Group A- Life with a Capital L
Time: Mondays at 7pm
Leader: Mary Johnson
Location: Johnson Home
The gospel is not about “living better” or “becoming more religious” or “waiting for heaven.” It’s about how God wants us to live bigger, fuller lives-right now, right here. Pastor Matt Heard says that the world around us doesn’t see Christians as freed human beings enjoying life, but as people imprisoned by frantically trying to do everything right. “So where’s the good news?” they ask. Join us on Monday nights at 7pm to find out!
Group B- The Unusual Gospel of John
Time: Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Leader: Chris Werner
Location: Werner Home
Jesus spends much of the Gospel of John talking and dealing with a series of unusual questions and having some unusual conversations around them. Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 as we dive into the Gospel of John and find out what it means to walk together with Jesus.
Group C- Being Reformed: Wisdom and Being Reformed: Grace and Gratitude
Time: Thursdays at 1pm
Leader: Bill Hitchings
Explore the wisdom of God through the testimony of Scripture. Dr. Bill Brown of Columbia Theological Seminary brings his scholarship to bear on some of his favorite texts in the Old and New Testaments. What can we learn from wisdom texts about God, about ourselves, and about our responsibilities for the care of the world? There will be two short sections to this study, one on Wisdom and one on Grace and Gratitude.
participants guid available from PCUSA.
Grace and Gratitude: http://www.pcusastore.com/Products/680814/grace–gratitude-participants-book.aspx?bCategory=PCDBR
Group D- Seamless
Time: Wednesday afternoons
Leader: Sharon Getty
Join us in this study as we seek to understand the Bible as one complete story; Discover how the people, places and promises of the 66 books of the Bible are actually one beautiful story. Studybook available at lifeway.com/seamless cost $12.99
Group E- The Rebirthing of God
Time: Thursdays at 6:30pm
Leader: Pastor Troy Winder
“The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing…. (and) there are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations of the old thing. The third, which I (Philip Newell) invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity.” (From the intro of The Rebirthing of God by Philip Newell) Join Pastor Troy as we discuss Philip Newell’s new book The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s struggle for New Beginnings.
You can register one of three easy ways:
1) Email or call Chris- firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Register on our website: http://www.bettpres.org/ministries/small-group/
3) Sign up via a welcome register at during worship
What is a “Small Group”?
- A Small Group at BPC is a group of 8-15 people who have chosen to meet weekly in a welcoming setting to discuss scripture and Christian topics for the purpose of building relationships with Christ and one another.
- BPC Small Groups meet by “trimesters”, usually around 10-12 weeks. This gives you a definite beginning and end- being in a particular group isn’t a life sentence!
Why should I get involved with a Small Group?
- Building relationships: A small group gives you the opportunity to get to know people at a deeper level. Sunday mornings are an awesome time to worship with the whole family of God, hear a sermon, engage in corporate vision, etc. but a small group gives you a chance to build deeper friendships with people you might not otherwise get to know.
- Learning the Word of God: Sunday’s sermon is a great time to get a broad teaching of the Word of God. However, small groups provide time for one on one discussion. Small Groups at BPC are discussion-based so we can all be involved in the conversation if wish.
- Opportunity to Serve Others: Each of our Small Groups are invited to take part in a mission-focused activity each semester.
- Place to invite friends: A small group is a natural place to invite friends and family. Sometimes people are more comfortable going to a small group then attending a Sunday morning service.
- Follow the New Testament pattern: Acts 2:42-47 gives us a blueprint of what the early church was passionately committed to. The early Christ Followers gathered in homes, shared meals, read the Word, prayed together, and simply shared life together. When you participate in a small group you are following the New Testament pattern.