Adult Christian Education – October

Adult Christian Education – October

Sunday mornings at 10:10 AM There are several adult classes to choose from, while your children and youth attend grade level classes. 

Hands of Hope:  Room 105, lower level

The Book of 1 Peter with Kyle Idleman

This world looks nothing like the promised perfect kingdom of God. And yet we as God’s people must live in it every day. In The Book of 1 Peter, Kyle Idleman walks through the short letter and unpacks the importance of our witness in this world. The world’s not as it should be. Until the day that God rights all wrongs, we have a job to do. Let’s be about the business of the kingdom.

Starting October 25: Jesus Continued with J.D. Greear

“Why does God often feel more like a doctrine we know about than a Person we know? Why do so many of us think of Christianity as a lifestyle to which we conform, rather than a God with whom we commune? Jesus gave his disciples the audacious promise that it was to their advantage he go back to heaven because the Holy Spirit could then come to live inside of them. How many of us consider our connection to the Holy Spirit so strong and so real that we would call his presence in us better than Jesus beside us?”

Journey: Room 212, main level

Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall

Nathan McCall is now a senior lecturer at Emory University’s department of African American Studies.  He was a writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Washington Post before that.  His first book, “Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America,” tells of how he grew up in Virginia and fell into the wrong circles, then got out of those circles.  We’ll read this book specifically with an eye toward understanding a set of circumstances different from our own to nudge us to love our neighbors more effectively.

Searching Our Heritage: Room 109, lower level

The Searching Our Heritage class will be taking part in the “Building a Discipling Culture” study facilitated by Gonzalo Mariano and Pastor Craig in room 108.

Seekers: Room 107, lower level

Starting October 13: Kingdom Disciples with Dr. Tony Evans

Where have all the disciples gone? There is a missing force in Christianity today. Its absence has led to weak believers, disintegrating families, ineffective churches, and a decaying culture. Without it we lack what we need to fully live as heaven’s representatives on earth. That missing force is discipleship. The result is powerless Christians attending powerless churches, having a powerless presence in the world. The power, authority, abundance, victory, and impact God has promised will come about only when we understand and align ourselves with His definition of discipleship. Kingdom Disciples calls believers and churches back to our primary, divinely ordained responsibility to be disciples and to make disciples. Only when we take this assignment seriously will the world see heaven at work on earth.

Verse by Verse: Room 106, lower level

In Verse by Verse we will be studying the book of 1 Samuel.  The book of 1 Samuel records the lives of Samuel and Saul, and most of the life of David before he became king. 1 Samuel portrays the establishment of kingship in Israel. Join us as we begin this fascinating study on one of Israel’s great prophets and the beginnings of one of the great kings of Israel.

Starting November 3: Join us on Nov 3rd in the Verse by Verse class as we begin our study of 2 Samuel This Old Testament book depicts    David as a true (though imperfect) representative of the ideal theocratic king. We will learn that    under David’s rule, the Lord caused the nation of Israel to prosper, and we will see how God helped the Israelites defeat their enemies. We will discover how God established His        covenant with David and promised that David’s dynasty would endure forever.

Ready to Launch: Room 101, lower level

Estate Planning Sessions for the Young Family: How to set your family up for success even if you’re not around to protect them

While not a replacement for working with a trained professional to develop an estate plan, these sessions are designed to be an educational and informative look at how a comprehensive estate plan protects your kids and helps your spouse be successful in maintaining the family if tragedy strikes. Each session will provide attendees with a usable form or include some other type of project or interactive component to help reinforce estate planning concepts while also allowing time for Q&A. Topics that will be discussed as part of this 5-week series  include:

· Basics of estate planning – covering the different types of documents that make up a well-crafted estate plan (powers of attorney, living wills, last will and testament, trusts, etc.) and how things work in the  absence of an estate plan

· Biblical view of estate planning – reviewing various scriptures that support the idea that estate planning is a faith-based activity

· How to include children in your estate plan – explaining how guardianship works after the death or incapacitation of parents and discussing how to build a plan that safeguards an inheritance until the child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, Godchild, etc.) is of suitable age or maturity to receive it

· “Legacy Planning” vs. traditional estate planning – sharing how legacy planning is    different (i.e., better) than traditional planning and challenging attendees to think in terms beyond dollars and cents when creating a plan

· Epic Fails of Estate Planning – studying common estate planning mistakes and learning how to avoid making these mistakes in your own planning

Probate workshop – taking a look at what it means to be named the Executor, Trustee, Agent, etc. in a family member’s documents, considering situations that arise in the probate world where one’s moral duty might be different than one’s legal duty when administering a loved one’s estate, and learning tips and strategies that can be implemented now that will help you are called into action later.

**Although this information is geared toward families with young children, all are   welcome. Parents of teenagers, those with college-aged kids, empty-nesters and retirees alike will be able to learn from and apply the information shared.