Adult Studies

Adult Studies

Enjoy fellowship and insight with your Christian friends at Genesis. Join a small group Bible study. There are many opportunities throughout the week for long or short term study and fellowship.

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Choose a study and meeting time, then email the class facilitator or adults@genesis-umc.org for study information, log-ins and Zoom invites before the next class! Watch a video or read scripture and have weekly discussions via Zoom.

FUEL, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm via ZOOM

Join FUEL via Zoom Wednesday evenings at 8 pm – a Life Group of young adults gathering for Bible study, Christian fellowship and friendship!  Email:  fuel@genesis-umc.org for more info.

Current Study: Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren

In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?

Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something—making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys—that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship.

Come and discover the holiness of your every day.

Interested in joining this group or want more info? Contact fuel@genesis-umc.org

Hands of Hope, Sundays at 10:00 am via ZOOM

Current Study – “The 10 Most Misunderstood Verses in the Bible” by Sean McDowell

We live in a culture that is skeptical of Christianity. It’s common to hear people say that believing in God is like believing in Santa or that Christianity is based on blind faith. How can we respond to people’s objections?In this series, apologist Sean McDowell will give us quick answers to the top ten worst objections to Christianity that we hear on a regular basis. Learn to defend your faith and give an answer for why you believe in Jesus.

Video + Zoom discussion led by Jeff Cooper, handsofhope@genesis-umc.org.

Rooted, Thursdays at 8:30 pm via ZOOM

A Bible study covering contemporary issues.

Beginning Thursday June 3: The James Series by Zach Zehnder

Thursday, June 3rd @ 8:30 p.m. Rooted Small Group Study will begin a new 6-part video series on the book of James, called “The James Series” on RightNow Media.

The James Series is composed of narrative accounts by Bible personalities of different subjects discussed in James, such as Barnabas James.  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/362787

Remainder of July and into August the class is encouraged you to do a self-guided study, “Reopening Christianity By Zach Zehnder” as we take a break for Summer and will resume sometime in later August. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/471225

Video + Zoom discussions led by Jennifer Park, rooted@genesis-umc.org

Seekers, Sundays at 10:00 am via ZOOM

Seekers class will continue to meet over the summer.

May 23 – August 1 “The Book of Ephesians” with J.D. Greear

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual — it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well — we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world. JD Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul, digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.

To participate in these discussions, email Anthony Caronna seekers@genesis-umc.org.

SOH/Discipling, Wednesdays at 7 pm

SOH/Discipling class will continue to meet over the summer.

Current Study: “Consequences of Ideas” by R.C. Sproul

To understand the culture in which we live in, you need to be familiar with the ideas that have shaped it. In Ligonier’s survey series, The Consequences of Ideas, R.C. Sproul traces the contours of Western philosophy throughout history and shows how our culture evolved to what it is today.

From ancient Greek thinkers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to Christian philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas to the shapers of modern thought such as Hume, Kant and Nietzsche, R.C. demonstrates the consequences of each of these and other important thinkers’ ideas on world events, theology, the fine arts and culture, as well as our everyday lives.

Listen, and you will hear echoes of their ideas in your daily conversations-especially as you witness to unbelievers.

 https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/1182 .

Video and Zoom discussion led by Gonzalo Mariano, sohdiscipling@genesis-umc.org.

Verse by Verse, Sundays at 9:30 am

Current Study: The 12 Minor Prophets from the Old Testament

Study all the books of the Minor Prophets, beginning with Hosea and moving through to Malachi. Delve into the special message of each prophet. Some of the major ideas explored will be: wrath and compassion, justice and righteousness, God’s reign of peace, and visions of restoration. All are invited to join us on this journey into Israel’s turbulent history and the prophets that God raised up to restore her.

Scripture study + Zoom discussion led by Betsy Jonas & Susan Ross, versebyverse@genesis-umc.org.

Genesis offers long-term Disciple Bible Study classes. These studies are an excellent way to learn more about the Bible in a small group setting, and how God’s Word can be applied to your daily lives. All Disciple classes include daily readings of selected scriptures along with commentaries from various Christian authors. During the class meetings, there is a video presentation and discussion of the daily readings.

Studies include

  • Disciple 1 – a prerequisite for any of the other Disciple studies. Disciple 1 goes through the entire Bible.
  • Disciple 2 – focuses on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and the book of Acts.
  • Disciple 3 – looks at the Prophets of the Old Testament and the letters of the Apostle Paul.
  • Disciple 4 – studies various writings in the Old Testament, the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation.
  • Christian Believer – a study of the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
  • Jesus in the Gospels – focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Currently underway is Disciple 2 Into the Word, Into the World, a 32-week study from January – May and August – December 2021.

Watch this post or email adults@genesis-umc.org to express interest and for information on future long or short term Disciple studies.

Genesis Book Group is on a summer break through July, and resumes August 19th to discuss books read over the summer months.

Genesis Book Group meets the third Thursday of each month.

Next meeting: Thursday, August 19th at 7 pm via Zoom

If you are new to the book group and not on our e-mail list, contact Sarah Haw bookgroup@genesis-umc.org so we can get information to you. Newcomers are always welcome!

LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together) is a ladies’ Bible study that meets Tuesdays at 10:00 am via ZOOM. All ladies are invited. For more information, contact Susan Ross lift@genesis-umc.org.

LIFT Summer RightNow Media Studies
June 1 – No Class

June 8-29 – “The Life of Mary” (Jesus’ earthly mother) by Margaret Feinberg
Walk down Mary’s road of faith as she journeys through a life of unbelievable events that ushers in Jesus Christ. 

July 6-20 – No Class

July 27-August 17 – “Verbs of God” by Margaret Feinberg
God is always active and engaged in our lives. Even when we can’t see or feel him, God is constantly on the move and working. 

August 24-31 – No Class

Class resumes in the Fall:
September 7 – October 26“40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith” by Laurie Short
Fresh wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that will help you seek and experience God in new, dynamic ways.

Man2Man meets on Monday Nights @ 6 pm via ZOOM. Rev. Craig Ham leads studies on various topics. Sign up for the Man2Man email below to be sent the zoom link and be notified of any schedule changes.

Man2Man is on a summer break and will resume in the fall.

If you have trouble with the signup, contact the Genesis Church Office at 919-467-2128 Monday – Thursday or pfowler@genesis-umc.org .

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