Delighting in Study
“Great are the works of the Lord, they are studied by all who delight in them” (Psalm 111:2).
Delight is an intense interest that draws people of all ages to study with both heart and mind. We find that enthusiasm can be contagious, so we encourage our members to invite others to join them in their homes in pursuing areas of interest. Hosting or joining such a group provides deeper friendships and a chance to explore a topic of study more deeply. Below is a list of some current study groups.
Family Bible Study / Leadership Institute
Tuesday nights we gather for a Bible Study. Later in the evening, the women meet for discussion and prayer, and the men and their sons gather for preacher feedback and preview.
Shared Pulpit Team
One of the distinctive things about HOFGP is our Shared Pulpit Ministry. We believe a plurality of teachers provides the following benefits.
1. Modeled diversity of teaching gifts
2. Discipleship process for identifying and training emerging leaders
3. Strategic preparation for missionary work and church planting
We currently have six Bible teachers who rotate through the pulpit schedule.
New Members Class
A New Members Class is scheduled when there is a need for interested prospective members to learn about the beliefs, practices and goals of HOFGP. If you are interested in membership, contact one of our elders.
Productive Fellowships (work parties)
(Blessing the Body)
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful” (Titus 3:14).
We all have projects hanging over us that need to be tackled. At HOFGP, instead of doing these jobs on our own, we encourage our members to work with one another. Yard work, spring cleaning, painting, remodeling, building projects, landscaping, or moving parties, can all be accomplished together as the body of Christ, in the spirit of the old-fashioned barn raisings and quilting bees.
All ages can learn valuable work skills and make new friends while getting the work done. Work parties should be roughly three-fourths “work” and one-fourth “party.” Hosts are asked to provide a generous lunch during a break or after the work is completed. Have lunch, make music and enjoy a time of family-inclusive recreation. To schedule a “work party” for any church member in need of help contact a Deacon prior to your desired date so that your event can be listed in our bulletin and on our Church Calendar.
(Blessing Beyond the Body)
We have members who regularly evangelize on the streets of Grants Pass, especially on the community’s “First Friday” art nights. In general, we encourage our people to be witnesses in their everyday lives as God gives them opportunity. In addition, we are to open our homes for hospitality as embassies for the kingdom of Christ.
As a rule, we encourage families to support missionaries directly with their donations as God leads.