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.
For more information about our Message-Based Small Groups, please contact Pastor Mark.
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.
Leaders: Ken & Kelsey Stuart
Hawthorne | Thursdays Beginning October 4th | 6:45pm
Spiritual Formation is the process of being transformed into the image of Christ for the glory of God and the sake of others. Knowledge of Christ results in action. This group will focus on developing biblical beliefs about Christian faith and acting on those beliefs on a daily basis. Members will be challenged to leave their comfort zones and develop their spiritual maturity by looking both inward at their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and outward to the needs of the community around them. This group will have activities outside the weekly meeting time and will challenge you to grow.
The Power of a Praying Wife
Leader: Beth Lee
OCF | 2nd & 4th Saturdays | 6:30am
Join us as we pray for the welfare of our husbands using the book, "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie O'Martian. We gather every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the OCF Prayer Room from 6:30am-7:30am. The eye-popping, early hour is purposeful, allowing busy wives to participate in family activities. This focused hour of prayer will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed (always a benefit to husbands). There is no beginning or end to this group - you can join in anytime. It is also not critical that you make every prayer session. For more information, please contact Beth Lee.
Disciplers Study - Psalms: Pouring Your Heart Out to God
Leaders: Casey Schramm & Leah Hutchison
Off-Site | Wednesdays | 9:30am | Cost: $35 | Beginning October 3rd
The lessons on Psalms were written to give an overview and introduction to the various types of Psalms and to help you feel more at home in navigating and understanding the book. The Psalms help us express our gratitude and praise to God, but they also help us know how to approach God when we have questions, concerns, troubles, and hurts. As you study the Psalms, you will find praise on every page of the book and it will help you to put praise on every page of your life.
Once our Psalms study finishes we will move into Philippians then Colossians.
Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free
Leader: Lorie Chaykowski
OCF | Wednesdays | 9:30am | Cost: $35 | Beginning October 3rd
In this bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy DeMoss exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God's grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan's deceptions: God's truth!
Prayer Project Group
Leaders: Megan Brown & Nicole Dunaetz
OCF | Wednesdays | 9:30am | Cost: $35 | Beginning October 3rd
The Prayer Group is a place to explore your relationship with God and what He is doing in your heart in the presence of other women on a similar journey.
You will spend roughly 45 minutes alone with God one day, each week interacting with small passages of Scripture, practicing different ways to engage with God, journaling your thoughts and prayers along the way. Each week you will receive an email containing a “prayer project” (prayer exercise) which will give you guidelines for your time in prayer.
Our meetings on Wednesday will be a time for each person to share their experience of prayer.
Life Principles from Women of the Bible (Book 1)
Leader: Tracy Olson
OCF | Thursdays | 6:30pm | Cost: $35 | Beginning October 4th
The women of the Bible play an integral, essential, and crucial role in the eternal plan of God. From heaven's point of view, women are always unique, matchless, and irreplaceable-they are never to be found in a subservient ranking within the kingdom of God. As this study shows, these Women of the Bible (Book 1) demonstrates to us the lofty ideals of faith and faithfulness, virtues and values, brains and beauty, redemption and resourcefulness, servanthood and sacrifice.
Through a detailed study of each of these noteworthy women of the Bible, you will learn that God has called today's woman to play a significant role in society, in the home, and the church. You will learn from their mistakes and discover that the blessings of God are heaped upon the woman who faithfully trusts the Lord in all situations.
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.
For further information regarding our Topical Groups and Discipleship Groups, please contact Pastor Chris.