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.
Adult Equipping Hour and Children’s Sunday School
During the 9:30 hour on Sunday mornings, children participate in age-graded Sunday School classes teaching them the Scriptures and their right application in everyday life. At the same time 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.
Our current class offerings:
Discover OGC — Curt Heffelfinger
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 — Mike Graham
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.
Old Testament: Divided Kingdom to Silent Period — Will Powell
This course will explore the period of time from when Solomon’s sons divide the kingdom into Northern and Southern factions all the way to the 400 years of silence preceding John the Baptist and Jesus. We will explore the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles and relate how their time in exile mirrors our tension with culture. We will also explore why the return from exile failed and how this sets up the expectation for Jesus the Messiah.
Apologetics & Worldviews — Miguel Benitez, Scott Devor & Joe Torres
As faithful followers of king Jesus, we are commissioned to always be ready to give a reason for the hope we have within. This is the task of Christian apologetics. This class will instruct you in the biblical basis for defending the faith as well as thoughtful responses to some of the most challenging objections to the faith (such as the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and the reliability of the New Testament). We will also seek to better understand what a Christian worldview is and how to tactfully interact with the world around us with gentleness and respect.
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.