The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. For one to flourish as a follower of Jesus it is essential to build close relationships with other believers and to live life together in pursuit of God and His standards. Our Small Groups offer you an opportunity to build relationships within our OCF community, pursue God together, and share the light and love of Jesus with those around us. Our groups then, are communities that study together, pray together, worship, serve, celebrate, fellowship, and live life together.
Our Small Groups meet weekly, primarily in homes throughout the South Bay including El Segundo, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Westchester and beyond. Our goal is to have thriving small groups in all of the communities where our OCF members live so we can actively live out the Gospel together.
We offer three types of Small Groups: Message-Based, Topical Studies, and Discipleship.
These groups follow the Scripture outline for our Sunday morning sermon series. There is a weekly handout distributed with questions to help groups dive deeper into the text and seek to make relevant applications in their lives.
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These groups build their study around a specific topic and dive into biblical texts as well as other pertinent literature to help those in the group to make relevant applications in their lives. These could be topical Bible studies, book clubs, video series studies, RightNow Media series, etc. We want to ensure that when our people face a specific challenge, life stage, or have an interest to grow closer to the Lord through a particular topic that we can help provide an avenue to do so right along with others in the family of faith. Groups will vary in the manner and frequency with which they display each element, but all groups should be able to demonstrate each element as part of their common and consistent life together. This is not something that can be accomplished in a brief season together. For this reason we encourage all of our groups to commit to spending one full small group year together.
Co-Ed Bible Study: Why I Need The Church To Become More Like JesusLeaders: Joe & Joann Hellerman and Evan & Amber Oliver Location: Gardena | Saturdays, Beginning September 23rd | 11:30am-1:30pmThe two goals of this topical study group are closely related:
Please consider the commitment required. We will read and discuss a chapter of Joe’s book every two weeks. The outside reading is not optional. And the book is not light reading. But Why I Need The Church is not a heavy academic book either. The book is designed for leaders (and future leaders!) who are ready to invest some energy to think hard about the role of community in our spiritual lives.
You can follow this link to a PDF of the first chapter of Why I Need The Church, so that you can read a bit to decide if this adventure is for you.Click Here to Register
Co-Ed Bible Study: Marriage Topical StudyLocation: Hawthorne | Tuesdays, Beginning September 26th |6:30pmDuring the course of our small group calendar, this small group will engage the topic of biblical marriage through multiple series from RightNow Media and other sources. We will seek to build strong relationships with one another while learning and applying healthy marriage strategies as we submit to the Spirit's work in our marriages. Click Here to Register
Women's Bible Study: Joshua & Ephesians, Victorious Living Location: TBD | Wednesdays, Beginning October 4th | 9:30amMoses had led Israel up to the border of the Promised Land, but it was his right hand man and successor, Joshua, who led them in. Joshua is the book of the conquest of Canaan and the settlement of the people in the land. Every battle and every success is a testimony to God's faithfulness in keeping His promises to His people. The people under Joshua's faithful leadership proved faithful also, exhibiting that truly, "Faith is the victory that overcomes the world" (John H. Yates). Paul's letter to the Ephesians follows Judges as a New Testament call to faith. Ephesians reminds us of our many spiritual blessings in Christ and calls us to respond with faith.Cost: $35. Click Here to Register
Women's Bible Study: Psalms Location: TBD | Wednesdays, Beginning October 4th | 9:30amThe book of Psalms powerfully resonates with the whole spectrum of human emotions and experiences, resounding with heartfelt praise, humble confession, and honest lament. This study explains the biblical text with clarity and passion - exploring the Bible's ability to transform our emotions and incline our hearts toward worship. Cost: $35. Click Here to Register
Women's Bible Study: Prayer Project GroupLocation: El Segundo | Wednesdays, Beginning October 4th | 6:30pmThis study will utilize Scripture, music, a little art (preschool level), nature and especially journaling as a means of spending time with God in some new ways. The study has two very important components: spending undistracted time alone with God and sharing what transpired in the small group. This is led by Nicole Dunaetz and meets at her home in El Segundo on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Cost: $35. Click Here to Register
Women's Bible Study: Romans, The Just Shall Live By FaithLocation: OCF | Thursdays, Beginning October 5th | 6:30pmIn Romans, the apostle Paul has written the believer's handbook. It is a book of doctrine which every believer should know. Romans is centered on truth that all have sinned and that justification comes by God's grace alone through faith in Christ alone. This is God's way for sinners to receive the righteousness which comes from Him. After presenting eleven chapters explaining this doctrine, Paul graciously closes with a clear explanation of how it is to be worked out in practical ways in our lives.Cost: $35. Click Here to Register
All groups and efforts to draw near to the Lord work towards our discipleship, but we want to make a distinction here. Discipleship groups at OCF carry the intention to walk through a study in what the whole life of faith looks like. While no such study can complete your work of growing as a disciple, there are a number of quality studies and methods available to help groups of our people to journey together to encounter what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus. Discipleship Groups then, are groups that meet to explore what the whole life of faith in Jesus actually is in its entirety. If you are interested in being part of a discipleship group, please contact Pastor Chris.
For more information or to join a small group, please contact Chris Robbins.