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First Formation 2018-01-04T10:11:53+00:00

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 January 17!

Register for a class here

Spring 2018 First Formation Groups

First Formation classes teach and guide us to follow after Christ. In today’s culture there are so many ways that people may go, yet He tells us that He is the way. It is His way that we strive to go, and it is only through His truths that we will truly be able to follow Him. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. When we spend consistent time in His Word, we begin to develop an undivided heart, not like a double-minded man who is unstable in all he does. God’s Word and His teaching strengthens our walk and gives us a spirit of awe and praise for who
He is. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… wisdom to walk in
the truth. I want to challenge you to consider this spiritual growth exercise of participating in a First Formation class this semester. Walking in your truth…

-René Maciel, Community Life Pastor

Click here for the First Formation booklet. 

Register for a First Formation Class here.

The Conquer Series on Christian Purity
Led by: George Staples
MEN’S GROUP
Sunday Evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm (5 weeks) Room 344
*Begins April 8
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15 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: Melodie Robison
WOMEN’S GROUP
Wednesdays @ 5:50 pm (12 weeks) Rooms 315/316
Format: DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15 workbook
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
WOMEN’S GROUP
Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am (12 weeks) in the Fellowship Hall
*Begins January 22
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10 (for guests speakers)
*Childcare is available for those registered by January 16.

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.

Every Man’s Battle
Led by: George Staples
MEN’S GROUP Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (9 weeks) Room 344
Cost: $15 workbook

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! Millions have found Every Man’s Battle a great resource for overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation. This study shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual integrity or any dad who wants to understand the subject better to guide his sons toward sexual integrity. Both the book and a weekly video will be used in this 9-lesson course.

Forming a Christian Worldview
Led by: Maria Boccia
Wednesdays evenings @ 6:00 pm (8 weeks) Rooms 301/302
Cost: Free

Everyone has a worldview. It is like the water in which a fish swims. We all have assumptions about how the world works and these assumptions control how we view information, what we assume about reality, and how we decide on principles for living. A worldview answers the big questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? How do I know? Where am I going? How then should I behave? There are a number of different ways to answer these questions. In this eight week course, we will explore the answers given to these questions by our Christian faith and compare that with other ways of understanding the world. It is hoped that by the end of the course, attendees will have a clear sense of their own worldview and be able to align it with their understanding of our biblical faith.

Gospel of John, Part IV (John 17:1 – John 21:25)
Led by: Dr. Ted Foley
Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (10 weeks) Rooms 321-324
Cost: Free

As we begin our study in this section of the Gospel of John, Jesus and His disciples have departed the Upper Room and are approaching the Garden of Gethsemane. It is after midnight. Jesus is preparing to begin His High Priestly prayer to the Father on behalf of the apostles and to all believers who would ever call Him Christ. Jesus prays that all of His promises of peace, love, and joy (Chapters 13-16) would be fulfilled. It is perhaps only minutes before Judas, the betrayer, brings the leaders of Israel to arrest Jesus. After the arrest comes the first and second Jewish trials before Annas and the High Priest, Caiaphas. Then we follow Jesus as He endures the first and second Roman trials before Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea. Verse by verse we examine the arrest, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Our study ends with several appearances that Christ made to His disciples following His resurrection and concludes with Jesus’ encounter with Simon Peter, “Do you love me?”

Introduction to Group Spiritual Formation
Led by: Angie Evilia
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, Rooms 305/206
Cost: $10 workbook

Do you feel like you’re just “going through the motions” in your relationship with God? Do you want to know better how the Holy Spirit is working in your life, but aren’t sure where to start? Would you like to seek these things with a small group of others who are also wanting to follow Jesus Christ to the best of their abilities? Group Spiritual Formation is an excellent place to begin this journey. Together we will pursue spiritual growth through balance, growth in knowledge, and mutual encouragement and accountability. Using “A Spiritual Formation Workbook” as our guideline, and scripture as our foundation, we will practice six traditions seen in the history of the Church, which are founded upon six major areas of discipline from the life of Jesus Christ.

The Patriarchs
Led by: Jan Gilbert | Monday mornings @ 9:00 am (10 weeks) Rooms 321-324
Women Only
Cost: $15 workbook

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.

War in the Heavenlies: Principles of Spiritual Warfare
Led by: Dr. Wes Wellborn Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm (11 weeks) Rooms 329/330
Cost: Free

There is a real enemy and a real battle in the world today. You don’t have to simply endure; you can fight back. This class will help you understand, prepare for, and engage in spiritual warfare for yourself, your family, and your world.

Is This the End?
Led by: Wanda Lehnus
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 pm
This study is a continuation of the David Jeremiah study from last semester. The group meets at the home of Wanda Lehnus, 1005 Knightsbridge in Twin Rivers. Dates: January 18, February 1, 15, and March 1, and 15.  Following the conclusion of the study, the group will participate in service work for the church/community (to be decided on by the group).

Christian Writers’ Workshop Kick-off
One Day Only: Saturday January 27 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: Adults $20, Students $5

Featured Guest Speaker: Lena Nelson Dooley, a multi-published, award-winning author whose topics will include Applying the Father’s Help Writing, and Comparison Equals Discouragement. Tickets are required for this one day event, and may be purchased by clicking here, or by calling the church office at 254.772.9696.

Christian Writers’ Workshop
Led By: Reita Hawthorne
Wednesday Evenings @ 6:00 pm Rooms 210/211
(11 weeks)
Cost:  Free

Christian Writers’ Workshop is dedicated to bringing you great speakers from the front lines of today’s writer’s market. They come fully prepared to discuss writing techniques, style, what editors want, and how to write for the Christian marketplace. During the eleven Wednesday evening sessions of 2018, you will hear award-winning authors and speakers sharing their secrets to writing the winning poem, novel, memoir, or article. Speaker sessions begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm; however, discussion and editing groups may continue afterwards. Be sure to take advantage of all the wonderful resources CWW 2018 offers!

Navigating Your Finances God’s Way
Led by:  Al Childs
Wednesday Evenings at 6:00 (9 weeks) Rooms 335/336
Cost:  $17.99 for eWorkbook at www.compassebooks.org

Practical personal financial management based on biblical principals.

Beginning Computing: Technology Basics & Tips
Led By:  Latisha Dixon
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (6 weeks) Room 331/332
Cost:  Free

When it comes to technology there are very few resources that provide a general overview of how it all works. Join this class and you’ll learn how to change the way technology impacts your life. Come learn: * How to protect your computer, tablet and phone * How to get rid of those annoying notifications * How to turn off the location services on your device We will also cover the basics of setting up your computer, laptop, phone, and social media. If you know what a gigabyte is, then this class is not for you. If you don’t know, then come find out!

Kingdom Care: Coming Alongside Those Struggling with Mental Health Challenges
Led By:  Bonnie Goree
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (8 weeks) Rooms 303/304
Cost:  Free

This group is designed to educate and provide support to friends and family members of people suffering from mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. Participants will learn about mental health, gain practical skills for coming alongside those suffering from mental health challenges, and receive Christ-centered encouragement within a supportive community.

Spanish with a Mission – 2nd Semester
Led By:  Alex Vaughan
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (12 weeks ) Rooms 319/20, 325/26
Format:  Book Teaching/Discussion

This is a continuation of a Fall class. Please speak with the instructor regarding starting this class if you were not enrolled in the Fall 2017 class.

Artios
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