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. For all of these, we have a Behavioral Principles and Guidelines for Children to which we aspire.
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.
Evangelism, Outreach, & Mercy Ministry —
Pastor Mike Graham and Ben Hamilton (Room W5)
We often see many Christians who have a great rapport with others but don’t say much about Jesus. On the other hand, we see Christians who appear to always be sharing the gospel but seem to know nothing about genuine friendship. Come join us as we seek to better understand what it looks like to share the gospel of Jesus Christ where we work, live, and play. We will discuss the reasons why people don’t believe, what it looks like to be winsome, and how mercy plays into the plausibility of the gospel.
Church History — James Harvey (Room F5)
It has been said that the vast horizon of God’s truth that we see and understanding today in God’s word is not due to our superior perception but because we stand on the shoulders of giants. If you’ve never studied the history of the church, come and be built up in your faith as you see how God has preserved His people and His truth through mighty men and women of faith throughout the centuries of Christian history. We’ll take a brief flyover of the landscape of 2000 years of the church to give you a base for further enriching study of how God has brought His saving gospel through imperfect sinners to the ends of the earth. And we’ll see how we fit today into this grand narrative of the triumph of the Crucified.
Parenting — Chuck Mitchell (Room F4)
Parents are the primary instruments that God uses to shape and nurture our children. What we do in parenting is much more than rules and regulations—it also reflects what we believe about the gospel. Come join us as we walk through the DVD curriculum Parenting by Paul David Tripp. Through this curriculum we will look at the shaping influences of a child’s development, the goals of raising children, the difficult teenage years, the place for discipline, and more.
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.