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

What is a First Formation Group?
A First Formation 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 First Formation 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. Join a First Formation Group this semester and experience just the beginning of what God wants to do in your life. Classes start September 20!

Fall 2017 First Formation Groups

First Formation is a wonderful opportunity to become more like Christ through small group interaction and study with others.  God uses these relationships to strengthen and mature us.  This time will become a blessing of knowledge and friendship as we become more like Christ.  Please consider signing up for one of the fall First Formation classes.  First Formation is a wonderful opportunity to become more like Christ through small group interaction and study with others.  God uses these relationships to strengthen and mature us.  This time will become a blessing of knowledge and friendship as we become more like Christ.  Please consider signing up for one of the fall First Formation classes.  

This “iron sharpens iron” process will make you STRONGER.

-René Maciel, Community Life Pastor

Click here for the online booklet or see below for a description of each class.

The Gospel of John, Part III – “ONE NIGHT”
Led by: Dr. Ted Foley Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Rooms 321-324
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free (Attendance to first two semesters is not required.)

We have come to a very unique section in all of the New Testament. It is unique because as we approach Chapter 13, and on to the end of Chapter 17, that entire sweeping section of John’s Gospel takes place during “one night.” That night is Thursday night of Passion Week. It is the night our Lord met with His disciples and celebrated Passover; which He transformed into the Lord’s Supper. It is the night Judas betrayed Christ. It is the night before Jesus
is crucified.

John 13 through 17 tells us what happened to Jesus and His disciples during that “one night.” In some ways, this is the high point in all four gospels as far as the believer is concerned. Because here is found truth so stunning and staggering, that it reaches beyond our comprehension. John 13-16 are four monumental chapters loaded with the promises of the Lord for those whom He loves. In Chapter 17, Jesus goes to the Father in prayer and prays the Father would fulfill all of those promises. All Jesus gave to His disciples that evening, He also gives to us – and to all believers before us and after us. It is the final will and testament of Jesus to His own.

Jesus, The Promise Fulfilled – A Study of Hebrews
Led by: Dr. Mark Embry Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Rooms 313/314
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

The book of Hebrews is unlike any other book in the New Testament. To understand Hebrews, one must understand the Old Testament and the relation it has to the New Testament. The Old Testament was the Preparation of Jesus, The New Testament is the Presentation of Jesus. The OT was the Promise, the NT is the fulfillment. The best got better.

The value of studying Hebrews cannot be overstated. It teaches us that life’s problems can only be met and solved by clear thinking about Christ and His finished work of atonement. It challenges us to mature as believers and to live by faith.

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount
Led By: Gordon Guest Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (7 weeks) Room 311
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10.00 book

What does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God” in our relationships, values, ambitions, finances and commitments? Jesus’ answer to these questions amazed those who first heard the Sermon on the Mount. In this study, you’ll dig deep into his startling and challenging message–the greatest sermon ever preached.

In this careful exposition of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, John R. W. Stott accurately expounds the biblical text and relates it to life today. Above all, the author says, he wants to let Christ speak this sermon again, this time to the modern world.

Nine Keys to a Healthy Body: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in an Unhealthy World
Led by: Dr. Ken Young Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Room 329
Format: Bible Study/Discussion
Cost: Free

Based upon Philip Kenneson’s book, Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community, this 10-week study on the fruit of the Spirit equips participants with practical ways to grow in their walk with Christ.

Each week participants will discuss a different fruit mentioned by Paul in his letter to the church at Galatia and how to grow that expression of healthy Christian discipleship in a world of bitter roots and thorns.

Philippians: 8 Studies for Individuals and Groups
Led by: Dylan Price Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 212
Format: Bible Study/Discussion
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to discover biblical answers to maintaining a joyful spirit in the toughest circumstances? Is it be possible to be content and yet still spiritually grow for the sake of the Kingdom? Have you ever wondered why people quote, “I can do all things through Christ” and, “To live is Christ”? Or even why Philippians is their favorite book of the Bible? We will answer these questions and many others in our Bible study on the book of Philippians. Join us and come ready to read this most beloved letter.

The Conquer Series on Christian Purity
Led by: George Staples
Sunday Evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm (5 weeks) Room 344
*Begins October 15
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15.00 workbook
Real men across the country are rising up to become more than conquerors through Christ. This 5-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 will include a one-hour video and discussion.

Discerning The Voice of God
Led by: Jan Gilbert
Monday Mornings @ 9:00 am (7 weeks) Rooms 321-324
*Begins September 25 Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion Cost: $15.00 book
*Childcare is available for those registered by September 18.
Discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.

The Dwelling: A Study and Community for Moms
Led by: Mary Carpenter and Noelle Carpenter
Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am (11 weeks) in the Fellowship Hall
*Begins September 11
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10
*Childcare is available for those registered by September 5.

The Dwelling is a place for moms to rest in God’s promises and be affirmed that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Each week we will focus on hearing God’s voice by studying His Word, but also through sharing our struggles and God’s triumphs in a real, transparent environment.

God’s Man is a Man’s Man – A Study in the Life of David
Led by: Wes Wellborn
MEN’S GROUP Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Rooms 333/334
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

David is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” That can be intimidating for us “normal guys.” This 11-week study will focus on the various roles and relationships in David’s life that most men have in common. We will discover that David was truly a man’s man, and that is what God used to bring about His will in the life of those around him. Topics such as David’s family, his community, his recreation, and his passions, will reveal how we can see God move in our lives, family, and work. In a society where masculinity is shunned and ridiculed, God is seeking men to be his instrument in the world. Come join us as we take an honest look at biblical manhood.

Is This The End?
Led by: Wanda Lehnus
Thursday evenings @ 7:00 pm (10 weeks)
*Begins September 21 at the Lehnus Home in Twin Rivers
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10.00 workbook

We have almost become immune to the reality of today’s headlines: from terrorism to natural disasters to political upheavals to refugees to disease to nuclear threats to failing economies…and the list goes on.

People are thinking and asking, “Is this the end?” Nobody can answer that question specifically. In fact, Jesus warned about setting dates for the end of the age. But this we can say: Never have so many world-level events developed so rapidly and with such catastrophic implications. These events bring to mind the apostle Paul’s words about “birth pangs” before the end of the age.

In this study, pastor David Jeremiah looks at ten major developments in America and the world that almost defy imagination. We need to understand these events: what they are, what the Bible says about them, and how we should respond as followers of Christ.

Follow Dr. Jeremiah as he unfolds five developments in America and five developments on the international stage–all of which beg the question, “Is this the end?” the end of the age.

Jonah – A Life Interrupted
Led by: Melodie Robison
Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Room 315
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15.00 book

What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.

King David on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Led by: Jay Fondren Tuesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm
*Begins September 19
Location: Freddy’s Steakburgers on Hewitt Drive
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free (food/drink at your own expense)

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit” (Psalm 30:1-3, NKJV).

It’s normal to experience post-combat stress, especially if you’ve had traumatic experiences. It’s what you do with these experiences that can make or break you.

You might be wondering if you have PTSD. When is it time to get help? How to get help? If this is the case, don’t let your ego get in the way. Many have avoided help and only made matters worse, losing their careers, their families, even their lives. Others pushed past their embarrassment, got the help they needed, and came out healthier on the other side.

There is evidence in Psalm 30 that David experienced PTSD after a battle. He turned to the Lord for help, cried out to God, and discovered that the Lord can bring healing and freedom from the inner torment.

Life and Ministry of the Messiah
Led by: Reita Hawthorne Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (8 weeks) Room 210
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

Filmed on location in Israel, this series from Focus on the Family takes you to archaeological sites few people ever see – where the geographical and historical contexts of the Bible take on a powerful relevance. Journey back to the time of Jesus and discover how the events of Jesus’ day impacted his life, ministry and communication… and then you’ll learn how it affects yours. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers.

What Are You Afraid Of?
Led by: Charles Dixon Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Room 301
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

You Can Conquer Fear! Everyone is afraid of something – failure, success, loneliness, crowds, death, life – the list is endless. And no one is immune to fear. Fear haunts the weak and the powerful, the young and the old, the rich and the poor. It is the great equalizer.

Some fears – hearing an unexpected noise in the night or encountering an icy bend in the road – attack us only momentarily, passing almost as quickly as they come. But others, such as contracting a deadly illness, being rejected by a loved one, or dying alone, can haunt us for a lifetime, taking up residence in our minds and eating away at our sense of security and eventually taking over our lives.

Well, fear not! There is hope. In What Are You Afraid Of?, Dr. David Jeremiah identifies and explains what is at the heart of nine of our greatest fears and lays out a biblical plan for overcoming each one of them. He also examines one particular fear that should be part of our daily lives: the fear of God.

Beginning Computing
Led By:  Latisha Dixon
Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (6 weeks) Room 331
Format:  Teaching/Hands-on
Cost:  Free

Technology Basics & Tips. When it comes to technology there are very few resources that provide a general overview of how it all works.  Join this class and change the way technology impacts your life.  Come learn how to protect your computer, tablet and phone.  Learn how to get rid of those annoying notifications and how to turn off the location on your device.

This class will cover the basics of setting up your computer, laptop, phone, and social media accounts.  If you know what a gigabyte is then this class is not for you;  if you don’t then come find out. Please note: laptops/tablets/etc. will not be provided by First Woodway.  Please bring your own personal devices.

Caregiver Support Group 
Led By:  Bonnie Goree
Wednesday Evenings at 6:00 pm Room 303
(8 weeks this fall / 8 weeks next spring)
Format:  Support Group/Discussion
Cost:  $20.00 workbook

The Family Grace Group Workbook is a 16-week curriculum for the support group for the families and spouses of those living with a mental health difficulty
or disorder.  The FGG curriculum provides psycho-education, practical tools and Christ-centered encouragement within a supportive community.

Christ in Our Careers: The Difference Christ Makes in Our Work 
Led by:  Dr. Maria L Boccia
Wednesday Evenings at 6:00 (8 weeks) Room 305
Format: Bible study/discussion
Cost:  Free

What difference does being a Christian make to our work? What is vocation and calling? In this eight-week series, we will explore the idea of vocation and calling, success and ambition.

We will look at key areas of Scripture to understand how we as Christians should approach these topics. We will, for example, explore how the creation and the fall affect work, and consider how we think about work, mission,
and ministry.

At the conclusion of this class, participants should have a clearer idea of their calling, understand how being a Christian affects how they think about and do their work, and how this fits into the life of a Christian.

Faith-Based Writing 
Led By:  Victoria Kendig
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (4 weeks) Room 335
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost:  Free
Join Vicky as she teaches you tools of the trade to write for Christian magazines and periodicals.

Navigating Your Finances God’s Way
Led By:  Al Childs
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 344
*Begins September 27th
Format:  eWorkbook/Discussion
Cost:  $18 for eWorkbook at

This nine-week small group study teaches individuals God’s perspective of managing money and possessions. It will provide the practical applications of handling finances, and really gets to the heart of the matter.

Topics Include:  God’s part & our part  |  debt, honesty, and counsel  |  generosity  |  work  |  saving & investing  |  crisis and perspective  |  eternity

Spanish with a Mission – Mission 1: Understanding the Basics of Spanish
Led By:  Alex Vaughan
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks – cont. in the spring) Room 325/326/319/320
Format:  Book Teaching/Discussion
Cost:  $20 for book to be used both semesters, plus English/Spanish dictionary and 3-ring binder provided by attendee
This class intends to introduce Spanish to all levels and ages of language learners through a non-intimidating book designed specifically for Christian ministry. The book will be used as a basis for exploration and will be supplemented with additional materials provided by the leader.

By Christmas students should begin to recognize words and phrases in written and spoken Spanish. The class will hopefully continue in the spring so that by next summer students are comfortable speaking basic Spanish and holding an introductory conversation with a
native speaker.

Additionally, we hope to create a four-semester sequence so that in two years those who are interested have completed all the grammar and can continue to strengthen their vocabulary and conversational skills.

An added bonus of studying Spanish is not only the ability to speak with so many more people, but also learning about a variety of cultures and traditions, especially foods and art!

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