We Gather to Grow
We believe discipleship happens best in the context of a small group.
Small groups are the primary vehicle by which we make disciples at Riverland Hills. Connecting to a small group is an important next step for every member and guest of our church. We have a variety of small groups and Bible studies to help you grow in your faith and connect with each other.
Groups give you the opportunity to discover community and close friends. As your group studies the Bible, you discover that God designed us to walk through life together, to grow spiritually together.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (NIV)
What is a Life Group?
Life Groups are small groups that meet regularly to connect in a healthy biblical community, pursuing spiritual growth that results in a Living Faith for everyone, everywhere, every day.
Life Groups meet on campus every Sunday morning and at other times and locations throughout the week.
Riverland Hills Life Groups are committed to:
- Bible study: We interactively study God’s Word to make and mature disciples.
- Community: We treasure God’s gift of relationships needed to grow as disciples.
- Evangelism: We strategically live the Great Commission to make more disciples.
For help finding a group, contact Tim Hawkins, Discipleship Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
A Discipleship Group (D-Group) is a gender-specific group of 3-5 believers that meet weekly for a season of accelerated spiritual transformation. D-groups provide biblical accountability for reading God’s Word and pray for one another.
Once formed, a D-Group is closed to additional members or guests for a period of 12-18 months, while the group commits to 5 weekly disciplines:
- Bible Reading (F260 Plan)
- H.E.A.R. Journals
- Scripture Memory
D-Groups begin with multiplication in mind, so the goal is for each member to then launch a new D-Group for growing disciples.
The purpose of a D-Group is:
- Deeper Bible study – individual Bible reading and discovery that includes journaling and verse memorization
- Accountability – strong relationships marked by personal sharing and prayer
- Multiplication – a reproducible process that results in disciples who make disciples
Whether you’re just curious & want to learn if a D-Group is the next best step in your spiritual journey, or you are ready to launch a new group, please email email@example.com for more information.
In-depth Bible Studies
Our church provides opportunities for intensive Bible study through seasonal 8-12 week classes. From Financial Peace, to Precept Ministry, and individual book studies, you can join a course that will encourage you and help you grow!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Precept upon Precept Inductive Study
Romans Part 4 – Life as a Living Sacrifice
The righteous shall live by faith! Do you live out your faith? What practical things can you do to show that you have been justified? Romans 12–16 are very practical chapters! You will learn how redemption, justification, and propitiation enable you to live righteously as you serve God.
September 4, 6 & 7, 2023 – November 6, 8 & 9, 2023 (9 lessons)
(No class on October 8, 11 or 12, 2023)
Wed. Mornings in person at RHBC, Room B201, 9:30-11:30 (Ashlie Williams to lead)
Register for Wednesday In Person
Thursday Evenings in person at RHBC, Room B201, 6:30-8:30
Register for Thursday in Person
Monday Mornings on Zoom, 9:30-11:30am
Register for Monday Zoom
If you would like the church to order a book for you ($18) contact Chris@riverlandhills.org by August 7, 2023.
You can also order it directly from Precept here.
Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study
The Book of Ephesians by J. D. Greear
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
Sunday Afternoon Women’s Bible Study
Abide: A Study of 1, 2, and 3 John by Jen Wilkin
“Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.” – 1 John 2:24
How can we hold onto assurance of our faith? How can we discern the truth from a lie? How can we know God loves us? In these three short letters, the apostle John reminds an early church facing division, deception, and doubt to hold fast to what they know and to live like they believe it. And he reminds us, as well. In this 10-session Bible study on the letters of 1, 2, and 3, John, Jen Wilkin helps you see how two thousand years later, his words call to Christians in similar challenges to recall a great salvation and to abide in the truth.
Sept. 10 – Nov. 12
Sundays | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Room B206
Cost for book: $27
Every Man a Warrior Men’s Bible Study
BECOMING MEN OF THE WORD
This is the best foundational study for men to help them become men of the Word. It deals with the battles that men face every day and how God has the solutions by teaching men how to apply biblical truths in the areas of money, marriage, raising children, sex, work, hard times, and how to make your life count.
We will have two options for men starting Friday, October 20th 6:15am-7:30am in the Fellowship Hall
Option 1 – Book 1 –For men that are new to EMAW this is the study for you.The first nine lessons of EVERY MAN A WARRIOR develop the essential skills of discipleship. These skills include: Having a Quiet Time, Meditating on Scripture, Prayer, and Application of the Word.
Option 2 – Book 3 – For men that are returning from last year’s EMAW series we will continue with Book 3, which has ten lessons that bring Scriptural application to the issues of Money, Sex, Work, Going through Hard Times and Making Your Life Count.
Location: Fellowship Hall – park/enter on East side by gymnasium
Oct. 20 – Dec. 29
Fridays | 6:15 – 7:30 AM | Room FH6
Cost for book: $15
Connect and Grow Sunday Morning Bible Study
Confident in the Face of Hard Questions
As Christians, we find ourselves in a position where simply knowing what we believe is not sufficient. We must now also know why we believe it and why what we believe is the truth. This study looks at prominent questions individuals in secular society use to attack the Christian faith. Additionally, it equips believers with a way of understanding why biblical beliefs are true, along with an apologetic for standing strong against the untruths hurled against them. What the Bible teaches is true, and every Christian should put themselves in a position to express that truth in their words and through their daily lives.
- Does It Really Matter Which “Truth” I Believe?
- Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
- Won’t All People Ultimately Go to Heaven?
- Is Hell Real?
Led by Tim Hawkins, Discipleship Pastor. This study is ideal for anyone new to Riverland Hills or seeking a group Bible study experience. Studies are interactive and everyone will be encouraged to participate but not pressured. No homework, but reading your Bible is highly recommended. Open for all adults and you’re welcome to join any Sunday!
Oct. 29 – Nov. 19 (4 Weeks)
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 AM | Room FH6
Did you miss Sunday’s Bible Study? No worries – each Bible study is repeated on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM in B201.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
God is at work around you. Will you join Him? Experiencing God is a 12-week personal Bible study that will teach you how to: Know when God is speaking to you, Recognize His activity around you, Adjust your life to Him and His ways, Respond to His activity in your life.
The Experiencing God Study Guide provides you with 5 days a week of personal Bible Study. Each Wednesday night this fall we will join together to discuss what we are learning, watch additional teaching videos and learn to apply those principles with our pastor and other staff pastors.
Sept. 13 – Nov. 15 (12 weeks)
Wednesday Nights | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Fellowship Hall
- Commit to doing the 5 days of personal study each week.
- Commit to the Wednesday night teaching from 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Begins September 6 with a Kick-off/Orientation).
- Purchase the study guide for $20, by registering for the event. We will distribute the books to you when they arrive.
Precept upon Precept Inductive Study
The Creation- Genesis part 1
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Do I believe this statement that God has revealed in His Book? What does this really mean, and how does it affect my daily life?
When you immerse yourself in the Biblical account of Creation, you will be led to know your Creator in deeper ways, increasing your awe of Him. You will also gain insight into who you are in relationship to your Maker and will gain a more complete understanding of your own purpose and how to live. Explore the Biblical account of Creation found in chapters one and two, how the world was created, and how man came into being.
January 3 & 4, 2024 – January 31 & February 1, 2024
Led by Ashlie Williams
Wed. Mornings in person at RHBC, Room B201, 9:30-11:30
Thursday Evenings in person at RHBC, Room B201, 6:30-8:30
Register for Wednesday or Thursday in Person
If you would like the church to order a book for you ($10) contact Chris@riverlandhills.org by December 3, 2023. We are placing orders for Books 1-3 ($39), or you can purchase each book individually.
You can also order part 1 directly from Precept here.