Thrive is an evening series that offers diverse studies for all ages, and childcare is provided for children birth-2 years. The next session of Thrive will begin September 16, 2018, and most classes last 6 weeks.

Special opportunity! Jennifer Wilson is leading a Mom's In Prayer class on Sundays at 5 p.m., before Thrive studies begin. Women will be meeting to pray for their children and grandchildren, and the schools.


love and respect

Based on three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife Sarah have taken the message of Love and Respect across America. It has changed the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. Research reveals that during marital conflict, a husband most often reacts unlovingly when feeling disrespected, and a wife reacts disrespectfully when feeling unloved. The key to strengthening your spouse is meeting them in their deepest-felt need, because we can often be right in the argument, but wrong in our approach. Led by Jimmy & Elizabeth Vasquez

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how to pray

If you could ask Jesus one question, what would it be? The twelve men who walked closely with Jesus for three years saw him perform miracles and hold people spellbound with his teaching. But unanimously they specifically asked Jesus to teach them one thing. How to pray. Thankfully for all of us, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He gave them a model in the Sermon on the Mount. We are going to look at various parts of this simple, but breathtaking, Model Prayer in Matthew 6. A personal study guide will be provided for this seven-week study. Led by Pastor Ed Sasnett



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The prayer of jabez

Are you ready to reach for the extraordinary? To ask God for the abundant blessings He longs to give you? Author Bruce Wilkinson helps us discover how the remarkable prayer of a little-known Bible hero can release God's favor, power, and protection. This Thrive study for women will meet off-campus as an opportunity to grow in God's word and as sisters in Him. The first meeting of this study will be at Stella Nova on Main Street in Norman. We will gather between 5:30 and 5:40 p.m. to give women with children time to take them to the church for children's Thrive and/or childcare. Led by Sarah Neal & Lauren Floyd

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why does god allow evil?

Why didn't God intervene at the church in Texas? Why does God keep letting Moore get smashed by tornadoes? Why are we afflicted with horrible disease? Have these questions ever entered your mind? Has a skeptic ever asked something similar? We know these questions have hit us from time to time. Questions are wonderful. Doubts are not. Our majestic God is not the perpetrator of these evils. Sin is. In Why Does God Allow Evil Clay Jones does a masterful job of summing up 23 years of experience teaching this subject at Biola University. We will journey through his book together in an eight-week course that is sure to challenge you and open up discussions. Led by John Wright

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connection point

This six-week study provides information on NEBC's mission and ministry opportunities, in addition to biblical disciplines for a lifelong, obedient relationship with Christ. A free workbook is provided, and each class is an invaluable tool to deepen your understanding of the study concepts. Led by Bob Gleason

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the deacon i want to be

This six-week, video-based study is designed to inform, inspire and motivate current and prospective deacons to grow spiritually and serve faithfully in the local church. Our Deacons will be participating in this study, but anyone is welcome to attend. Led by Terry Floyd

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God calls all Christians to serve the cause of Christ and to proclaim the gospel. There are some people though, whom God calls in a unique way for the purpose of serving the church as pastors, missionaries, church planters and ministers. The evidence for such a call lies all over the New Testament. Paul says that Jesus himself gives to the church “shepherds and teachers” (Eph 4:11). In Acts 20:28, Paul tells the Ephesian elders to “pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” Again, in Matthew 9, Jesus tells his disciples to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” It is the triune God himself who calls people to a life of service to him; such a task requires no less. This Thrive session, we're walking alongside students (6th-12th grades) to explore the calling upon their lives. Led by Rich DeCray





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children's play

We have a special opportunity for kids, ages Pre-K through 5th grade. A Christmas play is in the works, and there is a role available for everyone who would like to participate. Please make plans to be present at the first rehearsal and production meeting on September 16 at 5 p.m. Future rehearsals will take place during Thrive studies at 5:30 pm. Contact Jane Speheger at (405) 778-1740 or for details. Led by Jane Speheger