LCOB classes are designed to help you take your next step in your spiritual journey of Knowing God, Loving Others and Serving the World. Whether you're just starting out or have been traveling this path for a long time, we offer classes which will inform and inspire you in your relationship with God.
Inductive Bible Study - Behold, Jesus is Coming: Revelation Teachers: Barb Forney and Paul Allen Room 307
Yes...the everyday christian can understand the book of Revelation! This clear, helpful study encourages readers to delve into this important scripture and, by studying it inductively, let the text speak for itself. The Bible is the primary source of study to learn about God and His teachings. The approach is simple: observing, interpreting, and applying the Word of God. This exciting inductive study by Kay and David Arthur brings readers face-to-face with the truth of God's precepts, promises, and purposes. Group discussion, based upon observations and insights, is encouraged. Surprising discoveries come out of this unique method of Bible study!
"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson Teachers: Matt Cooper & Bob Frick Room 410
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Lots of good discussion material!
"Praying with Paul" by D. A. Carson Teachers: Bill DeMora and Sherry Eshleman Room 309
"God doesn't demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately," says author D. A. Carson, one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. The apostle Paul found spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father; Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience. This class consists of Biblically-rooted and gospel-centered content, DVDs, and opportunities for discussion.
"The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller Teacher: Dennis Emmert Room 305
The Prodigal God was offered as a whole-church study several years ago, and many were challenged to see Christianity in a whole new way. Session one contains the full 38-minute film. Each of the other sessions features a short (2-3 minute) recap segment to set up discussion, as well as questions for personal reflection and exercises that will help you apply the truths of Jesus' parable in your own life. This study moves beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son. Dr. Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both.
The Wired Word Facilitating Team Room 303
How do Biblical principals apply to what is happening in our world today? The Wired Word links the latest headlines to appropriate scriptures. Each lesson consists of a current event, a framework for discussion, related scriptures with commentary (the substance of the lesson), and discussion questions. The lessons are based on a positive Christian theme, and copies of the lesson are available via email on the Thursday prior to each lesson. Meaningful, thoughtful discussions encourage participants to truly think about their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on day-to-day life.
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Bible Study Teacher: Sherry Eshleman Room 410
The church’s mission statement calls us “to be and to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” That is the focus of this study, which will utilize two DVDs by Ray Vander Laan: “In the Dust of the Rabbi” and “Walk as Jesus Walked.” The DVDs take us to the actual places where Jesus walked and where the early church began. Bible passages connected to each lesson are read and studied. Sharing of prayer concerns and life experiences are encouraged as the group looks deeply at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
COBYS Workshops - November 8 & 15Facilitators: COBYS staffRoom 305 - 6:15 - 7:45 PM
Parents, Grandparents, Anyone! During Wednesday Night Happenings on November 8, a workshop on The 5 Love Languages will be presented by COBYS in Room 305 from 6:15 - 7:45 PM.
November 15, the topic of the COBYS workshop will be Communication: Getting Your Message Across.
No registration is required, and all are welcome. Check out https://cobys.org or contact Sherry Eshleman for more information.
GriefShareFacilitators: Kim Nielsen and Marie Roach Room 303
GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group will meet during Wednesday Night Happenings (WNH) and continue December 6, 13, 20 and January 3, concluding on January 10. Be with people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement. Each session consists of a video with insights, personal stories, and dramatic reenactments about the grief process, discussion, and sharing experiences, all of which help you organize and clarify your thoughts on what is happening to you and allow others to understand how they can help you along your grief journey. (Portions copied and/or paraphrased from GriefShare promotional materials.)
Men’s Ministry Facilitator: Pastor John HostetterRoom 309
In today’s western world there is much cultural confusion related to masculinity. Within the Christian community there have been misapplications of scriptures to justify male dominance and minimize emotional abuse. Our Men’s Group this fall will seek to go deeper in our biblical study, using The Masculine Mandate by Richard D. Phillips. This study begins by laying the foundation of what it means to be a man created in the image of God and then will build on that understanding to apply it to all of life. The desire is that we, who participate in this study, will embrace our God-given identity. Only then will we be able, by God's grace, to serve faithfully in whatever context God has placed us.
Project Linus Facilitators: Bonnie Anderson and Mack McGinnisRoom 307
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. Its mission is:
1) To provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
2) To provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
(Information from http://projectlinus.org)
Beginners are welcome!