Story Shaped Life Blurb - Joe Deegan
I’ve heard it said, “If you want someone to know the truth, tell them; if you want someone to love the truth, tell them a story.” As God’s created human beings, there is something within us that responds more deeply to stories than to anything else in the world. The world itself is trying to shape and mold and form us with its own stories—false narratives that lead us away from our Creator. But the Bible is telling us a different story. In fact, the Bible is just that—a story. From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures are giving us one enormous, true, historical, prophetic, poetic, epic story that does way more than just tell us the difference between right and wrong. It’s a story that will shape and mold us into the people God intended us to be if we will let it. This week we’re going to talk about the power of storytelling, the deception beneath the stories that the world is telling us, and the beauty within the greatest story ever told.
The Love of God is Like... – Michael Hall
We hear love associated with everything from romance and marriage to cool shoes and sweet bacon. Seems like love can be applied however one wants to whatever one wants. Maybe you’ve struggled to love the way you feel you should. Maybe you’ve been deeply hurt by someone who said they loved you. Maybe you wonder if you really know what being loved is like at all. Love is not an idea. Love is not a feeling. Love is a God thing. God’s love is the biggest, most complete, most perfect and wonderful expression of love in all creation - for God IS love. Because our experience of love is often diluted and misguided, we don’t fully appreciate His love and therefore miss out on the myriad of blessings He offers us in it. In the Bible God goes to great lengths to profess His love for His people using numerous metaphors and images. Join us for this elective as we consider how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God in Jesus...and in more fully knowing this love that surpasses knowledge, we may be filled with all the fullness of God, enabled to trust Him more confidently in the hard times and celebrate Him more richly in the high times.
"Did He Really Just...?" – Joel May
Have you ever been asked one of these questions: “Did Jesus really say that he was God?” “Did Jesus really die and come back to life?” “Did Jesus really say that he was the only way to get to heaven?” Maybe you have grown up hearing the answers to those questions, but you have never actually known where the Bible says it. Maybe you are struggling with believing it yourself. Maybe you have no idea why it matters. This class will explore the foundational claims of the Christian faith, what Scripture says about them, and why it matters today.
Culture & Christianity -- JonPaul Watson
What do Christians believe? How does our broader culture make sense of the world? What do the people around us think about the church? In this class we will consider how our culture thinks about belief, faith, meaning, identity, and purpose and what (& how) Christianity has to say of value into our current cultural narratives.
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