GROW Classes

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 Clear Pathways to Spiritual Growth
 We are all engaged in a life-long process of spiritual growth.  No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, we have opportunities for you to develop at your own pace.
To help you find your next steps on your spiritual journey, we have identified four stages of spiritual growth: exploring, believing, maturing and multiplying.  Each of our GROW classes and experiences are designed to help meet the specific needs of people at each stage of their journey.


Sundays, 9:00-9:50am  
(October 1 – November 19)
 Nicene Creed
Teacher: Michael Jones                                                  Fellowship Hall
Grow Stages: Exploring, Believing                      Cost: FREE!
The Nicene Creed has been called a touchstone of true Christianity.  Adopted in the 4th Century, it is the most widely accepted Christian creed in history.  Studying the Creed helps us to understand Christian doctrine from the perspective of Church History, and gives us a greater sense of unity with believers around the world and throughout the ages. As we delve into the Creed, we will discuss the practical implications of its doctrines, so that as we learn, we will be encouraged to love our neighbors, proclaim the Gospel, and worship God more fully.


Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm 
(October 4 – November 29 – in conjunction with Kids’ Night)
How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth
Teacher: Bill Hodgeman                                                 Fellowship Hall
Grow Stages: Believing, Maturing                      Cost: $15
Interpreting the Bible isn’t just the work of clergy and scholars. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and understood by everyone! A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.  This class will help you to accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for us today.


Sign up online here, or at the Connections table on Sundays.


Coming in 2018…
 January Mini-Course: God & the Problem of Evil
Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31, 6:00-7:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Teachers: Cameron Gibbs and Bill Hodgeman
Grow Stages: All
The presence of evil and suffering in the world creates both an intellectual challenge and an emotional challenge to people of faith.  This class will attempt to unpack the problem of evil and suffering, survey some of the leading “solutions” and “defenses” from the world of philosophy and theology, and unpack street-level implications for Christians struggling with these realities today.
Session #1: Framing the “Problem”
Session #2: Why Does God Allow Evil?
Session #3: Does God Cause Evil?
Session #4: Responding to Evil


 Roots – A Discipleship Journey
Dates and Times: TBD
Grow Stages: All                                                           Cost: $20
Mazizi, a discipleship curriculum developed in Nairobi Kenya, means “roots.”  This experience is all about becoming rooted in Christ as you discover what it means to follow Him in community with others.
Biblical, foundational and deeply practical – this class will help you develop life-long habits for growing in your faith, connect you with other believers and help you discover ways you can share your faith with others and make a difference in the world.
Registration will begin in March.  Stay tuned for more details!