small group

A Place to Belong

By Karen Polich

Want to be a part of something that will change your life?

What about something that will also allow you to impact others? Join a small group and find out what it means to live life with other people who are invested in you. Make this the year you are intentional in how you give of yourself and your time.

It is an opportunity to spend more time in the Word, deepening your understanding of God and His plan for your life. Digging into the Word will lead to passionate discussions and personal growth.

Knowledge and discipleship are important, but a small group is more than a place to learn. Small groups are about people. People matter.  (A pillar at AFBC). A small group creates a place where you belong and can share life with others.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them. Matthew 18:20

The foundation and center of any small group is God. What better way to experience God’s blessings than with a group of people you can count on? Small groups provide encouragement through difficulties, celebration in happy times and the power that comes from praying for one another.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Not only will you find a place to belong, you will have a real connection to people. Small groups grow together. You will be challenged and inspired. You will meet new people and discover that they learn from you. You will begin to see more about God’s call on your life.

This Sunday kicks off the start of the 2016 small groups at Albuquerque’s First Baptist church. Learn more and find the one for you here. We can’t wait to see you on Sunday.

So Many Choices

By Sandy Woffard

It’s that time of year again when new Bible studies are beginning or have just begun. Those lucky men got to have a ribs kick-off event. I might have considered dressing up like Barbra Streisand, in the movie Yentl, if I wouldn’t have had to put up with all the football stuff to get the meat treat. And who is that Tony Dungy guy who developed the Dare to Be Uncommon Men’s Bible study anyway?

I love the Sunday evening COFFEE group led by Pastor Cook’s wife, Becky and it was a full house for the kick-off. COFFEE isn’t just for coffee drinkers. We have plenty of tea drinkers, too and there’s been M&M’s on the tables every time that I’ve been.

COFFEE stands for Conversations of Friends of Faith to Encourage and Equip. There’s no book to read or long homework. It’s a real “come as you are” group of ladies and I’m enjoying getting to know so many of the women of the church in this Sunday night crowd.

Monday mornings are going to be interesting for me, going to Priscilla Shirer’s book study Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. I really like the idea of getting some breathing room and margin in my life, so I’m going to pack one more thing into my busy schedule and learn how. Seems silly, but I guess if that’s what you need then you make the time? It makes perfect sense to me. Kristi Sullins, our children’s ministry leader, is an excellent facilitator for this group.

My husband was really torn about going to the ribs kick off or doing another James MacDonald book, When Life is Hard, with Pastor Michael Cook on Sunday evenings. A little bird told me that there are more ladies than men in this group. It must have something to do with the ribs.

My husband and I have enjoyed a couple of small groups that meet on Sunday mornings. We enjoyed Kenn Edward’s group of multi-generational folk, now studying the book of Mark together.

Currently we’re in the couples group led by Jay and Sarah Battle where we’re studying the book of James. This has tied in magnificently with Pastor’s sermons on Job. My father-in-law has been incredibly blessed by an early Sunday morning group of older men led by Frank Gilmer. It must be good for him to be at the church at 8:30 in the morning!

This is just a sampling of the many small groups going on at Albuquerque‘s First Baptist Church with many others to choose from as well. What groups interest you?