Purpose of Small Groups
The purpose of Small Group Ministry is to have a smaller group of people entrusted to the care of leaders who are focused on the goal of achieving the ministry objectives of Nor’wood Bible Church.
Our gospel-centered ministry objectives are to evangelize people by sharing with them the glorious gospel message; to encourage people to grow in their understanding of the gospel and biblical truth (comprehension); to work and pray to equip people, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the application of truth, to become like the Lord Jesus (transformation); to challenge people to trust the work and power of God to enable them to engage in ministry as full-fledged disciples of Jesus Christ and servants of His church (communication). The primary elements utilized by a small group to achieve these objectives arepractical biblical instruction, fellowship, and prayer through loving, interdependent relationships.
Practical, Biblical Instruction:Learning Scripture and applying it to everyday circumstances so members increasingly think and act “biblically” in all of life. This activity primarily involves the systematic exploration and explanation of God’s truth in the context of teaching and open discussion. A group may study a book in the Bible or a book that unpacks and supports biblical principles. Each group should be cautious about books that emphasize man-centered themes. Just because they are popular doesn’t mean they are biblical. Each group should be careful about using instructional video lessons. Most of these lessons last about one hour and leave little time for group interaction. Some guidelines for teaching and open discussion are:
- Sharing passages that speak to the situation; i.e. minimize opinions and maximize truth (Cf. Exodus 18:13-23—What Moses was doing was good, but it needed to be delegated to others; Hebrews 4:12)
- Teaching and admonishing one another without displacing our Wonderful Counselor and Paraclete
- Encouraging obedience to the clear teaching of God’s Word (James 1:22-25)
- Respectfully disagreeing with others and/or requesting one-on-one discussions for further clarification
Fellowship:Sharing how God is uniquely moving in us as we experience His progress in our personal lives, our church, and our world. Useful guidelines for Fellowship are:
- Attending small group meetings regularly (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Reflecting carefully upon God’s activity in ourselves and others so we come prepared to minister our spiritual gifts as we serve one another and speak to one another in love (Romans 12:3-8, 14:19; 1 Corinthians 12, 13, & 14; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
- Sympathizing with others, learning to be an active listener, bearing with one another, and helping one another shoulder the burdens of difficult times (Proverbs 10:19; 17:27; Galatians 6:2)
- Promoting interaction with one another in the group that displays true humility and intentional accountability through first person confession and application (i.e. Not saying, “We can see from this point in the lesson that we have a problem with gossip.” But rather saying, “I can see from this point in the lesson that I have a problem with gossip.” – Psalm 51; Luke 18:9-14; 1 Peter 3:8)
Prayer/Praise: Expressing our gratitude and needs to God in the company of other group members. This activity entails bringing our requests to God with thanksgiving as we anxiously await His response (Daniel 9:17-19; Philippians 4:6; James 1:5-6). Guidelines for Prayer/Praise include:
- Being honest and transparent with group members without compromising our personal intimacy or confidentiality with God, spouse, or others
- Seeking God’s answers with a biblical expectancy (Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9-10; John 16:23)
Loving, Interdependent Relationships: Commitment to practicing the “one another” principles found in Scripture (e.g. John 13:34-35; Romans 12:10; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:2, 32; 5:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; James 4:11; 1 Peter 1:22; 5:5; 1 John 1:7). In the spirit of NBC’s “every-member ministry,” additional guidelines for building relationships with group members include:
- Growing in love for other members by meeting individual/group needs where possible (Galatians 6:10; 1 Peter 1:22)
- Sustaining a healthy, biblical dependence upon others yet taking responsibility for our personal growth
- Extending grace to all by allowing every member the necessary space to grow; i.e. no unbiblical demands or ideals imposed upon other members (James 2:13)
As the Small Group Ministry matures and God permits, outreach activities are anticipated and new leaders will be identified and mentored to lead new small groups.
As the men of Nor’wood, we desire to be U.S.E.D. by God for His glory.
U – United
We need to be united as Christian men to have the maximum impact for God in our families, our church and our community.
- Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 –”Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
We want to be open, sensitive to and experience the work and filling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s presence creates a hunger for holiness and a desire for Christ likeness that we do not naturally possess.
- Acts 9:31 – “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
- Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
- 2 Timothy 1:14 –”By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
- Titus 3:4-7 – “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Too often men have worked for and prepared a vision for their finances, recreation, and vocation, but have not studied and prepared a vision for their walk with God, family, and ministry. We want to be studied and ready.
- 1 Peter 3:15-17 – “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
- 2 Timothy 2: 15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
- 2 Timothy 4:2-5 – “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
- Ephesians 3:19 –”and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
D – Disciplined
We want to be committed to, guided and corrected by the Spiritual disciplines that will make us the men that God desires us to be for the advancement of His kingdom on this Earth.
- Leviticus 26:23-24 – “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins.”
- Proverbs 5:11-13 – “and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, 12 and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! 13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.”
- Proverbs 12:1 – ” Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
- Titus 1:8-9 – “but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
- 1 Timothy 4:7 – “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
As women, we want to support the vision of NBC to see God fulfill His desire for us in the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to see all the women of NBC and all those whom we come in contact with to be truly satisfied in Him alone, to express the joy that can only be found in Him and to always declare His glory.
In order to do this, we will provide women the opportunity for women-to-women support, connection, encouragement, equipping and ministry.
This will be accomplished with the following:
- Women’s Gatherings – To be held on the 1st Saturday on even numbered months (unless otherwise scheduled) from 9-11AM at Nor’wood Bible Church. These Gatherings will be topic/theme based and include a time for prayer, video or speaker, discussion and “PMS” challenges for the month. “PMS” means – Personal Ministry Strategy and includes a challenge in order to grow spiritually in our relationship to our Lord Jesus, our Church and our Community.
- Women’s Outreach Events – To be held on the 1st Saturday on odd numbered months (unless otherwise scheduled) from 9-11AM at Nor’wood Bible Church. These events will be social events intended for women to invite those who do not attend church or are not followers of Christ, and will always include a short Gospel message.
- Bible Studies – Women’s Bible Studies will be offered at certain times of the year that will be 6-10 weeks in length and will be held at Nor’wood Bible Church unless otherwise scheduled.
- Prayer Partner Ministry – Partners will have the opportunity to rotate every 6 months and will meet as agreed upon by each partner. It is recommended that partners meet at least 2 times a month for prayer time together.
- Covenant Groups – New “Covenant Groups” will be offered once a year based on the need. These groups determine on their own when they will meet, what they will discuss and how long they will continue to meet together. It is recommended that each group meet atleast once a week and re-evaluate continuing to meet together once a year.
- Retreats/Conferences– To be held at least once a year.
Our Children’s Ministry
Purpose – Our purpose statement answers the question, “Why do we exist?”
To aid parents in shepherding our children to be Christ centered and others oriented for the glory of God in all things.
Mission – Our mission answers the question, “What are we supposed to be doing?”
Raise our children with a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for their joy and the joy of all people.
Vision – Our vision answers the question, “Where are we supposed to be going?”
To see our children come to salvation and live God saturated lives that impact the world for Christ!
Philosophy & Distinctives
We believe that the Bible is a book first and foremost about God. The other characters in the Bible merely point to God. So in our curriculum, classes, and activities we want to exalt God-to show Him as the great and almighty God. As a guiding principle for every class, Scripture is to be studied in the context of the question, “What does this say about God?”
We want to fill our children with solid biblical truth that will give them a foundation to stand on when they go through deep waters. For this reason, we want our classes and curriculum to direct children to the Word of God. We believe that the Bible must be taught in depth, yet in a child-friendly or age appropriate, interesting manner.
Truth is presented on a simple level in the preschool years and is reinforced and expanded at primary levels, and so forth. For this reason, truths are reintroduced to the children as they grow older, each time digging deeper and widening the scope of their understanding.
We believe that faith comes through hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). However, we also believe that teaching falls short if it simply feeds words through the minds of children. We want the truth to be clearly understood by the children. We emphasize God?s truth and explain it through illustration, connecting the known to the unknown. Because interaction with God’s truth is critical, children are encouraged to look up scripture passages, and then discover and respond to the truth they discover.
Nor’wood’s teaching emphasizes God’s sovereignty in directing everything to serve His good purpose. We want to help children understand that nothing is outside the control of the all-powerful and all-loving God of the universe.
Partnership with Parents
We believe that before God, parents, not churches have the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurture of their children. We will make every effort to structure our ministry in a way that allows the church to “walk alongside” parents, enabling and equipping them in this God-given role.
Time to discover… Who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.
We will be hosting Christianity Explored again this Fall!
Course Dates: October 7 – November 18, 2015
Place: Nor’wood Bible Church
Time: 6:30 – 8:45 PM Wednesday evenings for 7 weeks.
Registration: Click here to register
For more information e-mail us…or call (719) 597-8422.
View the trailer for this course below:
Who is Christianity Explored for?
Christianity Explored is for anyone who wants to investigate Christianity informally with a group of other people. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, this course is for you.
Everyone is welcome – from the most sympathetic Sunday schooler to the convinced atheist. We will respect your background, culture and beliefs. Tell us as little or as much about yourself as you feel comfortable.
What goes on?
A meal is usually provided at the start of the evening, so don’t worry if you have to come straight from work. The course is normally run in several groups of 6-9 people, and after briefly discussing the course material from the week before, there is a talk or DVD on the theme for that week. Then the groups discuss any questions that have arisen, and the evening ends at about 9pm. Of course, if you’d like, you’re welcome to stick around a bit longer for a coffee to discuss any further issues you might have.
And you can ask any question you want, at any time during the course.
How long does the course last?
7 weeks, including a weekend (or day) away, when you can explore other areas such as the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and the church.
Can I pull out if I want to?
Of course you can.
How much does it cost?
Nothing – but some courses might ask for a small contribution towards any food provided.
Do I have to bring anything?
No, all course materials are provided.
Is it “churchy”?
We hope not. It’s not a church service. There’s no praying, singing or clapping, and you won’t be asked to read aloud.
Am I going to get preached at?
Each evening includes a talk (or DVD) designed to explain an aspect of Christian belief and to stimulate discussion. Hopefully you’ll find it challenging and amusing. The group leaders will facilitate discussion and try to answer questions.
Do I have to speak in the group?
Not if you don’t want to. You are welcome to come and just sit and listen.
How is Christianity Explored different from other courses?
The focus on Mark’s Gospel, with its emphasis on who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him, makes Christianity Explored quite different.
Why is the course run?
Christians count it a real privilege to explain the truth and relevance of the Christian message.
We don’t have all the answers but believe that we have exciting news to share about Jesus Christ.
How can I register for the course?
Click Here to register online…
Walking with Angels
Walking with Angels is a ministry of Nor’wood Bible Church that helps with the problems of long-term healthcare needs. These problems may include spiritual, emotional, financial, and physical needs.
Our main purpose is to bring the abundant hope, healing, and joy of Christ to our members who face long-term health struggles by:
- Conducting fundraising for medical bill needs
- Praying for and with the members and their families/communities
- Sitting with, being present, holding their hand as they walk through their difficulties
- Other practical, spiritual, physical means
Our desire is for this ministry to be a visible outpouring of love as the Body of Christ who cares for it’s members, families, and communities. A ministry of people, committed to walking with each other through trial and tragedy.
Through this ministry we would strive to be God-centered, Christ-exalting, and gospel focused. Expressing the joy of knowing God, declaring His glory so that others would be able to treasure our Lord Jesus Christ through His provision for their lives, families, and community.
Supporting passages of scripture for our ministry.
1 Corinthians 12 & 13 (12:24a-26)
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts,yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Hebrews 13 (13:-1-2; 15-16)
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Who are we ministering to right now:
Christa Brewer was in a car accident on February 22nd that left her in a coma for over 2 ½ months.
In November 2014, Tracy O’Neill was diagnosed with Cancer -GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors)
What we are doing right now:
We are currently planning for the 2015 year and are looking for people to join us in order to build this ministry. We are in need of those who would be interested in helping with the fundraising and encouragement aspects of the ministry. Fundraising will include advertising events (traditional, social media, etc.), calling sponsors/vendors, coordinating volunteers, etc. Encouragement would include things like prayer (with and for people in need), visitation (at hospitals or homes), and sharing God’s Word with those who are in need. You can always be a part of both aspects if you would like.
Please let us know if you would like to be a part of what God is doing in our body to encourage those who are experiencing health and medical issues. Let’s continue to be a gospel light to each other and those whom God puts in our path. 🙂
If you have any questions about the ministry of Walking With Angels or would like to volunteer to help with future event fundraising and encouragement opportunities, please let us know!
Kellie Takamoto and Deb Black
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith”
Walking with Angels Movie Night – 1 August 2014
Our volunteers rock!