Small Groups

"Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose." – Philippians 2:2


We believe that being a part of a small group is an important part of building community within the body of Christ.  Our small groups meet on our church campus on Sunday mornings from 8:45 to 9:45am before our corporate worship service for the purpose of studying the truths of God's Word together.  Everyone is encouraged to plug into one of these Sunday morning small groups.



College (18-Mid 20s)  –  led by Pastor Joshua Babb  –  Upstairs Bldg. B

Are you in college or college-age, and looking for a place to belong?  Whether you are a local or visiting on the weekend, we invite you to join us, learning to love the Lord and living life for His glory while in college.


Singles LIFE (22-35)  –  led by Pastor Bob Metcalf  –  Room A138

A Bible study for singles in their first decade after college – typically ages 22-35. LIFE stands for "Living In Freedom Everyday" because we regularly draw attention to how the gospel of Jesus frees us from sin to walk in His power daily.


Newly Married (20s-30s)  –  led by Luke Colley  –  Room A238

Join couples who are engaged to be married, newly married, or young married families. We focus on establishing mature relationships with Christ and with one another as we begin lifelong journeys.


Young Married (20s-30s)  –  Pastor Jim Daniel  –  Room A239

Join couples who have been married for several years, including families with young children. We focus on Gospel-centered teaching, strengthening our relationship with Christ and fellowship with one another.


Family Life (30s-40s)  –  led by Ryan Roughley  –  Room A222

Join young families with elementary age kids, who desire to build each other up through Gospel-centered studies, and support each other through prayer, weekly connection, and a fun monthly gathering.


Encounter (40s-50s)  –  led by Brent Fleshman  –  Room A240

Join a group of multi-life stage adults as we study different books of the Bible and different topics from the Bible. Have part in encouraging fellow Christians as we encounter Christ in our daily lives.


Moms Connect  –  led by Lisa Baxley  –  Room A227

Moms meet to study the Bible, find encouragement for this season of life, and connect with other moms. Moms are welcome to join in each week for specific study. We will be challenged to become a godly mom.


Harmony Ladies  –  led by Beverly Shaddy, Sherri Webb  –  Room A140

A happy collection of married, divorced, and widowed senior adult ladies, who study the Bible with one another, encourage one another, support one another, and serve one another and the church family.


The Gospel Project  –  led by Von Johnston  –  Room A100

The Bible is not just a collection of stories. It is the story of God’s plan to rescue His people. It is the story of redemption, and it’s our story, too. Dive deeply into God’s story through The Gospel Project.


Gospels: A Jewish Perspective  –  led by Gary Burney  –  Worship Center

Class members will learn more about interpretation of scripture by looking through the Jewish eyes of the people in Jesus’ time. We will be specifically looking at the gospel accounts of what Jesus did, what He said, and what He meant.


Total Depravity and God's Response To It  –  led by Jim Bradford  –  Room A231

Romans is often categorized as the book the majority of Christians would choose if they were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book of the Bible with them.  Commenters call it Paul's "masterpiece" as it deals with almost all the major theological doctrines.  But most of all, it makes clear we're saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  Come study this wonderful book using a combination lecture/discussion.  This study will cover Romans 1-8.

Community Groups

In addition to our Sunday morning small groups, we also have community groups that meet on different days in various homes throughout our community for fellowship and Bible study.  If you would like to join one of these community groups, simply click the name to find a Google Map location.



SUNDAY AFTERNOONS*


Langford Community Group (Centerton)

5:00pm

The Langfords are married with five kids. Craig works at JB Hunt and Michelle works as a ministry assistant on staff here at the church. Craig and Michelle want their home to be a place of community, where people do life together. They are open to all ages and kinds of people joining them each week. Every week includes dinner and Bible study.


Student Community Group - Wieda (Centerton)

6:00pm

Kenny and Jacey Wieda host this group in their home and have been married for 6 years. Kenny is the student director here at First Baptist Centerton. They have three kids, Joshua, Benjamin and Abigail. They invite any students who are free on Sunday evenings!


Student Community Group - Fuller (Centerton)

6:00pm

The Smittles and the Fullers host a youth small group for primarily 11th-12th graders (but all high school students are welcome) at the Fuller's house in Centerton every Sunday night from 6:00-7:30pm. Expect to partake in food, fun, and fellowship!


*On the last Sunday evening of every month, our Sunday community groups join together in our worship center to observe the Lord's Supper and enjoy our First Family Fellowship.



MONDAYS


Ladies Bible Study: Your Eternal Reward (Bentonville)

10:00am

This ladies Bible study meets in Seena Varghese's home on Mondays mornings at 10:00am.  They meet for around 12 weeks at a time, then take a short break before moving on to another study.  Their study in the book of Ephesians ("Lord, Is It Warfare? Teach Me To Stand") begins with an intro on Monday, March 12.  Book cost is $15.  Contact Gail Lambert to register for a workbook (757-570-0786; lambert.refuge@gmail.com).



WEDNESDAYS


Unweary (Running) Group (Church Campus – Parking Lot north of Bldg. A entrance)

6:00pm

Gigi, a long distance runner, wants to use running to connect. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us!” (Hebrews 12:2) She has launched a Christian running ministry named "Unweary". Each Wednesday evening includes a group run/walk (all ages and levels of runners/walkers welcome), followed by joining the Adult Bible study in the Fellowship Hall. Unweary competes in 5k, 10k, and other races.


Shaddy Community Group (Church Campus – Fellowship Hall)

4:00pm  *Ladies Only Please

Beverly and Marilyn have been actively involved in a ladies group for many years. These ladies will meet in the Fellowship Hall in the afternoon for Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. They welcome any ladies who would like to join them.


Wednesday Evening Ladies Bible Study (Church Campus – Library)

6:30pm

This ladies Bible study meets on Wednesday evenings in the library upstairs in building A.  They are currently going through a study called "The Cross Centered Life" and will then move into a study of the book of Esther.



THURSDAYS


Men's Prayer Breakfast (Church Campus: Fellowship Hall)

6:00am

Every Thursday morning, any man is invited to join the men of First Baptist for a Men's Prayer Breakfast. Be ready to wake up early and get here to grab a seat with fellow brothers. Teaching is shared in the group and many men find friendships that branch off from the large group. Join them early Thursday mornings and come hungry.


Cothern Community Group (Gravette)

6:30pm

Ray and Judy have both been active church members here for over 12 years. Both have been previously married, with deceased spouses. Ray is a deacon and project manager here at First Baptist. Both are involved in missions and are active in many church activities.


Elm Springs Community Group (Elm Springs)

7:00pm

Mike and Joan McDonald host this group along with Jim Bradford leading the group. Mike and Joan have been married for 40+ years. They have 3 kids and 3 grandkids. Jim is a Springdale businessman who loves to study and teach God's Word. They would love for anyone to join them.


Francis Community Group (Gravette)

7:00pm

Tim and Kristin are married with 9 kids. Tim works at Walmart and Kristin homeschools the kids. Tim is a learner of God’s Word and a teacher. They invite you to join them as they seek to connect to God's Word and to you.