LCOB classes are designed to help you take your next step in your spiritual journey of Knowing God, Loving Others and Serving the World. Whether you're just starting your journey or have been traveling this path for a long time, we offer classes which will inform and inspire you in your relationship with God.
Adult Sunday School provides opportunities to learn and to connect with others through study, prayer, and discussion. Following are the classes that will be offered. All classes are open. The Discipleship Ministry Team appreciates your suggestions for future classes.
Note: There will be no classes on October 21 (Congregational Forum)
Good Question Bible Studies
Teachers: Matt Cooper & Bob Frick Room 410
[Know God. Love Others.]
What the New Testament Says About Justice:
Lesson #1: Justice and Sabbath Laws / Matthew 12.1 - 14
Lesson #2: Parables of God’s Kingdom / Matthew 13.24 - 33
Lesson #3: Jesus Teaches About Justice / Matthew 15.1 – 11
Lesson #4: Reaping God’s Justice / Luke 16.19 - 31
Lesson #5: Parable of the Unfoving Servant / Matthew 18.21 - 35
Lesson #6: Jesus Criticizes Unjust Leaders / Matthew 23.1 – 4, 23 - 26
Lesson #7: The Widow and the Unjust Judge / Luke 18.1 - 8
Lesson #8: Entering God’s Kingdom / Luke 13.22 - 30
Lesson #9: Parable of the Great Dinner / Luke 14.15 - 24
Lesson #10: God’s Justice / Romans 2.1 - 12
Lesson #11: Giving Justly / 2 Corinthians 8.7 - 15
Lesson #12: Loving and Just Behavior / Romans 12.9 - 21
Inductive Bible Study Teachers: Barb Forney & Paul Allen Room 307
Inductive Study continues. This method of study utilizes the Bible as its primary source and allows the Word to speak for itself. The approach is simple: observing, interpreting, applying the Word of God, and allowing His truths to take shape in your life. The resource that guides this study of Revelation is Behold, Jesus Is Coming by Kay and David Arthur. “No book of the Bible has sparked more interest, curiosity, or disagreement than the book of Revelation. This study will…remove your fear of the unknown, give you hope for tomorrow, and give you new confidence in God’s sovereignty and justice. Yes…you can understand the book of Revelation!”Group discussion is encouraged. Be prepared for surprising discoveries from this unique method of Bible study!
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Teacher: Dennis Emmert Room 305
“He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) If God has built eternity into the human heart, why do different people have such different ideas about heaven? The Bible does not tell us everything we would like to know about Heaven, but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know about Heaven while we are here on earth. Together, through this study, we seek the truth of the Glory of Heaven as revealed through the Bible. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…” (Ephesians 2:8) We will not really understand what Heaven is all about until we get there. Join the discussion!
The Peacemaker by Ken SandeTeacher: Bekah Bowland Room 303
[Love Others. Serve the World.]
“Blessed are the peacemakers,” said Jesus. [Matthew 5:9] Conflict and disagreement are unavoidable. Serious, divisive conflict is everywhere - within families, in the church, and out in the world. Peace can at times feel unattainable. Ken Sande’s practical and proven methods are designed to bring about true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers. Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that can be applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande's years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries can strengthen our confidence as we stand in the gap as peacemakers, living the instruction of Jesus in practical ways and in everyday relationships.
Bonhoeffer Teacher: Sherry EshlemanRoom 309
[Know God. Love Others. Serve the World.]
Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice. This video study is based upon the New York Times best-selling biography, in which author Eric Metaxas tells a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Learn how Bonhoeffer's life and teachings helped transform an entire faith community in Germany during World War II and how his life and writings continue to inspire us today. When this study ends, the group may continue to study Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship in more depth or move on to another study, perhaps Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
Teacher: Kim Nielson
This book study is specifically for Young Adults/Young Marrieds. The subtitle of this study is: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You. We do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciples. This class provides a place for young adults to interact and to grow together spiritually and relationally.
*Portions of the above descriptions are copied or paraphrased from published product descriptions and promotional materials.
Starting October 3, our Wednesday Night Happenings program begins again! The classes being offered this year are as follows:
Facilitator: Bonnie Anderson
This groups welcomes both experienced crafters and beginners, who will be taught how to knit and/or crochet. Enjoy good conversation and interaction, as well as serve others. The blankets made are given to children in need: 1) To provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” 2) To provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children. (Information from http://projectlinus.org)
Persons of all ages are welcome!
Facilitators: Kim Nielsen & Marie Roach
GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Be with people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement. Each session consists of a video with insights, personal stories, and dramatic reenactments about the grief process. Discussion and sharing experiences help you organize and clarify your thoughts on what is happening to you and allow others to understand how they can help you. (Portions copied and/or paraphrased from GriefShare promotional materials.) You are not alone in your grief. Both facilitators have experienced the loss of their husbands and have a deep understanding of what you are going through. With tender hearts and compassion, they walk with you. Note that this is an extended class, beginning on September 12 and ending on December 5.
Getting to the Heart of Parenting by Paul David Tripp
Facilitators: Jane Weigel & Pastor John Hostetter
Parenting is hard, but there are few things in life that rise to this level of importance. God has chosen parents to be primary instruments in the shaping of a human soul. So often we get it wrong by using power to get our children to behave in certain ways. We establish laws and then play the role of police officer and judge. As Paul Tripp explains, parenting is so much deeper than rules and regulations. A biblical view teaches that parenting is all about the exposure and change of a child's heart. Permanent behavioral change only occurs when the heart of a person is changed by grace. Getting to the Heart of Parenting covers principles of grace for children 0-5, 6-12, and 13-18. Learn how to become an instrument of heart-changing grace in the lives of your children. (Copied from promotional materials on Paul David Tripp website)
Facilitators: Members of the group
A core group of men is committed to creating a community of trust among men of all ages in our church. There may be off-site outreach projects, fun activities, and opportunities to hold one another accountable, as well as mentor younger men. WNH will be a study and discussion time with Bill DeMora, Jack Diffendarfer, Marc Maly, and Mike Myers taking turns facilitating. Pastor John is the resource for choosing material. Each session will start after clean-up of the Family Life Center. This group is open to all men who value interaction with other men, working, growing, and having fun together.
Looking for a quiet place to read, study, pray, or simply be still? We are fortunate to have a space in our church designed specifically for those purposes. Life can be hectic, even during Wednesday Night Happenings!
The Prayer Room provides:
1) A peaceful place for silence. “Be still and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]
2) A set-apart place to read scripture slowly and reflectively, asking God to speak through the sacred text.
3) A place to pray without distractions.
4) A place to simply “be” with God.
Teacher: Sherry Eshleman
Join us for a unique way in which to experience the Bible. Faith Lessons from the DVD series That the World May Know with Ray Vander Laan take us to the actual places where the stories of the Bible occurred. The videos weave together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus’ teaching. We also discuss the significance of the scriptures for believers today. Our first study is Prophets and Kings. By exploring the turbulent history of Israel’s prophets and kings, we learn from their story how to build our own devotion and trust in God. Each session begins with sharing of prayer concerns and life experiences.