Our hope is for every person to come to know Jesus and to grow as a fully developing follower of Christ.

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Join a Discipleship Group! 
A Discipleship Group is an opportunity for you to be formed and shaped in your spiritual journey. We are formed and shaped to be followers of Christ by a constant feeding of His word and having fellowship with other believers. Every spring and fall semester, First Woodway offers a dozen or more groups. These men’s, women’s, and coed groups meet on Wednesday evenings at the church, with a few groups meeting at alternate times during the week at various locations. The fall semester of discipleship begins Wednesday, September 5 with a large group meeting in the Worship Center. Individual classes begin September 12. Click here to see the classes being offered for fall 2018. Click here to sign up for a group.

ARTIOS – Equipping Disciples for Ministry
ARTIOS (pronounced AR-tee-oss) is a three-year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ. It is designed to equip church members with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective ministers of the gospel.

The program’s purpose is reflected in the name. ARTIOS means equipped, proficient, or competent. Paul writes, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped [artios] for every good work.” —2 Timothy 3:16-17

This year’s ARTIOS Cohort Group will meet on Sunday nights from 5:00-6:00 pm during the fall and spring semesters (10 weeks each).

You can learn more about the courses offered, the requirements for participation, and the application process at www.firstwoodway.org/artios.

Fall 2018 Discipleship Groups

Will you join us for a midweek or weekday Bible study this fall? We are extremely excited about the opportunities to grow in our faith this semester! You’ll have an opportunity on Sunday, August 26 in the Worship Center foyer to meet the study group leaders, take a look at the study materials, and sign up for a group. What are you waiting for? Join us on the journey!

The fall semester of discipleship begins Wednesday, September 5 with a large group meeting in the Worship Center. Individual classes begin September 12. To see a preview of the studies offered, click below.

Discipleship Booklet 2018
Register for a Discipleship Group Here

Sometimes the next step in following Jesus is very practical in nature. Some may need to learn how to better manage money. Others may need down-toearth help on how to communicate with a spouse. This track is designed to practically equip you for wise living in various areas of life. Each class will focus on the “how” of a particular life skill with the goal of empowering you to live better on the other side of the class.
> Boundaries Encouragement Group
> The Kindness Challenge: A ReFocus Marriage Ministry Study
> Navigating Your Finances God’s Way

Led by: Dr. Cindy Harr
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 223
Cost: $10 for book
The group will explore God given boundaries and the practical integration of these boundaries in our personal lives. The often-challenging choices we must make in family, work, and social relationships will be discussed with mutual encouragement and edification as the primary goals of each session. Weekly worksheets will be provided for self-understanding and application.

Led by: Ronny Higgins
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Room 320
Cost: Free
What’s one thing that can make any marriage better? Communication? Financial stability? Intimacy? Those all might be valid answers, but in these 10 weeks the answer we will explore is kindness – a small thing that makes a big difference, especially since most of us aren’t as kind as we think we are. This study is based on Shaunti Feldhahn’s book, The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship. Engaged couples, newlyweds, and marriage veterans are all invited to take part.

Led by: Al Childs
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 225
Cost: $18 for E-Book
Get your finances in order! Responsible financial stewardship is a must in the lives of all Christ followers. This study will explore biblical truths about stewardship while also imparting practical skills and knowledge concerning budgeting, debt retirement, saving and giving. All of this is to lead to a fuller, more faithful life and a closer walk with our Lord.

Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In part, this means learning to see and understand the world through the story of scripture. Classes will focus on acquainting you with particular books, passages of the Bible, and themes with the goal of helping you understand the depths of God’s story so that He can change your mind.
> The Armor of God
> The Body of Christ: A Verse-by-Verse Exposition of Ephesians
> Ezekiel: So that You May Know!
> Finding I Am
> Harmony of the Gospels
> Holy Ambition: A Study of Nehemiah, Part 1
> No Other Gods: A Study for Younger Women

Led by: Susan Wommack
Mondays, 6:00 pm (7 weeks) At the home of Susan Wommack
Cost:  $15 for the book
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.

Led by: Dr. Ted Foley
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Room 322
Cost: Free
By common consent of many biblical scholars, the letter to the Ephesians ranks high in the theological literature of the church. Many hold that it is indeed the highest pinnacle of New Testament thought. In this magnificent letter, the Apostle Paul focuses on the richness and fullness that belong to those who belong to Christ. More than any other letter, Ephesians speaks in personal and practical terms to Christians everywhere. Join us as we plumb its depths!

Led by: Mark Embry
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Room 317
Cost:  Free
The book of Ezekiel is an amazing, often overlooked book that has great relevance for today. Join us as we stand in awe of incredible visions and explore the life and message of one of God’s greatest prophets. We’ll walk away with a greater appreciation of God’s nature.

Led by: Jan Gilbert
Mondays, 9:00 am (6 weeks) Room 321
*Begins Monday, September 10
*Childcare is available with reservations only
Cost:  $15 for the book
Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before.

Led by: Dr. Bob Wiggins
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks ) Room 343
Cost: Free (Recommended to buy A. T. Robertson’s “Harmony of the Gospels”)
Study the life of Christ through the first recorded miracle with a harmony of the Gospels approach. Included will be an emphasis upon the reliability of scripture and related doctrinal truths.

Led by: Melodie Robison
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks ) Room 211
Cost: $10 for books
Holy Ambition is an in-depth study of the book of Nehemiah from the sermon series of Tony Merida of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. Additional reading and study questions created for women’s study (with permission) by Melodie Robison.

Led by: Laura Lalani
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (12 weeks ) Room 204
Cost: $15 for book
Often, idols are obvious—money, power, fame. But subtler idols can sometimes take the form of sweet loved ones, Instagramable interiors, and busy seasons of life. But if our hearts are prioritizing any of those pursuits before God, they are taking up space meant for Him alone. In this study, we will use group discussion and Kelly Minter’s video teaching to identify the functional gods we are serving daily and the lies they tell. So join us as we seek to dethrone our modern-day idols so that we can pursue a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Jesus.

Living in a culture that is out of sync with Christian values can be hard and at times bewildering. This track is focused on equipping you to live faithfully in that kind of space. Classes will focus on themes and practices for living faithfully as a follower of Christ with the goal of equipping you to better live out your faith in the world.
> Conquer Series
> Draw the Circle: A Forty Day Prayer Challenge
> Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
> Every Man’s Battle
> Fight: A Study for Men
> Keeping Your Kids Close to God
> Living in Babylon: A Study of 1 Peter
> The Mission at Home
> Spanish with a Mission, Part 3: Preparing for Mission
> This Gift is Mine

Led by: George Staples
Men Only
Sundays, 6:30 pm (10 weeks) Room 344
*Begins October 7
Cost:  $20 for books
Real men across the country are rising up to become more than conquerors through Christ. This 10-week discipleship curriculum provides insights from top Christian leaders who lay out biblical strategies and scientific facts to teach men how to use God’s weapons to become conquerors over pornography and find freedom. It’s all about heart transformation. Each class session includes a one-hour video and discussion.

Led by: Lindsay Helm
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Room 305
Cost: $20 for books
Have your prayers become stagnant? Do you long to see God move in fresh ways? Are you ready to move to new places in your walk with God? If so, it’s time to take the 40-day prayer challenge and press into God like never before. In this video series and discussion, Mark Batterson shows how taking up this challenge will not only change the way you pray today, but also dramatically impact the the rest of your life. Come join us for this exciting prayer adventure!

Led by: Angie Evilia
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm (8 weeks) Room 313
Cost:  $15 for book
Many sincere followers of Christ – followers who are really passionate for God – join a church, participate weekly in a small group, and serve with their gifts, but remain stuck when it comes to interpersonal conflicts and crises. The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality video study and companion study guide offer a strategy for discipleship that addresses this void, offering powerful pathways to transformation that will help people mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God.

Led by: George Staples
Men Only
Wednesday, 6:00 am (8 weeks) Room 344
Cost:  $10 for the book
From movies and television to print media and the internet, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations but thankfully, not impossible to confront them and gain victory over them! This study shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical plan for any man who desires sexual integrity or any dad who wants to understand the subject better to guide his son toward sexual integrity.

Led by: Mike Hollingsworth
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (5 weeks ) Room 316
Cost: Free
Explore the life of Samson and uncover who you really are – a man created with a warrior’s heart in the image of God – and learn how to stand up and fight for what’s right.

Led by: Mike Smith
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (12 weeks ) Worship Center
Cost: Free
A study of how to live faithfully in a culture that is out of sync with and at times hostile toward the Christian faith.

Led by: Will McKerral
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (12 weeks ) Room 334
Cost: $10 for book
This course is targeted to equip parents to prepare their kids for the “counter-Christian” onslaught of today’s world! Over 70% of youth raised in the church leave their faith when they depart home. The basis for this is almost always emotional or grounded in faulty reasoning that was not recognized or not addressed. Join us for this study of the 40 most important faith questions parents and kids need to understand today. Topics include: What evidence is there for God’s existence? • How could a good God allow evil and suffering? • Do all religions point to the same truth? • What can a 2000-year-old book tell me about life today? • How do we know we can trust the Bible and its authors?

Led by: Alex Vaughan
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 336
Cost: $20 for book
This is an ongoing class that started in Fall 2017. We are currently in preparation for a culminating Spanish-speaking mission trip for Spring 2019. If interested in joining, go ahead and sign up, and the instructor will contact you to discuss possibilities.

Led by: René Maciel
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (7 weeks ) Room 311
Cost: Free
This outreach training will be a call for us to be mindful of our responsibility to participate with God by living and acting out the Great Commission right here in Waco. It will also give us a chance to put that training into action. We will plan, organize, and implement two outreach events in our community. Let’s go and make disciples!

Led by: Dr. Wes Wellborn
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (10 weeks ) Room 218
Cost: Free
This study will assist followers of Christ in discovering and using their spiritual gifts, evangelizing non-believers, and edifying fellow believers.

Sometimes life circumstances drive us to look for community and help for people like us. This track is designed to gather groups around particular challenges or life stages. Classes will aim to bring you into community with like-minded people and equip you with practical tools for living well in your life circumstances.
> The Dwelling
> GriefShare
> Profound Emotional Despair: How to Understand and Respond to Depression

Led by: Vicki Lassiter
Mondays, 9:00 pm (12 weeks) Room Fellowship Hall
Cost: Free
**Begins September 10
**Childcare is available with reservations only
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” While Charles Dickens wasn’t referring to the first few years of motherhood, it certainly fits! The Dwelling is a place for moms to gather to study God’s Word; make application in their lives, especially as young moms; and experience the support and encouragement of others going through the same experiences. This fall’s theme will be “Born to Be a Blessing: What Should I Pray Over My Family?” Each week, we will look at the prayers of Paul or Peter to discern specifically what we should be praying for our children as we raise them to love Jesus and others.

Led by: Bob Harr
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (12 weeks) Room 303
Cost: $15 for the book
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you are experiencing. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

Led by: First Woodway Cares Emotional Health Team
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (8 weeks) Room 330
Cost: Free
Depression creates emotional despair for a growing number of Christians. This series is aimed at helping you understand and respond to this difficult challenge. Come hear from a faculty of emotional health and pastoral care professionals as well as those who live with this life struggle. Sessions include: What Is Depression? What Is It and Where Does It Show Up in the Bible? • Why Does Depression Happen? How Do We Know the Difference Between Sadness, Grief, and Depression? • What Can We Do About It? A Pastor’s, Physician’s, Counselor’s, and Caregiver’s Perspective (Each perspective is an individual session) • How Can the Church Respond?

A three year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ.  For more information on this program click here.

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Phone: 254.772.9696