We offer regular small group Christian Education and Bible Studies. Scroll down for all our offerings.
PROPHETS THEN, PROPHETS NOW
A New 8-Week Class Beginning September 11.
Prophets - the word calls forth, for many, foretellers of the future, but the prophets of the Bible were much more. They spoke fearlessly to those in power and those without power. They called their nation back to God as they pointed out the ways their nation was being led astray. Ultimately, they transformed the faith of their people.
How would our world be different if we had prophets now? What would the effects be if we had someone to stand up to those things that are destructive in our social systems, and to encourage us when we are following the right paths? Are there still prophets, and if so how can we support this important function of the church?
Based on the teachings of Richard Rohr and Joan Chittester, this eight-week course will look at the role of prophets, both past and present.
Facilitated by Steve Ebner and Sherrie Kolb-Cassel, this series will begin on September 11, 2017. Sessions will run from 7 to 8:30 on Monday evenings. Please contact Steve or Sherrie for more information @ email@example.com.
Thursday Night Spiritual Enrichment Class - Thursday
The Thursday Night Study is a time of exploration, study, and fellowship in a comfortable, in-home, small group environment. All are welcome. The study meets at the home of Ron Sperry & Jim Burford. Ror more information and location, please contact Ron at 619-339-8033 or email Lyn Malone.
What to Expect with In-Home Studies
Our small groups are not traditional "student teacher" Bible studies. They are intended to foster discussion, self-study, and figuring out what God is saying to you through scripture. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in our studies. Through the sharing of our own personal stories, beliefs, and understanding, we seek to illuminate the meaning of the scripture being studied for each person in the group (but no one will tell you what that scripture should mean to you). Generally (but not exclusively), our groups use study books published by Serendipity House. You may find more information about Serendipity and their Bible study series at www.serendipityhouse.com. (Please note: They are a resource vendor and not affiliated with Metropolitan Community Churches.)
For the most part, our meetings follow this format:
1. Opening Prayer
2. Ice-Breaker (a "getting to know you" question or activity)
3. Bible Story
4. Questions & Discussion
5. Break (usually with snacks)
6. Sharing & Caring (where you may share what is going on in your life and make any prayer requests you want the group to pray for you until the next meeting)
7. Closing Prayer
Since there are no right or wrong answers, everyone is encouraged to participate in every disussion, and no one is permited to dominate any discussion. All opinions and thoughts are respected. Also, since people may be sharing earnestly and sometimes intimately, confidentiality is extremely important. We ask that you respect the other group members' privacy and not discuss what is shared in the group with other people.