Grow in your relationship with God and in the character of Christ.
3. The Bible Tells Me So... – Thursdays—June 6 through July 25 (no July 4 mtg.) @ 7-8:30pm in the Esther Room
What do you do when the Bible doesn’t behave? Christians have been defending scripture from attack for two centuries. In fact, argues Bible scholar Peter Enns, we have become so busy protecting the Bible that we are now unable to read it. In The Bible Tells Me So, he provides a revolutionary new perspective: "What if God is actually fine with the Bible just as it is? Not the well-behaved version we create, but the messy, troubling, weird, and ancient Bible has something to show us about our own sacred journey of faith. Sweating bullets to line up the Bible with our exhausting expectations, to make the Bible something it's not meant to be, isn't a pious act of faith, even if it looks that way on the surface. It's actually a thinly masked fear of losing control and certainty, a mirror of our inner disquiet, a warning signal of a deep distrust in God. A Bible like that isn't a sure foundation of faith; it's a barrier to true faith. Creating a Bible that behaves itself doesn't support the spiritual journey; it cripples it. The Bible's raw messiness isn't a problem to be solved. It's an invitation to a deeper faith."
Christians have had it drilled into them that their job is to defend the Bible against any challenge. But is this really God's plan? What if God wants us to debate and wrestle with what we read in scripture? Let’s talk about it.
4. Living Prayer – Mondays - June 10 - July 22 (no July 1 mtg.), @ 10:00am in the Esther Room
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges given to Christians, says Maxie Dunnam. When we pray, we experience communion with God, feel God’s presence, and receive God’s guidance. In this six-week study we will explore the nature, meaning, and possibilities of prayer through daily readings, reflections and application.