Oakland Hills Growth Groups provide the opportunity for learning together, mutual encouragement and growing in grace. Beginning in January of 2019 we have growth groups for everyone, at a variety of locations around metro Detroit. Choose from the following list: Christ from Beginning to End, Christianity Explored, Financial Peace University, Psalms: The Holiness of God in the Psalms (Ps. 90-150), and The Gospel Comes With a House Key. Please review the options described below and sign up using the online form at the bottom of this page.
Christ from Beginning to End
Christ from Beginning to End will help Christians understand better how every part of Scripture fits together to reveal the glory of Christ Jesus. Tracing the Bible’s storyline from Genesis to Revelation — participants will see how God’s plan unfolds through his covenants. You’ll be equipped for a lifetime of seeing Christ’s glory in Scripture. Gary Meharg is the group facilitator, and together you’ll learn how to:
- read the Bible according to the three biblical contexts: the immediate context, the context of the unfolding story, and the context of the whole story centered in Christ.
- recognize how different parts of the Bible connect together as part of a unified story.
- embrace the story of the Bible as your own, to live this story out, and to share this story with your neighbors and the nations.
This growth group choice continues to discover Jesus Christ in all of Scripture in such themes as Creation, Wisdom, Temple, and Kingdom. Coming to see the Christ Story flowing through all 66 Bible books. This 12 week study starts with Abraham (1870 BC) and moves forward through the Prophets and the New Testament.
Christianity Explored (Gospel of Mark)
This growth group for senior women, will meet every-other Friday (starting January 11th) at Marilyn Snyder’s home – from 10am to 12 noon. Christianity Explored is helping Christians around the world to introduce people to Jesus as they explore the Gospel of Mark. The facilitators are Joyce Harris and Marilyn Snyder.
A study of Psalms 90-150 with a focus on the holiness of God.
This growth group for women meets every Friday at OHCC, from 10am to 12 noon at the OHCC building. Marcia Thompson is the group facilitator. You’ll need your Bible open to the Psalms each week.
“The school of life is preparation for eternity with God.” The best students in this school are the ones who know that the bell signaling the end of the last class may ring when least expected. With creative word pictures like this, and the spiritual depth and insight that comes from a lifetime of worshipping the Lord, popular author, pastor, and teacher Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe guides you through the mountains and valleys of Psalms 90-150.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth,or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. ~ Psalm 90:1,2
The Gospel Comes With a House Key
This growth group will meet at the home of David and Brita Smeenge, in Dearborn on Tuesday nights starting January 7th. The facilitators are David Smeenge and Doug Vos, along with Brita and Jane. We’ll be encouraging each other with lessons from a book called: The Gospel Comes With A House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield.
A review of the book says: With the story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives ― helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.
“The biblical call to show hospitality is one of the most overlooked or misunderstood commands in Scripture. We either ignore it or mistake it for what our culture calls ‘entertaining’… [the book] gives us a vision of hospitality that pulses with the beating heart of the gospel itself. We know a God who sought us out, took us in, made us family, and seated us at his table… I wonder how different our homes, churches, and culture would look if we took it to heart.” ~ Sam Allberry
“One of the hallmarks of the people of God is supposed to be hospitality. But in an age of commuter churches, towns disemboweled by shopping malls, and lives that are over-scheduled and full of ceaseless activity, hospitality is something which, like true friendship, is at a premium… this book makes a bold case for putting hospitality back into the essential rhythm of the church’s daily life.” ~ Carl R. Trueman
“As our culture faces a crises of loneliness, this is a message we need.” ~ Russell Moore
Financial Peace University
The financial peace growth group will meet on Sunday afternoons beginning in February and the facilitator will be Harrie den Boer.
As you participate in this group you will begin to take baby steps toward mastering Biblical principles for handling money. Financial Peace University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously… In the video series Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan teach you how to pay off debt, save and invest for the future.
The Bible has a lot to say about money. Here are just a few examples:
- “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.” ~ Proverbs 13:11
- “Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.” ~ Proverbs 15:16
- “Of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?” ~ Proverbs 17:16
- “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him.” ~ Proverbs 19:17
- “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money.” ~ Ecclesiastes 5:10
- “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:10