Adult Studies

Adult Studies

Life is better surrounded by friends! We can get through the tough times together, as a church family. Enjoy fellowship and insight with your Christian friends at Genesis and learn how God will help see us through.

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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.

Ready to Launch, Thursdays at 8:30 pm

Beginning September 17: “Get Out of Your Head” by Jennie Allen 

Are your thoughts holding you captive? Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, such as I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. But Jennie also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns. As she discovered, God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.  In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie takes groups on a study in Philippians, inspiring and equipping us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. When we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways. It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.

6 week video + Zoom discussion led by Jennifer Park, readytolaunch@genesis-umc.org

Hands of Hope, Sundays at 10:10 am

Current study: “In the Meantime” by Andy Stanley 

What do you do when there’s nothing you can do? What do you do when there’s no way forward and there’s no way out? Andy Stanley answers the questions, “What do I do in the meantime?””  

Beginning September 27th: “Whisper” by Mark Batterson 

“Many people have a tough time believing that God still speaks. We’ve learned from Scripture that God spoke to His people in ancient times and in mysterious ways, but how do we hear His voice now? The truth is God still communicates with His people, but He often speaks in a whisper—not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close. Mark Batterson teaches what it means for Christians to discern the voice of God in their lives. He will introduce the seven love languages of God—each of them unique and entirely divine. By learning to tune in and decipher each language, Mark equips believers to hear God’s guidance and grow closer to Him. God is speaking. Do you know how to listen?”

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

Verse by Verse, Sundays at 10:10 am

Current study: The Book of Hebrews. The theme of Hebrews is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as revealer and as mediator of God’s grace. Join us in this provocative study of the importance of Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.

Beginning October 4th: 1st & 2nd Peter

The apostle Peter was one of the twelve disciples  appointed and taught by Jesus during His life on earth.  Peter spent the final years of his life in ministry as a leader of the church in Rome.  When he heard of the persecution of churches through the Roman provinces Peter wrote letters encouraging them to remain faithful to Jesus.  Just as we are encouraged today!

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

Seekers, Sundays at 10 am

Current Study: “This Is The Day” by Tim Tebow

Have you ever felt stuck? Sometimes life feels rigid—as if nothing could ever really change. Maybe we’re afraid of taking a step of faith. Or maybe we’re too injured from the past to move forward. Or maybe life threw us a curveball and we still don’t know how to react. No matter where you find yourself, you can make the most of today. In this inspirational series, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow shares stories from his life to illustrate what it means to seize each day for God’s glory. He challenges us to step out in courage because this is the day to act.

Video + Zoom discussion led by Anthony Caronna, seekers@genesis-umc.org.

Beginning October 18: “Watch Your Mouth” by Dr. Tony Evans

“Does it really matter what I say?” Your greatest weapon — for good or evil — is in your mouth. Watch Your Mouth, the video series, is based on bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans book by the same name. This compelling resource will help you learn to tame your tongue. With real-life stories and life-changing insights shared through engaging teaching, you’ll learn what the Bible teaches about talking and: 

  • Discover the power of the spoken word to bolster your faith when you’re doubting.
  • Discern what should or shouldn’t be said so that you honor God with your speech.
  • Develop the ability to praise God and voice wisdom even in tough circumstances.

Get inspired by Tony’s teaching on the tongue and model with your mouth the character of God. Don’t let your words bring cursing or destruction to yourself and those you love. Instead, let your words minister to and speak life into the world around you.  

Searching our Heritage/Discipling, Wednesdays at 7 pm

Current study: “The Parables of Jesus” by R. C. Sproul – 12 videos on rightnowmedia.org.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, one of the primary ways He would instruct His disciples was through parables. People would gather from far and wide in order to listen to what Jesus said about the kingdom of God, and the most common way He would explain the kingdom was in parables. But what does God want us to learn from these parables? In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines several parables of Jesus, exploring the rich truths they reveal about who Jesus is and what He came to achieve through His life, death, and resurrection.

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

NEW! “Invitation to JohnShort Term Disciple Bible Study

The invitation from Christ is: “Come and see, Follow me.” Experience the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements (I am the truth, the life and the way, I am the living water and more). Revisit stories only told in John’s gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the raising of Lazarus.

During the weekly video segments, travel into the Scripture as you hear the Word, experience the grand artwork connected with each story and interview the scholar. Each week wraps up with a small group discussion on video to spark your own conversation.

Participants for this Invitation to John do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of John a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples.

Class Schedule: Sundays 5 pm – 7 pm via Zoom Sept. 13 – Nov. 22

Click on the link to sign up via SignupGenius.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094FA5A72A1-invitation

Don’t have a Signup Genius account – email us at adults@genesis-umc.org to sign up!

Disciple 1 Long Term Disciple Bible Study

This long term disciple class began in January 2020 and continues through December 2020. Sunday evenings at 5 pm. Scripture Readings + Zoom Class led by Norm Kligerman & Betsy Jonas.

Join the Genesis book group for its first ever Zoom meeting, Thursday, September 17th at 7 pm. We will discuss Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.

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

Dive in and learn more about yourself! Genesis Adult ministries is offering an Enneagram workshop – in person with real live people! Thanks to the generosity of Andy and Ellen Allen for offering their carport so we may gather together in a social distant Christian setting.

Two six week sessions are offered. Each is limited to 16 participants. The first night is an introductory session.

  • Monday nights beginning on September 21 @ 7-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday nights beginning September 22 @ 7-8:30 pm   FULL!

Bring:

  • Your own mask, chair, and water
  • $15 the first night for a book and workbook. Couples may share.
  • Scholarships are available. 

There is no childcare available for this workshop.

LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together) meets Tuesdays at 10:00 am via ZOOM. All ladies are invited to join us. For more information, contact Susan Ross lift@genesis-umc.org.

Beginning September 22: “Love Like That” by Dr. Les Parrott

In this inspiring, utterly practical book, Dr. Les Parrott writes a viable prescription for becoming more loving with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. In his trademark approachable style, Dr. Parrott takes the latest findings from psychology and sociology and blends them with biblical teaching to reveal five transformative ways of relating to people demonstrated by Jesus himself: being mindful, approachable, grace-filled, bold, and self-giving.

Beginning November 17: “Everyday Advent” by Brenda Drost

Advent is a time to remember and reflect, but it’s also a time of looking forward with hope and anticipation. We remember the significance of the arrival of baby Jesus, and we look forward with great anticipation to his coming return. But the greatest hope of all is that Jesus is fully present and being revealed in a deeper way in our hearts every day.

The Everyday Advent is a 4-week devotional study that will help us refocus on our personal relationship with Jesus, and heighten our sense of expectancy to see his promises fulfilled in our everyday lives.

Men are invited to Man2Man at 6:00 pm on Monday Nights, currently meeting through ZOOM. Pastor Craig Ham leads studies on different topics and a variety of books. To participate, please sign up for the Man2Man email so that we may send you the zoom link and notify you of any changes.

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

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Time:  Sunday afternoons 2  – 3:30 pm

When:  Weekly, beginning Sunday, September 27, 2020

Back Porch Gatherings – a great opportunity to bring people together in a fun and social way to regain fellowship with others at the church that we may not have seen in a while.  We have set up a great, outdoor space behind the church building with chairs and umbrellas, with plenty of room to maintain safe, social distancing and keeping in mind all of the safety parameters that we need to observe.  Prayers, devotions, yard games, sit and relax, chat to catch up – many opportunities!

No need to sign up, just show up and catch up with your church friends! 

adults@genesis-umc.org