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.

Disciplers Study of Luke
PM Option: OCF | Tuesdays | 7:00pm
Leaders: Casey Schramm & Theresa Schlueter
AM Option: Hawthorne (Hollyglen) | Wednesdays | 9:30am
Leaders: Casey Schramm & Leah Hutchison
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Begins September 13th & 14th

Luke, the compassionate physician, writes about the life of Christ, drawing attention to His compassionate love in becoming a man in order to save sinners. Luke includes many incidents in the life of Christ which are not found in the other gospels, making it the most complete. He stresses Christ’s manhood, Christ as the perfect Man, as the Son of Man. Of all the gospels, this is the one which will draw your heart to respond to Jesus call, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

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“First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree”
Redondo Beach | Wednesdays | 9:30am | 6-Week Study
Cost: $20 (includes book)
Leaders: Linda Goy & Lorie Chaykowski
Begins Wednesday, September 14th

Relationships are messy. Sometimes we struggle to get along, especially when there is disagreement. Often we find ourselves divided–even as Christians. How can we work out our differences and disagreements with humility and grace, always showing the love of Christ, while still remaining true to what we believe?

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Corinth about this very thing. The cultural backdrop of Corinth was even more overtly sinful than our culture today, yet Paul boldly encouraged the Corinthian Christians not to ridicule one another or outsiders but to work together to show the love of Christ. In this 6-week study, we will explore Paul’s letter to learn how we are to deal with differences and divisions–whether in the workplace, neighborhood, school, home, social media community, or church. We’ll discover that the answer is living and sharing the radical love of Christ, and we’ll unpack what this means and how we can living it out day by day.

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“The Gospel on the Ground”
OCF | Wednesdays | 9:30am | 12-Week Study
Cost: $35 (includes book)
Leaders: Krista Hart & Teri Engle
Begins Wednesday, September 14th

Come unpack the life of the early church in the book of Acts and discover that the kingdom of God is always on the move, always looking outward to bring meaning and joy to a world searching for true fulfillment and hope. Explore the call of Jesus to His disciples then and to us today. See how God’s Word can sustain us even in the most difficult of times and embrace the transformative grace we experience as children of God in His kingdom of celebration.

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Prayer Project Group
OCF | Wednesdays | 9:30am
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Leader: Nicole Dunaetz
Begins Wednesday, September 14th

The Prayer Group is a place for exploring your relationship with God and the work He is doing in your heart in the presence of other women on a similar journey.
You will spend roughly 45 minutes alone with God one day each week interacting with small passages of Scripture and worship music, practicing different ways of engaging with God, then journal your thoughts and prayers.
Each week you will receive an email containing a “prayer project” (prayer exercise) which will give you guidelines for your time in prayer, and then  the meetings on Wednesday will be a time for each person to share their experience of prayer.

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Washing in the Word (S.O.A.P.)
El Segundo | Tuesdays | 7:00pm
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Leader: Dawn Curry
Begins Tuesday, September 13th

Learn to use the SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer) Bible Study method in this 8-week study of Scripture. This group will help you get the most out of your time in the Word as you discuss what you are reading in community.

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Power of a Praying Wife
OCF | 2nd & 4th Saturdays | 6:00am
Cost: $20 (includes book)
Leader: Theresa Schlueter
Begins Saturday, September 24th

God can work powerfully through a praying wife. Today’s challenges can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Yet God delights in doing the impossible if only we would ask! Stormie Omartian shares how God can strengthen your marriage as you pray for your husband concerning key areas in his life, including his spiritual walk, his emotions, his role as a leader, his security in work, his physical protection, his faith and his future. You will be encouraged by Stormie’s own experiences, along with the Bible verses and sample prayers included in each chapter.

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Men’s Fraternity

We just wrapped up our summer round of Men’s Fraternity. We invite you to our Men’s BBQs on Monday nights in August, and we’ll post our fall Men’s Fraternity information in the coming weeks.

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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