Adult Community Groups (Sunday Morning Classes)
As part of the larger church, Adult Community Groups are mid-sized communities of Christ-followers who are committed to receiving, equipping, and sending disciples into the world.
ACGs provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, enjoy fellowship, and learn in community. This winter, we will offer just one Sunday morning ACG at 10:00am, between the worship services. This class will be in person and livestreamed.
Spring 2021 ACG (10:00 am) | Apr. 11 – May 23rd
The Lord’s Supper, with Stephen Morton (Room 18, 10am). The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament central to Christian worship, but we don’t devote much thought to it within the evangelical church. Stephen will explore how different segments of the church understand the Supper and wrestle with some important questions. (Week 1, Week 2)
Winter 2021 ACG (10:00 am) | Jan 17th – March 7th
Spiritual Renewal, with Dan Waugh (Room 18, 10am). We hear talk about ‘revival’ often, usually in terms of a national or churchwide awakening. No doubt, that would be incredible. But my goals for this eight-week class are much more modest – how do we open ourselves up and pursue personal spiritual renewal? We will pull from historical accounts of revivals and apply principles to us individually, and draw on the wealth of Scriptural insights, accounts, and prayers. I want to think, to open myself up for, and pray for a new work of the Holy Spirit in my life, and would invite you to join me in this. Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8
Fall 2020 ACGS (10:00 am) | Block 2 (Oct 11th – Nov 22nd)
1 Timothy, with Jerry Frederick. We have more written in the New Testament about the church at Ephesus than any other church, from its rocky founding in Acts, the letter to the Ephesians, the two letters to its young, timid pastor (I and II Timothy), and its epilogue in the book of Revelations. The ending is not a happy one. In Acts 20:30 Paul makes a prediction to the elders of the church–that from among themselves would arise fierce wolves, men, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after them. In studying the book of I Timothy we’ll catch the church in the midst of that predicted conflict, and look at some of the strategies the wolves employed, as well as other doctrinal issues the Apostle brings up. As Scripture always seems to be, it is applicable to our world, and this book contains some of the most difficult texts in the whole Bible to understand. Week One: handout, video; Week Two (handout link in video description; Week Three, no video; Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9
The Book of Micah, with Dan Waugh. The prophet Micah ministered during an exceedingly tumultuous time in Judah. Among other things, Micah led a national movement of repentance under King Hezekiah. At points, Micah’s enumerations of the people’s sins and God’s judgments are hard to read, but they prepare us to hear the good news of God’s salvation. Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7
Fall 2020 ACGS (10:00 am) | Block 1 (Aug 23rd – Oct 4th)
Political Theology: Meeting in Room 18 with Dan Waugh and livestreamed on YouTube. Political theology addresses questions about the relationship between theology and politics, church and state, the role of religion in public/communal life, and to what extent our Christian beliefs should shape our political thought. We began by laying the foundations of biblical teaching regarding political thought and then explored different models of political theology through the ages, with a specific eye to how these models could be helpful, or not, in our modern, pluralistic culture. Links to past videos: Week 1 (Intro), Week 2 (Early Church), Week 3 (Medieval Church), Week 4 (Augustine & Aquinas), Week 5 (Anabaptist & Theonomists, Oh My!), Week 6 (Calvin’s Two Kingdoms), Week 7 (Application of Two Kingdom Approach).
The Historicity of Exodus: Meeting in Room 17 with Steven Lulich. Did the Exodus really happen? Where’s the evidence? Could it be a legend created centuries later for purely political purposes? In this ACG we tackle some of the most enduring controversies and popular critiques of the Biblical account of the Exodus, focusing on questions like: Did the Israelites really come out from Egypt? When did the Exodus happen? Are the numbers inflated? What was the route of the Exodus? How did so many people avoid leaving footprints in Sinai after a 40-year residence? Does it really matter whether the Exodus was a historical event or not? This ACG pulls together evidence from archaeology, ancient literature, and the Bible itself. Links to past videos: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7 (manuscript, no video available)