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Helping Your LifeGroup Members Through Personal Crises
May 22, 2017

We live in a broken world, and so we all experience trials.  Chances are a group member may face one of these trials during their time in your LifeGroup.  LifeGroups provide a place to study, care, and serve.  Care may be needed for members who experience tough times, like job loss, death of a family member, addiction, divorce, sickness, and more.  It is helpful to recognize the level of care needed and understand the resources offered through Forest Hill.      

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Helping Your LifeGroup Pursue Spiritual Growth
May 3, 2017

In our last blog post, we defined spiritual growth as a movement from outsider to insider and from internal to external. God calls people who are outside of a relationship with Him to come and live inside of his lordship and love.

In this post we will look a bit deeper at both inward and outward movements of spiritual growth. You should be able to use this information to plan next steps for fostering the growth of your group members.

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Weaving Evangelism Into Your LifeGroup
March 20, 2017

One area that can get overlooked in the spiritual life of a group is evangelism, or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. LifeGroups can become a place where ‘everyone is fed’ or ‘everyone has the same strong foundation’. Although this may be God’s plan for a season of your LifeGroup, God typically uses our groups as a safe place for seekers to land and experience a Christian community for the first time.

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Facilitating a Bible Study for Your LifeGroup: Discover the Passage through Observation (Part 1)
February 27, 2017

Studying the Bible can feel overwhelming at times, especially when we sit down to prepare a Bible study for our LifeGroup. Certain questions can come to our minds such as, “Am I on the right track? Does this mean what I think it means? What if I don’t know the answer to a question?” These are all great questions to consider as we prepare to lead a Bible study in our LifeGroups.

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How to Encourage a Potential Leader to Lead a New Group
February 20, 2017

Most children can share a story about that first time they stood on the edge of a diving board with heart pounding, looking down into the water below. They were excited but for a few nerve-racking moments of self-doubt, they wonder if it’s worth the risk. This scenario captures what a potential leader may experience when you first mention or suggest they lead a group.

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How to Build Up a Potential LifeGroup Leader
February 13, 2017

Jesus handpicked 12 men to be His disciples and lead the way in the Great Commission saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV).  To prepare His disciples for ministry, Jesus intentionally developed them by investing in them, modeling for them, and giving them the opportunity to practice when He was still among them. 

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How to Identify a Potential New Leader
February 6, 2017

As a LifeGroup leader, you have many responsibilities, but you’re never asked to lead your group alone. God has called you and me into community with one another, and in that community, we are to seek fellowship, accountability, and growth, but also help.

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How to Keep a Group on Topic
January 23, 2017

“Communal Discovery.” This is a term sometimes used to describe the bible study portion of a LifeGroup where we, as a community, discover the meaning of a passage and how to apply it together. This term is useful because it emphasizes the benefit of our collective wisdom and the unique ways that Scripture speaks to each person.

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What is (7) Seven?
January 17, 2017

As you know, LifeGroups are our primary discipleship environment at Forest Hill Church. We believe that growth happens best in community. We praise God for the thousands of people who have connected to LifeGroups at Forest Hill and for the ways He is working in their hearts and lives!

 But how do we care for people who aren’t ready for a LifeGroup yet?

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A LifeGroup Study Idea for the New Year: Everyday Evangelism!
January 9, 2017

Welcome to 2017! We hope that you had a great holiday and are having a wonderful start to the New Year! We’re excited about how God will work in and through your group this year!

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Everyday Evangelism Now Available!
December 5, 2016

The hustle-and-bustle of the holidays is here in full force! And the countdown to the New Year has begun! 

As you think about your LifeGroup beginning in the New Year, we wanted to remind you about an exciting new study that Forest Hill has developed as a resource for your LifeGroup - Everyday Evangelism!

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Coming Soon - Everyday Evangelism!
November 29, 2016

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on the way, you may be starting to think ahead to what your group will study in the New Year. May we make a suggestion?

Forest Hill Church is excited to launch our newest study Everyday Evangelism!

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Why do we offer Starting Point Groups?
September 29, 2016

Why do we offer Starting Point groups?  This question may arise for any of you.  Perhaps you’ve been at Forest Hill for quite some time and know that we’ve valued the central focus on LifeGroups.  Or perhaps you’re new and you’ve heard about Starting Point groups, but don’t know much about them.  For others of you, these groups are very familiar as you’ve helped us lead and shape them for the past few years.  

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Experiencing God Through Service
August 23, 2016

LifeGroups are an awesome place to learn and grow in Christ. Leading a LifeGroup with women of a variety of ages with all different spiritual backgrounds can be both rewarding and challenging. Our weekly LifeGroup meeting allows time to fellowship with each other and time to engage in deep discussion on spiritual topics. But how do we connect and apply these topics to our modern day life? Can we truly get to know God at a deeper level? How do we have the experiences that others talk about? Is it possible to discern His voice in this noisy world? How do we get close to Him?

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Service with a Smile
August 16, 2016

When I think of the word “service” there is a vast array of different things that come to mind. From a church service, to service in the military, to a cleaning service, all the way to the Secret Service. Although there are so many aspects of society where the term “service” is used with somewhat varying nuances, there seems to be a core concept involved with all of them. That is the idea of an “immaterial exchange of value” taking place. Put more simply: Time.

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Scrubbing-In to Starting Point with the Great Physician
June 29, 2016

Forest Hill is a growing church, and it has grown by attracting people from diverse spiritual backgrounds. In a city of churches nestled in the Bible Belt, it never fails to surprise me how fragile some of these backgrounds are. In many ways Forest Hill is very much like a spiritual hospital. It provides general wellness services; it has coronary care units where seekers’ hearts are laid bare and first exposed to the Gospel; neonatal wards for baby Christians; rehabilitation wings for people from destructive or inadequate church backgrounds, etc. In this hospital the Physician is hard at work, and He’s always looking for staff.

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Starting Point Groups
May 23, 2016

Why do we offer Starting Point groups?  This question may arise for any of you.  Perhaps you’ve been at Forest Hill for quite some time and know that we’ve valued the central focus on LifeGroups.  Or perhaps you’re new and you’ve heard about Starting Point groups, but don’t know much about them.  For others of you, these groups are very familiar as you’ve helped us lead and shape them for the past few years.  

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LifeGroup Essentials - Share Christ
March 21, 2016

What does it look like for your LifeGroup to share Christ together? Most of the time when we think about evangelism, it is through the lens of doing it one on one with someone, which is good, but what about sharing as a group? We may think that means to show up at a public place and instead of a one on one conversation, we should have a four on one, six on one, or a ten on one conversation. That is not what it means so much to share Christ as a LifeGroup. Not very inviting either for that one person, is it?

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LifeGroup Essentials - Study the Bible
February 17, 2016

For life to grow and be sustained requires the existence of some essentials. These essentials include such things as water and air to breathe. To grow and sustain a LifeGroup, there are essentials as well. Over the next eight weeks we’ll explore what these essential practices are that keep a LifeGroup growing and thriving.

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Starting Point Groups
February 11, 2016

Why do we offer Starting Point groups?  This question may arise for any of you.  Perhaps you’ve been at Forest Hill for quite some time and know that we’ve valued the central focus on LifeGroups.  Or perhaps you’re new and you’ve heard about Starting Point groups, but don’t know much about them.  For others of you, these groups are very familiar as you’ve helped us lead and shape them for the past few years.

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Serving and Sharing
February 3, 2016

I love the story told years ago by the satirical Christian magazine, The Wittenberg Door, about the firefighter. There was a young man who had a desire to save lives. His desire led him to apply to Firefighting School. He was accepted and quickly began his training. He excelled in his training and graduated at the top of his class. Because of his exceptional skill he was asked to teach how to put out fires. He accepted and began to teach others. Among his colleagues he was a highly regarded teacher. Through the years he taught thousands of firemen how to put out fires. At the end of his career, he looked back at all the accolades he received, but realized he had never put out a real fire. He never actually saved anyone.

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All LifeGroup Leader Dinner
January 20, 2016

We had a great time with over 225 of our LifeGroup Leaders on January 6th at our All LifeGroup Leader Dinner.  We kicked off this new year enjoying a meal together and sharing stories of the ways God is at work in our LifeGroups at Forest Hill Church.

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Why Should we use Pursuing Christ?
September 15, 2015

The question that leaders most frequently ask their LifeGroup Directors is, “What should my group study next?”  Today, we want to share with you a great new study called Pursuing Christ, created by Forest Hill Church. It’s a great study if you and your group are looking for a study that teaches how to grow deeper in your faith and become more like Christ.

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Connecting with Another LifeGroup
June 24, 2015

Getting together with another LifeGroup may seem like just one more thing to do. It is hard enough to meet with the members of your own LifeGroup, why would you want to meet with another group as well?

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Care Tips for Someone in the Hospital
June 18, 2015

A large component of LifeGroups is caring for one another. This is especially important if one of your participants is in the hospital. However, it can be a little difficult to know the best way to care for them. Below are a few suggestions:

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Grieving with your LifeGroup
May 28, 2015

This week has been a hard one in the lives of Gentry and Hadley Eddings and their families.  The tragic loss of their two sons, Dobbs and Reed - so young and innocent – is beyond hard.  Please keep them in your prayers!

As the Eddings family is part of our community, the family of Forest Hill Church, it also has been a hard week in the lives of those who attend the church, who are connected to the church, who are in your LifeGroup.

Each of us handles grief in a different way, and so many emotions flood in – sadness, fear, anger, even numbness – that it can be overwhelming.  And with every emotion comes a series of questions.   For me, when I heard the news of Dobbs, I was in my living room.  I heard crickets chirping outside and, on my computer, people were posting pictures of their vacations, concerts, a day on the lake.  I was confused and asked myself, “Shouldn’t the world be stopping and mourning?  How can people continue on as though nothing happened?”  For some who are dealing with fear, they may ask, “What if it were my children?”  Some people may be angry or confused and ask how a loving God could allow this to happen.  Some people may be questioning why they aren’t as upset as everyone else seems to be.  So many different reactions to one single event.  Shouldn’t there be a one-size-fits-all for grief?  Maybe there shoul

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Creating Transparency in your LifeGroup
May 19, 2015

Many times, transparency within the group happens quickly and naturally. There are times however when groups need help opening up so that deeper connections can form. Deeper connections help people to know others in the group and to feel truly known.

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Inviting Others to Serve Without Begging
May 5, 2015

Serving is a part of the fabric of all healthy LifeGroups. When a group goes deep with a local service partner, each group member enjoys a shared experience of starting relationships cross culturally. Times of study become richer as a group dives into God’s Word and sees scripture through the lens of those who are hurting. Conversations during your socials will tend to move past the Panthers or new coffee shop and move instead into the neighborhood. You will see how serving impacts your group’s community and discipleship (and vice versa).

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Communion in your LifeGroup
March 30, 2015

The primary purpose of communion is dedicating time to remember all that Jesus did for us on the cross. It is a time to worship God and give thanks for the forgiveness that we have in Christ. This time is essential to growing with your LifeGroup.

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Facilitating Group Discussion
March 25, 2015

Everyone has something that they can talk about without thinking too hard. When you’re meeting new people, a fun game to play is to try and find their thing. I once had a lengthy conversation about Swedish Death Metal (an interesting musical sub-genre).

Maybe for you, it’s a particular sport that you play or follow. Or it could be a hobby or your work or your family. With just a little encouragement, we could probably get lost in conversation.

It’s easy to talk because you know what you’re talking about. Comfort and confidence give people freedom to respond to others without worrying about what to say.

Understanding this principle is the key to facilitating a group discussion.

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FHC Studies Search Results

Can We Talk? Soul-stirring Conversations with God
By: Priscilla Shirer

Can We Talk? Soul-stirring Conversations with God uses the account of God speaking to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 to show how God speaks ...

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Reason for God, The: Conversations on Faith and Life
By: Tim Keller

"The Reason for God" by Tim Keller is a six-session, DVD-based small group Bible study that captures live and unscripted conversation ...

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Starting Point: A Conversation about Faith
By: Andy Stanley

Starting Point is an 8-session small group conversation about faith. Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back ...

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God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally
By: Doug Pollock

You've felt that tug...

A friend, co-worker, family member, or someone you just met is talking—and you sense God nudging you t ...

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Everyday Evangelism: A conversation about sharing the gospel
By: Forest Hill Church

Evangelism - or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ - can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. And yet, it is a command from Jesus for all ...

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Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-Week Journey toward Unity in Your Church
By: Mark DeYmaz & Oneya Fennell Okuwobi

This powerful resource is a proven catalyst to help transform the minds, attitudes, and actions of people in your local church, and lead them t ...

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