- Phone: (479) 783-5161
- Meeting Address:
3900 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Bible Study: 9:15am
The world is full of things that steal your attention and for the majority, these things don't matter. Here at GSM we care about what really matters. Beginning with the truth that is Jesus Christ and God's Word, we are deeply concerned about authentic relationships, fellowship, worship, theology, stewardship, social justice, prayer, and those who have not yet heard about the Gospel. We also desire students to wrestle with these things, not just blindly take them, but to truly work out their salvation.
However, being concerned about these things is only the beginning, how we live life and interact with each other and the Gospel is central to our lifestyle. Jesus told us to share the good news, baptize, disciple, and teach what He commanded. For us, we have created an environment as such.
We want students to love God, love the Church, and love others. Simply, Jesus lived life with his students, we also want to live life with ours.
Midweek worship event for students 7th through 12th grade. Elevate was created to grow the maturity and spiritual formation of students at GSM. The goal is to "elevate" their mindset from the ways of the world and to focus on the ways of God. Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Sunday Mornings at 9:15am our students spend time with their peers and a team of adult leaders learning to live in community, study the Bible, Pray and make God's name known here in the Fort and to the Nations. The following is a brief look at our small-groups.
Our goal at GSM is to maximize our small-group time in the equipping of our students to know what they believe about God, why they believe it and how to apply it. All while learning to live in community with believers who are striving to help each other become more like Christ, share each others needs and make God’s glory known in Fort Smith and the Nations. We believe this process is best accomplished through very intentional Gospel-Community groups that will focus on six target areas of study. Each study is intentionally chosen for a specific grade. As these studies build upon each other, our goal is that we will graduate students who are well equipped to continue to grow and thrive as believers post high school.
7th Grade: Character: Old Testament people and their encounters with God. From the very beginning God has been at work in the lives of people. This study reveals how Old Testament people encountered God, and how the whole of the Old Testament points to the coming Messiah. It’s hard to see the big picture of scripture, and have the fullest understanding Jesus and what He accomplished without this foundation.
Christ: The Basis of our Faith. This study centers on the four gospels and focuses on Jesus Ministry, Miracles and Message.
Community:The New Testament Church. We where created to live in community with one another. This study centers around the book of Acts and teaches about the early church and how the gospel spread throughout the world. Students will engage with the early church and begin to understand our role in the modern church.
*This class will rotate curriculum on a yearly basis.
10th grade: Reverb: Our lives echo in Eternity. This study centers around the book of Romans and focuses on God’s overarching plan as well as His individual plan for each person to impact the world. God has a mission and purpose for all of mankind. (This is the intro-theology year)
11th Grade: As we grow, our lives become increasingly full of options and distractions. This study is built around the book of James and challenges students to focus on their personal relationships with God through practical applications that prepare them for life after GSM.
12th Grade: This one is a little different. This group will be challenged to live on Mission while modeling community to the underclassman. They will have multiple opportunities to serve both within the Student Ministry and the church. Within the student ministry they will at times be assigned to classes as “Jr. Teachers”; Learn to write and teach lessons as well as focus on subjects that are vital before entrance to college and the work force. These include:
Apologetics 101, Missiology, Orphanology, Spiritual Disciplines and Stewardship. Their base study will focus around the book of Isaiah, and they will learn practical applications for living in relationship with God and other people through topics such as worship, justice, grace and the future.
*There are several other “Topics/Subjects” that will be taught as well. Things such as evangelism, spiritual disciplines, and prayer are taught and modeled on a weekly basis and are a part of the fabric of what we do. Also, understanding that all of our students won’t start in 7th grade, and that as this plan is launched a good many of our students won’t cover all of the topics, during the December and June “teacher break” periods reviews of the age graded subjects will be presented in a large group format.
Several times a month our Student Ministry meets in homes for two hours to eat, fellowship, discuss, and pray together. Jr. High and Senior High each have their own home to meet in. Home-Groups provide an awesome time to get away, relax, and spend time with friends.