January 14th to March 11th (except Feb. 18th Men’s Retreat) our church breaks up into 5 small groups with studies and teachings on a wide variety of subjects.
This year’s classes are:
- Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel with facilitators Ian & Lara McInnes – raising kids is tough; raising kids who aren’t pushed around by their culture, choose better friends and make better choices is tougher. Kids as described don’t happen just because we bring them up in church. Life is making up its mind at home. We want to raise our kids the way God raises his. And that’s with grace. We want to have God’s grace hold a high ground in our home and be our standard for all those tough decisions that come with parenting. This course will help you raise kids to feel secure, know that they are significant, and find their strength in God.
- The Book of Genesis Part 2 – George Krahn. It’s the Book of Beginnings, it’s the foundation of everything we believe in, it’s full of stories we may only be familiar with from childhood … in 2018 we take a closer look at the second half of the Book of Genesis. We’re going to pick up where we left off and look at the stories of Isaac on the Altar, Isaac finds a wife, the battle of the terrible twins Jacob and Esau … and of course – Joseph the Dreamer.
- Crash the Chatter Box by Steven Furtick with facilitators Cassidy Spyker and Melody Legault. Suitable for ages 13 – 18. “Crash the Chatterbox” focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating; insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. Steven asks, “What great deeds are in danger of remaining undone in your life because of the lies that were planted in your past or fears that are looming in your future?” Learn how to live out God’s truth no matter what is going on in your life or thoughts. With personal stories, and practical strategies, Pastor Furtick will show you how to silence the lies, embrace the freeing affirmation of God, and to hear God’s voice above all others.
- God & the Human Body – Dr. Raphael Samuel. The human body is an enigma of physiologic beauty and pathophysiologic brokenness. Despite the medical and scientific advances in understanding its physical nature, the most challenging questions it evokes are often metaphysical, that is – beyond the realm of the nature. The first four sessions of this class will cover “Our Created Bodies” – are they the product of time plus matter plus chance?; “Sinful Bodies” – the problem and nature of sin; “Glorious Bodies” – Are we destined only for the grave or is there something more?; and “Broken Bodies” – the problem of pain and suffering. The second 4 sessions will be lead by Terence & Stephanie Wall and based on the book “The Problem with Christianity” by Barton Priebe. This part of the class will deal with the four most common issues that a person examining Christianity may raise. (1) Homosexuality & God: why does God seem to be against gay people? (2) Miracles & Science: how can I believe in miracles in an age of science? (3) Exclusivity & Intolerance: how can there possibly be only one way to God? (4) God & Evil: if God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?
- Health & Wellness – Dr. Robert Tower. This class will be an exploration of various aspects of living a healthy life. There are many voices making claims about how to live a healthy lifestyle, and the question to be answered is how do you know which is correct. As a physician coming from a Christian worldview I take the mandates given in Scripture seriously and find the words of the Apostle Paul inspiring: “Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” 1 Cor 6:20 We will explore how to evaluate the health claims made by authors, experts, and your friends and family and cover topics from Nutrition to Mental Health to Sexual Health and more in between.