Discipleship Ministry is offering Sunday School classes consistent with the sermon theme. How are we spending the hours that we are not in church? How do we live as disciples at our jobs? At home? In retirement? Wherever we are and in whatever we are doing?
Below are the courses that will be offered, beginning January 6.
Gospel Shaped Work (Gospel Coalition Curriculum) by Tom Nelson
Facilitators: Ken Creighton, Jeff Kingsley, Pastor John Hostetter, & Sherry Eshleman
Many Christians have a dualistic approach to life. We have our church life and then our work life, which are largely separate. Gospel Shaped Work marries these two worlds together. It's not just about bolting on Christian bits to my working life, but seeing that everything in my life is connected to the Gospel. It's not just the answer to people's spiritual needs at work; the Gospel is at the heart of everything I do at work. God created us to be workers, to till the soil, to subdue creation, and to be His representatives in the world. We flourish when we work as God intended.
Take this journey to discover how not only to connect Monday to Sunday, but also how to put the gospel at the heart of everything we do at work.
Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders
Teachers: Dennis Emmert & Jim Hallman
As J. Oswald Sanders points out, true discipleship is more than intellectual assent to a belief in Christ; it involves the whole person and lifestyle.
True disciples pursue their Master. They know that God dis watching over their faith, but they also take Scripture's command seriously: "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you." They take pains, by His power, to look more and more like Jesus.
This book centers around the Beatitudes and will help you to be a disciple. It examines Jesus' teaching on what it means to follow Him, helping you become the kind of Christian Jesus want you to be--not devised by man or even other Christians.
Teachers: Matt Cooper & Bob Frick
Everyday Works seeks to help Christians rethink the meaning and purpose of their everyday work in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of a two-year project by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in which leading teachers and authors together explored how "secular" work really is a means of worship, discipleship, and mission.
The material is broken down into four parts: Work is God, Live the Kingdom, Flourish for Others, and Expand the Circle. Each part has five short videos with discussion questions. Examples of topics addressed: Called to Love and Serve, Called to Work and Rest, Righteousness, Vocational Stewardship, Wrong Decision Makers, Broken Relationships, Called to Compassion and Justice, Poverty, and Our Super Hero Complex.
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
Teacher: Kim Nielson
John Piper writes, "God created us to live with a single passion to display His supreme excellence in all the spheres of life with joy. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives."
Most peoples slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!
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In a world of distractions, Sunday School this winter has a singular focus - living for Christ in all of life. Sunday School provides opportunities to learn, to discuss ideas and feelings, to pray, and to connect with others. Plan to participate in one of the classes!