Adult Groups

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.

Help me Find a Group!

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 2:42

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:

  1. Bible study: We interactively study God’s Word to make and mature disciples.
  2. Community: We treasure God’s gift of relationships needed to grow as disciples.
  3. Evangelism: We strategically live the Great Commission to make more disciples.

For help finding a group, contact Tim Hawkins, Discipleship Pastor at timh@riverlandhills.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

Discipleship Groups

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:

  1. Bible Reading (F260 Plan)
  2. H.E.A.R. Journals
  3. Scripture Memory
  4. Accountability
  5. Prayer

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:

  1. Deeper Bible study – individual Bible reading and discovery that includes journaling and verse memorization
  2. Accountability – strong relationships marked by personal sharing and prayer
  3. Multiplication – a reproducible process that results in disciples who make disciples
Get Involved

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 chris@riverlandhills.org 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

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
Register here

PLACE

Finding Your Place in Ministry

God created each of us for a purpose. “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Maybe you’ve discovered your God-given purpose. Most people haven’t. Consider making a personal goal for 2024 and we’re going to help you reach that goal.

The PLACE experience includes 5 sessions of biblical equipping and personal discovery to help you find how God has uniquely designed you. Our goal is for you to know your gifts and discover how God has called you to serve Him and others.

Jan. 3 – Jan. 31 (5 Weeks)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | B201

Facilitated by Tim Hawkins, Discipleship Pastor.

Registration for this session is closed. Please join us in February for the start of the next session!

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Knowing Him: THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD AND EVERYDAY LIFE

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.

Jan. 3 – May 1 (18 weeks)
Wednesday Nights | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Fellowship Hall

No registration required.

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, & 8, 2024 – January 29, 31, & February 1, 2024

Mon. Mornings on Zoom, 9:30-11:30
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 or Monday on Zoom

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. 

Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study

The Chosen – Season one

What does it really mean to be Chosen? To answer that question, we’re turning our sights to the Old Testament, which leads us back to the New, which always leads to Jesus.

Being chosen by Jesus has beautiful and far-reaching implications, although it says even more about the Chooser than the choosees. We are loved because He’s love. We are saved because He’s merciful. We belong to the family of God because Jesus invites us, making the Bible and all of its promises as true for us today as it was for God’s chosen nation.

Jan. 9-Feb. 27 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Room C103
Cost of book: $11.50
Register here or contact Chris.

Season Two

This study brings both the Old and New Testaments to life in an approachable and conversational way. A deeper look at God’s character, power, and promises using the framework of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount

March 12-April 23 (7 weeks)
Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Room C103
Cost of book: $11
Register here or contact Chris.

Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study

“watch your mouth” by Tony Evans

“Does it really matter what I say?”

Your greatest weapon—for good or evil—is in your mouth.

From bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans comes a compelling resource to help you learn to tame your tongue. With life-changing insights shared through engaging lessons and anecdotes, you’ll learn what the Bible teaches about talking:

  • Discover the power of the spoken word to bolster your faith when you’re doubting.
  • Discern what should or shouldn’t be said so that you honor God with your speech.
  • Develop the ability to praise God and voice wisdom even in tough circumstances.

Get inspired by Tony’s teaching on the tongue and model with your mouth the character of God. Don’t let your words bring cursing or destruction to yourself and those you love. Instead, let your words minister to and speak life into the world around you.

Location: Fellowship Hall – park/enter on East side by gymnasium

Jan. 12 – Feb. 9
Fridays | 6:15 – 7:30 AM | Fellowship Hall
Cost for book (not required): $10
Register here

Sunday Afternoon Women’s Bible Study

How Much More: Experiencing God’s Extravagant Love in Unexpected Places by Lisa Harper 

Maybe your head knows that God is always good, but your heart’s not so sure. Or perhaps while reading Scripture, you’ve wondered if our Creator Redeemer went through a personality change—from strictly enforcing the rules in the Old Testament to loving the outcast in the New!

In this 7-session Bible study, you’ll discover divine love in the often overlooked and misunderstood passages. And you’ll be delighted to find that Jehovah of the Old Testament is the same redemptive and compassionate God we see through Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He has always been and will always be for us!

Jan. 21 – Mar. 3
Sundays | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Room B206
Cost for book: $23.50

Call Chris at the Church Office to register (803) 772.3227

Precept upon Precept Inductive Study

The Fall, the Flood, & The Nations – Genesis part 2

Adam and Eve, the serpent and an apple? Noah’s Ark and a worldwide flood? The Tower of Babel? Are these real or imagined?  Stories or fact? What difference does it make anyway?

Genesis holds the keys to understanding the origin of sin and evil, the justice of God’s judgment, and the mercy of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind and hope for a lost and dying world. Truths found in chapters three through eleven of Genesis lays a solid foundation for the rest of the story.

February 12, 14, & 15, 2024 – March 25, 27 & 28, 2024

Mon. Mornings on Zoom, 9:30-11:30
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 or Monday on Zoom

Order part 2 directly from Precept here.

PLACE

Finding Your Place in Ministry

God created each of us for a purpose. “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Maybe you’ve discovered your God-given purpose. Most people haven’t. Consider making a personal goal for 2024 and we’re going to help you reach that goal.

The PLACE experience includes 5 sessions of biblical equipping and personal discovery to help you find how God has uniquely designed you. Our goal is for you to know your gifts and discover how God has called you to serve Him and others.

Feb. 28 – Mar. 27 (5 Weeks)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | B201

Facilitated by Tim Hawkins, Discipleship Pastor.

Register Here!

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
Register here

My New Life Sunday Morning Bible Study

Grounded in what it means to be new in Christ

To grow as a believer, it’s necessary to have an understanding of God’s Word, God’s character, and the Gospel. You also want to develop a deeper relationship with God through prayer, connect with God’s family, and join God on mission.

If you’re wondering how to do that, then this study is just for you. Through six short, simple chapters with personal daily studies, you can discover these important biblical truths and build a foundation for trusting Jesus every day. Whether you’re a new believer or a long-time Christian who wants to be better grounded in the basics of the new life in Christ, you should join this study.

Led by Dr. Tim Phillips

• Introductory Meeting on March 3

• 6 weekly classes end on April 14 (no meeting on Easter)

• Study workbook provided at no cost

Mar. 3 – Apr. 14 (6 Weeks)
Sundays | 11:00 AM | Room C102

Register Here!

For more information, email timh@riverlandhills.org or attend the Introductory Meeting on Sunday, March 3.

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.

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.

Women’s Ministry

Our women’s ministry provides a place for women of all ages to grow in Christ together through weekly small groups and Bible studies, as well as events and gatherings throughout the year.

Women’s Events

WMU Ladies’ Night Out
Women’s Fall Fellowship
Women’s Night of Worship

Men’s Ministry

The purpose of our men’s ministry is to equip men with the skills of meaningful discipleship and encourage spiritual growth through weekly Bible studies, small groups, and events that are held throughout the year.

Men’s Events

Catalyst


Want help finding a group?

Tim Hawkins

DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR

timh@riverlandhills.org

Chris Lockwood

DISCIPLESHIP & MISSIONS ADMIN. ASSISTANT

chris@riverlandhills.org