Sinclair Ferguson once wrote, "There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ." This idea of growing sounds like a big deal to Christians, but how does it happen and what should it look like. In our seminar, we want to let the gospel direct us and free us to become more like Jesus, rather than more like the person everyone
Newsflash — relationships are hard! Just think about it. We’ve all been really hurt by people that we really trusted. We’ve all felt lonely, forgotten, or betrayed. We’ve all looked for approval and acceptance only to find resentment and rejection. We’ve all struggled with anger, jealousy, and bitterness, and we’ve all been slow to extend forgiveness. So why does this happen? I mean, why are our relationships at home, at school, and at church so frustrating and sometimes just so downright ugly? In this elective, we’re going to talk about the realities of living life alongside other people in a messy, fallen world. We’re going to look at the good and the bad and learn that the gospel brings real hope, real life, and real freedom to all our relationships (even the hard ones).
At some point all of us have wondered what would life be like… if I had a lot of money, if I was more attractive, if I had more likes or followers, if I was the best athlete in school, if I dated him or her, if I was Taylor Swift or LeBron James. It’s our natural bent to think, "if I had this, was more like this or could just fix this about myself,” then we would be satisfied and our lives would make sense. The author of Ecclesiastes reminds us there are many routes the world offers in the search for satisfaction, but they will lead to further emptiness, brokenness, frustration, and pain if lived apart from the God who made us.
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.
What should we believe about the Bible? In a world where the Bible is increasingly put down, ignored, mocked and scorned what do we do with the Bible? What do we do with so many scientist who say the bible is not true? What do we and what does the Church believe about the Bible? Is it even reasonable to belive in the Bible any more. Come to this class and learn what the Bible believes about itself and what Jesus believes about the Bible. Come see how Jesus shows us to be the word and shows us the truth of the word.
Why do you have the body you have? If God is a spirit, why did He make humans with bodies?! What does God think of the human body? What place does your body play in redemption and how does redemption affect your body? How are Christians supposed to think about sexuality? Most of us take our bodies for granted or maybe we have a love/hate relationship with them. Heck, maybe we just have a hate relationship with them (Why does that part always jiggle?!). But what if our bodies are really this amazing thing made for a glorious purpose and destiny? What if there is big cosmic role your specific body plays in this world? This class is designed to cast a vision of what your body is meant to be part of, how your heart connects with your body, and even sex. All of us who have a skin might find this class helpful!
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