Six week class: Sept 14 & 15, 2022 through October 19 & 20, 2022
Wednesdays Online @ 1pm
Thursdays @ 1pm, Community Classroom
We continue our study of our faith family tree in our Ancestors series with an in-depth look at Simon Peter. He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. And that’s the point of Simon Peter, a six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. As we discuss Peter we will also discover how we, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. Classes will be Wednesdays at 1:00PM online and Thursdays at 1:00PM in-person. Grab your favorite Bible and come for either class or join us for both to steward the gift of fellowship! If you would like your own copy of the book, please contact Pastor Danielle or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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October 19/20 The Rest of the Story
This week we follow Peter as the church begins to expand as Jesus foretold. Peter who gave the confession on which the church was built but later denied Jesus will now live into his calling and what Jesus saw in him! Peter, who was called as a fishermen, will now fulfill his calling to fish for people as Jesus’ mission expands. Join us this week as we explore how our own faith journeys give us the opportunity to fish for people too.
October 12/13 From Cowardice to Courage
This week we follow Jesus on his way to the cross, to the resurrection and beyond to his later appearances to the disciples. Peter denied Jesus before his crucifixion and with all/most of the men fled during the crucifixion; yet still, Jesus gave Peter another chance (3 more perhaps) to answer the call faithfully and with courage! Join us this week as we explore how our own faith journeys are composed of moments when we show both cowardice and courage as disciples and how Jesus gives us more chances to follow faithfully.
October 5/6 I Will Not Deny You
This week we follow Jesus’ last moments with his disciples from the footwashing and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will hear Jesus predict Peter’s denial, and then watch it unfold. Imagine Jesus knowing that this might have been Simon’s path all along; yet still, he named him Peter and founded the church on the faithful confession of this flawed disciple! Join us this week as we explore how our own faith journeys are composed of moments when we too in our own way deny Jesus.
September 28/29 Bedrock or Stumbling Block
Caesarea Philippi is an out-of-the-way location for Jesus’ ministry, but he seems to take his disciples there for a particular purpose according to Matthew and Mark. It is here that he asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” All the Gospel authors identify Simon by his nickname Peter, but only Matthew connects it to this moment where he confesses Jesus to be “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Yet, immediately after this confession of faith, Jesus calls Peter (aka Rocky) a “stumbling block” because he objects to Jesus’ definition of these titles. Join us this week as we explore how our own faith journeys are comprised of moments when our belief is rock solid and moments where we stumble over who Jesus really is.
September 21/22 Walking with Jesus in the Storms
The Sea of Galilee plays prominently in the Gospel stories about Jesus – so much so that you could say it becomes more of a character than a setting. That is especially true of the two stories we will examine this week – “The Calming of the Storm” and “Peter Meeting Jesus on the Water”. In both cases, the sea – with all its mystery, tumult, and power – show the disciples who Jesus is and impacts their faith formation. As key stories in the gospel, these texts do the same for us. Join us as we explore how Jesus joins us in the storms of life, empowers us to grow our discipleship, and is there to catch us when we falter.
September 14/15 The Call of the Fisherman
We will explore how Jesus’ call to discipleship is a gracious “interruption” in our lives, drawing us to an extraordinary relationship with God in the midst of our seemingly ordinary experiences.