A Time To Grow

We believe there is great value in a church-wide emphasis on discipleship. As such, our 2021 theme is "A Time To Grow," and it contains three facets that give balance to discipleship: Growing Ourselves through Prayer and Obedience, Growing Others through Love and Support, and Growing Outward through Service and Witness.

Grow Ourselves

Grow Ourselves through Prayer and Obedience

The first element of the theme, Growing Ourselves, speaks to our devotional life. According to Scripture, we have a responsibility to grow spiritually. Peter instructs us to “make every effort to add” godly character to our faith and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:5; 3:18). The question is, “How do we do that?”

The answer is that we chiefly grow through daily prayer to God and obedience to his Word. Jesus connects these two means of grace when he says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8).

To remain in the Lord and to have his Word remain in you is to obey his Word through his power. This faith-inspired obedience is the foundation of effective prayer that produces fruit in and through our lives. Thus, the more we read and obey the Word and the more that we bring our requests to God through prayer, the more we mature spiritually.

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Grow Others

Grow Others through Love and Teaching

Growing Others means learning how to disciple others and then intentionally seeking opportunities to do so. It is an investment of love and time in people so that they might mature and be equipped to grow others (2 Tim. 2:2).

Love and instruction go together, and God intends that we combine them for the good of the church. Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

The path for fostering growth in others is paved with love and teaching. Love without truth delivers no direction; truth without love supplies no support. If we are to disciple people, then we must combine love and teaching in order to give direction and support. Both are essential.

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Grow Outward

Grow Outward through Service and Witness

The life of Jesus inextricably links service and redemption. He is the Suffering Servant who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Isa. 52:13-53:12; Mark 10:45). Our Lord proclaimed truth, healed the lame, freed the demonized, fed thousands, raised the dead, and suffered for sinners. In so doing, Jesus modeled for us the way to carry out his mission.

We grow outward when we serve the broken and when we witness to them about Jesus. To serve others is to do good, beneficial acts for them (Rom. 12:20-21). To witness about Jesus is to tell people that the King of kings died for their sins and rose to life, and that he stands ready to forgive if they will but trust him alone for salvation (Luke 24:46-48).

Service and witness are part of being light in a dark world. As we do good works, light shines on God for those in darkness (Matt. 5:16), and as we speak the good news, light reveals salvation to those far away (Acts 13:47). In this manner, service and witness partner to push back darkness and to rescue the lost.

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Outreach & Training Opportunities

English for Internationals.
Since 2011, Quail has taught English to internationals who live in the community. This is a practical, gospel-focused ministry to people in need.
This class provides multiple opportunities for ministry. Volunteers:

Take attendance
Organize snacks
Help with testing
Teach a Bible lesson
Do testing and
Teach English

If you are interested or have questions, email Kara Jordan at .

Serve the Homeless!
People in homeless shelters have a great need for basic job skills training and encouragement. Our church provides this through Jobs for Life in the fall and spring of each year. Email Chrissi Harris ( ) to learn how you can be involved or when the next meeting will be.

Student Outreach.
On September 25, QSBC students will hang door hangers, give food to the homeless, and go to a park to give out water and the gospel. Email Dylan Bone ( ) if you want to participate.

Restore OKC Workday.
On October 9 at 8:30 am we will serve NE OKC through Restore OKC. We will be organized and sent to worksites, depending on the needs. To register, email you first and last name to . See you there!

 

Additional Resources

Staff Led Resources | Spotify Playlists

Growing ourselves through prayer and obedience.

Children

The Bible Guide Book
A great resource for families with older children. Read a chapter and discuss together.

Modern Parents, Vintage Values
Instilling character in today’s kids.

Are My Kids on Track?
Identify and measure 12 key emotional, social, and spiritual milestones in your children's lives.

Raising Worry-Free Girls
Help your daughter feel braver, stronger, and smarter in an anxious world.

Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to Be an Exceptional Parent in a Quick-Fix World
Avoid quick-fix parenting and raise your children to become healthy, independent young adults.

Raising Boys & Girls (website, podcast)
Helping you care for the kids in your life with a little more understanding, a little more practical help and a whole lot of hope. 

Note: Many other parenting and devotional books are available for loan in both the Preschool & Children’s area in special marked cases at no cost. 

Students

Personal Prayer

A Prayer Guide for Youth in the Midst of Coronavirus - Quick Read!
A prayer and scripture guide for teens to focus on during the pandemic.

Joshua Project
Learn how to pray for and minister to the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ.

Praying the Bible
Stay focused while praying by allowing God’s Word itself to direct our thoughts and words.

Five Psalms App (iOs, Android)
A systematic approach for praying through Scripture, inspired by Donald Whitney's “Pray the Bible” approach.

Obeying the Word

Foundations: New Testament – Teen Devotional
A 260 Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Teens

Obedience is Possible - Quick Read!
Obedience is not a dirty word for the gospel-centered Christian. Obedience is possible, prescribed, and precious.

Radical
A call to authentic discipleship that will transform how you view the Gospel.

Do Hard Things
A movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. 

Adults

Personal Prayer

Praying the Bible
Stay focused while praying by allowing God’s Word itself to direct our thoughts and words.

The Power of a Praying Wife
Discover how God can strengthen your marriage as you pray for your husband concerning key areas in his life.

Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days
A transformative way to approach prayer— refreshingly simple and exceedingly powerful.

Obeying the Word

Daily Bible Reading Plan – (online, pdf) Recommended by Pastor Rummage!
In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.

Foundations: New Testament
A 260 Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers

30 Days to Understanding the Bible
Learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God's Word–in just fifteen minutes a day.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
Illustrates why the disciplines are important and provides a refreshing opportunity to grow in character and maturity.

She Reads Truth 
A rich and honest Bible-filled journey to finally find permanent in a world that’s passing away.

Trusting God 
Explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and even the details of your life and learn to trust Him more completely―even when life hurts.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
Learn that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today.

Solid Joys App – (Web, iOs, Android, RSS)
Daily Devotionals by John Piper 

Scripture Typer – The Bible Memory App (iOs, Android)
Memorize Bible verses fast by actively engaging three separate cognitive areas: kinesthetic (touch), visual, and auditory memory.

The Bible App (YouVersion)
A free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and online at Bible.com.

Read Scripture App
Spend quality time reading the Bible daily while learning how to read it with contextual videos from The Bible Project.

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Growing others through love and teaching.

Children

Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home
Experience the joys and benefits of family worship.

Family Discipleship
Learn to create a unique plan for your family as you raise your children in the love and fear of the Lord.

Students

Gospel-Centered Life for Teens
Learn what actually has the power to define you, give your life meaning, and shape how you live each day. 

One to one Bible Reading
A simple guide for every Christian to grow in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus. 

Messy Grace
Learn what actually has the power to define you, give your life meaning, and shape how you live each day.

Adults

Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple that Makes Disciples
A look at how to grow in your walk with Christ, defend your faith, lead others in the journey.

Replicate: How to Create a Culture of Disciple-Making Right Where You Are
A one-on-one relational ministry model on to grow in maturity and through multiplication.

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus
A concise guide that outlines the who, what, where, when, why, and how of discipling.

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Growing outward through service and witness.

Children

Operation Impact
A document containing service project ideas for you and your family.

Students

Why You Should Consider a Social Media Mission Statement
Shift how you view social media and consider it another mission field to share the good news.  

Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out 
Read how to connect the gospel story with your story, and how to talk about that story in normal conversations with people you know. 

101 Ways to Reach your Community
Discover new ways to reach out to those in need and demonstrate the love of God to your community.

Adults

Service

Operation Impact (QSBC Resource - PDF) 
A document containing service project ideas for you and your Connect Group. 

Bless Every Home
An online tool to help you become a Light for Christ in your neighborhood.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key
How to practice radically ordinary hospitality in our post-Christian world.

Art of Neighboring
Learn to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them. 

Witness

The Three Circles: How to Share the GospelsThree Circles
A presentation that begins with a common experience and then explains why the world is broken and how life can be different. It does all this using three circles, three arrows, and a few words.

How to Prepare your Testimony: Personal Story Worksheet
Use this worksheet to develop a 2-minute testimony with the goal of sharing how Jesus changed your life.

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus
A new way to live and share the gospel together.

Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations 
A simple strategy to train new and seasoned believers to join God in His reconciliation work.

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Staff Led Resources

The staff is available to train your Connect Groups on all three elements of the theme, from Growing Ourselves and Others, to Growing Outward.

Ray Griffin, Executive Pastor
  • Any topic related to the theme and discipleship
  • Reach out to Ray at .
Dr. Jeff DeGiacomo, Associate Executive Pastor
  • Discipleship in the Home of Teenagers
  • Discipleship Groups
  • Discipline of Personal Bible Study
  • Discipline of Personal Prayer
  • Practical responses to the Great Commission
  • Reach out to Jeff at .
Jerry Ross, Minister of Education
  • Discipling through Connect Groups
  • Reach out to Jerry at .
Ray Anderson, Minister of Missions
  • How to Develop and Share Your Testimony
  • How to Explain the Gospel 
  • How to Start and Carry on a Discipleship Group
  • How to Find Mission Projects
  • How to Have Personal Prayer Time
  • How to Start Reading the Bible
  • Reach out to Ray at .
Paula Vawter, Women's Minister
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Anything related to discipleship
  • Reach out to Paula at .
Mark Jones, Children’s Minister
  • How to Explain the Plan of Salvation to a Child
  • Teaching a Child to Pray
  • Reach out to Mark at .
Dylan Bone, Student Pastor
  • Discipleship
  • Prayer
  • Student Related Topics: Culture, Screen Time, Encouragement for Parents of Students, etc.
  • Family Worship
  • Reach out to Dylan at .

"A Time To Grow" Worship Playlists

Here you'll find songs that we're currently singing on Sunday mornings at QSBC. We pray these songs of worship would be woven throughout our lives everyday of the week.