From the Pastors' Desks

Connecting in Small Groups

As we seek to grow as a body here at Harvest, one of the opportunities we have been afforded is the small group ministry. Over the five months we’ve been back, Ruthie and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Connect Bible Studies. These low-key, low-time commitment, 5-week studies provide the occasion to delve into the Word and share a meal with new faces as we get to know each other and experience the riches of God’s grace while experiencing what it is to be a part of Christ’s body—it really has been a highlight. 

As some of you may have seen on the new small groups map in the hallway, “Small Groups at Harvest are about Christians committing to one another to help each other grow in Christ through studying God’s Word, praying for God’s help, and encouraging each other through intentional relationships.” If you haven’t seen this resource yet, I would like to invite you to check it out the next time you are in the building.

For the past few weeks, we have been going through Paul’s epistle to the Colossians, and it has been such a blessing to be reminded of the import of Christ and His cross as He impacts our private and public lives. Paul addresses everything from preeminence of Christ to putting to death the old man to how we should engage one another within the Church (i.e., Christ’s body over which He is head). It has been such a blessing to gather, study, and be reminded and encouraged by these great truths.

So how can YOU engage in one of these small groups and benefit from these intentional relationships? In short, seek them out! Check the board or visit harvestopc.org/walk to see what’s out there and how you can get plugged in. While some of these groups are at capacity, others will be opening up. For example, the current Connect Bible Study will conclude next Thursday night and a new group is in the works for this coming January. There are also some book studies that are always looking for people to join.

Let us be like the noble Bereans of Acts 17:10-15 who, “…received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” After hearing about the great Jubilee provided for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ this past Lord’s Day, let’s take advantage of the chances God provides us to grow in our knowledge of it. Of course, it never hurts if that growth also happens in fellowship with our brothers and sisters over a nice plate of food in good conversation.

In a completely selfish move, if you’re new to Harvest, we’d love to have you sign up for our January Connect Bible Study! This is a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a night of good food and fellowship, and discuss things that matter. Sign up today at harvestopc.org/walk and we’ll be in touch soon!

Praying for you all!

 

In Christ’s service,

Pastoral Intern Marc Scaturro

 

What Pastoral Intern Marc is reading . . .

Seeking a Better Country
by Craig Hamilton 

As I’m studying for my Church History exam for licensure, I am reading this book to get a better grasp of the history of the various Presbyterian Churches in America.

Unbelief & Revolution
by Daniel Coyle 

We are currently reading this book in the Bavinck study and it is a fascinating exploration of where Christianity meets politics—an increasingly relevant discussion.

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