Adult Studies

Adult Studies

Life is better surrounded by friends! 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.

Seekers, Sundays at 10:00 am

Advent Study begins November 29: “A Christmas Carol: Book and Bible Study Guide”

In the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol“, the reclusive curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by four spirits who force him to examine his selfish ways. When Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, he is a new man, flinging open the windows of spiritual transformation and given to an entirely new outlook on life. 

A Christmas Carol Book and Bible Study Guide includes the entire book of this Dickens classic as well as Bible study discussion questions for each chapter, scripture references, and related commentary. Detailed character sketches and an easy to read book summary provide deep insights into each character while examining the book’s themes of greed, isolation, guilt, blame, compassion, generosity, transformation, forgiveness and finally redemption. This Christmas, allow the transformational story of Ebenezer Scrooge to transform your life while inspiring change in the lives of those around you.

For information on how to order a book and participate in the discussion starting November 29, email Anthony Caronna seekers@genesis-umc.org.

FUEL, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm

FUEL – A group of young adults meeting for prayer, Christian fellowship, Bible studies and to support one another.  This group meets Wednesdays at 8 pm via Zoom.   

Beginning on Dec. 2: FUEL will read and discuss the classic children’s book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

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

Ready to Launch, Thursdays at 8:30 pm

Begins December 3: “Who Needs Christmas?” by Andy Stanley

The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed a star, you may be asking, “Who needs Christmas?”

Well, as it turns out, we all do. In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley shows us that the world needed Christmas, God needed Christmas, and we still need Christmas—but maybe not for the reason you think.

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

Searching our Heritage/Discipling, Wednesdays at 7 pm

Current Study: “Advent” by Matt Chandler

The King is coming. Jesus Christ has come and will come again. This is the hope of the Church whom He purchased with His blood. It is the eager expectation and desire of His people. His coming is our joy, for He is our treasure, our greatest good. Enjoy the Advent season and learn about the hope of the Gospel!

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/1308

Mid January: “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.

Hands of Hope, Sundays at 10:00 am

Current Study: “The Book of Colossians” by Louie Giglio 

What we think about Jesus matters. Our perception of Him shapes us—what we say, how we treat others, even what we think. If we paint Jesus as any less than who He is as supreme over all creation and savior of the world, not only does our theology slip, but the working out of our faith also suffers. 

In this 8-session series, Louie Giglio will take us through the book of Colossians to help us form a complete picture of Jesus. What we believe about Him influences everything from our corporate worship to our relationships to our attitude toward sin. Now alive in Christ, we can live a life worthy of God instead of falling back into the ways of the world.

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

Verse by Verse, Sundays at 9:30 am

Current Study: 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!

Starting January 2021: 13 week study of 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.

  • Sunday afternoons 2  – 3:30 pm
  • Weekly, behind the church on our new “Back Porch”

Back Porch Gatherings – come together for fellowship and games behind the church building in a social distant setting  Prayers, devotions, yard games, relax and catch up. No need to sign up, just show up ! 

adults@genesis-umc.org

NEW for 2021! Disciple 2: Into the Word Into the World

(32 week study, Disciple 1 suggested pre-requisite) 

Disciple: Into the Word Into the World is the second study in the four-phase Disciple program. Discipe II (aka “the green one”) offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God . . . approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service. 

  • 5-7 pm Sunday evenings via Zoom
  • Orientation: Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • Class Begins: Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • Schedule: January-May & August-December 2021
  • Summer Break: June-July

Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094fa5a72a1-disciple1

Watch this page or email adults@genesis-umc.org for information on future long or short term Disciple studies.

Genesis Book Group meets the third Thursday of each month.

Next Zoom meeting: Thursday, November 19th at 7 pm.

November reading: “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madnessby Susannah Calahan.

December 17th we will discuss “The Christmas Angel Project” by Melody Carlson.

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!

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

November 17– December 8: “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.

January 12-March 2, 2021: “Exodus: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Us” by Ashley McNary

In this eight week study, we will read through almost every word in the book of Exodus and study what they tell us about God. The Bible isn’t about the characters. The Bible is about God. The narrative is telling the story of a God bringing His creation back to Himself. And it starts with Exodus. When we begin to see all that God was doing in this book, we see Him with new eyes, we read the New Testament with new eyes, and we see Jesus with new eyes. Our focus will be on what Exodus tells us about God. 

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.

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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