively engaged in each other’s lives, grow our faith through accountability and discussion of God’s Word, and reaching outside the boundaries of the campus to spread the Gospel.

Our small study groups, which meet each Sunday at 9 a.m., are organized by stage of life, so no matter where you are in your walk there are other believers with whom you can relate and grow in understanding of God’s calling. Our current small groups include:

• College & Careers — This group is where young, single men and women who have graduated high school and are attending college or beginning their work lives get together for fellowship and study of God’s Word.
• Parents of young children — The members of this group understand what parents of young children go through on a daily basis. Join this class to study the living word of God, and build relationships that provide support during the challenges and celebration during the joys of parenting.
• Parents of older children — Those with high-schoolers and empty nesters can find support in this small group. Learn how others deal with the challenges of youth approaching high-school graduation and of spouses re-engaging one another after children leave home, while studying God’s Word.
• Women — If you are a single woman, a single mom or a wife whose husband does not attend church, this group offers a place of comfort and support.
• Older adults — Retired? Well, you never retire from study of God’s Word and the community of faith, so join this loving group that is devoted study of scripture, fellowship and service.

Current small-group study material

Currently, our small groups are studying the importance of prayer and learning how this vital branch of faith connects us to God, provides greater understanding of scripture and molds our life of faith. Please download the PDF below to prepare for this Sunday’s small-group time, and join us Sunday morning at 9 a.m. to participate in the gathering of the saints:

A prayer of obedience — When we pray for God to use us, it is not always comfortable or safe. References: Acts 26:9-23

Current study series

January 3 begins a 7-part study on why prayer is so important to the life of the Christian. We invite you to join us for this 7-week study that will include these topics:

Abide in Christ — If you want to bear fruit for Jesus, you must abide in Jesus.
Why we pray — Prayer is our God-given means of seeing heaven touch earth.
A prayer of humility — Sometimes growing spiritually involves great struggle, even to the point of brokenness.
Being confident in prayer — God promises us that when we pray according to His will, He will hear us and answer our prayers.
The Spirit intercedes — When we don’t know what to pray for, we can trust that the Holy Spirit prays according to God’s will on our behalf.
Effective prayer — John challenges us to eliminate sin from our lives, affirm our relationship with Christ, and eradicate idols from our lives.
A prayer of obedience — When we pray for God to use us it is not always comfortable or safe.

Up Next — Onward

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Beginning Feb, 21, we will be learning how how to engage today’s culture without losing the Gospel. So make plans to join us in this six-week series that will provide real-world guidance in how to live out our faith.