Adult School of Discipleship
Adult School of Discipleship equips, trains and mobilizes our community for ministry. Classes are centered on Biblical teaching, provide opportunities for spiritual gifts to be used in ministry, and enable people to reach out to others and welcome them into the church body. We want participants to grow in their knowledge of God’s gracious work toward humanity, trained to apply the Scriptural teaching to their lives, and encouraged to act as Christ’s servants through a growing love and commitment for God and others in the world.
Begins February 9, 2020
10:00 – 10:55 am
Our world, and sometimes even we as believers, have questions about Christianity at the point it seems to clash with our experience of life. We occasionally have to entertain assertions such as “Christianity is anti-science”, “the world would be better off without Christianity”, “Christians are homophobic”, and “a loving God would never send anyone to hell”. Come join us for the next 6 weeks as we use the book by Rebecca McLaughlin as a catalyst for the conversation concerning these issues. The book is available on our book shelves.
The Story of Jacob: Grace in the Struggle
Jacob was a child of privilege – the son of successful Isaac and the grandson of faithful Abraham – destined to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Despite these unique privileges, Jacob’s life was one continuous struggle. He struggled with his circumstances, his family, his neighbors, his divided heart, and most notably, with his God. These intense struggles, common to all of us, were God’s means of grace in Jacob’s life, opening him to God’s presence and purposes, and changing him from a sneaky, ruthless competitor into a grateful dispenser of blessing.
Jacob’s story illustrates that the God of Jacob is the God of strugglers, the God whose grace meets us, not in spite of our struggles, but in them. As we reflect on Jacob’s long and difficult discipleship, we are helpfully reminded that in our struggles we should expect to meet God, who in Jesus we know as “our Lord, our Savior and the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isaiah 49:26).
Teacher: John Fryling
Coming on March 29:
- Welcome to New Life. Come find out what we believe, what’s important to us and how you can get involved more deeply. If you want to become a member, this class is required, but everyone is welcome to explore.
- Parental Discipling. How do parents disciple their children and what resources are available? Listen to some very seasoned veterans as well as those still learning.
Young Adults Class
For those who have graduated from high school within the last 6 years, join us for growth in Christ each Sunday morning at 10 am. Andrew and Shannon Colpitts lead this group.
Living for the King
Living for the King is New Life’s foundational discipleship course built on the truths of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. As we learn more deeply what it means to be justified by faith and adopted as a child of God, we develop a new identity. Our self-image begins to be defined by God’s view of us, rather than the opinions of others or by our own success or failure.
LFK applies the message of grace to all of our relationships and to every area of daily life. As we understand what Christ has done for us more deeply, his character takes root in our lives. We begin to understand our gifts and calling in light of God’s kingdom purposes. Our responses to challenges and even our own failures change us so that we are no longer crushed by guilt, anxiety and depression. In the end, it helps every individual develop a personal plan for Christian growth and service.
Living for the King is modeled after the “Sonship” material, first written by Jack Miller and now available through Serge. Much of the course is based on Paul’s writings in the book of Galatians. Homework and readings provide tools that God uses to change our way of thinking about faith and life.
The next Living for the King course will be held in the fall of 2020. If you have questions, please contact the church office.