1 Corinthians is basically a letter Paul wrote to a people who were trying a wild new social experiment known as a Christian community. Centuries later, our churches deal with many of the same issues Paul addresses: factions, sexual immorality, gender issues, money concerns, theological questions, lawsuits, problems in worship, and problems in leadership. In 1 Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God, we will discuss these topics and the awe-inspiring, breathtaking world of the first-century church. In this six-week study, you will learn to look at 1 Corinthians from a variety of viewpoints and apply its lessons to your own faith.
The first three weeks we will discuss: Genesis 22 Abraham and Issac; Joshua 6 & 7 Sacrifice every living thing in the city to devote them to God; and Matthew 10 "I did not come to bring peace..." The final three weeks will be decided by the class.
Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence by Diana Butler Bass. The author is a historian and an advocate for progressive Christianity.
This is a discussion-personal reflection book study examining the important difference between knowing about Jesus and the reality of knowing Jesus Himself.
Are you weary from your challenges, wounded by your battles, or worried your world is spinning out of control? Have the struggles pilfered the life out of your life? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!
Queen Esther concealed her Jewish identity. As far as anyone knew, she was pure Persian. But then came the royal decree that would annihilate her people. She had to make some tough choices. Would she remain silent or would she speak up? Would she blend in or would she stand out? Esther could have refused. She could have cowered in fear. But she spoke up. She stood out. And God used her to save the nation. It's not hyperbole to say that her courage changed the course of history. Nor is it an overstatement to say that God can do the same with you.
Like Esther, you may be staring down a seemingly impossible situation. And what's true for Esther is true for you: deliverance will come. God will have his victory. He will rescue his people. He will right the wrongs of this world. The question is not, Will God prevail? The question is, Will you be part of the team?
In You Were Made for This Moment, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado will help you reclaim your eternal identity as a citizen of heaven, put your hope in the God of grand reversals, cultivate courage for your challenging times, and discover your role in God's story.
You don't need to become undone by tough times, you can become unleashed by our triumphant God. You, friend, were made for this moment.
Go from “Bah, Humbug!” to a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark and sad character? The Redemption of Scrooge, from Matt Rawle’s The Pop in Culture Series, shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will “bless us every one” and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith.
Over the course of 5 weeks we will delve into new evidence by scholars and archaeologists on the origins of the New Testament. This class is meant for those with a strong faith who also are open to learning more than what was taught in Sunday School as a child. We’ll begin with the history of Jesus, his family and the difficult disputes with Paul; we’ll talk about Paul’s letters; who is behind the most famous quartet in history; and finally the Acts of the Apostles. The series is led by Vincent Insalaco who has studied these topics since first visiting Israel in 1984. Insalaco has closely followed the new evidence that is frequently being revealed by New Testament scholars and has visited Israel 8 times since 1984.