J Term 2020 - a new decade

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During the month of January we will be offering groups that address the four growth areas of Luke 2:52, growing in wisdom (how we think about God and his purposes), stature (physical discipleship), and in favor with God (spiritual health) and man (emotional and relationship health).

Child care will be offered for Children 4th grade and younger on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the 2020 J Term Classes.

Please note that materials needed for courses will need to be purchased by the participant.

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Sundays beginning January 5

Conversations in Justice

•    6:30pm | Led by Pastor Lon Snyder

•    We will explore the relationship between a person's experience of God's grace and their participation in acts of justice, mercy, and compassion. We will use Timothy Keller's book, Generous Justice as a guide for conversations on the (often neglected) biblical teaching that an experience of the grace of God inevitably motivates the Christian to seek justice in the world.

•    Materials Needed: Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller.

Living in Christ’s Presence

•    6:30pm | Led by Pastor Jeff Haynes

•    We will explore what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. We will reflect on the power of prayer and the Trinity in our lives, the meaning of knowledge, the importance of spiritual disciplines and much more. We will challenge you to begin the next decade on the right foundation, and take next steps in or into a lifestyle of growing in God’s grace.

•    Materials Needed: Living in Christ’s Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard.

Tuesdays beginning January 7

Child care is available for children 4th grade and younger.

Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life

•    6:30pm | Led by Justin and Olivia Noland

•    This course will explore how our homes can be used as a tool to build God’s kingdom and help unbelieving friends and neighbors see what the Christian faith tangibly looks like. The author’s story of her own conversion serves as the backdrop to wrestle through this application for our own lives. Through a combination of teaching and group discussion, we will explore how we can engage in biblical hospitality.

•    Materials Needed: The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosario Butterfield.

Unstuck: A Journey to Change that Lasts

•    6:30pm | Pastor Jeff Haynes

•    We will take you on a nine-step journey toward lasting personal change, empowering you to break free from unwanted habits and negative thought patterns that don't seem to go away. Combining truths from Scripture with stories of transformation, and practical exercises, we will look to Christ – so that whatever our struggle, we can get unstuck.

•    Materials Needed: Unstuck: A Nine-Step Journey to Change that Lasts by Tim Lane.

Wednesdays  beginning January 8

Child care is available for children 4th grade and younger.

How to Study Your Bible

•    6:30pm | Gary Congin and Pastor Lon Snyder

•    One of the most important skills you can develop as a follower of Jesus is how to study your Bible. The Bible is our source for understanding who Jesus is and how to live life his way, but at times the Bible isn’t always very clear or easy to understand. In this course we’ll walk through a method of studying the Bible that will help you make sense of what it is saying and help you connect God’s word to your life. You’ll walk away with a practical set of skills and resources that you can easily use in any study context.

•    Materials Needed: will be [provided in class

Parenting in an Age of Technology

•    6:30pm | Ted and Sandy McKown

•    This course will explore new paradigms for the way parents lead their homes with the right focus and balance of technology, and how to give it its proper place in our lives. We will explore the idea that the patterns for human flourishing of work and rest have been set by God, and the technological advances of the last generations (easy everywhere) simply have upset these patterns and stunted the flourishing of humanity.

•    Materials Needed: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch.

Thursdays beginning January 9

Child care is available for children 4th grade and younger.

Rethinking Sexuality

•    6:30 p.m. | Led by Josh and Kristi Miller

•    How should we respond to the changing sexual beliefs and moral standards around us? What does the Bible say about sexual issues? This study is a great place to begin healthy discussion around biblical sexuality and very practical ways to apply God's truth to real-life sexual issues. Going through this study will guide you in how to talk about relevant sexual issues. You will also learn why reclaiming the biblical narrative of sexuality is so critical to reaching the world and equipping God's people.

•    Materials will be provided at a cost of $8/book: Rethinking Sexuality by Dr. Juli Slattery (not a course requirement but recommended).

Talking to Strangers

•    6:30pm | Pastor Jeff Haynes and Ryan Smith

•    We will leverage Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book to take next steps in our ability to communicate the good news of the Gospel with others. We will take a person look at why we so often get other people wrong, and why it is so hard to detect what others might be thinking. We will challenge shared assumptions and invite you on a journey of rethinking our view of the other in these troubled times.

•    Materials Needed: Talking With Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell.

Life Explored (7 week course)

•    6:30pm | Pastor Cole Tawney, Matt and Maggie Kirbabas

•    We all want to be happy. Why is lasting happiness so hard to find? Life Explored is an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself. Because in the West, particularly among the millennial generation, we can no longer take any level of biblical literacy for granted, LE gives people the context they need to be able to understand who Jesus is and why he came. A panoramic view of the Bible is given - creation, fall, redemption and new creation - rather than just a narrow slice of the picture. Join us on Thursday nights in January and February where will begin by sharing a meal together, followed by an hour of videos and discussion time to answer these important life questions.

•    Materials Needed: Life Explored Handbook: What’s the Best Gift God Could Give You? .