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Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study

What is our only hope in life and death? Although we know the answer is Christ, after a difficult year, we may be left with many practical questions. Is Christ our only hope even when we are not feeling hopeful or happy? Is our faith enough to sustain us in difficult times? The book of James was possibly the first book written in the New Testament, and it has a word for those who are prone to wander, for those who are doubting, and for those who are seeking wisdom. James invites the Christians to remember their good God, calls the seekers to examine their faith, and shows that true wisdom is in seeing this groaning world the way that God sees it; James urges his readers to remain steadfast in their calling to Christ, to the Church, and to their fellow image-bearers. Come study with us as we dive into this practical and sometimes controversial book!

For this winter/spring session of Ladies’ Bible Study, we will meet in person at Heritage each Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. or Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., January 12 – March 23. Childcare for infants through preschoolers is available for the morning session only. Each week will include small group discussions and a large group teaching session. We will offer a small group Zoom option on Tuesday evenings for those unable to attend in person.

Sign up online and pick up your study notebook in the Hudson Road lobby at Heritage on Sundays, December 27, January 3, or January 10. Or stop by the HBC office Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to pick up a notebook. Cost is $5. Email Liz Stratton, Women’s Ministries Director, with questions.

Membership Matters

Membership Matters

Membership Matters is an orientation class that is a prerequisite for anyone desiring to become a member of the Heritage Bible Church family. The class will be held during the Elective hour, October 18 – November 22. We believe that local church membership is vital for the growth of every follower of Jesus, and various elders will walk through the biblical foundation for membership, our Confession of Faith and Membership Covenant, as well as key aspects of body life at Heritage. If you are considering joining Heritage, please plan to participate in this class. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Now Taking Questions for our Second Annual Elders Q&A

Now Taking Questions for our Second Annual Elders Q&A

Shepherds are part of God’s plan for the health and mission of every local church. Just consider all that God intends to accomplish through this role:  

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. —Ephesians 4:11–16

Christ is the goal and substance of our life as a church. Shepherds and teachers, which refers to one role, are part of how Christ gets this done.

Why Is This Good for Us?

One way our elders at Heritage seek to lead our church to maturity in Christ is by the simple work of answering questions. We do this in informal and private ways, and we do this in especially public ways such as our annual Elders Q&A. On November 22 at 4:30 p.m. we will host our second annual Elders Q&A.  

This event serves a number of interlocking purposes:  

  • To promote a culture of openness and vulnerability.
  • To model healthy question asking and answering.
  • To enhance our elders’ unity and insight into the ministry.
  • To clarify any ambiguities or gaps in our leadership for our members.
  • To instruct in biblical eldership and increase the visibility for our team.
  • To update the congregation on any timely projects or studies we’ve been working on.

We’ll plan for an hour and fifteen minutes. We won’t share dinner, as is our tradition at these meetings, due to COVID, but we’ll certainly bring that back next time around.

What’s On Your Mind?

If you have a question—think doctrine, church life, plans for our shared mission, etc.—you can get it to us in a variety of ways:  

  • Text. Text your question to 864.735.7465.
  • Email. Email your question to [email protected]
  • Write. Grab a Connection Card on Sunday, scratch out your question, and drop that in an offering box.
  • Form. Submit a question here.
  • Tell. Communicate your question for the Q&A to an elder in person or through email. They’ll ask you to write it down so that we don’t lose your intent in translation, but you’re welcome to start with a conversation.
  • Show Up. Show up with your question on November 22nd. The elders will take some questions from a mic during the evening.

As a help in this process, aim to submit your questions by Sunday, October 25. This lead time helps us notice recurring themes, know how to devote time to particular questions, discuss any topics as a team if needed, and order our time in a way that best serves the congregation. We’ll certainly consider any questions that come in after that date.

As a reminder, we won’t be able to answer every question that gets asked. However, if you put your name on a question and we did not answer it at the Q&A, we will reach out to answer that question for you in person or by email. In some cases, we may devote a blog-post to the topic.

Before the Q&A, get acquainted with Heritage’s elders at the About Page. Also, here’s the recap of last years Q&A for those that couldn’t join us.

Men’s One-to-One Bible Study

Men’s One-to-One Bible Study

The book of Daniel can seem mysterious. There are lands and people quite foreign to us, stories which seem unbelievable, and visions which are downright strange. In a recent sermon series we explored the first four chapters of Daniel and saw the mighty power and reign of God over the affairs of this world and its kingdoms. However, there is much more to learn from Daniel.

For our Fall Men’s Bible Study, we will revisit Daniel, and this time we’ll get an overview of the whole book. Since our lives have been turned upside-down by the pandemic, our Bible Study will look different.

What? 

We’ll be using the Good Book Guide for Daniel. Purchase your own copy online and make plans to participate.

Who?

Instead of meeting with a group of men at the church property each week, choose one other man you will meet with and do the study with. We’ll call this our “One-to-One Men’s Bible Study.” Find a brother in your Shepherding Group or choose another brother in our church and ask him to do this study with you.

When?

The two of you can meet whatever day of the week and whatever time works for you. You decide. However, the window of time we’re giving for this 7-week study is September 10-November 12. This is a 10-week window which will give you flexibility if you happen to miss a week here or there. To encourage you over the weeks of this study, we are planning (1) a weekly email and (2) two Zoom calls for a time of sharing. One Zoom call will take place mid-way through the 10 weeks, and one will occur at the end of the 10 weeks. These will be brief “check-ins” where we can share how God is at work in us through His Word. Make sure you sign-up below so that you are on the list and get our communication.

Fall Elective 2020

Fall Elective 2020

Elective

2021 WINTER CLASSES

ABOUT ELECTIVES

As we seek to grow together, our church family pursues instruction and relationships. Sunday mornings at 11:00, Electives are the primary time for instruction. After the morning service, we gather in a variety of classes to learn practical ways we can grow in our walk with Jesus and in our relationships with each other. Electives run for varying periods of time, and our calendar year is divided into three sections or trimesters (winter/spring, summer, and fall) with breaks scheduled between. During the adult Electives, children, middle school, and high school students meet according to their grades.

Due to a number of factors, we will have only one elective class during the fall of 2020. The class will be held September 6 – November 22.

The Life of God

Overview: This class will explore how God’s Life is at work in the life of the believer.  Abundant life mentioned in John 10:10 is not found in improved circumstances or better health. It is found to the degree we realize the truth of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20—that we are not our own and that we’ve been bought with an incredible price. What does Jesus mean when he says in John 14:19: “because I live, you also will live?” Is this a promise only of heavenly glory or does it also have implications for us today, right now, as we navigate through this brief span of time? Last fall, we learned we love only because God first loves us and because His very love is in us. This fall, we will learn we live only because God first lives in us and His very life is in us. John 1:4 says that “in him was Life and the Life was the Light of men.”

Participation in “The Love of God” elective last fall is not necessary in order to participate in or benefit from this new class!

Teacher: Greg Fox

Class Notes
September 6: Introduction to God’s Life

September 13: Definition of God’s Life

September 20: God’s Life. . . in us

September 27: Life in the Trinity

October 4: Life of Knowing

October 11: Review and Testimonies

October 18: The Paradoxes of Life

October 25: The Word of Life

November 1: Food for Life

November 8: Life of Prayer

November 15: When Life Hurts

Women’s Fall Bible Study

Women’s Fall Bible Study

For many of us, Psalms is a favorite book of the Bible—and for good reason! While we won’t be able to cover every psalm this semester, we’ve selected nine psalms to help learn some ways to see the Psalms with even deeper appreciation and awe for the God who wrote them for us.

For this fall, we’ll be offering Small Group Discussions via Zoom each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. or Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Small group times will last about 40 minutes to an hour. A pre-recorded teaching video will be uploaded each week that will replace our regular Large Group Lessons. There will be options for both audio and video of the teaching lesson. You can listen or watch on your own or get together with friends. Either way, the order each week will generally flow this way:

  1. Complete Personal Bible Study throughout each week
  2. Login for Small Group Discussion via Zoom on Tuesdays
  3. Watch or listen to the Large Group Teaching Lesson. Link will be emailed each week to those who sign up.

Sign up online and pick up your study notebook in the Hudson Road lobby at Heritage on Sundays, August 30 or September 6 . Or stop by the HBC office Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to pick up a notebook. Cost is $5. Email  with questions.