Educating Disciples: The Apostle's Creed
Location: Fellowship Hall A
In an age of cafeteria-style religion, Christians young and old must distinguish between the tenets of our faith and modern trends with no biblical basis. Reciting together the 12 affirmations of the Apostles' Creed as we do most Sundays may sound odd or cultish to some. Why do we do it, and what does it mean to believe these truths that are foundational to our life in Christ? Together we will seek to understand the essence of our faith, so that the Word of God transforms our minds and liberates us to live a new life.
This class focuses on deep study of the Scriptures in order to approach God more intimately and to understand the unfailing grace offered to imperfect people. We seek to learn how to live out our calling as beloved children of the one true God by pondering the lives of those who have gone before us, the "great cloud of witnesses for the faith" (Heb 12:1). Above all, we want to know Christ and the power of HIs resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, that we may become more like Him (Phil 3:10).
Fellowshipping Disciples: 1 Peter: Walk the Talk
Location: Fellowship Hall B
Becoming holy begins in our mind, “If you want to act holy, you have to learn to think holy”, 1 Peter 1: 13-16. Thinking differently affects our behavior. We must be obedient to God, forgive others, make right choices, live in peace, and trust God. Join the Fellowship class as we study 1 Peter, in which these topics are explored. This study is based on a Series Builder by Steve May who publishes Preaching Library Everyone is welcome anytime.
The goal of the Fellowship class is to make everyone feel welcome as the class studies the Bible and prays together. The class begins with coffee, snacks and conversation, followed by interactive study on a Christian topic or book of the Bible. An ongoing theme in our discussions is how to live as a Christian in the world, with the challenges of the changing culture. the supportive sociable atmosphere provides a forum for classmates to share concerns, joys and needs. All are welcome anytime.
Establishing Disciples: The Bible Jesus Read
Location: Room 201
Although many Christians consider the New Testament more important than the Old, the New Testament was written after Jesus' earthly ministry, making the Old Testament "the Bible Jesus read." This fact obligates Christians to know it well. This study by Philip Yancey approaches key sections of the Hebrew Bible (mostly from Job, Deuteronomy, The Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets) and confronts core questions of the Christian faith: Do I matter? Does God care? Why doesn't God act? Rather than providing simple answers--he in fact says that "by no means did Jesus resolve the problem of pain"-- this study instead affirms our need to know this ancient text more deeply in order to know our Lord more personally.
Establishing Disciples is tailored to young adults, so anyone in their college-aged years to their early 30s, single or married, will feel right at home. From how phones are changing us to finding the life you want in Christ, Establishing Disciples will tackle the unique experiences and challenges of early adulthood.
Equipping Disciples: New year, new focus!
Location: Room 100
Join us for study and conversation in an encouraging, informal environment as we learn together what it means to follow Jesus actively as disciples, not just admire Him as fans. If you’re ready to make a New Year’s resolution to grow in confidence that God has gifted all Christians with the tools we need for ministry and mission and to be strengthened and encouraged to use God’s gifts in your daily life, whatever your life stage or circumstance, this is the group for you!
For more information, contact Mark or Juliellen Simpson-Vos (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
Jesus has called us to follow him--to be His disciples. But what does that mean in practice? What gifts does the Holy Spirit provide to equip us and help us grow as followers of Jesus Christ? All are invited to join this supportive, conversational class for study, discussion, and prayer meant to help you end 2020 with a clear sense of your calling to mission and ministry in response to God's grace. From January 26-March 1, we'll be using Kyle Idleman's book and video study, Not A Fan, to guide our conversation.
As followers of Jesus we are called to live out our faith at all times and in all places: at home and at work, in our relationships and in our community. To be ready, we need our community of faith to encourage, challenge, and prepare us. This class uses conversation and study to build a community of well-equipped disciples ready to show the love of Jesus to a world that needs His grace.
Supporting Disciples (SALT- Single Adults in the Lord Together): Proverbs
Supporting Disciples is currently reading the book of Proverbs, one of the first self help books ever written. It was mainly written and compiled by Soloman, son of David. A book of instructions on how to lice a life pleasing to God and to be more peaceful with all.
For several dynamic decades, this class brought together single adults for Bible study and fellowship. It has now grown into an active group of senior adults offering more in-depth Bible study and welcomes mature believers whether single, divorced, married or widowed. The fourth Monday of each month features a potluck dinner open to anyone seeking table fellowship or a mentor in the faith. TGC is blessed to have a wealth of experienced Christians to share their hard-won wisdom.
Questions about what class might be right for you? Contact Amie Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org