Grounded in Creed Participant and Leader Book

By Jim Cowart, Jennifer Cowart, Jorge Acevedo, Matthew Hartsfield Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781501849121 $12.99 Buy
What Christians believe.

Since the fourth century after the resurrection of Jesus, a basic statement of Trinitarian faith circulated and continues to guide Christians across most traditions and denominations.  The Apostles Creed stands the test of time because each article of the creed draws from New Testament teaching and symbolizes the essentials of our faith.  These beliefs help bind and unify followers of Christ into a shared life of grace and love together.

This six-session study based on the Apostles Creed is intended for small groups throughout a congregation or where happening at home, at work, or at school in the community. Anyone in the group can host and facilitate a session.  Follow the format in the guide and play the brief video teaching from the companion DVD.

As participants strengthen their faith by learning more about essential Christian beliefs and commitments, they will enjoy opportunities to connect with others and build relationships. This growth is accomplished when changes in belief come through turning away from the habits and desires that separate us from God, and (2) by reflecting upon our life-giving relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit while we learn how to think theologically.

The six sessions are:
Session 1: I believe
Session 2: In God
Session 3: In Jesus
Session 4: In the Spirit
Session 5: In the Church
Session 6: In the Promise

Grounded in Creed consists of a Participant/Leader Guide and DVD with 6 video sessions.

About the Authors

Jim Cowart

Jim Cowart is the founding pastor of Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation near Macon, GA. Harvest launched in 2001, and has an average attendance of 3,000 each weekend.  The church grows primarily through professions of faith from new Christians. The innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jim serves as a trainer and coach, helping pastors launch and maintain healthy church environments. For more information go to harvestchurch4u.org.

 

 

 

Jennifer Cowart

Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, GA. She co-preaches and directs Discipleship and Emerging Ministries at Harvest UMC.  She earned degrees in Christian Education and Counseling.  In 2001, she helped start Harvest Church with husband Jim Cowart, which now serves 3,000 people in seven weekend worship services. Their innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jennifer is a systems thinker and specializes in helping churches put the proper structures in place to maximize ministry results. As a gifted speaker and strategist, she brings humor and outside-the-box thinking to ministry teams.

Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. Jorge led a group of young clergy in the creation of the book and Bible study Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas and is author of Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World. He is a contributor to Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine, and Our Faith Today.

 

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Matthew Hartsfield

Matthew Hartsfield is the lead pastor of Bay Hope church in Tampa, Florida, where he has served since 1993. His ministry at Bay Hope focuses on connecting the church to the community in meaningful ways to make disciples for Jesus Christ, particularly children and youth.