Here at CCOB we are joyfully intentional about spiritual growth! The apostle Paul encouraged the church in Ephesus with these words: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Eph. 1:17, NIV)

So that you may know Him better. That pretty much explains the idea behind spiritual growth. To know God better. To worship, adore, love, and serve God, that we might be His faithful, Spirit-filled disciples reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Jesus Christ.

In 2019 we have several opportunities for spiritual growth. You are welcome to join us for any or all of them.

Group Bible Study: Last year a number of people requested that we offer a weekly group Bible study. We meet in the Library on Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Open to everyone, from Bible “beginners” to Bible scholars!

Winter Bible Study (Jan. 24-Feb. 28, 2019) “The Shortest Books of the Bible” – Group Bible Study will also be offered in Lent (March 7-April 11), Spring (May 2-June 13), Fall (Sept. 12-Nov. 21), & Advent (Dec. 5-19). The Bible Study will not meet in the summer.

DVD Series: Over the past couple of years, we’ve watched and discussed a number of interesting and thought-provoking DVD Series. Two series will be offered in 2019:

“Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple” featuring Adam Hamilton, pastor and award-winning author. Peter was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. “Simon Peter” will be shown in the Library after worship on the 5 Sundays in Lent and Palm Sunday, March 3 through April 14. Another DVD series will be offered in the fall after Labor Day. Stay tuned for further details.

New Member Classes: Anyone interested in joining CCOB is encouraged to attend new members informational meetings, after worship in the Library. The first set of classes will be offered on Feb. 10, 17, and 24, 2019. New members will be extended the right hand of Christian fellowship on Easter Sunday, April 21. Another new members class will be given in the fall, with new members joining the church on Christmas Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

Children’s Sunday School: Plans are underway to resurrect our Sunday School ministry. Volunteers are needed to teach one or two Sundays a month. Sunday School will take place during worship after the children’s message with the pastor. They will be dismissed to join us in time for our closing “circle” song: “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.”

For more information about spiritual growth opportunities here in Bristol Mills, please call Pastor Jim at the church office, 207-563-6843, or shoot him off an email at jpdowse@gmail.com. May all of God’s children grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!