Victory Groups Start Back July 26th at 6:30p.

Calvinism & Arminianism 

Pastor Tyler and Pastor Parker

Group Leaders

Calvinism and Arminianism are two systems of theology that attempt to explain the relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in the matter of salvation. Calvinism is named for John Calvin, a French theologian who lived from 1509-1564. Arminianism is named for Jacobus Arminius, a Dutch theologian who lived from 1560-1609.

Both systems can be summarized with five points. Calvinism holds to the total depravity of man while Arminianism holds to partial depravity. Calvinism’s doctrine of total depravity states that every aspect of humanity is corrupted by sin; therefore, human beings are unable to come to God on their own accord. Partial depravity states that every aspect of humanity is tainted by sin, but not to the extent that human beings are unable to place faith in God of their own accord. Note: classical Arminianism rejects “partial depravity” and holds a view very close to Calvinistic “total depravity” (although the extent and meaning of that depravity are debated in Arminian circles). In general, Arminians believe there is an “intermediate” state between total depravity and salvation. In this state, made possible by prevenient grace, the sinner is being drawn to Christ and has the God-given ability to choose salvation.

Calvinism includes the belief that election is unconditional, while Arminianism believes in conditional election. Unconditional election is the view that God elects individuals to salvation based entirely on His will, not on anything inherently worthy in the individual. Conditional election states that God elects individuals to salvation based on His foreknowledge of who will believe in Christ unto salvation, thereby on the condition that the individual chooses God.

Calvinism sees the atonement as limited, while Arminianism sees it as unlimited. This is the most controversial of the five points. Limited atonement is the belief that Jesus only died for the elect. Unlimited atonement is the belief that Jesus died for all, but that His death is not effectual until a person receives Him by faith.

Calvinism includes the belief that God’s grace is irresistible, while Arminianism says that an individual can resist the grace of God. Irresistible grace argues that when God calls a person to salvation, that person will inevitably come to salvation. Resistible grace states that God calls all to salvation, but that many people resist and reject this call.

Calvinism holds to perseverance of the saints while Arminianism holds to conditional salvation. Perseverance of the saints refers to the concept that a person who is elected by God will persevere in faith and will not permanently deny Christ or turn away from Him. Conditional salvation is the view that a believer in Christ can, of his/her own free will, turn away from Christ and thereby lose salvation. Note – many Arminians deny “conditional salvation” and instead hold to “eternal security.”

So, in the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate, who is correct? It is interesting to note that in the diversity of the body of Christ, there are all sorts of mixtures of Calvinism and Arminianism. Join us as we seek to make much of the name of Jesus to clearly articulate the truths found within the gospel!

Bible Journaling

Mandy Blackburn

Group Leader

Bible journaling is a creative way to dig deeper into God’s word. Our study will focus on a different topic each week. We’ll look for verses related to the topic throughout the week on our own, & on each Sunday we’ll share what we’ve discovered with each other. Our Sunday evening time will also be when we get creative! We’ll paint, decorate, & embellish our favorite verses from the week. There isn’t a book for this study, but $15 each will provide supplies for our creative time!

Missional Motherhood

Rachel Dalton

Group Leader

God has instilled motherhood in each woman with great meaning and purpose. This study is for all women, not just those with children. As women we are called to nurture others in our friendships, in our marriage, during disciple making, while serving others, and parenting! Come join me and let’s learn together what God’s plan is for making us the best mother, friend, wife, teacher, and disciple.

The Maker’s Diet

Robin Street and Misty McDavid

Group Leaders

Biblical Principles to eating- a 40 day health challenge. The Maker’s Diet is based on biblical dietary laws. It provides guidelines to help dieters to eat as they were created to eat. It encompasses aspects of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.

Traditional Service

Pastor Darrel Slagle

Group Leader

Time and Date TBA

Victory College

Travis Beasley

Group Leader

Victory College is a college age ministry that is branched from New Victory Baptist Church in Jonesborough TN. We meet on Monday nights at 6:30p at 406 S. Roan St in Johnson City, Childcare is available. Look forward to seeing you there!!

God, Guys, & Girls

Pastor Dylan Holly

Group Leaders

There are several key topics we believe we need to walk through with students on a regular basis. One such topic is challenging students to navigate relationships and sexuality in a way that honors God. The reality is that the world around us is presenting (and even promoting) a message that you are defined by your relational and sexual pursuits. It’s something we HAVE TO be talking about at home and in the church. So we are going to do just that. “God, Guys & Girls” is a six-week series on relationships, love, sex, and dating.

High School Students

“A Girls Guide to Making Really Good Choices”

Angie and Rachel Tilson

Group Leaders

This study will guide tween girls 3rd to 8th grade through the most challenging decisions they face, teaching them to let God—not the world—define who they are. Discussing such topics as attitude, friendships, crushes, parents, school, and avoiding bad situations, This study helps girls see that the very best choice of all is a choice to live within God’s will.

Girls 3rd to 8th Grade

Unseen: The Armor of God for Kids Younger Kids

Jerry McDavid

Group Leaders

Unseen: The Armor of God for Kids Younger Kids Activity Book is based on Priscilla Shirer’s study of the Armor of God. This version for kids, Unseen is a 7-week study of Ephesians 6:10-17 and helps equip kids to put on the Armor of God to fight life’s battles. Each week develops an aspect of God’s own character, as expressed through Jesus, through Bible study and fun learning activities. Includes Parent Pages so that parents can lead their children through Unseen at home.

Boys 3rd-8th Grade

Victory Kids

Erica Moore & Starlete Cochran

Group Leaders

We believe that learning happens best through fun and creativity, so each Victory Kids small group is filled with energy and excitement. A Bible story is shared and your child is involved in worship through song, drama, and prayer. Each gathering includes a small group time where your child will learn how to apply the weekly lesson to their life.

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Victory Kids

Sylvia Johnson

Group Leaders

We have nursery volunteers to help assist your child during Victory Groups.