Small Groups


The Storm Inside: Do you realize that you are a daughter of the King? You need to live, hope, and dream as if this were true–because it is! You don’t need to be paralyzed with fear, frozen by the chaos you feel inside. Instead, you must choose to stand on the truth of who God says you are. In The Storm Inside, an 8-session, video-based small group Bible study, popular teacher and author Sheila Walsh unpacks the stories of women from the Bible who faced seemingly insurmountable problems–regret, shame, insecurity, and heartbreak. And, just like the women from the Bible, you can overcome the lies the enemy uses to torment you. You too can rely on the truth of God’s word so you can stand during the strongest storms of your life.  This Women’s Study will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 6th thru Nov. 1st at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Parlor at 6:15 p.m. Pastor Jessica Henks will serve as the facilitator.

 Stronger: Finding Hope in Fragile Places from Angela Thomas-Pharr. God is stronger than every single struggle you will ever face. Every. Single. One. You can overcome spiritual immaturity. You can break life-long patterns of defeat and despair. You can remove paralyzing inner anxiousness and truly live in the peace that surpasses all understanding. You can put an end to the self-focused distractions of striving, comparison, and performance. You can smile at the uncertain future because Christ is stronger than all your problems. This study will guide you into biblical truth, so you can live a confident, transformed, Christ-radiating life marked by His strength. This Women’s Study will meet Sundays, Sept. 10th thru Oct. 15th at First Baptist in the Ed. Bldg., Rm. 107 at 10:45 a.m. Angela Audiss will serve as the facilitator.

→It Starts at Home: In these six sessions, we will explore biblical and tangible ways that parents—couples, single parents, blended families and grandparents—can build a legacy of faith for their children. Each session includes interviews with everyday parents talking about their own doubts, fears and desires. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner provide powerful teaching tools to help you give your kids what they need to build a solid framework for lifelong faith. . This study meets Sundays in the First Baptist Church Education Bldg., Rm. 203 at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 10th thru Oct. 15th. Trent & Jody Lancaster and Pastor Jessica Henks will serve as facilitators.

→Seeking Hope When Life Hurts: Every single one of us has experienced grief and loss in life! To be sure, suffering, disappointment, hurt or loss in life takes on many different forms and levels of intensity!  We cannot choose whether or not we will face suffering, but we can decide where we will turn for help, and what we will do with suffering or loss as it comes our way. Max Lucado has published material entitled, “You’ll Get Through This.” He writes: It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you’ll get through this!” Please join us as together we explore what it is to seek hope when life hurts. 

 This study meets Sundays beginning Sept. 10th thru Oct. 8th at 10:45 a.m. in the First Baptist Church Education Bldg. in Elliott Hall. Rev. Warren Smith will serve as facilitator.

 Financial Peace University: Dave Ramsey and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Local classes are made up of small groups of people who live in your area and are a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated. Classes meet for nine weeks. One Financial Peace University membership per family is all you need to get started in a class. Join us this fall to get started! This study meets Wednesdays beginning Sept. 6th at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Brian Henks will serve as the facilitator. TO REGISTER FOR THIS SMALL GROUP, PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK:
                            Financial Peace University REGISTRATION

→Revelations & the End Times: Unraveling God’s Messag
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The Bible contains passages of great beauty and comfort and some that may strike you as bizarre, bewildering, or even frightening. The book of Revelation is filled with this rich and perplexing symbolism, yet its message for all Christians. Revelation and the end times unravels God’s message for our time. With his rich knowledge of and provocative insights into the New Testament, Ben Witherington will guide you into a deeper understanding of the truths found within Revelation’s often mysterious text, so that you can feel more secure in your faith. This study meets Wednesday evenings beginning September 6th at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 6:15 p.m. Rev. Kathleen Whitmore will serve as the facilitator.

 →Joy-Plan for Salvation: The focus of Journey’s is the divine cycle of creation. With the advent of the Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit, God set in motion the fulfillment of the divine plan of salvation. Luke’s Gospel, several Psalms, and the epistle to the Galatians are used to explore God’s on-going actions in blessing and reconciling the whole creation. This study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. in the Home Builders Room just west of the Sanctuary. This specific study runs from September 1st thru November 26th. Lilly Coultis will serve as the facilitator.

→ David—A Man After God’s Own Heart: Come study the life and times of David as found in 1 & 2 Samuel. Examine and highlight the lessons that his life can teach us.  Things such as faithfulness to God, obedience in difficult times, waiting on the Lord, honoring others, and seeking repentance for sinning against God. Come share and discuss the truths that come from Bible study and seek to apply them to daily living, all the while upholding one another to walking in discipleship.  The lessons we learn are to become part of our lives as we submit to the Holy Spirit. This study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. in the First Baptist Church Education Bldg., Rm. 108. Rich Menninger will serve as the facilitator.

Thriving in Babylon: These are confusing times for many Christians. Traditional biblical values are not only rejected; it seems as if they're attacked on every front. It's all happened at warp speed, leaving many of us spiritually and culturally disoriented or even fearful, frustrated, and angry. How can we spiritually survive in an increasingly spiritually hostile environment? And is there any hope for the next generation?
In this 5-session series, Larry Osborne introduces us to a man forced to live in a fast-changing and godless society. This man faced fears about the future, concern for his safety and the discouragement of a world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed. That man was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only survived, but thrivedThis study meets Tuesdays at noon in the First Baptist Church Education Bldg., Rm. 108 beginning September 12th. Angela Audiss will serve as the facilitator.

The Screwtape Letters: It’s story time!!! Join Sandy King each week as she reads The Screwtape Letters. In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to have breakfast treats, fellowship and time to listen as Sandy shares her love for reading with those who like to listen. This fellowship opportunity will meet Thursdays beginning September 14th at the First Baptist Church Education Bldg. in Elliott Hall. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am with reading to follow at 9:00 am. Sandy King will serve as the facilitator.

 The Land Between: Welcome to the Land Between:  where life is not as it once was, where the future is in question. Jeff Manion has lived in the Land Between and powerfully shares his own journey through personal family tragedy. Reflecting on his own story, he draws insight from that of the Israelites’ journey, wondering for years through the Sinai desert, feeling lost, frightened, uncomfortable and often frustrated. Manion provides fresh biblical perspective for you by exploring the ways in which God interacted with his beloved people, offering a chance for life-changing growth in the discomfort of the Land Between. This women’s study meets Friday mornings in the First Baptist Church Education Bldg., Rm. 108 at 9:00 am. Carolyn Kimbrel is the current facilitator.



Contact Christian Education Director Angela Audiss to see what our various groups will be studying OR better yet, consider forming your own small group! The church has many different studies to choose from. If you have a specific topic you want to delve deeper into and we don’t have curriculum addressing it, we will do our best to find information to foster and grow your understanding and spirituality. Angela can be reached through the church office, 242-2713 or at 418-7597.