Bible Study Growth Groups

Growth Groups are a great way to connect and fellowship with other Christians, grow in God’s Word and in your relationship with Christ, and be encouraged and supported through prayer.  Most growth groups meet weekly September through May and take a summer break.

New Bible Study Growth Groups kick off on Fall Kick Off Sunday, September 8, 2019 unless otherwise noted in group information.  Be sure to check out the new studies and sign up for a group at the patio tables after services on Sundays.  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jan Kiehl at 760-726-0590, ext. 18, or


Creatives: Pursuing God, Building Community, Unleashing Compassion

Day / Time Location Leader
Sunday evening, 6:00PM TBD Basilio Ramirez

Are you a member of a “creative/worship community” (members of the band, choir, AVL teams, vocalists, etc.)?  If yes, then this growth group is for YOU!


The Book of John (Men’s Bible Study Breakfast)

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 7:00AM IHOP Restaurant, 4253 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, CA Lee Gillogly

John is the “Disciple whom Jesus loved”, and the book was written about 50-85 AD for the Gentile believers and seeking unbelievers.  Come gather with the guys for this time of study, prayer, fellowship and food.  What a great way to begin your day! 

The Books of l & II Peter (Men’s Bible Study Breakfast)

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 7:00AM IHOP Restaurant, 4253 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, CA Lee Gillogly

Peter is a “Beloved Servant”, and “Apostle”, of Jesus. They were written about 60-68 AD for the Gentile and Jewish believers in Western Asia Minor.  Come gather with the guys for this time of study, prayer, fellowship and food.  What a great way to begin your day!

Experiencing God

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 10:00 AM Church, Rooms 5 & 6 Jerry Carey

God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work.  Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to know when He is speaking to you; recognize His activity around you; adjust your life to Him and His ways; identify what He wants to do through you; and respond to His activity in your life.

Ephesians: Our Immeasurable Blessings in Christ

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 10:00 AM Upham Home Rollin Lojeske

Though attempting to live a transformed life by the power of the Holy Spirit, the church in Ephesus was immersed in an evil culture and surrounded by sin and pagan ways. Discouraged believers needed a reminder of God’s grace and love, of the blessings they had in Jesus Christ, and of their commitment to holiness.


Written by the apostle Paul as a letter of encouragement and admonition, Ephesians gives a refresher course in New Testament doctrine and provides a practical blueprint for Christian behavior. Through this letter, Paul shows us our continual need for God’s help and demonstrates that everything good we enjoy is an expression of His great love.

Revelation Decoded

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 6:30 PM Church, Rooms 5 & 7 Gil Maza

Confused by the endless speculation about the End Times?  Frustrated at how often predictions about the rapture, the Antichrist, and the mark of the Beast have failed decade after decade, even by some of the most popular Bible teachers?  Is it even possible to actually understand the Words of Jesus as revealed to the Apostle John?  The answer is YES.  Join us as we legitimately “decode” Revelation once and for all.

ABC (Answers, Bible, Curriculum)

Day / Time Location Leader
Tuesday, 6:30 PM Church, Room 11 Tim Dixon

Want answers to issues that confront today’s culture through the media, school, friends, etc.?  ABC provides a thorough understanding of the authority and primary teachings of Scripture.  Be equipped to defend the Bible, and become conformed to the image of Christ, as you apply God’s Word in your everyday lives.

Wednesdays (Childcare provided for parents attending Wed. evening groups.)

Kingdom Woman (Women's Group)

Day / Time Location Leader
Wednesday, 6:00 PM Church, Sanctuary Andrea Openshaw

Women, you’ve been given a special blessing—and it can’t stay secret for long.  God has created you to be a kingdom woman.  A kingdom woman makes a difference wherever she goes.  And that gets noticed both in heaven and on earth.


Maybe you are confident in your skills and abilities but are overwhelmed by the demands of life.  Maybe you are scared and depressed or feel life has been unfair to you.  No matter what your situation or life circumstances, Kingdom Woman will encourage and challenge you to be transformed by God’s truth, seek His best, and move forward in the abundant life He has for you!

No More Excuses (Men's Group)

Day / Time Location Leader
Wednesday, 6:00 PM Church, Rooms 5 & 6 Mike Openshaw

Sometimes circumstances in life make it difficult for men to be all God wants them to be.  But Tony Evans urges men to stop looking at their circumstances as excuses and instead to see them as challenges and opportunities for success.  Exploring the examples of men of God throughout the Bible, this study will challenge you to lay down your excuses, stop compromising, and fight to be a man of character and commitment.  Despite your setbacks, failures, and pressures, you can still find purpose, meaning, and direction in life and become the man God has called you to be. 

The Gospel According to Luke

Day / Time Location Leader
Wednesday, 6:30PM Church, Room 4 Scott Hoerner

RAD (Repent.Arise.Disciple) This group desires to glorify God through studying the Bible and authentic fellowship.  Join us as we dig into the Gospel of Luke and come face to face with Jesus, who He is, what He has done, and how it radically changes our lives.


Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy (Ladies Group)

Day / Time Location Leader
Thursday, 9:30AM Church, Room 4 Lura Black / Cathy White

Joy is the constant companion of the woman who trusts in the Lord.  And while you can find it in friends, family, and circumstances, unfailing, persistent joy will only ever overflow from your relationship with Jesus.

Just ask Job, the man from Uz who clung to God’s goodness while all his worldly joys were stripped away. But how is it possible to hold onto such joy in times of sorrow?  In this 7-session study by Lisa Harper, discover the redemptive side to Job’s story of suffering. Learn to use pain to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and remember God’s providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.

Sermon-based Study

Day / Time Location Leader
Thursday, 6:30 PM Bruce Home (odd months)/Marcon Home (even months) Chris McKinney

A sermon-based study to help people better understand and act on Sunday messages while building relationships through Bible study and fellowship.


GriefShare Support Group

Day / Time Location Leader
Friday, 6:30 PM Church, Room TBD Mark Cassidy / Allie Garcia / Brenda McGill

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now.  If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.

GriefShare support groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.  Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects.  These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus

After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection

During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling.  Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.