Discipleship AT FPC
See information below on our most recent discipleship journey, Reaching Neighbors, Reaching Nations, as well as resources from previous journeys through the Bible including Rediscovering the Cross, Rediscovering Biblical Justice, Rediscovering Church, Cover to Cover in 100 days, and our summer school video discussions on Growing in Times of Exile.
Reaching Neighbors, Reaching Nations
We worship a sending God, which makes us a sent people. The God we worship is a missionary God who sent His own Son and the Holy Spirit in order to reconcile the Nations to Himself. Join us this spring as we study the books of Acts, a book filled with stories of Jesus's continued work in the lives of His people and the world through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Not only will we see first-hand accounts of how the disciples lived into their empowered identities, but we will also see how the early church formed and lived into her identity with Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone. As we study Scripture together, may we be encouraged to go out on mission as witnesses to the Gospel through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
To access our small group guides for this series, vist our Small Group Webpage.
Rediscovering the Cross
During the season of Lent, we will reflect upon the centrality of the cross—understanding what God did on our behalf through Christ’s voluntary submission to crucifixion and death. While Jesus did indeed die to “save us” and “forgive our sins,” what He achieved on the cross entails so much more. Through Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, we are united with Christ, we are adopted into God’s forever family, and we are loved by a just, forgiving, communcal, self-sacrificial God. We are offering many resources (including but not limited to Small Group Study Guides and a Guided Prayer Podcast) during this Lenten season for you to participate with individually as well as corporately with your FPC community. To learn about and engage with these resources, please visit our FPC Houston Lenten Discipleship Webpage.
We also hope you will join us for our Midweek Lenten Services, livestreamed every Wednesday at noon during the five weeks leading up to Holy Week. Services will be accessible at fpchouston.org/live and on our Facebook and YouTube channels. To find out more details regarding our Lent and Holy Week Services, please visit the Lent at FPC webpage.
Rediscovering Biblical Justice
During our winter sermon series, Rediscovering Biblical Justice, we'll be providing weekly Small Group Discussion Guides that are based on each week's sermon topic. We are also bringing back our Wednesday "Faith Conversations," which is a weekly live stream hosted by Pastor Jim and other guests to discuss issues impacting our community, our nation, and beyond. The series resumes beginning Jan 12 at 12pm with a dialogue about Biblical Justice. For more information, visit our website here. Finally, a team of FPC Shepherding Elders and Covenant Partners spent the last seven months vetting various resources related to Biblical justice and have offered their guiding thoughts here. We understand that this is a complicated topic; tensions are high and people often express their opinions and thoughts with anger. Yet with justice already being discussed in secular spheres,we must equip the Church to understand what Biblical justice truly is so that we can give truth and hope to a hurting and angry world. Ultimately, we will learn that God is a God of justice by His very essence. He is justice. Our calling to live into God’s justice will simultaneously unite and separate us from popular understandings of the concept. We invite you to journey with us, submitting yourself to the Holy Spirit, and asking that He would be your guide through this often emotional and challenging road to reconciliation.
If you would like to join a small group to discuss the sermons or if you have any other questions about this series, please email Catie Smith (email@example.com), Director of Discipleship.
Check out the Rediscovering Biblical Justice Webpage to find all of these resources.
During our fall sermon series, Rediscovering Church, we'll be providing weekly Small Group discussion guides, and continuing to send out Daily Encouragement Emails from fellow FPC covenant partners. We are also adding a new spiritual formation tool: a reflection guide for five days of the week for each of the ten weeks of the series. This will help us to reflect on the entire book of Ephesians, moving beyond simply reading it, but really slowing down to dwell in the Scripture, pray through it, and apply the text to our lives as we learn about our identities in Christ as those called together to be His body. If you would like to join a small group to discuss the sermons or if you have any other questions about this series, please email Catie Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Discipleship.
Check out the Rediscovering Church resource page to find all of these reources.
Building Relationships for the Gospel: Skills & Learning Group
August 2020 Discipleship Journey: Growing in Times of Exile
Join us in August for a 5-week Discipleship series. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell, will provide a series of thought-provoking talks based on the Bible to help us grapple with the theme of change. Dr. Singleton was originally scheduled to be our Mo-Ranch speaker this year, and we are thrilled that he is still going to be resourcing our church with a series of talks and discussion questions to stimulate our thinking and prepare our hearts to adapt to these tumultuous times.
How To Pray
Ever Wonder "How to Pray"? Join us for a new eight week series based on the
Alpha prayer method. "How to Pray" will meet weekly to watch a video, discuss, and pray together.
Musical Meditations for Prayer & Reflection
Enjoy a time of self-guided meditation, reflection, and prayer with the beautiful
sounds of our organ accompanied by photos of the FPC campus.
Liturgies for Elevating the Ordinary
View a list of short prayers to guide us in calling upon God through the daily challenges or
mundane activities we experience throughout our days during this season.
Cover to Cover in 100 Days with Pastor Andrew 2020
In this season of disruption and uncertainty, we are taking on a new opportunity to grow in faith and hope. We are journeying through the grand narrative of scripture by reading the Bible from Cover to Cover in 100 days. Guided by weekly Sunday check-ins with Pastor Andrew Stepp, registrants will choose between a full or lighter reading plan and then walk through the 100 days, reading daily and meeting once weekly with a breakout group for 30-45 minutes. Our journey ends in August, but reading plans and resources will still be available to all for personal use.
We hope you will join one of our many small groups throughout Houston as they meet virtually to study God's word, pray together, and encourage one another through the many new rhythms we are each practicing. To learn about existing groups or to start a new small group, please contact Catie Smith.
In this time of physical disconnectedness, the primary needs people are experiencing are comfort, community, and connection. Please reach out to those in your Sunday school communities to check on one another as we seek to evolve how we offer Sunday schools digitally.
Are you feeling isolated? Disconnected? In need of prayer, encouragement, and deep conversation? If so, we hope you will consider being part of a Discipleship Group. D-Groups are gender-specific groups of 3-4 people who commit to meet regularly to support, encourage, and offer accountability to one another. If you are interested in learning more about D-Groups, please contact Catie Smith.