Jesus gave the Great Commission to the church: Making disciples … go (Matt. 28:19-20). Growth Groups at Oakland Hills Community Church are intended to be one means of being faithful to this charge. Growth Groups encourage people to grow as disciples by studying God’s Word together and to connect with other pilgrims on the journey.
2020 Winter Growth Groups – Sign Up
- Surprised By Suffering – led by Ken & Mandy Kruchkow
- Women of the Old Testament – led by Marilyn Snyder & Joyce Harris
- Sermon on the Mount – led by John & Christine Frith
- Encountering John – led by Gary Meharg
- Raised Together – led by Cheryl Meharg & Charis Weigler
Please review the growth group descriptions, and sign up using the form at bottom of this page.
Surprised By Suffering – Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life
- Summary: This group is looking at the problem of suffering and how it can be surprising to us
- Facilitators: Ken and Mandy Kruchkow
- Everyone is invited; kid friendly
- Venue: The Kruchkow’s Home
- Date/Time: Saturday mornings starting fellowship breakfast at 9am; study starts at 10am
We’ll be studying a book by R.C. Sproul called Surprised By Suffering (about $12)
Suffering often seems to catch us by surprise. One day we are healthy, comfortable, and happy. The next we find ourselves ill or injured, struggling, and distraught. The pain that invades our lives may come from our own suffering or that of a loved one. But no matter the source, we didn’t see it coming. All too often, our perplexity prompts us to suspect God of wrongdoing.
In this classic book, republished in a revised and expanded edition, Dr. R.C. Sproul argues that we should not be surprised by suffering; instead, we should expect pain and sorrow in this life. Some are actually called to a “vocation” of suffering, and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering of death. God promises in His Word that difficult times will come upon us, but He also promises that He allows suffering for our good and His glory, and He will never give us more than we can bear with His help.
Ken and Mandy Kruchkow have been married 13 years and have five spunky and (usually) cheerful children. Starting in Bible College, Ken and Mandy went on a spiritual journey that led them into the Reformed camp of Christianity. They’ve been members of OHCC for several years. They moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to attend Westminster Theological Seminary. After graduation and the birth of baby #5, they returned to the Detroit area and are starting a 1 year internship at OHCC.
Women of the Old Testament
- Summary: Senior ladies group study
- Facilitators: Joyce Harris and Marilyn Snyder
- Venue: Harris home
- Date/Time: 1-3pm Monday afternoons
Who were the women of the Old Testament? They were ordinary people. Most would not make headlines in any other history book but God’s. Yet the women of the Old Testament made critical choices that led to extraordinary outcomes. Through faith and strong character, they rescued their families, led people out of bondage, gave birth to kings and even saved a nation. A study guide by Gladys Hunt will present the stories of twelve Old Testament women. Week by week you will come to understand the power of our sovereign God, and the far-reaching consequences of your everyday choices and actions.
Joyce Harris says: “As a young girl my mother dropped me off at the 1st Baptist Church in Dearborn for Sunday School. My dad was Jewish so Jesus Christ was never mentioned in our home. When I was 13 my mom died, Sunday School stopped and my journey of wanting to know God began. At the age of 32 I heard the gospel at Ward church and I accepted Christ into my life. I came to Oakland Hills Community Church in 2014. I enjoy helping the senior ladies growth group, and really love opportunities for one on one mentoring.”
Marilyn Snyder says: “Hearing about Jesus and all He did for me in Bible school, I very much wanted Him to forgive my sins and be my Savior. Eventually as a young adult I truly desired to have the Lord be in control of my life (instead of myself) and sought to know and love Him more. Over the years I have lead various Bible studies and was a discussion leader in BSF for some years. In 2016 I joined OHCC. God has blessed Joyce and I with the opportunity to co-facilitate the senior ladies growth groups, of which we are so thankful.”
Sermon on the Mount
- A study of the Sermon on the Mount using Dr. Sinclair Ferguson’s 12 videos.
- Facilitators: John and Christine Frith
- Venue: Frith home in Novi
- Date/Time: Tuesday evenings at 7pm, January 7 through March 24
In the face of scorn and disbelief, Jesus Christ announced His kingdom. In the face of hatred and death, He demonstrated its power. In this twelve-lecture series, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson explains how the Sermon on the Mount equips us to live a kingdom life in a fallen world. Dr. Ferguson highlights Christ’s exhortations to live counter-culturally, to examine the deeper implications of God’s law, and to rest in the knowledge of God as Father for the cure of all our anxieties.
John and Christine Frith have been members of Oakland Hills for many years. John is an elder.
- Summary: Studies in the Gospel of John
- Facilitator: Gary A. Meharg
- Venue: OHCC Fellowship Hall
- Date/Time: 7-8:30pm Wednesday nights – 12 weeks starting January 8, 2020
John’s Gospel has simple words, yet profound theology.
This class, over 12 weeks, will read, study, and explore the 200 page text about the Gospel of John. The study guide, by Andreas Köstenberger , includes many helpful charts, tables, and illustrations.
A particular focus of the class will be to identify and appreciate the significant “backstory” of many Old Testament citations, allusions, and echoes.
Two other areas of study in John include:
- Relationship between three persons of the Trinity – Inter-Trinitarian
- Nature of Christian belief, and discipleship. John speaks of abiding in the vine and being given new life in Christ.
Gary Meharg grew up in Ypsilanti where he attended a United Methodist Church and was active as a youth leader. In 1985 he moved to Livonia and attended Ward Presbyterian Church. A trip to Scotland in 1989 coinciding with a work of the Holy Spirit started him on a deeper exploration of Reformed theology. The Mehargs joined OHCC in 2008. Gary has an MA from RTS, and has cultivated a large library. Gary has taught hundreds of hours of Bible studies and Christian education classes.
Raised Together – Studies in Colossians
- Summary: Friday morning ladies group – studying Colossians
- Facilitators: Cheryl Meharg and Charis Weigler
- Venue: OHCC Fellowship Hall
- Date/Time: 10:00am to 12 noon – Friday mornings, starting January 10th
Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae encourages believers to live out the reality of the doctrine of Christ — He is God, He is supreme, and He is sufficient. We have been buried with Him and raised to life with Him as new creations, knit together in love.
Explore themes of fundamental Christian doctrine through verse-by-verse study of Colossians. Learn who Christ is, who you are in Him, and how to grow and mature in your faith.
- Understand what Christians believe and how to mature in your faith.
- Gain skills for reading and studying Colossians and the Bible as a whole.
- Learn who Christ is and who you are in Him.
- Internalize Christian fundamentals to share the gospel with friends.
- Grow in Christ, and learn to live out the reality of Christ within you.
Cheryl Meharg says: “I made my profession of faith October 17, 1983 while attending Stony Creek United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti, MI. Within a few years we moved and attended Ward Presbyterian for 25 yrs. During those years I attended weekly the Community Bible Study, led a small group of women with toddlers and subsequently joined a Women’s Circle (Bible study) and attended Wednesday night Christian Education classes. I have taken 2 BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) studies and 10+ yrs of Precept studies. I continue studying and learning on Wednesday nights here at OHCC and other Growth Group opportunities.”
Charis began attending Oakland Hills at the age of 3, with her parents (Doug & Jane Vos). Growing up in a Christian home was a blessing, and the Lord worked in her life. She remembers being sorry for her sins and being drawn to walk with the Lord at around age 5 or 6. Charis enjoys music and spent her senior year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy. In 2008, she graduated from EMU with a music education degree. Charis married Greg Weigler in 2010, and lately her days are filled with caring for 2 young children.
NOTE: Entry is at kitchen door on the east side of the church. Women of all ages encouraged to come. No childcare available but we we can arrange for a craft table.