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Matthew gives us a window into primitive Jewish Christianity.  Probably cast out of synagogues, these early followers of Jesus Messiah, Son of God, are in search of their Christian identity and mission after the traumatic destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.  So now, what is the meaning of God's faithfulness, will, presence, and forgiveness for their lives?  No longer can they rest on the laurels of their Jewish identity alone.  Rather, these Christians are called upon by the resurrected Messiah to go to all nations, declaring that Jesus is the path to the Kingdom of Heaven.  In our study we will discover that this gospel has universal meaning for our lives today.

The goal of this curriculum is to move us toward discipleship-driven lives.  It is a journey through Scripture with discussions that stretch the way people think about living the Christian life.  There is a new topic each month, part of a 6-year curriculum.  Each class focuses on people helping each other make immediate application of  the lesson to our everyday lives. In addition, the curriculum parallels that taught in the youth classes, providing opportunities for adults to talk with their teens about the Sunday lesson.  Class members are provided with study magazines that amplify the message of the lessons.
 

Few of us feel comfortable and confident in knowing what to do and what to say when faced with fellow Christians, family members, or friends who are experiencing personal or health crises.  We frequently deal with the situation by simply not dealing with it—by backing away and avoiding facing it.  This behavior does not help the person in crisis, nor does it allow us to put our faith into words and actions. This class will be a practical study to prepare those who want to be better at ministering to their Christian brothers and sisters.  It will provide much-needed training for current elders, future elders or chaplains, and "unofficial elders."  It will help prepare you for visiting those in need during times of grief, illness, spiritual duress, and end-of-life.

21st Century Apologetics Part 3 - Defense of the Bible and the Messiah, Teri Cross, Summer 2017

This course will be presented as a continuation of Part II, Introduction to 21st Century Apologetics.  The goal of Part I was to develop logical and other scientific arguments and defenses for the Creation of the Universe and the Existence of God as its Creator.  This next, and final, part will focus on proving that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God.  The course will consist of a variety of techniques, especially class discussions, which will be appropriate, interesting, and entertaining for both the budding philosopher as well as the seasoned scholar.  You need NOT have attended Part I to participate in this Part II, as they are independent of one another  The basis for this course will be Lee Strobel's book, The Case for Christ, which will be provided.

Fusion - Mike Jones, Anita Miller, Bill Estes, Carlene Patterson, Summer 2017

The goal of this study is an intentional cultural change to discipleship-driven lives, stretching the way people think so new ideas about discipleship surface.  It is unequivocally focused on our mission to "make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God and love others".  There will be a new topic each month:  June - an Old Testament study of Mercy in the Midst of Disobedience; July - Thessalonians on living out our Christianity; and August - Modern Day Idols.  Each class will include the study of thought-provoking scriptures interspersed with sessions of introspection and discussion.  Every class will focus on helping each other apply our lesson to our everyday lives. 

Epistles to the Romans and Ephesians, Summer 2017

This class will complete the study of Romans with chapters 13-15 remaining.  Here Paul focuses on our behavior toward governing authorities and our behavior toward one another.  Paul sums up the epistle to the Ephesians when he writes in chapter 3, "Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things."  Paul gives us insight into the blessings God has poured out on the church.  Also, he speaks about our creation in Christ and our reconciliation.  Finally, Paul describes God's plan for us.  What a powerful book!

Combined Adult Class, May 2017

 

Fusion Class, Mike Jones and Anita Miller, Spring 2017

The goal of this study is an intentional cultural change to discipleship-driven lives.  It is the beginning of a journey through scripture and discussions that stretch the way people think so new ideas about discipleship surface.  It is unequivocally focused on our mission to "make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God and love others".  There will be a new topic each month.  Each class will include the study of thought-provoking scriptures interspersed with sessions of introspection and discussion.  Every class will focus on helping each other apply the lesson to our everyday lives immediately.  To help adults share their faith with our teens, this class covers the same topics the teens are studying in their classes each week.

Romans 1:16-17 reveals the core of this great epistle written by the apostle Paul to the believers in Rome.  "For I am not ashamed of the good news, for it is the power or God to salvation to all believers, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For the justice of God is revealed to him from faith to faith, just as it is written:  For the just will live by faith."  It is beneficial to us, two thousand years later, for Paul to present the gospel in written form to the Romans.  Also, Paul addressed his letter to you and me (Rom. 1:13).  The epistle contains more teaching on faith and grace than any other New Testament writing.  Paul also outlines God's salvation narrative from creation to the time when "The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet."  Rom 16:20.

21st Century Apologetics Part 2 - Defense of the Bible and the Messiah, Teri Cross, Spring 2017

This course is Part II in the 2-part series, Introduction to 21st Century Apologetics.  The goal of Part I was to develop logical and other scientific arguments and defenses for the Creation of the Universe and the Existence of God as its Creator.  This next and final, part will focus on proving that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God.  This course will consist of a variety of techniques, especially class discussions, which will be appropriate, interesting and entertaining for both the budding philosopher as well as the seasoned scholar.  You need NOT have attended Part 1 to participate in this Part II, as they are independent of one another. 

Children of the Way: A Church 2,000 Years Under Construction (Part 2), David Jenkins, Spring 2017

This class is a continuation but new class members can easily pick up the story.  The purpose of the study is to help us understand why we believe what we believe.  Is it simply because the Bible says so?  Then why are there so many different Christian faiths?  The class begins with a brief review then proceeds into the heritage of this church that has come out of the Stone-Campbell American Restoration Movement.  Topics include how the Civil War influenced church theology on the use of instrumental music and more.  Why did the Restoration Movement divide into Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and Christian Churches?  How did our churches move from being apolitical and pacifist to politically active and pro-military?  Join the fascinating journey though the most recent 200 years of our church heritage. 

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