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.

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 3 types of small groups:

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Series-based

A great way to absorb the word of God is through conversation. We have dozens of small groups throughout the South Bay. Every week these groups get together and discuss the biblical text from Sunday’s sermon. It’s also a time for casual hanging out, building community, and finding support.

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Topical Groups

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.

“Life Lessons from Revelation: Final Curtain Call” by Max Lucado
Leader: Tracy Olson
In-Person | Mondays | 7:00pm

The end of the world. How do you react to that thought? Does it make you afraid? Excited? Nervous? Full of anticipation? Full of peace? The apostle John was privileged to preview the end of the world. While in exile, he experienced an amazing vision that gave him a glimpse of heaven. He saw the final battle of good and evil. He saw God’s justice. He witnessed the assured victory for believers in Christ as all hell broke loose and all heaven came forth. He saw Jesus, born in a manger, now triumphant over Satan. John’s description stretches our imagination, fuels our anticipation, and comforts us as we await the final curtain call.

Come talk Revelation with us, in-person on Monday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Olson’s home in Westchester. Please bring your mask and a sweater (this group will meet outside with weather permitting). And note that you are also responsible for purchasing your own book.


Disciplers Study on Romans – Two Options
Option 1
– Online | Tuesdays | 9:30am
Leaders: Angelica Hiney and Khadisha Vlahos
Option 2 – In-Person | Wednesdays | 9:30am
Leader: Casey Schramm

In Romans, the apostle Paul has written the believer’s handbook. It is a book of doctrine which every believer should know. Indeed, how can we believe without knowing it? Romans is centered on the truth that all have sinned and that justification comes by God’s grace alone through faith in Christ alone. This is God’s way for sinners to receive the righteousness which comes from Him. After presenting eleven chapters explaining this doctrine, Paul graciously closes with a clear explanation of how it is to be worked out in practical ways in our lives.

Whether you prefer online or in-person, dig into Romans with us! Our online group meets on Zoom on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am. Then our in-person group meets on Wednesdays from 9:30am-11:30am at the Schramm’s home in Hawthorne (please bring your mask).


“Trustworthy: Overcoming Our Greatest Struggles to Trust God,” A Study of 1 & 2 Kings
Leaders: Lorie Chaykowski and Linda Goy
Online | Wednesdays | 9:30am

When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try.

Let’s talk about 1st and 2nd Kings together, and remind ourselves how trustworthy God is! This group meets on Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am with Lorie and Linda. Please note that you are responsible for purchasing your own book.


Prayer Project Group
Leader: Megan Brown
Online | Wednesdays | 9:30am

Our Prayer Project Group provides an opportunity to explore different styles of prayer in a weekly project done at home. The projects utilize Scripture, worship music and prayerful journaling. Our weekly meeting is a time for sharing our experience during the prayer project, allowing us to explore where God is at work in our hearts and circumstances while deeply connecting with one another. This group meets on Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am. Please note that you are responsible for purchasing your own prayer journal.

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Discipleship

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 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 Discipleship Groups, please contact Pastor Chris.

For more information please contact:

MARK STEPP

mark@ocfchurch.com
Pastor-Elder