LEARNING GROUPS

Due to COVID-19 all of our 2020 Summer Learning Groups will be virtual! Once you sign up for a group, your leader will be contacting you with a Zoom link.

why LEARNING GROUPS?

All of us are in different stages of our faith as well as different places in life. What we have in common is our need to know Jesus more intimately and to learn how to live out our christian faith. Learning Groups provide the opportunity to grow in our understanding of Jesus and how he impacts each area of our lives.

Each Learning Group covers a specific topic that centers around practical christian living. As people meet in these groups, they have the opportunity to grow alongside other believers, encourage each other, and learn together.

What do the groups do?

All of the groups cover specific material which usually includes a book or handouts. Group members are asked to read the material prior to group each week and com prepared to discuss it. During the class, the leader will guide the group to connect the truths that they have read to their lives. The group meetings also provide an opportunity for people to ask questions they may have about the reading or the topic in general.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us by emailing [email protected]

Ready to get involved?

We can't wait to have you join us for our Summer Learning Groups this year! Below you'll find descriptions of each course, along with info on who is leading it and what night of the week each group will be meeting.

Once you register to join a group, please use the links below to purchase your book on Amazon.

Here's a list of the virtual groups available this summer:

Reappearing Church

By Mark Sayers

What if the rise of secularism is good news for the church?

For decades, we set our hopes on technology, politics, and the appearance of peace. We wanted to believe we were headed somewhere better—that progress was happening. But now as our technology ensnares and isolates us, our politics threaten to tear us apart, and our cultural decline continues to accelerate, people are understandably distressed.

But throughout history these periods of decline traditionally precede powerful spiritual renewal—and even revival. What if all the bad news in this world is actually good news for the church?

Discover why there’s reason to be wildly hopeful and how to prepare yourself and your church to be a part of renewal now and in the future.

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the ruthless elimination of hurry

By John Mark Comer

How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

“Who am I becoming?”
 That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But inwardly, things weren’t pretty. So he turned to a trusted mentor for guidance and heard these words:
 
“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”
 It wasn’t the response he expected, but it was—and continues to be—the answer he needs. Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil.
 
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

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How to pray

By Pete Greig

A simple guide for normal people.

“To be human is to pray. Prayer is the least weird, most natural, necessary, and wonderful invitation. But no one finds it easy. I guess we all need a little help.” - Pete Greig

How to Pray is written to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone―the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. The enormous blessing of How to Pray is that it is accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging. The basic idea is that prayer is a conversation between you and God. Pete Greig demystifies and reenchants prayer, helping you to find prayer achievable and enjoyable, and ultimately life-giving and life-changing.

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Jesus Outside the Lines

By Scott Sauls

Weary of us against them?

Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today's media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward - away from harshness, caricatures and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.

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woke church

By Eric Mason

WOKE /wōk/ adj. 1. Able to understand how cultural, socioeconomic, philosophical, and historical realities inform our responsibility as believers in Jesus Christ.

The church in America should have rejected the first whispers of slavery. But we didn’t. We should have preached about the image of God when the dark-skinned among us were declared subhuman. But we didn’t. We should have stopped segregation and Jim Crow before they affected our communities. But we didn’t. We should have protested racial profiling and police brutality before anyone else. We should have been woke, but we’ve been asleep.

Dr. Eric Mason challenges the church in America: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead. It’s time to take a hard look at our history and stand together against the indignities and injustice in our world - to understand that justice is both theological and sociological - that there is no intimacy with God without justice in one’s heart.

No more waiting. No more sleeping. Christ our King is coming back, and He’ll be looking for a woke church.

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