Every Sunday, from 01/06/2019 to 02/24/2019, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Adult Class January 6 – February 24
10:30 – 11: 15; In the Leadership Center, (southernmost building)
Each class will stand alone and provide information and written resources that will stimulate discussion and thought. Join us for any or all sessions. Allen Gjersvig will facilitate the sessions.
Jan 6 Bible Stories You Never Heard In Sunday School - part 1
Jan 13 Bible Stories You Never Heard In Sunday School - part 2
This two part study will take participants through some of the Bible’s most confusing and misunderstood stories and verses. Join us in exploring verses with adult themes that may have left readers scratching their heads trying to figure out what is going on and the intended meaning.
Jan 20 Why do non-Christians recognize Jesus as a great teacher?
Believers and nonbelievers alike, say Jesus of Nazareth was a great teacher. How is this possible? During this session we will review (the not so secret method) Jesus used to make his teaching effective and memorable.
Jan 27, Feb 3 and 10 The Gospel of Grace, Tools For Building A Positive Understanding of the Bible. We will use a book by Dr. Mark Wickstrom, Senior Pastor Community Lutheran an ELCA congregation in Las Vegas, NV as our guide. We will consider a framework proposed by Pastor Wickstrom designed for Christians to better understand how denominations, churches and individuals arrive at very different interpretations of scripture. His goal is to equip believers for respectful and productive dialogue, even though differences in understanding remain.
Feb 17 "Ripped from the headlines”, exploring current events through a values lens. Every person holds certain values (beliefs) very dear. Individuals, churches, denominations, religions and countries have expressed values. How do we navigate “values” when we have internal conflicts, or when we observe country or church acting contrary to stated values? Are the values we live by, aligned with our stated values? We will search for understanding together, drawing on our collective experiences.
Feb 24 What is Lent and why do many churches skip it? Lutherans and several other denominations prepare for Easter during 40 days of preparation. Yet many Christian gatherings don’t include Lent in the church calendar. Why? We will look at the history of Lent and how some denominations exclude this tradition and seek to understand our Lutheran Lenten practices.