Small Group Bible Study

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August 7, 2020


  • In the sermon this Sunday, I (Pastor Pat) talked about the “Picnic Battle” in 1861, in which there were both contenders and spectators, and made a parallel to spiritual battles (See Eph 6:12). I suggested that characteristics of a contender in these Spiritual battles include:
  • Focus on the objective and mission, and their part in moving towards it (Phil 3:13-14)
  • Confessing sins to God and to one another (1 Jn 1:9; Jas 5:16)
  • Seeking God’s discipline and testing (1 Pet 1:7)
  • Desiring to know God rather than just know about him (Ps 25:4-5)
  • Repenting from sin in order to press forward to God’s call (Heb 12:1)
  • Coming to services not simply to be fed, but prepared to engage in worship (Col 3:16)
  • Regular immersion in prayer (Phil 4:6-7), Scripture (1 Tim 3:16-17), fellowship (Heb 10:24-25), and witnessing (Mt 4:19)
  • Seeking God’s discipline (Heb 12:11)
  • This Sunday, we were challenged to ask God, ourselves, and a trusted friend the questions, “Am I a contender for the faith, or a spectator?” and “Why?”
  • What answers did you hear?


  • What most commonly tempts you to take on the role of spectator?
  • What obstacles or challenges make it difficult for you to be a contender?
  • How can you pray to resist these temptations and overcome these challenges?
  • Is there a fellow believer who might be able to help you with this?


  • When we think “contender” in a physical battle, we likely picture the frontline soldier. However, there are many other people who are actively engaged in a given battle – supply personnel, nurses and doctors, commanders, etc. Why would we consider these people “contenders” rather than “spectators?”
  • Likewise in Spiritual battles we may be tempted to think of only the highly-visible people like professional pastors, evangelists, and involved volunteers as being “contenders.” What are examples of “contenders” who don’t fit that role?


  • Whether you are currently a spectator, a new contender, or one who is quite mature in the faith, would you take on this challenge this week?
  • Establish a regular “quiet time” of prayer and Scripture (one good resource for starting this is “7 Minutes with God”)
  • Seek a person to help you (or for you to help) in this practice
  • Share one of your quiet times this week with that person

See you Sunday!


"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42


Fellowship isn't just something we do on Sunday mornings. It's gathering together in various groups to discuss Scripture, enjoy each others' company, support each other, share meals, and pray with and for one another. And while we do these things in many ways in our whole-church Sunday gatherings, meeting together through the week in smaller groups allows us to do this in a more intimate setting, allowing us to grow deeper in our relationships with each other and with God.

If you would like to know more about the small groups, please feel free to contact the leaders directly, or you can talk to a pastor or elder, a person who attends a group, or someone in the office.


Below please find a list of current small groups and their leaders.  Please contact the church office if you would like more information 603.783.4045.

  • Laura & Pastor Josh Owens

    Sundays @ 6:15 pm

    Loudon, New Hampshire

  • Sue & Doug Chamberlin

    Tuesdays @ 9:30 am

    Richard Brown House

    Loudon, New Hampshire

  • Weekly Bible Study

    We meet at the church on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am.  On the third Thursday of the month, we meet at Noon for a potluck luncheon Bible Study.  All are welcome to attend. 

  • TEEN DISCIPLESHIP for grades 9 - 12

    Pat & Martha testerman, don & alyssa george

    Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Young Adults

    Jennie & Eric Steinhauser

    This small group meets in Concord for seniors in high school to age 25. We spend time in prayer and in Bible study, digging into God’s Word and encouraging one another to pursue Christ throughout the week.

    Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Concord, New Hampshire

  • sarah & Jeremy Cates

    Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm

    Loudon, New Hampshire

  • Darald & Georgia Trinka

    Kim & Tim Brown

    Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month @ 6:30 pm.

    Sanbornton, New Hampshire   

  • Sharon & Dan DeHart

    Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

    Loudon, New Hampshire

  • Heidi & Dennis Lommen

    Fridays @ 6:30 pm

    Loudon, New Hampshire

  • Sandy & Gordon Ferno

    Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm

    Hosted at Planchet Home, Loudon, New Hampshire