Growth groups

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Growth groups meet weekly for 10-12 weeks.  The size of a small group is 3 to 15 people. There is a fall semester, a spring semester, and a summer session, with breaks between each.  The growth groups are an opportunity to:

  • Grow in your faith;
  • Step out of your comfort zone into a safe environment with new people and new ideas;
  • Allow casual friendships to form without feeling a need to get too personal;
  • Develop friends who could then become more intimate friends outside of the group;
  • Receive prayer if you so desire.

Please contact Dan Rak for more information.

The Growth Groups will start on January 19, 2020.

Sunday
Vineyard Institute, discussions led by Dan Rak
Understanding the Kingdom ($150)
Sunday, noon – 1:30pm in the parsonage

This course introduces you to the theology of the kingdom of God in scripture. Taking recent (latter 20th Century onwards) Jesus Research as its starting point, it covers the growing expectation of the kingdom in Old Testament literature and then examines the coming of the kingdom in the life and ministry of Jesus, particularly in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts. From here it defines the kingdom as enacted, inaugurated eschatology. Having established that definition it then explores the kingdom in the Christian life, particularly through Pauline theology. It also examines the mandate for kingdom ministry today as modeled on the ministry of Jesus. A final section deals with various implications of kingdom theology, in terms of the church, dispensationalism, cessationism, healing, and the place of Israel.

Sunday
Vineyard Institute, discussions led by Dan Rak
Old Testament Theology ($150)
1:30pm-3pm in the parsonage.

This course provides a book-by-book survey of the Old Testament. It focuses on (1) tracing the development of significant theological themes (particularly the establishment of Yahweh’s kingdom on earth), (2) discerning the overarching message of each book as well as how the books fit together within the larger canon, (3) exploring the various literary genres found in the Old Testament, and (4) assessing the significance of the Old Testament for the ongoing life of the church today.

Tuesday
Dinner and a Movie, led by Ed Rak
6:45pm-9pm in his home in Westchester.

Good food and a good show. Not always a movie but always interesting. Worth the trip.

Wednesday
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, a book study in a men’s group led by Jake Johnson
7pm-8:30pm in the parsonage, starting January 22nd.

In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys―that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.

Thursday
Delighting in the Trinity, a book study led by Ann Rak
7-8:30pm in the parsonage, starting January 23rd.

Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.
How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.
In this lively book, we find an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that is from start to finish rooted in our triune God―Father, Son and Spirit. Not only do we understand the person and work of Christ through the Trinity, but also prayer, the church and every aspect of our faith. With wit and clarity, Reeves draws from church history down to the present referencing a wide range of notable teachers and preachers. Here is a rich and enjoyable portrayal of the basic beliefs of Christianity that opens up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith.

Come on along! Let’s explore our triune God and how the wonderful Father-Son-Holy Spirit
Trinity roots and empowers us.

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This term of Growth Groups starts mid-January.  If you still wish to join one that is in progress, please talk to the leader of that group.

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