Most people yearn to feel close to God; but they also need to think about God, to attempt to unravel the divine mystery. We do not truly believe in something we know little about. That is not faith but fideism, or mindless assent. If we desire to share our faith with others, we first need a basic understanding of it ourselves. Christian maturity involves study.
Romans 12:2 instructs the Christian to avoid conforming to the world by being “transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
The following classes, studies, and resources are available to promote the renewing of the mind through study in small groups, Sunday School, and an individual’s everyday life.
Sunday school provides a structure for teaching God’s Word. Preaching isn’t enough. A systematic teaching of the Scriptures – not just preaching (Acts 5:42) needs to occur through all age levels. Children, youth, and adults need opportunities for discovery, review, and interaction as they study God’s principles. Sunday school meets needs!
Sunday school gears Bible teaching to a specific age group (Deut. 31:12). That means a wiggly four-year-old can discover great biblical truth by acting out a Bible story, completing dot-to-dot pictures, singing fun songs, and obeying parents. During the same hour, senior adults may discuss whether their relationship with their spouse or responses to daily crises reflect their trust in God. Both age groups leave Sunday school with specific applications for the week.
Disciple is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.
Each of these studies gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.
Disciple is a thirty-four-week overview of the entire Bible and starts in the fall. Check back for when the next class starts.
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