The MCC RAD Bible Studies will be starting back up soon! This year each group will be studying one of four books, Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick, The Word of the Lord by Nancy Guthrie, Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald, and Good News for Weary Women also by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Below you will find a short summary of each study as well as when each group meets.
The books are located in the black shelves by the Welcome Desk along with the sign up sheets. The cost for Idols of the Heart, The Word of the Lord and Good News for Weary Women is $10 and Becoming a Woman of Simplicity is $5.
Please join us for one of our RAD Bible studies – there’s always room and it is never too late to join!
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald
Is your schedule so busy you don't think you can fit in a RAD fall study? No time for reading lengthy chapters and doing homework? Or, are you on the other end of the spectrum and want to meet at MCC every Wednesday morning? Consider Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald. Each chapter is only 10-12 pages and homework is optional.
Whether we sit together one Saturday morning a month at Panera's in Murrysville and have some coffee or tea, or meet weekly in the Fellowship Room at MCC, we will share our thoughts on abiding in the Lord.
Cynthia writes, "I've discovered over the years that the best thing I can do for myself, my family, my friends, my church, and my world is to abide in Him." We will talk about simplifying our lives and why we do it. "We simplify, not just to be less busy, even though we may be right to pursue that. Rather, we simplify to remove distractions from our pursuit of Christ. We prune activities from our lives, not only to get organized, but also that our devotion to Christ and service for his kingdom will be more fruitful. We simplify, not merely to save time, but to eliminate hindrances to the time we devote to knowing Christ. All the reasons we simplify should eventually lead us to Jesus Christ."
This group meets at MCC on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. This group is led by Lynn Bettencourt and Carolyn Turner.
This group meets the second Saturday of the month at Panera Bread in Murrysville from 9:30-11:00am. This group is led by Kathy Hahn. The first meeting will be on September 9th.
The address is 4899 William Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA 15668
Word of the Lord by Nancy Guthrie
Want to dig deeper into God's word? If so, then Nancy Guthrie's book, The Word of the Lord, is for you. Why study the prophets of the Old Testament? Because "much of what the prophets said was going to happen, did happen....it was fulfilled in Christ...And some of it is yet to be fulfilled, when Christ returns." Think the advice the prophets gave isn't relevant to today? Guess again. Nancy writes, "We rationalize and minimize and relabel our sins so that they don't even come up on our radar. Maybe you and I need to hear repeatedly about the sins that break the heart of God so that conviction will penetrate our well-rehearsed denials. Maybe, as Israel's and Judah's sins were exposed so that they might come to repentance, our sins will be exposed so that we will come to repentance."
There is also hope. "While we struggle with the same sins and are subject to the same judgment, we also share the same hope -hope in God for restoration, renewal and rest."
Twice Monthly Wednesday
One group will meet every other week on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm. They will alternate between the homes of Tris Roberge (141 Misty Meadow Court, Murrysville) and Afton Proctor (751 William Dr, Level Green). The first meeting will be at Tris Roberge's house on September 13th.
This group meets on the second Monday of each month, from 9:30-11:30am. This group will be led by Laura Gaydos (2571 Northview Drive, Irwin). The first meeting will be on September 11th.
Good News for Weary Women: Escaping the Bondage of To-Do Lists, Steps, and Bad Advice by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Are you exhausted? Do you frequently tell yourself you just need to do (fill in the blank) for God to be pleased with you? Do you have a list of "rules" to try to make yourself feel good enough? Maybe you constantly feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. In Good News for Weary Women: Escaping the Bondage of To-Do Lists, Steps, and Bad Advice, Elyse Fitzpatrick directs women to a better way. "There is good news for you. You don’t need to learn secret steps, try harder, wear yourself out in an attempt to be beautiful, snag Mr. Perfect, or raise perfect children. You are already welcomed, loved, forgiven, and completely okay….And you can love Him because He has already loved you” (xii).
Join us on Thursday mornings twice a month as we discuss ways to free ourselves from bad advice and discover the true rest God offers.
Twice Monthly Thursday
This study meets twice a month on Thursday at MCC from 9:30-11:00am and includes our infants to preschoolers. This group is led by Amanda Moore and Sarah Surface. The first meeting will be September 14th.
Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Do you feel discouraged, even defeated, in your battle against habitual sin? Are you dismayed or surprised by the situations that bring out your fear, anger, or distress? Elyse Fitzpatrick delves into the heart of the problem: deep down, we're all idol-worshippers who put our loves, desires, and expectations in God's place—and then suffer the consequences of our misplaced affections. Yet God loves his people and can use even our messy lives and struggles for his glory. Fitzpatrick shows us how to better search and know our hearts, long for our gracious Savior, and resist and crush our false gods.
This group will meet the third Thursday evening of each month, from 7-9 pm. This group is led by Afton Proctor (751 William Dr, Level Green). The first meeting will be September 21st.
We are excited to participate in these great studies together as we grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ and love for one another.
Contact Kathy Hahn at firstname.lastname@example.org, Lynn Bettencourt at email@example.com, Sarah Surface at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office at 724-327-8411 for more information.