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Welcoming New LifeGroup Members
May 9, 2017

As you have led your group at Forest Hill Church, you most likely have experienced a new person in your LifeGroup - someone either brought a friend with them into your group or you had someone join from LifeGroup Connect. As we are making disciples who Know, Grow, and Go, it is important to realize that a new person’s experience in a LifeGroup can be one of first steps towards growth in Christ and community.  This blog will give you some tips and ideas for how to help new group members to feel welcomed. 

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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: Dissect the Passage through Interpretation (Part 2)
March 6, 2017

Last week, we looked at the first “D” in the 3-D way of reading Scripture – Discover. The second step of 3-D Bible study is dissecting the passage, which moving from observing the passage to the interpreting it. In this step of the process, we look at all that we have observed from the words, the tenses of verbs (e.g. “is” or “was”), to the details of the story, and then we ask what is the meaning of this passage. When leading your LifeGroup through the 3-D Bible study, this would be the step that you could do some research prior to your group meeting.

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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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Debrief After You Serve Locally
November 14, 2016

Many areas of our lives can be compartmentalized. Our work life is separate from our home life. Our home life is separate from our church life.   Too often, we find ourselves devoted to multiple ventures without a connection between them. 

If we’re honest, this can happen in our LifeGroups. As we strive to study, care, pray, and serve, there’re times we can do these in silos. For instance, our prayers may not reflect the scriptures we recently studied. We might do studies about developing intimacy with our spouse, and then go out to feed the hungry. There doesn’t seem to be a connection.

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A Practical Tip for Prayer Requests
October 17, 2016

Prayer is meant to be a natural part of a church community. It’s a place where we can plead our helplessness before God, where our faith can be built up as we see prayers answered, where we can be united by praying for each other, where God can be front-and-center in our groups as we focus on him.

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Do We Have Any Prayer Requests?
October 10, 2016

Praying together is one of the best ways to grow in your faith as a LifeGroup.  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to focus on giving you some ideas to “break the mold” of how prayer in groups is typically done and get all people participating.  Here’s the first idea.

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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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Serving Together, But Why?
August 10, 2016

One of the main components of LifeGroups is serving together as a group. This is different from how a lot of churches operate when it comes to growing in your faith, the making of disciples, aka discipleship. Why? Great question.

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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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How to Shape My Story to Share My Story
January 19, 2016

This past weekend, David Chadwick preached about finding our story in God’s story. As we discover our story, we are to be ready to share that story. However, the majority of us feel we are not as gifted in sharing our story and God’s story as others seem to be. Yet, it’s every follower of Christ’s responsibility to share Jesus Christ with others. For those of us who need help shaping our story, the story in John 9 illustrates a simple way to share your faith with others that is both natural and impacting.

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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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Waxhaw Campus Serve Day
September 2, 2015

In Acts 1:8, Jesus said right before he ascended into heaven, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  For those that follow Jesus, being a witness for him starts right in our own neighborhood. On Saturday, August 15th, over 100 Forest Hill Waxhaw folks gathered together at South Providence School to participate in a Serve Day. We gathered to provide landscaping, set up bulletin boards, create welcome back gift baskets and cards for teachers and students, and coordinate donated school uniforms for the clothing closet.

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Challenges and Blessings - Why Should I Lead a LifeGroup?
July 15, 2015

If you are like me, you may sometimes wonder why you chose to lead a LifeGroup. It doesn’t take me long to think of reasons why I shouldn’t lead my group. Many of them are good reasons.

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Encouraging People to Get Together Outside of Group
June 2, 2015

When you see a blog titled, "Encouraging People to Get Together Outside of Group," that might seem like a great time to keep scrolling, right? Think about a typical day for each one of us. The US Department of Labor did a time use study for those ages 25-54 with kids, and here is what was most common on average: Working 8.7 hours, Sleeping 7.7 hours, Leisure and Sports 2.5 hours, Household Activities 1.1 hours, Eating 1.0 hours, Caring for Others 1.3 hours, and other type activities 1.7 hours. That is a pretty full 24 hours.

With such a full day, one would think it would be hard to be lonely! However, a wider community of close friends seems to be decreasing in our communities.

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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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Leading When I Don't Feel Like It
May 12, 2015

There are any number of reasons why a leader might not feel like leading, but on the surface it seems to come down to either busyness or discouragement. Both are legitimate and are worth addressing. But there is an even deeper issue to consider as well.

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What Should We Study Next?
April 28, 2015

“What should we study next?”  This might be the most frequent question that we get from LifeGroup leaders.  And rightfully so!  As we lead our groups to Know Christ more, we need some guidance - some solid teaching, some great questions.  That way, we can have great discussions that will lead us toward Christ and challenge us to live like Him. 

But where do you begin to look for that perfect study to do next?

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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

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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James: Faith that Works
By: Andrew and Phyllis Le Peau

We all want a faith that won't let us down in times of trouble or loss, uncertainty or fear. A faith that can pull us through the worst--and be ...

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Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
By: Ann Spangler, Lois Tverberg

A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him. What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of ...

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Key to Living by Faith, The (Hebrews)
By: Kay Arthur, Pete De Lacy

This inductive study of Hebrews reveals the assurance that Jesus is our high priest who makes intercession for all of God's children. As reader ...

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Get Real: Sharing your everyday faith every day
By: John Leonard

Evangelism Gets More Real, Less Awkward ...

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Becoming a Woman of Extraordinary Faith: What If You Gave It All to God?
By: Julie Clinton

Julie Clinton, author, speaker, and president of Extraordinary Women, has spoken to thousands of women across the nation and knows they are eag ...

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