God desires for us to grow to know and love Him more. Church life brings us together under the preaching and teaching of the Bible helping us to accomplish that very thing. The Bible is unlike any other book. The eternal God is its Author. His glory is its aim. Throughout its pages, His purpose is revealed. In the Bible, the lost find hope and the saved find a sure foundation and direction for living. Its product is the renewed mind of man. Its truth is timeless. It has been tested. It can be trusted, and it should exist as the sole authority for all life, faith, and ministry.
Sunday mornings are typically devoted to a book of the Bible, while Sunday afternoons are more devoted to a topic of practical Christian living dealt with from the Bible.
The Book of Acts gives us a wonderful opportunity to see what New Testament Christianity is supposed to be all about. Luke follows the establishment of the Jerusalem church, the ministries of Peter, John, Philip, and Stephen. He also records the birth of the Antioch church, and tracks the ministries of Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, Silas, and others. All of this took place right on the heels of Jesus’ ascension and is on display through Luke’s account for all to see.
The purpose of this series is to help people see what it takes to effectively share their faith with those around them. Paul was a wonderful example of what it meant to be salt and light in society. By taking a closer look at his example in Scripture, hopefully we can determine what it is going to take for us to have an equally imposing presence in ours.
As a church, Jesus has called us to be used of Him to take the gospel to the rest of the world. The preaching and teaching time is vital to this effort. We gather together so that we may be better equipped for that task. Through the Bible, God works to shape our minds and hearts to be more like Jesus. As we subject and submit ourselves to God’s Word, God works to transform us from the inside out, developing within us the love and character of Christ that is essential to making a real and lasting impact on our society.
Our Growing Still Small Groups offer a great opportunity to build friendships while applying what you've learned to common life situations. Each Wednesday night we gather together before breaking out into groups of 3-5 to pray for missionaries and each other, get to know each other a little more, and discuss the message from Sunday morning. We get to hear what others learned, and see how they are applying the truths to their lives. We even get to see what others may be struggling with in their efforts to learn and grow in their walk with Jesus. All of this happens in an environment of care and support. We are here to grow together, not judge one another.
In Matthew 22:39, Jesus says that the second greatest commandment in all of Scripture is that we would love others as we love ourselves. At Forest Hills, we strive to be a church that loves those around us, but love, like faith, is best demonstrated through action. So, twice a year, we change up our Growing Still Small Groups, for that very reason. Each Spring and Fall, instead of breaking into groups of 3-5 and meeting at the church building, we break into groups of 10-15 and meet at each other's homes. For the next 12 weeks, each group will focus on showing the love of Christ to those in our community by planning and executing at least one community outreach project.
The message of the gospel is too important to relegate to one hour or even one day a week. This is a message that needs to go with us everywhere, every day. Our desire and goal at Forest Hills is that the gospel would be at the center of everything we do. Our families, our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, our classmates, our peers, and the many people we run into on a daily basis all need this message. We encourage everyone to leave the assembly each week with gospel tracts in hand, in our Growing Still Small Groups, each person is given gospel tracts to take with them as they leave, and each group also goes canvassing together at least once during the 12-week period. Each doorhanger we put out has information about our church and the gospel.
Wednesdays are special at Forest Hills. It's during this time that ministry really begins to happen! Email us at email@example.com for specific group information.
At Forest Hills Baptist Church, growing together in the Word of God, going forward in the work of ministry, and giving the Gospel to the world isn't just for the adults. It's for everyone!
During Kidzone, our kids learn about God and His Word. Our desire is that they know Him personally, and grow in their knowledge of and love for Him more and more as they gather together. We also desire for them to grow to know and love one another and others more. They have their time for interaction based on Sunday’s lesson, on Wednesday evenings and they plan and execute their own community outreach projects. The children are also taught and encouraged to share their faith with others.
As of right now, our teens are a part of our adult small groups on Wednesday nights. This is not the plan long-term. As God builds our youth group, and provides an individual to lead, the plan is to give them their own group or groups on Wednesday evenings where they can grow to know and love one another more and work to show the love of Christ by serving others in a fun environment geared more toward their age.
Morning Worship at 10:30 AM
Afternoon Service at 1:00 PM
Small Groups at 7:15 PM
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