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 — Pastor 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.
Spiritual Disciplines — Delroy Thompson
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.
Our Confession of Faith — Stan Bauer and Matt West
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 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.
Biblical Manhood & Womanhood — Rob and Rosemary Corbin
What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a woman? In a culture with so many broken families and relationships, it’s no wonder that we struggle to answer these questions. When we come to Scripture, we see that God has designed us to be distinct but complementary in how we function as men and women. This is true in the home, the church, and the world. In this class, we will unpack what God’s Word says about masculinity and femininity and how that should be understood in our cultural context today.
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).