Adult Fall 2018 Classes

“What is your next step?” is an important question for faith formation. Our mission at Christ Church is becoming living proof of God’s love, one person at a time. We are on a life-long journey of faith where we are “becoming” Living Proof Disciples. We never finish this journey on earth. There are always new “steps” we need to take to sharpen our skills in becoming more like Christ. Simply click on the class title for details.

Special Notes

If your class uses a book or other study materials, it will be available to you at the first session.

Childcare is regularly available Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Jennie Weeks.

Beginning in September

Click class name for more information.

How to Read, Study and Understand the Bible: Reading the Bible with Eyes, Ears, Mind and Heart

Wednesdays, September 5 – 26, 6–7:30 pm |  Room 156

Let’s face it. The Bible is a difficult book to read and understand. Some parts are familiar and make sense to us while other parts are strange and don’t seem to connect to the rest of the Bible’s message. Join Dr. Ron Higdon for this four-week introduction designed to help us learn how to read, study and understand the Bible. We will discover how to open the Bible and turn our eyes into ears so that we can truly listen to how God is speaking to us through its words, stories, lessons and overall message. 

Register

This We Believe

Sundays, September 9 – 30, 6-7:30 pm  |  Room 159

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. However, we do have a distinctive theological perspective. During this four-week study, Rev. Ron Young will help us reflect on the basic beliefs of Christianity from a Wesleyan perspective—using the General Rules and Articles of Religion of the United Methodist Church as our guide. Topics will cover what we believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible and how we function in society as Christians. We will also explore a method (referred to as the Wesley Quadrilateral) that uses four major sources (scripture, tradition, experience, and reason) to think through Christian doctrine and what it means to live with others in Christian community. 

Register

Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith

Sundays, September 9 – 30, 6–7:30 pm |  Room 156 
OR Mondays, September 10 – October 15, 9:30–11 am | Room 252

Ever stumbled in your faith? Wrestled with uncertainty? Wondered if you’re a true believer? If the answer is yes to any of these questions—and it probably is—you have reason to celebrate. In this four-week study of John Ortberg’s book Know Doubt, we will explore the doubts and questions that all Christians experience. Coming to understand that we cannot have faith unless we first doubt, participants will read and discuss how to address the doubt in their own lives as well as help others. Since doubt is experienced by all teens, parents are encouraged to attend the Sunday evening session, led by Linda Young, while their children are at Youth Group. Special emphasis will be given to guiding youth and answering their questions.  

Register

Christian Practices

Wednesdays, Beginning September 12, 6–7:30 pm  |  Room 252

Like children that need nourishment, love, support, discipline and training in order to develop to their full potential, all of us need this same kind of nurturing to grow in our Christian faith. Have you ever considered practices such as fasting, simplicity, service and celebration as ways to grow closer to God? During this ongoing group, leader Nelson Knight will introduce you to a variety of historic and contemporary spiritual growth practices as well as give you an opportunity to try them out  with others in a safe and supportive environment.  

Register

Disciple Fast Track (Old and New Testaments)

Wednesdays, Beginning September 5, 6:30–8 pm  |  Room 251

Disciple Fast Track was developed specifically for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible Study into their schedule. Join Tom Badgett and Tom Goodwin for a 12-week study of the Old Testament in the fall, followed by the New Testament starting in January. Participants will read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly gatherings. One’s commitment to this class exemplifies the discipline and intentionality of a growing and committed Christian—one that carves out time for daily Bible study, Bible reflection, application of scripture, and a covenant commitment with a small group. You can be assured that this study will not just inform you….it will transform you!  

Register

Disciple Fast Track: Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts

Wednesdays, Beginning September 5,  6:30–8 pm  |  Room 253 

Similar in format to Disciple Fast Track that covers the entire Bible, this study provides a more in-depth study of four books: Genesis and Exodus for 12 weeks in the fall, followed by Luke and Acts beginning in January. Having taken the original Disciple Fast Track is not a pre-requisite for taking this course.

Register

Beginning in October

Click class name for more information.

Living Proof Through Service

Wednesdays, October 3–17  

or Mondays, October 29 – November 12, 6–7:30 pm  |  Room 260

God’s plan for the church calls for each member of the Body of Christ to play a vital role. Sometimes we think that serving God is an obligation, a duty and that it isn’t meant to be enjoyable. The truth is, God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve. That happens when we serve in a role that matches who God created us to be! Join Mark Coile on this three session, two-week journey of self-discovery as we learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person. This involves assessing spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experiences...all adding up to an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor, as we live into our mission of becoming living proof of God’s love, one person at a time. 

Register

Listening Prayer

Sundays, October 14 – December 2 , 5–6:30 pm  |  Room 150B (Prayer Room)

Is the majority of your prayer time spent making requests of God or praising and thanking God, with little time spent simply listening for God’s personal message to you? We invite you to join Nelson Knight and Tom Badgett in the Prayer Room as we identify barriers that keep us from hearing God, learn ways to overcome these barriers and practice praying together.

Register

Short Stories by Jesus

Mondays, October 22 – November 26, 9:30–11 am  |  Room 252

Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity. Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives, taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them, making connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. Join Jennie Weeks and Jeanette Nunneley as we explore parables that are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read in the right way, still challenge and inspire us 2,000 years later. 

Register

Online Courses

Click class name for more information.

What it Means to be a United Methodist

Online Anytime | www.umctraining.org

This online course is designed for new United Methodists and anyone wanting to learn more about what it means to be a United Methodist.

Register

Membership Class

Encounter Christ Church

Wednesdays, September 19 or October 24 or November 28, 6-7:30 pm |  Room 158

Encounter Christ Church is a gathering of people who are interested in learning more about our church and how to get connected to the people and ministries here. You will have a chance to meet staff, ask questions and find out next steps to membership. A light meal is served and childcare is provided.  You can register online at www.ccum.net/encounter. Contact Rev. Thom Brown, (502) 893-2201 x224 for more information about membership.

Register