God didn’t intend for us to suffer his wrath but rather to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him. So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, CEB

We believe that God wants each of us to have a personal and evolving relationship with him. This relationship starts when we decided to follow Christ and continues our entire lives. A person needs to be strengthened in his or her walk with God in order to stand up to the pressures of the world. This is where Growth Groups come in. Our Groups help people grow in community and support one another during difficult times in life.

We categorize our group studies based upon the 8 Core Values from Christian to the Core. Our hope is that this will help you strengthen the areas of your Christian life that are weak so that you can be a well rounded Christian.


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Would you like more information about Growth Groups or how you can Connect? Contact Pastor Faith.

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8:15a Groups

The Uniform Series

Leader: Bob Hollis
Time: 8:15a and 9:30a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 209
Duration: Ongoing

This is a quarterly curriculum published by Cokesbury. Adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. This group is made up of mature adults who support one another through whatever life throws their way. There is no need to sign up for this group.


9:30a Groups

Parables from the Back Side

Leader: Keith & Sallie Cutshaw
Time: 9:30a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 210
Duration: 12 Weeks
Core Value: Intimacy with God

J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into twelve of Jesus' parables by entering them through the "back side"—through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. By approaching the stories in this way, Kalas releases new meaning and clarifies basic teachings.

  • As we discover how the victim felt about being helped by the good Samaritan, we learn a new lesson in humility.
  • In reconsidering the parable of the sower, we unearth the relationship between the soil on which the seed fell and the soil of the stages of life.
  • As we revisit the parable of the prodigal son from the father's perspective, we come to see that love doesn't always have to win, because one is right.

Personal stories from the author's own experience and modern-day illustrations enrich the retelling even more. These refreshing glimpses from the back side will provide new food for thought for everyone—even those most familiar with Jesus' parables.


Satisfied

Leader: Sarah Thomin
Time: 9:30a
Location: The Den (2172 Fox Den Dr.)
Duration: 6 Weeks
Core Value: Faithful Stewardship

This group is made up of Young Professionals in their 20's and 30's.

Why is it so hard to find the contented, satisfied life? What deep hungers drive our purchasing habits, accumulation, and consumer lifestyle?

Satisfied is for those drowning in debt, but also those getting farther and farther ahead financially. It is for those who have forgotten who they are and mistakenly equate their self-worth with their net worth. It is for those who are crippled by comparison. It is for those with full closets and empty souls.

Satisfied provides an inspiring and transformative vision for living a deeply contented life in our consumer-driven culture


THE UNIFORM SERIES

Leader: Bob Hollis
Time: 8:15a and 9:30a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 209
Duration: Ongoing

This is a quarterly curriculum published by Cokesbury. Adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. This group is made up of mature adults who support one another through whatever life throws their way. There is no need to sign up for this group.


11:00a Groups

Before Amen

Leader: Alice Biggar
Time: 11:00a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 210
Duration: 4 Weeks
Core Value: Intimacy with God

We all pray...some. We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out. When the marriage is falling apart. But wouldn’t we like to pray...more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency? 

In this study, Max Lucado reveals his struggles with prayer and how he discovered that it is not a privilege for the pious or the art of a chosen few but a simple tool everyone has been given to have a conversation with God. He shows you how to let go of uncertainties about prayer, trust that God hears you, and embrace a prayer life that brings peace and rest.


In the Meantime

Leader: Rick Koch & Debbie Hooks
Time: 11:00a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 203
Duration: 6 Weeks
Core Value: Visionary Life

What do you do when there's nothing you can do? What do you do when there's no way forward and there's no way out? In this 6-part study, Andy Stanley answers the question, "What do I do in the meantime?"


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The Gospel of John

Leader: Ian Turoff
Time: 11:00a
Location: Taylor Hall Room 209
Duration: 12 Weeks
Core Value: Integrety

In this edition of the OneBook Daily-Weekly, noted New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington III leads disciples on twelve-week study of the Gospel of John. With Witherington's incisive insight and compelling observations, learners will gain clarity on the powerful and practical ways of the Son of God. Through the process, students will grow in holy love, both for God and neighbor, by becoming better readers of Scripture and truer followers of Jesus.


Into The Light: Redeeming the Church's Discussion of Sexuality

Leader: Gregg & Tammy Koontz
Time: 11:00a
Location: The Den (2172 Fox Den Dr.)
Duration: 12 Weeks
Core Value: Integrity

This group is made up of Young Professionals in their 20's and 30's.

Look around your church on a Sunday morning and every face you see will likely have struggled or be struggling with some kind of sexual brokenness. While recent cultural upheaval has focused the sexuality conversation squarely on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, sexual brokenness presents in many other ways—infidelity, sexual abuse, incest, emotional adultery, and sexual addiction, just to name a few.

Shame keeps these struggles locked away, resulting in a lonely, dark battle without the love and support necessary to overcome it. It’s counter-intuitive, as most things in God’s Kingdom are, but true healing for our deepest issues comes not when we withdraw into darkness, but when our sorrows and scars come out into the light.

Into The Light: Redeeming the Church's Discussion of Sexuality is written to begin a biblically grounded and theologically informed discussion of this beautiful gift of sexuality. Whether the context is a Sunday school class, Bible study, women’s group, or men’s breakfast, don’t be surprised if deep brokenness begins to surface—that’s the whole idea. Embrace one another with open arms, just as the Father would. The journey to healing begins when we feel safe to take the first step.

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Grace Based Parenting: Building Character

Leader: Dave & Alice Biggar
Time: 6:00p
Location: Taylor Hall Room 209
Duration: 7 Weeks
Core Value: Family Priority

How often have you heard heartbroken parents say that they gave their kids everything they ever wanted in life and yet their kids are ungrateful, selfish and distant?

Part III of the Grace Based Parenting DVD series will show you as a parent how to raise kids who are focused upwards on God and outwards on others instead of solely inwards on themselves. When you raise kids who are humble, generous, grateful and serve others, your house will be a place everyone wants to come home to.

This study on True Greatness completes the Grace Based Parenting DVD series. From it you’ll learn how to:

  • Raise your kids the way God raises His – with grace!
  • Build a life long connection to your child’s heart
  • Focus on the things that really matter to your child’s future
  • Raise kids who live their lives for God and others
  • Keep sibling rivalry to a minimum
  • Prioritize all of the forces vying for a child’s time and attention
  • Help your child answer the three most important questions in life

It's not necessary for you to have participated in the previous Grace Based Parenting study to participate in this one.

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Groups start January 9th-13th


Becoming a Woman of Extraordinary Faith

Leader: Marlene Battle and Cheryl Sykes
Time: Thursday at 11:00a
Location: The Den (2172 Fox Den)
Duration: 10 Weeks
Core Value: Intimacy with God

Julie Clinton, author, speaker, and president of Extraordinary Women, has spoken to thousands of women across the nation and knows they are eager to break through ordinary busyness, discouragement, and distraction to embrace a meaningful life in Christ.

With a practical, engaging 10-week format, Julie encourages women to experience this transforming life in and with Christ as she leads them to know God by spending time with Him and seeking His heart. Biblical and motivating, Julie awakens readers to inspired principles and life-changing priorities as they gather these and other riches of extraordinary faith:

  • Refueled purpose and passion for their journey
  • Healing of and release from past wounds
  • Freedom from guilt with love and grace
  • Relationships and connections that matter

This exploration of God’s Word and His desire for each woman’s life reveals the remarkable, attainable picture of the godly significance she is made for. Child care provided.

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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Leader: Glenda Cody
Time: Monday at 6:15p
Location: Navarre Beach Regency
Duration: 12 Weeks
Core Value: Intimacy with God

An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough.

The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. 

Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. 

How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.


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When Godly People do Ungodly Things

Leader: Candace Terry
Time: Friday at 9:30a
Location: Taylor Hall 209
Duration: 12 Weeks
Core Value: Integrity

This group of ladies takes 2 weeks to do one lesson, making it a perfect study for someone who has a busy lifestyle.

In this biblical guide to authentic repentance and restoration Beth examines why devoted followers of Jesus Christ can fall into the traps of Satan.

Believers are still subject to Satan's attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of Christians, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have "fallen" may not recognize the devil's schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This women's Bible study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God. Child care provided.

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ILLUSTRATED BIBLE JOURNALING

Leader: Faith Parry
Time: Facebook and Last Friday of the Month at 6:30p
Location: The Den (2172 Fox Den)
Duration: Ongoing
Core Value: Intimacy with God

Join together with others who are interested in bringing scripture to life through art. Bible Journaling takes the essence of Art Therapy and combines it with Scriptural meditation. We have workshops teaching different artistic methods of illustrated scripture. You can draw, stamp, scrapbook, or simply journal. Whatever the scripture passage is speaking to you. We share our art through the Facebook group when we are not together, then gather on the last Friday of the month for a Workshop to learn something new. Visit the events page to see what we are learning this month. Child care provided.

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WOMEN'S PRAYER AND ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP

Leader: Mitzie Wentworth
Time: Thursdays at 10:00a
Location: Off Campus

If you are looking to go a step further and really transform your life, this is the place for you. These ladies get personal and hold each other accountable.


Walk to Emmaus Women's ALUMNI Group

Leader: Glenda Cody
Time: 3rd Thursday at 11:30a
Location: Navarre Beach

This group of ladies gathers once a month for a fellowship of past Emmaus participants. The location moves, so for more information contact the church office.


The Extraordinary Women's Conference

April 21-22, 2017

We will be taking the bus to Pensacola to join with thousands of other women to worship God and learn more about how great God is.  To register and learn more, Click here.

Stepping Up: Men's Breakfast

Leader: George
Time: 1 Saturday a Month at 6:30a
Location: Hildreth Hall
Core Value: A Visionary Life

This group is for men, fathers and sons, to come together and grow in their faith.

As men, all of us face decisions in life that demand courage. Big or little, complex or straightforward, these choices—let’s call them battles—matter a great deal. One courageous choice leads to another; tomorrow’s integrity depends on today’s bravery.

In Stepping Up, Dennis Rainey identifies five stages of a man’s journey through life—boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, and patriarch—and examines a man’s responsibilities at each step. Rainey calls men to seize the moment and take action, stepping up to responsibility and inspiring others in the process. It’s about embracing courage, rejecting passivity and cowardice.

Ultimately, you’ll be challenged to be the man on your battlefield.

Click Here to find the next breakfast.