December 2-week Class
Spiritual Transformation and the Discipline of Discipleship
Sunday, December 12 and 19 at 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM (same class, two time options)
Taught by Jim Annable upstairs in Room 2-2 a/b
Fairy tales can be instructive and enduring. At the heart of these stories beats the process of transformation: A frog becomes a Prince; an abused stepdaughter becomes a queen. The witch is revealed for who she really is in the end. All the great stories we have enjoyed both as children and then the more “grown up” stories we read later as adults, connect us to some sort of a transformational story. God wants us to have such a story. An angry person finds rest, a fearful, anxious, follower of Christ finds peace and an imperfect, struggling believer flourishes. God wants you to have a good story and He wants to help you in your story. Transformation is possible, it is accessible….. and we play a role in that process.
Coming in January
Sundays at 9:00 AM
Biblical Pillars of a Family Foundation, Family and Counseling Ministry Team, Room 2-1.
How should a person or couple between age 20 and age 45 lead the family in such a way as glorifies God and is in the best interest of all those in the family? How are men and women to relate in the family? How is parenting different for a 4–8-year-old and a 13–17-year-old? How should we manage in-law relationships? This ten-part class addresses what the Bible has to say about all these things and is geared at pre-marrieds, married and single adults. Join us as we lead this lecture and discussion-based class.
Walking in the Light of God’s Love – A Study of The Johannine Epistles, Bo Spires and Cole Dreyer, Room 2-2 a/b.
The Apostle John has given us perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible on how to have eternal life (John 3:16). The same Apostle who taught us eternal life can be had by “one drink” or “one look” upon Jesus was the same Apostle who leaned on Jesus’ breast. He was the “disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). The Apostle John not only wanted people to know how to have eternal life, he wanted them to also experience a deep, rich fellowship with God. Join us as we study through the Johannine Epistles to see what the Apostle John has to say about how to live an abundant Christian life.
Redemption at Work, Joe Rossi, Room 2-3.
Redemption At Work. (Yes, it has double meaning.) The image of God is reflected in man/woman in general and in their activity. A study of how God's image is reflected and His redemptive purpose furthered in our daily work and jobs. Discover the wonder, beauty, purpose and fulfillment side of work. Despite the ravages of sin a relationship with Christ brings hope, purpose and meaning to work.
Pursuing Crowns; A Study of I & II Samuel, (Women Only), Christy Voelkel, Conference Room A.
As we press on toward our eternal inheritance, we find ourselves in pursuit of crowns just as Israel was in I and II Samuel. There are right and wrong crowns to pursue, and right and wrong ways of pursuing them, as we will see from Israel's model. Join us as we finish up I Samuel and move into II Samuel.
Sundays at 10:45 AM
The Life of Joseph, Ron Scicluna and Stuart Myers, Room 2-1.
Does God have for us a unique purpose that works "together for good”? Can the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or living paycheck-to-paycheck, be a “good" thing? Tough times make it difficult for most of us to not react from emotions and develop a negative attitude. The story of Joseph’s life provides insight in how to get through hard times. We can relate to his story. When tough times come, we need reminding God is sovereign and good, and can be trusted. The story of Joseph tells us how God works in the lives of His people resulting is us saying, “With God’s help, I’ll get through this.”
Habakkuk and Zephaniah, Jesse Bridges and Tim Oakleaf, Room 2-3.
Do you desire to enjoy God more? So did Zephaniah. Do you desire to know God better? So did Habakkuk.
Are you as unfamiliar with these two books as most believers are? Join Jesse Bridges and Tim Oakleaf on a mutual journey of discovering in a big way what these two tiny books have to offer as we endeavor to deal with issues like moral relativity and the pandemic in our difficult times. And believe it or not, Ripley does not have a lock on “Believe It or Not.” Surprise, God came up with it first!
Believe it or not, even though Zephaniah and Habakkuk were written so long ago, they offer a lot of help for dealing with difficult times like ours. That is because they cover a wide range of significant bible themes; like averting God’s anger and embracing God’s love. “In the process we find the book of Zephaniah to be the door to the Hebrew prophets [like Habakkuk], a key to understanding major issues in biblical theology, and a practical guide to living the life of faith in a faithless day, finding a sure place of hope in a hopeless day.” A Shelter in the Fury by Ronald B. Allen
Saint Peter: The Solid Rock or a Fragile Stone, Dave Compton, Room 2-2 a/b.
Peter was an enigma—a man of puzzling and contradictory character. Who was this man? A disciple? A wishy-washy follower of Christ, one who denied him three times? A feisty first century church founder known as being “impetuous”? Maybe you can relate to Peter—outrageously loyal on your good days, uncertain during times of suffering. Perhaps you simply want to learn more about him and digest his writings. This class will include 8 lessons from Michael Card’s DVD/lessons (A Fragile Stone. Peter: Jesus’ Friend) followed up by 7 weeks of in-depth study of I & II Peter. The class will be conversational with a mix of sharing, prayer time, and open discussion about what we are learning about Peter and what he is trying to teach us through his life and his letters.