2021- 2022 Small Groups
Young Families: Brown Bag (bring your own) Picnic Lunch at the LWLC playground on 9/26 after the 11am service.
To What Tolerance Are We Called? Tuesdays, September 14 – October 5
(5 sessions) There is a spiritual struggle for the hearts and minds of our young people today. Cultural tolerance is leading a generation to believe each person creates his or her own moral truth; there is no moral truth; we are intolerant if we do not endorse the behavior and lifestyles of others. This study looks at: who created moral truth; how to live out a biblical view of tolerance to people with whom you disagree; how to lead your kids and family to understand why moral truth is universal and how to experience love and acceptance that isn’t based on performance.
Frankenstein Sunday Evenings, September 12 – November 14
(10 sessions) “Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid from its very resemblance.” This accusation from the lips of Frankenstein’s monster gets to the very heart of what has drawn in readers for over 100 years: what is man’s role in relationship to science and creation? In this study, we will examine this classic novel from a theological perspective, looking at topics such as Creation and How far is too far?
Monumental Mountaintops Tuesday Evenings, October 12- November 2
(4 sessions) It is remarkable how many of the great events in Scripture took place on mountains. God chose mountaintops as a favorite venue so that certain events would stand out in our minds. As if to hold them up for all to see, God performed some of His mightiest acts and taught some of His most dramatic lessons on mountaintops. This study will offer insight into the meanings of these mountaintop events: Frightening Beauty; Need a Lift; Not So High, but Ever So Near; What a Fantastic View!
Christmas Carols Mondays, November 29 – December 20
(4 sessions) The store shelves are stocked, lights are going up, shopping has begun... but is this what Christmas is about? This Advent, you are invited to take time to truly prepare for Christmas in our second annual special Advent Small Group. Participants will listen to and learn about some of our favorite Christmas Carols: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; O Little Town of Bethlehem; O Come All Ye Faithful; O Holy Night.
The Characters of Christmas Tuesdays, November 30 – December 21
(4 sessions) We are all familiar with the Nativity story, as told in the Gospel of Luke, but what do we know about the different people who lived it and played a role in the birth of Jesus? In this study, we will meet Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth, the Innkeeper, and the Shepherds.
A Study of the Incarnation Mondays, January 3 – 24
(4 sessions) Discover the greatest mystery on earth--the incarnation of Jesus Christ as God and man. It is a mystery too deep for the human mind to understand fully, yet it has enormous value for the Christian life. This study will help open up the wonder of the incarnation to you, that you may draw strength for your faith and daily life by examining: The Presence of God; Why God Became Man; Why Not an Angel; and Where the Lord May Be Found.
Daniel: Encouragement for Faith Mondays, January 31 – May 2
(13 sessions) Daniel is an early example of a type of literature – apocalyptic literature – that became common among Jewish people at the close of the Old Testament era. As an apocalyptic book, Daniel has certain features in common with similar works, including Revelation and many non-biblical writings. In this study, we will walk through the book of Daniel together.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Tuesdays, March 1 – April 26
(8 sessions) This classic C.S. Lewis children’s novel has engaged children of all ages for decades. Together, we will enjoy reading Lewis’ allegory of the Easter story.
The Cross and the Swastika Every other Thursday, April 21 – June 2
(4 sessions) What do you believe about the grace of God? Does scripture really mean it when it says all who call on the name of Jesus will be saved? In this study, we will follow the call one US army chaplain had as minister to Hitler’s men as they faced judgment in Nuremburg. Would they repent? Could they be saved? In this study we will delve into the depths of repentance, grace, and forgiveness.
Bringing the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth: Paul’s Missionary Journeys Wed, May 25 – June June 29
(6 sessions) The Books of Acts is a real-life look at the apostles’ work to spread the Good News they had witnessed. Paul’s mission to spread the Gospel was monumental, taking the Word to new lands that had never witnessed Christianity. He trusted the Holy Spirit throughout his journeys, letting God decide who needed to hear His Word and His truth. In looking at Paul’s missionary journeys, we can begin to more deeply understand our own mission. In this video-based Bible study, participants will follow Paul to the ends of the earth in his proclamation of the Good News.
Track 1: Modeling Discipleship in Parenting
This group will be an opportunity for parents of all ages to learn and model for their children being a disciple of Christ. Each month will be composed of Bible Study through the book, The Gospel Centered Parent, discussing together how to raise godly children by parenting with the grace and love of Christ; Fellowship through games and conversation; Witness by engaging in a service or mission project together; Worship and Prayer.
Track 2: Discipleship for All
Over the year, this group will have two focused studies along with time of fellowship together.
Walking Together – Simple Steps for Discipleship
(12 sessions) Discipleship is a long and winding road that is a lifelong pursuit. What is discipleship? In this study, discipleship is defined as a person who trusts the promises of Jesus and seeks to follow Him. Shouldn't discipleship and learning about it be just as easy? This small group will use the Lutheran Sacramental outlook to prove that discipleship can be simple, even if it's a difficult process that must be lived out daily. This book will show you that having good roots for discipleship is important for all Christians.
God's Relentless Love: A Study of Hosea
(8 sessions) The Old Testament book of Hosea cannot be defined as predictable. In this study, we will dive into Hosea and Gomer's unusual love story: the difficulty, rejection, and time that will give you a new perspective of the relentless love story of God for His people and will guide to the truth of God's unfailing love for you.