What can muggles, wizards, witchcraft, horcruxes, pensieves, werewolves, quidditch, and 'the boy who lived' teach us about the Gospel? Well... a lot. Join us this week to see how JK Rowling uses wands and wizardry to explain Sacraments, Substitutionary Atonement, and the Quest for Life after Death. Warning, we will watch clips. So if your parents are against this, don't signup for this class.
Technology is a tool. Tools, by their very nature, help us do things better. In an age where screen time dominates our daily lives, this class will look at how screen-time amplifies relational and personal positive and negative desires. How can we develop a set of boundaries around technology instead of becoming entrapped in it?
The Bible is so old and we don't have the original copy so how can I trust the Bible in my hands? We will look at how and why the Bible is trustworthy. We'll engage how we can know events really happened, how your Bible came to be; and talk about the most common objections to the Bible as a trustworthy, accurate, faith-forming document. Bring your questions, too!
Jesus tells us that His new commandment is that we love one another. How important do we really think that is for Jesus. Why is it so hard? What makes it so hard to love others, forgive others, or even just give others the time of day and a friendly smile? Well - let's figure out what God's Word has to say about that!
It’s there when you look in the mirror. You’ll find it roaming the halls of your school. It’s on the athletic field and the stage in your school auditorium. It’s there when you take the ACT or SAT. You’ll see it sitting in the classroom when you give that oral report. It tucks you in at night and greets you as you roll out of bed. You’ll read it in text messages & tweets. See it on Snapchat and Instagram. It’s in our conversations and is always rattling around in our minds.
What is it? Insecurity.
Insecurity is something all humans struggle with. Young and old, male and female, across the globe – insecurity has no boundaries. While it is a commonality among humanity, it doesn’t mean it’s something you have to live with. Insecurity is painful for many, but there is a greater fear to drown out this lesser one. Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is in this greater fear, that we learn how to grow, live, and, possibly defeat, our insecurity.
Did Jesus save you, or did Jesus make salvation possible? Did Jesus jump into the water and pull you out, or is he in the business of manufacturing life-vests? Are you secure in your salvation, or liable to falling out of the Father's hands? Does God love you personally, or generally?
This year marks the 500th year of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and it is fitting that we should explore and recapture some of the central truths of the Reformed Faith. We'll talk about TULIP, the acronym that describes the state of humanity and the Trinitarian work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to save and keep God's people. My hope is that you'll not only find truth in this class but also the joy of your salvation and security you have in God's promise that 'he who began a good work in you will surely carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus' (Phil. 1:6).
I am a Christian. But I am stuck. How do I grow? What do I need to do? The things I do, I don't want to do and the things don't do, I long to do. Sound familiar? These are the struggles of apostle Paul's that he voiced. So, if you are struggling, You are not alone. In this seminar we will process together the roadblocks to growth and how the gospel frees us to grow in Jesus. Join us!
There are often times in life where we feel so isolated that nothing could pierce the loneliness. Starting a new school when you walk into the cafeteria for the first time… when all your friends seem more concerned with their individual romances than your friendship… when your parents tell you they are getting divorced… when you cannot shake the sadness and anxiety that you wear like a heavy blanket and don't know why… when you lose someone you love… or when you try to pray but it feels like no one is listening or no one cares. “Sometimes what we call ‘loneliness’ is what God’s word calls a longing for unhindered intimacy with Him and others…. You thought you were hiding, but in reality, I was setting you up to meet with Me. That’s what you need. You need an encounter with Me.” In this class we will learn what it means to risk coming out of hiding and the riches of being held by the Lord. Come join me as we search for a personal and intimate encounter with our God within the loneliness.
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