GROUP STUDIES 2019
In this study, we will explore the major symbolic numbers in scripture. These numbers reinforce God’s sovereignty, control over human history, and our belief in his continued purpose for our lives.
This month’s study may not feel particularly spiritual, but it is nonetheless important to understand what God is saying to His people. In that most churches consist of a majority of women, it is of the utmost importance that God’s people understand how men and women relate to each other in the church.
POSTURES OF WORSHIP
Worship is a many-splendored thing, but we often find ourselves exclusively favoring one expression of worship over a cornucopia of
others. What might happen if we stepped out of our regular worship routine and flexed our postures of worship muscles? In this month’s study we will explore a handful of expressions, explore their history, try some out, and maybe even find ourselves getting a bit more comfortable with a few of those lesser practiced postures of worship.
This month, we will be focusing on prayer and the importance of making this practice part of our everyday lives, and not just a task that we feel we are obligated to do. To pray wholeheartedly and effectively, we
must understand what the Bible says about prayer and what it means as a believer. Prayer allows us to experience God’s authority, comfort, devotion and love as we dive deeper into exercising our faith through this powerful form of communication with the ultimate Creator.
FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Our Redwood Group topic for this month is Fire of the Holy Spirit. The Bible uses symbolism and the use of elements like wind and fire to describe the different ways that God moves in our lives. This month we’ll be looking at a phrase commonly heard in the church: Fire of the Holy Spirit. The Salvation Army flag even uses the color “yellow” to represent it. It’s common enough that it’s worth it study it and find out what it really means.
Sanctification is the process of being made holy. Scripture talks about how God makes us holy and it encourages us to live a holy life for God. But this is not a term we hear in everyday life. It’s a Christian, spiritual term. So what exactly does it mean to be holy? Many words lose aspects of their meaning over time and take on new meaning as language and use changes. It’s far better to look to the uses of the term in scripture to see just what it means to be “holy unto the Lord.”
Traditionally the season of begins on Ash Wednesday which is 40 days before Easter in the spring of each year. This day is symbolized, particularly in Catholic Churches, by smearing ashes on one’s forehead. This marks the beginning of a period of fasting and repenting for one’s sins. It is traditional during the 40 days to give up foods made from fat or give up eating all together. In the month we’ll look at the concept of lent and how it can fit in your walk with Jesus.