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
Interested in learning more about Orlando Grace Church? Please join our newcomer/membership class to learn more about the history of our church and its mission, vision, and values.
Do we really need a confession of faith? Why not simply state, “We believe the Bible”? Where did this confession come from? When the confession is read during the worship service, do you sometimes find yourself simply reading along without tuning in to what you are saying? If any of these questions resonate with you, or if you simply want to enhance your admiration of this great document, then please plan to attend this class. In this class will study the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith with the goal of gaining a renewed appreciation for the confession and a stronger affection for God and His truth proclaimed therein.
Spiritual Disciplines — David Mudge (Room: F4)
In 1 Timothy 4:7–8 we’re told, “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” The goal of the Spiritual Disciplines course is to encourage and equip Christians to fight for sanctification through the means of personal and corporate disciplines that promote spiritual growth. Eleven spiritual disciplines will be discussed, including prayer, worship, evangelism, service, stewardship, journaling, and more. Anchored Youth – Kiefer Winborn (OGC Conference Room) Over this next semester the AY Equipping hour will be discussing what it looks like to be a Christian in your community. We will be diving into a study called Gospel Centered Community and learn how to show Christ in the way we live, work and play in the world. All middle and high school students are welcome!
Homosexuality: Engaging a Complex Issue with Grace and Truth – Cary Smith, Scott Devor, and Michael Graham (Room: F5)
Few recent issues have provoked as much confusion and debate in the Church as sexual orientation, gender identity and related topics. To respond in ways that honor Christ and to reflect his love, believers need discernment and sensitivity. This class seeks to provide scriptural wisdom, pastoral warmth, and cultural insight to anyone interested in the topic. We want to create a safe and hopeful environment for all who attend, including those who’ve experienced same-sex attraction or gender confusion in their own hearts and those who feel uncomfortable when the topic comes up. The class will explore biblical passages, paint pictures of Christ-like love through hypothetical scenarios, consider legal and political matters, and provide plenty of room for discussion and questions. The class will be led by Cary Smith, a counselor at nearby Orangewood Church, as well as Scott Devor and Pastor Mike Graham. We invited Cary to help teach and facilitate this class because of his combination of biblical/theological and counseling training and his experience addressing these issues in pastoral and counseling ministry.
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.