The New Testament calls believers to a vital connection by means of various “one another” commands, e.g., love one another, exhort one another, etc. Growth Groups are the primary way we pursue that kind of genuine community that gives a context for progress in the Christian life. Groups include about 6-10 family units and meet regularly in various homes for worship, study, prayer, food, fellowship, service and outreach. Growth Group content centers on recent sermons, books of the Bible, and topical studies.
We have many exciting things going on with our children, many are explained in a series of five blogs, which you can read here. If you prefer to see things in chart form, here is a chart that attempts to synthesize the information for all the programs we have for our children. We have teaching for our children during the Equipping Hour, the Sunday Morning Service, and Sunday evening “Family Nights.” Children participate in age-graded Sunday School classes teaching them the Scriptures and their right application in everyday life. They have Extra Curricular Activity options, and an assortment of exciting teachers and curricula.
Adult Equipping Hour
During the 9:30 hour on Sunday mornings, adults take part in a series of classes designed to equip them in aspects of sound doctrine, biblical theology, and knowledge of the Scripture, as well as practical areas of ministry and personal experience such as marriage and family, missions, worship, witnessing, and a wide variety of other pertinent topics. For an overview of this ministry, check out the three year scope and sequence document.
Adult Equipping Hour Classes 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings
For many Christians, the Old Testament is an old book with many good things, but has largely been replaced by the New Testament. In this course, we will see how the Bible is a progressive revelation. In this way, the New Testament is only completely understood when it is seen as being built upon the foundation of events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament. In this study of the Old Testament, we will not only gain a better context for the events in the New Testament, but we will come to know Jesus better throughout our study (Luke 24:44).
Systematic Theology: Spirit, Church, and Last Things — Delroy Thompson (Room: W5)
Why do we need systematic theology when we have the Bible? Good question. It is true that the Bible is not itself a systematic theology, but systematic theology does have its place. It is simply seeking to understand the Bible by answering the question, “What does the whole Bible teach us today about (any given topic)?” In this course, we will look at the person and work of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s church (local and universal, visible and invisible), and the last things (eschatology).
Praying with Your Eyes Open — David Mudge (Room: F5)
The purpose of this class on prayer is to enhance our prayer lives in frequency, effectiveness, and joy by coming to a greater understanding of the different dimensions of prayer. The three aspects that will be covered are God, ourselves, and our communication skills. The Scriptures will be our source in increasing our knowledge, and Richard Pratt’s book, Pray With Your Eyes Open, will guide the content of the class. This will also be an opportunity for the church to pray together every week.
Anchored Youth — Gospel Identity: Discovering Who You Really Are – Kiefer Winborn (Conference Room)
What really defines who you are? If your accomplishments, your looks, your jokes, your gadgets, and your smarts were all taken away, what would you have left? In this study on the ever-important topic of identity, we will be challenged and encouraged by how the gospel of Jesus Christ impacts the core of who we are and transforms us from the inside out. All middle and high school students are welcome!
Pastor John Piper wrote, “There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and the disobedient.” From its outset Orlando Grace has sought to discover God’s heart for the unreached as well as to challenge our members to participate enthusiastically in the cause of global missions. We are privileged to be the sending church for a high ratio of “home-grown” cross-cultural missionaries. The OGC mission committee meets regularly to pray, encourage missionaries, and plan congregation-wide events. Its primary focus areas are Salerno, Italy and the Digo people of Kenya. Additional fields include Japan and Singapore. View the list of missionaries we support.
Orlando Grace participates in a variety of ministries meeting needs in the community. Our members coordinate and lead a weekly Bible study at the Life Care Center nursing home and complete home improvement projects for Seniors First. We collect canned goods on “Souper Sunday” for a local food pantry and backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged children in the fall. OGC also supports True Life Choice, a crisis pregnancy center, in their Walk for Life and Fall Banquet fundraisers and as crisis pregnancy counselors. We are a participating church in orlandofusion.org. We seek to be on the lookout for needs in the community in which we may be salt and light and thus make inroads for the gospel (Matt. 5:13-16).
Mission Statement: Treasuring Christ Together in Life, Ministry, and Missions.