Learning Community

New Song Community Church offers an opportunity to put God’s truth into action in our everyday lives through Learning Community. Led by Pastor Herb Shaffer, this small group study helps distinguish true Bible teaching from some of the false ideas that have crept into Biblical theology.

Why Participate?

  • Become better disciples of Christ together so we can face anything
  • Gain a deeper learning of Biblical truth
  • Develop stronger “iron sharpening iron” relationships
Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." 

Join Us!

Learning Communities are offered twice a week:

  • Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m.
  • Friday afternoons from 1-3 p.m.

You may attend in-person at the church or tune in via Zoom.

Prayer Gathering Handout 11/8/2023

Current Study Topic

Learning to Love Like Jesus

Richard and Sabinia Wurmbrand image

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand as examples of following Jesus

This study is about learning to more fully follow Christ in our circumstances, imitating the
Wurmbrands as they imitated Christ. Richard Wurmbrand, born in 1909, was the fourth child of a Jewish Romanian family. His conversion to Christianity took place two years after his marriage.

During World War II, Richard and Sabina evangelized the occupying German forces, preached in bomb shelters, caves and to congregations hidden deep within Romanian forests. They rescued scores of Jewish children from ghettos in which the Nazi’s forced Jews to live. For these activities they were arrested repeatedly.

After the war, the Wurmbrands distributed 1 million Bibles to Russian troops and smuggled Bibles into Russia. By this time he was head of the Norwegian Lutheran Mission in Bucharest, a position which helped cover his underground activities.

What followed was Richard being arrested by the secret police and thrown into prison. Many trials and tribulations ensured. The experience only matter he and his wife’s faith stronger

Learning Community Materials:

Past Study Group Topics

How to Study the Bible (Dr. Cliff Sanders)

S.H.A.P.E. Training (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences)

Our Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers)

Experiencing God (By Henry, Richard, and Mike Blackaby and Claude V. King)

Cultures in Conflict (By Ray Vander Laan)

Supernatural (By Michael Heiser)

The True Christmas Story (By Ray Vander Laan)

A Clash of Kingdoms (By Ray Vander Laan)

American Gospel (Various contributors)

Promise to America’s Children