News flash — 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).
We are all idolators. You may not worship a little statue on your bookshelf every night (if you do, we need to talk), but chances are there's a goal, a person, a desire, or something else that has taken on god-like proportions in your life. Idols are good things or bad things that we turn into ultimate things; they're "counterfeit gods." We're very good at making them, and they're very good at ruining us. A Christian writer once said, "the secret to change is to identify and dismantle the counterfeit gods of your heart." Join us as we discover how true this is, and how the Gospel is good news for idolators.
If someone had to describe you in just a few sentences, what would they say? Would they talk about your abilities?…she’s a good tennis player. Would they focus on your physical characteristics? …she’s tall. Would they identify you by your relationships? ...she has the baseball player boyfriend? Would they bring up your accomplishments? …she makes straight A’s! Would they mention your personality? …she’s so funny. There are so many places from where we can draw our identity. What does it look like to have our identity in Christ? That’s what we’ll cover in this girls-only elective.
Do you feel like the Bible is boring? Like you’ve read every story before or heard it all Sunday School since day one? Do you feel like the Bible is hard to understand? Like you have to be a pastor to try to figure out what it all means? When you try to read it, do you ask yourself, “How does this apply to my life, to what I’m going through right now?” With so many things promising us quick entertainment and immediate pleasure, sometimes reading and studying the Bible can seem like just one more tedious chore to check off the list. Sometimes reading and understanding God’s word can be difficult, and that makes us feel like it’s just a bunch of old dull stories that don’t apply to our lives. In this elective we will talk about why the Bible might seem boring and hard to understand, how to study it, and what it means for our lives.
Did you choose this elective or did this elective choose you? What does it mean to have free will? How free are our wills? If my friend, Will, is in prison, do I still have free Will? Do human choices matter? Is choice an illusion? What does the bible say about these questions? Are you thoroughly confused? Good, because these are the kind of questions we'll be dealing with in this elective. Come join us...or don't. Either way, the choice is yours...or is it?
Do you feel like you never measure up spiritually? Do you feel like your day is shot if you neglected to have your devotional that morning? Do you constantly live under a load of guilt and shame? Do you feel like you don’t belong in the presence of God? Do you see God more as a harsh Drill Sergeant rather than your loving, compassionate Father? If so, then this class is for you. We’ll take a look at who God is, and what he has actually accomplished for every one of His children in the act of His free grace called: Justification. Then we’ll see how that changes our lives forever especially in regard to our struggle with sin. This is a class for strugglers…like me. Has He called you into a life of guilt and bondage, or to a life of freedom? Come and join us as we seek together to make sense of the struggle.
While there is certainly a lot to learn in the great outdoors, this class isn't primarily concerned with finding your way home if you get lost in the woods! While some of us have known the wilderness as a real place with various challenges and difficulties, we all experience “the wilderness” in the challenging and difficult seasons of our lives. When we are “in the wilderness” we find ourselves feeling out of control (I can’t seem to do anything to change things! I can’t fix this!), without clarity (Why is this even happening? How did I get here?), and also feeling a lack of consequence (Where is this going? What’s going to happen next?). Come to this class and hear how God meets His people “in the wilderness” and fills them with Himself...offering peace under His control, comfort amidst tons of questions, and courage to press on knowing He is with you. Life is hard y’all...God wants you to know that He get’s it and to experience Him right in the middle of all of it.
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