Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm beginning September 28, 2022
(dinner before classes begins at 6)
April 20: We will review and work toward some more application related to our Easter Sunday sermon. We will also take some time for people to share a bit of how God is at work in their heart and life. And then, we will close our time with prayer for God’s Spirit to continue his great work of renewal in and through us. Join us! Dinner: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, veggies
May 4: Join us tonight to further discuss what it means to disciple others in our everyday lives and how we become the “Gospel Guides” from our 2028 vision. Dinner: burgers, tater tots, salad
May 18: In follow-up to our sermon on Sunday (Colossians 1:24-29, Call Me Crazy), Pastor Tim will provide some additional teaching and lead a discussion around some of these questions: How can we choose the hard road of obedience, sacrifice, and suffering? What does this look like? What are we having to overcome and how can we do it? How can there be joy in suffering and sacrifice? What is God’s purpose for our suffering and how does it powerfully work in and through us? It should be a great night! Dinner: pulled pork, potato salad, salad, watermelon
June 1: In follow-up to our sermon on this past Sunday (Romans 13:11-4), we will dig a bit deeper and learn how to kill sin and win the battle for our soul. How can we become better equipped for the war that rages for control of our hearts and lives? And then, we will also look forward to the sermon for this coming Sunday based on Psalm 32. How does confession and repentance fit into the battle for our soul and killing sin? Why and how do we confess? How does God work through our confession? Join us for making some great progress in loving Jesus. Dinner: meatball subs, mac-n-cheese, salad
June 15: We will go back to Psalm 32 and talk about “Covering and Confessing.” Why is confession and getting our sins covered so vital for our faith journey? Why do we struggle with it? What are some of the alternatives that we turn to for covering our shame and guilt? How does confession and covering change us? How do we do it and not do it well? What does it look like when we are practicing confession and repentance? What are some evidences that confession and covering are not a part of your heart and life? How does real confession and covering wonderfully change our hearts and lives? I look forward to our time together! Pastor Tim. Dinner: chicken salad croissant, pasta salad, dinner salad
July, August 3 & 17 (no meetings)
August 31: TBA
Unit 1: 9/29/21 – 10/20/21
Practical: Gospel Fluency – This class will focus on what it means to view the world through the lens of the gospel. We want to become believers who know the gospel so deeply that it shines through us and impacts the way we live every day. It is one thing to know about the gospel; it is another to be fluent in it. This class will be based on the book Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt, and we will look at some short videos covering concepts from the book. We hope this class can help us develop a rock-solid understanding of the gospel and how it impacts our view of the world. Led by Brian Ellis. This class will also be available during the Sunday School hour.
Foundational: Messy Journey Theology – This class will provide practical and foundational truths around sanctification, holiness, and becoming like Jesus. We will learn and discuss how the gospel applies to all of life and empowers us for making real progress with love, joy, and faith for the messy journey of our lives. Led by Pastor Tim.
Unit 2: 11/3/21 – 11/17/21
Practical: Making Disciples(led by Brian Ellis) – Our call to make disciples is part of our core identity as Christians. In this unit, we will look at making disciples in the church, the home, and in our community. This class will also be available during the Sunday School hour. Update for last two sessions:Making Discipleswill finish the final session led by Emily Clayton and will focus on outreach. The 2nd week Brian Ellis will lead a session on Conflict, Cynicism, and the Gospel. In a world filled with division and outrage Christians are uniquely positioned for hope, unity, and to be peacemakers all rooted in the good news of the gospel.
Foundational: God's Word for the Journey(led by James Karsten) – George Barna has done a recent study which shows that only 6 percent of self-identified American Christians have a biblical world view. In this environment there are many voices which seek to devalue, distort, and even destroy a biblical foundation for faith and discipleship. For the next three weeks we will explore both the need for “sola scriptura” as well as the dangers that come when it is abandoned.Update for last two sessions: Biblical Hospitality:We will examine Scripture to learn God’s heart as it relates to hospitality and mission. We will consider how our hearts can reflect God’s heart and what hospitality can look like for every one of us. Led by Pastor Tim.
Unit 3: 12/1/21 – 12/15/21
Practical:Gospel Hospitality (led by Brian Ellis) – In a world filled with division and outrage Christians are uniquely positioned for hope, unity, and to be peacemakers all rooted in the good news of the gospel.
Foundational: Conflict, Cynicism, and the Gospel (led by Pastor Tim) – We will examine Scripture to learn God’s heart as it relates to hospitality and mission. We will consider how our hearts can reflect God’s heart and what hospitality can look like for every one of us.
Unit 4: January 12-26, 2022
Practical: Organic Discipleship(led by Pastor Tim) – Join us as we dive deeper into Organic Discipleship, and explore how each of us can spur one another on in faith through everyday living. Will stretch through the next few units as we make our way through the Organic Discipleship series.
Foundational: Keeping the Sabbath(led by Brian Ellis) – Is the Sabbath still relevant in a fast-paced culture that values productivity and achievement? This 3-week unit will look at what the Sabbath was created to be, and why we need to embrace God's plan for rest and rhythms in our everyday lives.
Unit 5: February 9-23, 2022
Practical: Organic Discipleship(led by Pastor Tim) – Join us as we dive deeper into Organic Discipleship, and explore how each of us can spur one another on in faith through everyday living.
Foundational: Fostering the Fruit of the Spirit(led by Brian Ellis) – In this 3-week class, we will look at love, peace, and gentleness. As Christians, we strive to have the Fruit of the Spirit pour out of our hearts. In a world marked by conflict, Christians must lead the way in responding to others with love.
Unit 6: March 9-23, 2022
Practical: Organic Disciples (led by Pastor Tim) – A followup to Organic Disciples, emphasizing the importance of hospitality.
Foundational:Vices and Virtues (led by Brian Ellis) – We will look at what vices are, how they are different that sin, and how they can impact our faith.
Hospitality: A Practical Application(led by Pastor Tim and Emillie Clayton) – Come tonight to understand what Biblical hospitality looks like, discuss why we don’t practice it, and imagine what we can do to get started.
Practical: Sermon and Bible Work for Real Change(led by Pastor Tim) – We will study Matthew 26:47-56 and through our work together, we will learn how to study and apply the Bible and how to listen to sermons as I share a few essentials for preparing a sermon. This will be the text that I preach on for this coming Sunday with the title of “Put Down Your Sword.” We will think about the questions that we should ask when we study. What does the text say about God, his kingdom, about us, and about God’s provision for us through Jesus? You are encouraged to study this text (and context) beforehand and come with some of your own questions. Bring your Bibles and it should be a great night of learning together.
Foundational: Vices and Virtues(led by Brian Ellis) – We will talk through how envy and sloth shape our hearts.
Join us this week at Focal Point for night of fellowship featuring board games and pizza. It will be a great opportunity to connect with others, meet new people, and have some fun. We will have a variety of games so we should have something for everyone. Please let us know if you are planning on being there so we can have enough food and games for everyone.
Our Wednesday night gatherings are changing. Focal Point has developed out of our conviction that our obedience and active love for God and others begins with knowing God as he reveals himself in the gospel and his Word. When we lean on programs such as small groups, book studies, and worship attendance, they often come up short for biblical learning that is retained and transformative for life and godliness. Focal Point has been developed for deep learning that is transformative and equips us to become disciples who make disciples.
One big change will be that our learning times will be intergenerational, relational, and conversational so that we increase a sense of belonging for our youth (6th grade and up) and grow together. When we shift toward deep learning in this way, we free up other ministry efforts to focus more on relationships and discipleship.
Throughout scripture, faith is an intergenerational reality. The young and old learn from and care for each other. They challenge one another to release their assumptions, think differently, and to practice compassion. Even today, thousands of years later, we read the scriptures told and retold by our spiritual ancestors. It turns out that Bible reading itself is intergenerational.
In God’s family, there is no hierarchy of power. Consequently, no matter one’s age, we are all teachers and learners. We are co-creators with the Divine and with one another. God calls us to guide one another in love and humility, holding fast to the love of God as our rule.
How much deeper is a faith that is rooted in the experience of those who have lived before and in the experience of one’s own life? And how much value is in the life and developing ideals of a culture that has grown up after your own identity and perspective has hardened some?
We each bear God’s image. So, of course, we discover our connection to the Divine as we encounter one another. It’s as though we plant seeds in each other’s hearts and minds that give way to growth, beauty and even more seeds we can then plant in the world.
We will begin each evening together in the gym sharing a meal before classes begin. There will typically be 2 classes running simultaneously throughout the year. One will focus on practical Christian living, and one will focus on foundational Christian truths and beliefs that are important to our understanding of faith. Each class will only be 3-4 weeks and will emphasize that our learning should lead to life change, not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge. After each 3-4 week “unit” we will use the next week for Family Night. KidLife Club will not have a separate meeting on those nights as we focus on keeping families together. For those not able to attend Wednesday nights, one of the classes will also be taught the following Sunday during the Sunday School hour.