HomeGroups will begin on Wednesday, June 21st and will end on August 23rd
There will also be groups meeting on alternative nights.
Summer HomeGroups are a great way to stay connected throughout the busy summer and have biblical discussion and prayer time with people of all ages. These groups are designed to increase fellowship and outreach in our area neighborhoods, and have been a real blessing to those attending.
HomeGroups are often the first place people get involved within the Calvary family beyond Sunday morning worship. With many small groups meeting in homes throughout Kalamazoo and surrounding areas on weekday evenings, there is sure to be one close to you.
This summer instead of having all groups doing the same study, we are offering six options for leaders to select from. We are calling them our “Pastor’s Picks Plus” as each of our five pastors have suggested a book they recommend that is worth reading and discussing together. The “Plus” is studying Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian believers using the Navigator’s LifeChange series. Below, you will find a detailed description of these six options.
Pastors Picks Plus for 2017 HomeGroups
“Your Home a Lighthouse” by Bob and Betty Jacks:
If you want to reach your non-Christian friends, but church overwhelms them, this book demonstrates how to lead an evangelistic Bible study in the comfort of your own home.
“We had never seen ourselves as evangelists or missionaries and still don’t,” write Bob and Betty Jacks. “But the relationship we had in knowing Christ was too good not to share it with others.” So they apprehensively opened their home for a weekly Bible study. Surprised by the results, Bob and Betty quickly shed their fears and proceeded to make a significant impact on their community.
Here’s the practical guidebook that grew out of the Jacks’ years of experience with evangelistic studies…Ultimately, you’ll discover that the secret isn’t in your personal skills or power with people. It’s in a simple, heartfelt concern for your non-Christian friends—and the power of God’s Word.
“Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer: .
Our view of God defines who we are, thus for Christians having a proper view of God is vitally important. Everything that we do in life is meant to revolve around God and giving Him glory; we are his creations, and yet often we don’t even bother to learn about who he is, sufficing to create our own image based upon logic or our imaginations. Correcting the false idol which man has put in God’s place is for Tozer one of the most vital things which needs to be done: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us… A right conception of God is basic not only to systematic theology but to practical Christian living as well.” Having a right view of God will not only allow us to better worship, but will also help is in our practical lives as well.
“Follow Me: Experience the Loving Leadership of Jesus” by Jan David Hettinga:
Who you follow says a lot about you. If you’re tired of working to control your life and long to surrender to Jesus, this book will challenge you to examine your life and submit to Christ.
One reviewer states “The absolute best book on the Christian life that I have ever read, and I've read hundreds of them! I have searched for years for someone to explain to me in plain English why it is that American Christianity is, for the most part, a powerless, fruitless, and meaningless existence. Jan Hettinga has done that and more! He's made it clear why and how to be set free from that kind of existence. I use it to teach Christians of all ages, from teens to senior citizens, and what a joy it is to see the fire that is rekindled within them when they recognize that their lives, lived out in the Kingdom here on earth, are filled with meaning and purpose!”
The Discipline of Grace” by Jerry Bridges:
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.” If you ever want to understand God's grace, read this book!
Tim Challies in his review of the book states “At it’s heart, The Discipline of Grace is a book examining the shared responsibility of God and the believer in the pursuit of holiness or the process of sanctification”. Another reviewer wrote “This was the first book that I ever read as part of a home group and it was totally awesome! It really touched me and set me free. I'd never really fully understood what God's grace is and how to discipline myself to live in it until I did this study. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to break free of legalism and truly live in God's awesome grace.”
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp:
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything "right" and raise up "good" children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children's hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
2 Corinthians: Life Change Series by NavPress
Psalm 119:130 tells us that it is the entrance of the Word that gives light… and this LifeChange series of Bible studies help believers in their lifelong goal of becoming like Christ. It provides it’s readers with a firm understanding of Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth – it’s historical context, purpose, structure and meaning. It will also provide very powerful, practical wisdom, relevant to the needs and issues we face today.
Each lesson also challenges it’s readers not to allow the study to become an exercise in knowledge alone, but rather to prayerfully apply it to their lives. In so doing they will be blessed as is promised in James 1:25 “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”