We are a large church, but that doesn’t mean you will be lost in the crowd. Our Small Groups meet regularly throughout the city and right here at New Community. These groups are a great way to meet people, make friends, get closer to God, and find real answers to life's questions.
Beauty for Ashes: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God | Thursdays at 7PM
Resource: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
Boundaries: How to say no to take control of your life | Thursdays at 7PM
Resource: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person. Join other women to find the answer to these tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.
Choices: How to Become Strong & Resolute | Tuesdays at 7PM
Resource: The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer
Come ready to face the challenge with other women to be intentional about embracing and thriving in God’s beautiful and eternal calling on their lives. Be prepared to fully accept your responsibility before God and how to live out your own resolution. A “Resolution” is "a defining banner that hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices." A woman's banner should be an accurate reflection of who she desires to be-someone completely Christ-centered who blesses and changes things in her world for the better.
Daughters of the King | Tuesdays at NOON
Resource: The Coming of God's Kingdom by Kay Arthur
Come join a group of women and be a part of forming a special bond with other women on the same journey. You will grow in your relationship with Jesus as you experience the love of Christ with other believers. You will be enriched in your understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ as you study the scriptures in order to fully embrace and understand His calling to be His disciple as we study the book of Matthew.
Every Woman’s Marriage: Living Under God’s Grace | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Undercover by John Bevere
It’s a common fact that every marriage has its ups and down but not many will talk about it. Well in this class we will do just that and you will discover that you are not alone in your test of faith. Join a group of women who will be learning how to live free of fear, anxiety, worry and discontentment in a marriage that may or may not be a little rough around the edges. We will learn how to come under God’s wings of protection and discover divine grace and protection through the beauty of submission. Learn how a deeper theology will open up a world of insight into God’s heart and mind in order to find the comfort, hope and peace that you desire.
Faithful, Abundant & True Women | Tuesdays at 7PM
Resource: Faithful/Abundant/True Women
Faithful, Abundant, True: is about Three Lives Going Deeper Still – Beth Moore, Kay Arthur & Priscilla Shirer. Come and engaged in the scriptures as these authors speak on different aspects of the Holy Spirit. Kay teaches on faithfulness from the book of Hebrews; Priscilla Shirer teaches on God's abundance from Ephesians 3:20-21; and Beth Moore teaches on the importance of discernment that we may be able to distinguish between truth and falsehood. Join a group of women who will be sharing their own lives as we are mentored by seasoned spiritual veterans as we all learn to go deeper.
The Good Girls: Making Wise Decisions | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: The Best Yes: Making wise decision in the end of endless demands by Lysa TerKeurst
Resource: A Heart that Dances by Catherine Martin
Joy: Seeking and Finding the Elusive Fruit | Thursdays at 7PM
Resource: Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to choose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize. And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us. By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are. Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy will equip you to live a life of intention. A life based on thankfulness - for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.
Kingdom Woman: Predestined and Preordained for Victory | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Power, Purpose and Possibilities by Tony Evans
A kingdom woman gives the devil as much reason to fear as a kingdom man. She lives confidently in the knowledge that Christ died and rose for her so that she can experience the significance of the destiny to which she has been called. In this class you will be reminded of God’s call to you to be free, delivered, healed, and hopeful. You will learn to correct distorted perceptions and understand who you really are in Christ—never settling for less when connected with the One who gives you hope. All believers are covered by God’s covenant with Abraham and when you realize this you know these rights and confidently claim and live by them. The new covenant offers more than a life of mediocrity. A kingdom woman is called and empowered to live a life of victory through Christ!
Live Beyond Your Feelings… Not in Them | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Living Beyond your Feelings by Joyce Meyer
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we're controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved if we controlled them versus them controlling us. In this group you will examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. You will discover the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then - emotion by emotion – you will understand how we can manage our reactions to those emotions and we walk with the Prince of Peace.
Lord, I Want to Know You! | Tuesdays at 7PM
Resource: Lord I want to know you: A Devotional Study on the Names of God by Kay Arthur
So much of our confusion and pain results because we don't know God -- who He really is, how He works in our lives. But with Lord, I Want to Know You, that will all change. When you know God more fully by studying His names -- Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, and many others -- you'll gain power to stand strong. You'll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul's deepest needs. Your daily time with God will be transformed as His Word will introduce you to the limitless treasure available to you as His child.
Mercy Triumphs: A Study in the Book of James | Wednesdays at NOON
Resource: James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore
James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic but see how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple. Understand through one of the earthly relatives of Jesus - how to have joy in the midst of trials; endure hardship but thrive in faith; become more giving, humble and loving to in order to have true treasures in heaven.
Posture of a Prosperous Woman: Walking in the Armor of God | Sundays at 9AM
Resource: The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.
Radical! Experience a Fresh Explosion of Faith! | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: Believing God - Bible Study Book: Experience a Fresh Explosion of Faith by Beth Moore
Based on Isaiah 43:10, this class will explore what it means not only "to believe in God," but "to believe Him." The bride of Jesus Christ, the church, in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief. God is calling His bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God, you will join a group of women who desire to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him.
Trusting God Through Adversity! | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Why is it easier to obey God than to trust Him? Because obeying God makes sense to us. In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don’t want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us. But sometimes in the difficult life circumstances we often find ourselves in defy explanation. Before long, we begin to doubt God’s concern for us or His control over our lives. Join a group of women who are trusting God thru it as they learn from the character of Job. So, whether you have experienced a loss, dealing with divorce, loss of job or past or present hurts this group is for you. During such a time of adversity you need the encouragement of scriptures and the encouragement for others that can relate to you. So that even when life hurts; you will be determined to trust God thru it.
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Left Out | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Uninvited: Living Loved when you feel less than, left out and lonely by Lysa Terkeurst
Did you know that the enemy wants you to feel rejected...left out, lonely and less than? He wants to isolate you and keep you from living the amazing, awesome life that God has in store for you. In this class we are going to learn to stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others - you are handpicked by God. You will learn how to restore your confidence and steady your soul in the midst of rejection, and learn to overcome the two core fears that feed your feelings of being uninvited by understanding the secret of belonging. You are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken or taken - a love that does not reject or uninvite.
Woman to Woman: Becoming a Titus 2 Woman | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Adorned: Living out the beauty of the Gospel together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
The Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women is vital for us all to thrive. It is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world. Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women, blessing whole families and churches. Imagine young wives, moms, and singles gaining wisdom and encouragement from women who’ve been there and have found God’s ways to be true and good. Imagine all women—from older women to young girls—living out His transforming gospel together, growing the entire body of Christ to be more beautiful. This is Christian community as God designed it. Be prepared to take your walk to new depths, that your life might find its fullest meaning as you adorn the gospel of Christ.
Victorious Women in Christ: A Study in the Book of Romans | Thursdays at 7PM
Resource: Experiencing the Power of Life Changing Faith by Kay Arthur
Do you want to know the truth about your purpose? Are you ready to fully surrender? Are you ready to tear down negativity and believe God in every area of your life? God intends for you to know and believe Him, experience His peace and enjoy His presence. Come to a safe place and join other women who will learn how to BELIEVE GOD in every area of their lives. Through scripture we will learn together how to tear down spiritual strongholds and come face to face with the truth of God’s Word, promises and purpose. VWC will study the book of Romans which reveals the answers to important questions and supplies information on topics, such as salvation, the sovereignty of God, judgment, spiritual growth, and the righteousness of God. Come and engage with other women who desire to live victoriously in Christ.
Christian Foundations I: The Life Principles for Following Christ | Sundays at 9AM
Resource: Life Principles for Following Christ by Rick Shepherd
Life Principles for Following Christ studies twelve portraits of Christ from Genesis to Revelation, looking at the main ideas found in both the Old and New Testaments regarding Jesus our Savior. Answer such questions as why did God come in the flesh? How does His death make me secure with who I am and how does His resurrection power work in my life. Come take your own personal journey and see how as we examine these pictures of Christ, how He is working to bring us to His likeness, to experience what it means to know Him in His fullness.
Christian Foundations II: The Parables of Christ | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: Parables & Word Pictures by Cheri Cowell
Come and join a group of believers who will develop an ear for the message these stories convey—that the Kingdom of God is at hand and is in you and me. And one glorious day the Kingdom will come to completion when the Ultimate Parable, Jesus the Christ, returns and takes His throne. Until that time, we are the keepers of the Kingdom, and as subjects of this nation we must live in such a way as to please the King. The parables that we will study will tell us how to live as Kingdom people. Through Him we come to know God the Father, and through Jesus we can live as living parables in a world begging to “see God.” Understanding these parables and Living story-shaped lives allows others to see God in us—which is the goal of Kingdom living.
Christian Foundations III: How to Read and Understand the Bible | Sundays at 11AM
The Bible is an amazing but sometimes perplexing book to read. One person reads a passage and gleans so much from it, while another is left confused. What's the difference? The difference is that one has been trained in understanding how to ask specific questions of scripture. People all over the world for thousands of years have built their daily lives and have staked their eternal lives on the Bible. We believe you can too learn how to read and understand the bible too and God's Word can come alive to you more than ever before!
Christian Foundations IV: A Walk through the Bible | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: What the Bible is all about by Henrietta Means
Whether you are a bible student, brand new to the Word or Seasoned – this class has something special for you! You will systematically walk through the Scriptures, be given a history of the times covered in the writings, gain spiritual insight and interpretations into the text, and gather application for everyday living. Join this class to learn more about What the Bible is All About!
Christian Foundations V: Doctrine & Theology | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
How do we know the Bible is God's Word? What is sin and how do we overcome it? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? What about the second coming of Jesus Christ? These are questions for which every Christian should have answers. Discover the answers to these questions along with many more. Your faith will be strengthened.
Kingdom Finances: Managing Money God's Way | Sundays at 1PM
Resource: Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
When it comes to money management, God gives us clear and careful instructions: avoid debt, always save some of what you earn, give back to God the tithe. Join this Sunday group and learn these principles straight from the Bible, plus many more that will help you develop your own game plan for financial success.
Covenants, Commitments and Other Truths that Debunk the Modern Marriage Myth | Sundays at 9AM
Resource: The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Come join a group that will show you how marriage is to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious.
Discipleship University | Upcoming Class: August 23 at 6:45pm
Held several times during our Christian Education Season is a special class, held by Minister Harold Webb, designed to train everyday people on how to study the bible and then lead quality bible discussions. This class is the training ground for those currently involved in Small Group Ministry; wanting to find out more about Small Group Ministry or people that just want to grow in discipling their families and loved ones. Since this class is held only several times a year you can be involved in this group as well as other Small Groups here at NCBF.
Keeping the Honey in the Honeymoon | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity by Francis & Lisa Chan
Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then comes eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives. Join a class that will dive into the scriptures to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a healthy marriage?” Just as our lives radically changed when we believed; viewing Marriage in Light of Eternity will radically shift the way we see one of the most important relationships in our life. Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage but on eternity.
R.E.A.C.H: Making Disciples in Your Community | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Honest Evangelism: How to talk about Jesus even when its tough by Rico Tice
Is salvation and spiritual growth a private matter to be pursued with Christ alone? Many believe that spiritual growth is an individual responsibility. This small group offers an in-depth look at how we grow and the significance our connection with others has on our maturity.
Understanding Marriage: Taking your Marriage from ‘Real’ to ‘Ideal’ | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Townsend
Today’s marriages are a sort of a mixed bag and there is a bigger gap between what a person may consider what is Ideal versus what is Real. The choices that we have made in the past do and can affect our marriages today and couples need a divine plan to help our ideal hopes for our marriages to become real. Only when you and your mate know and respect each other's needs, choices, and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly to one another. This class will help you understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in your marriage -- and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy you both long for. So whether you are a blended family or experienced a divorce we believe in this class that God can take our real marriages and make them ideal.
Winning in Marriage through Love & Respect | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: Rocking the Roles: Building a Win-Win Marriage by Robert Lewis and William Hendricks
Ozzie and Harriet are long gone, and nobody wants to return to the "traditional" roles of the 50s. Yet couples today are discovering that role-less marriages are the marriages that are confusing, unsatisfying, and impractical. Come learn that roles do not limit choices and learn what spouses most need to understand about each other. You will learn in this class how to build a better marriage based not on sexist stereotypes, but on biblical principles based upon a firm foundation of Scripture, forgiveness, and a healthy understanding of who we are in Christ.
The Cypher - For Teen Boys
The Real - For Teen Girls
Disciplines of a Godly Man: Keys to Sharing your Faith | Sundays at 11AM
Resource: Desiring God by John Piper
Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to the bible, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. In this class you will dramatically alter common perspectives on relating to God as the bible reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. You will come to understand why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. Then finally, when we are freed to enjoy Jesus – we will find the courage and freedom to share Jesus to others without Fear.
Every Man’s Marriage: Learning Skills that Make you a Winner | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Winning Your Wife Back Before It's Too Late by Gary Smalley
Winning your wife back from emotional or physical separation is more than doing the same things with more intensity. It involves developing a whole new strategy to overcome what seem to be overwhelming odds to attain a come-from-behind victory. Understand how to develop a game plan to keep your marriage from spiraling out of control or to significantly increase your chances for a "miracle comeback". You will understand how to open up a closed spirit, develop sacrificial love and initiate change in yourself in order to affect change in others closest to you. Through true stories of previously separated couples, you'll see how the principles illustrated in this plan have been fleshed out in the lives of real people and can lead to a successful reconciliation. Although there is no guarantee that you will win your wife back, you can still experience personal triumph and gain significant yardage in becoming the godly man you were intended to be.
Kingdom Man: A Study in the Book of Romans | Wednesdays at 10AM
Resource: Experiencing the Power of Life Changing Faith by Kay Arthur
The message that Paul preached to the Roman Christians is divinely powerful and truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Paul preached that the Gospel ‘is the power of God for Salvation for all who believe’. Get ready to engage your faith and you begin to understand the mind of Paul as he writes letters to believers who were struggling with leaving an old way of life to embrace a new life based upon faith alone. Get ready to grow as you unpack your own faith and begin to understand and believe that the only thing that can please God is our faith.
Men Growing In Christ: Living with Discernment | Tuesdays at 7PM
Resource: Living With Discernment In The End Times-1 & 2 Peter/Jude
Have you ever struggled with having a consistent devotion or feel like you are still drinking spiritual milk and you know you need more solid spiritual food. Well, in this study of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude the guys in this group are dedicated to helping strengthen each other and their own devotional time with God. As you will learn; understanding the word of God helps to guard us against false teachings. You will discover that both Peter and Jude wrote about this and both exhorted us to live courageously for Christ in a world that seeks to destroy the gospel’s truth.
M.A.D. Men: No More Excuses | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney
In order to become of godly man you must develop the habits of spiritual discipline. Come join a group of men who will be able to guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them this group will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity.
Parking People in Christ | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson
Resource: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was a pastor of a growing church, he did what most people do: Avoid conflict in the name of Christianity - Ignore his anger, sadness, and fear - Use God to run from God - Live without boundaries. Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. In this best-selling book Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. 'The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality,' he says, 'unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.'
TRUE Men: The Spiritually Disciplined Man | Wednesdays at 7PM
This class will welcome all men to come out and fellowship with other men looking to grow in their daily Christian Walk. We will be studying the spiritual disciplines ranging from Bible Intake, Worship and much more. Discover that by understanding the biblical purpose of each discipline and its application how this will ignite a chain reaction of faith that will produce incredible results. Most importantly you will be provided an opportunity to develop camaraderie with other True Men on the same journey.
Wisdom or Folly – You Choose! | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: Proverbs, Life Change Bible Study by Bonnie Rhodes
Come join a group of men who share a common bond and desire to grow in godly wisdom together. In order to do so this group will be breaking down and studying the book of Proverbs. But even better still these men will be studying the life of the author of Proverbs and see how he lived out his own sayings and what we can learn from his Wisdom as well as his own folly. Discover a wealth of practical wisdom for yourself for everyday living that will allow you to receive true treasures on earth.
Worship Arts Ministry: A Bible Study for Men | Wednesdays at 7PM
Resource: How to Study the Bible by Kay Arthur
Do you have a special artist gift inside of you and you feel that you just need to be mentored in order for your gift and talents to be unleashed in you? Well if that is you then come and join Myron Davis and other men and study God’s word and worship as King David worshiped. Learn how to study the bible together and grow into what God has called you to be… a worshipper of God in Spirit and in Truth.
ELEV8TE: Young Adult Men and Women (Ages 18-30) | 1st and 3rd Friday of Each Month
You can't. God can. Life never lacks for improvement - in ourselves, in our relationships, in just about everything. Come join Elevate, a group of young adults ages 18-30, who together will dive deeply into Scripture to take you deeply inside yourself, discovering that the heart of all our problems is truly the problem of our hearts. But because of what God has done, and because of what God can do, the most confident, contented person you know could actually be you - redeemed through Jesus Christ. None of us, really, can do what's required to change our lives for the better, taking what's persistently frustrating and making it perfectly satisfying. Yet as hopeless as that may sound, it is the flat-line truth in which good news comes to life . . . to your life. For just as what's lost can be found, what's wrong can - even now - be recovered. Experience a redeemed life with someone else just like you.