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The Adult Sunday School class meets every Sunday during the school year from 10:10 to 10:55 am. The discussion leader develops questions around one or more of the readings from the services that week. People who have expressed an interest in the class are sent the verses and questions several days before class. However, no previous knowledge or information is necessary to attend. Our goal is that folks feel very comfortable dropping in and joining the conversation. This is a dynamic and interactive class taught not by a single teacher but by the whole class. We discuss the verses and questions, explore what we don’t understand and discuss what the verses mean to us. This approach deepens our understanding of the Bible, fosters a desire to learn more, and results in a deeper, faith-based relationship among those in the class and inspires us toward action. All are welcome. For more information please contact Steve Allenby (email@example.com) with any questions.
Adult Class – Coffee with Seekers
Please join the Coffee with Seekers Class as they explore how to serve God and live as our Creator intended.
September 27, 2015 Class
In the weeks ahead we will be discussing “blessings” as described by Jesus in Matthew (5:3-12) and Luke (6:17-23) (commonly referred to as the Matthew and Luke Beatitudes) and perhaps a few “woes” (Luke 6:24-26).
This week we will take a look at these passages (which are copied below) from the 10,000 foot level and try to provide some context. In future weeks we will delve more deeply into each Beatitude. Please read the passages below and consider the following questions for this week’s discussion.
1. Please read the passages below from Luke and Matthew and list what is different about the two. Think about the participants, the phrasing and context of each.
a. Which of the rewards are spiritual and which are physical?
b. Which rewards occur now and which in an after life?
2. What is similar about the readings from Luke and Matthew?
3. Some have used the list of Beatitudes in Matthew as a type of checklist for “good” Christians. In other words, we should mourn, be meek, poor in spirit, etc. What are your thoughts?
Matthew 5:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Luke 6:12-26 New International Version (NIV)
The Twelve Apostles
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Blessings and Woes
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
September 20, 2015 Class
We are looking forward to another great year of discussions and insight. We hope you will join us in the downstairs classroom at 10:10 as we kick off the new year.
The format this year will be the same as last year. We will send you thought provoking readings and questions that we will then discuss when we get together. Please don’t feel that you need a certain level of knowledge about the Bible or Christianity to participate. The readings will help the process and we will all be trying to determine what the Bible passages mean!
This fall the Sunday School class and the church as a whole will be examining blessings we have received and blessings we can share. This will all lead up to a church-wide spiritual gifts inventory that we will be conducting later in the year.
In future weeks, we would like to examine in detail the “Blessings” that Jesus spelled out in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12) and how they might relate to us. I’m excited to get beyond a surface interpretation of the Beatitudes to get to the heart of what Jesus was saying. Was he really implying that “being poor in spirit” or “being meek” is a blessing!? Should be fun.
Given the upcoming discussions of blessings, I thought you would find the attached article interesting. Please consider the questions below as you read the article. This is what we will be discussing in class this Sunday.
1. Do you use the word “blessing” when describing good things that happen to you?
2. Do you agree with the author’s conclusion that Christians should not use the word “blessing” to refer to material gains or comforts that we have? Why or why not?
3. What do you think of verses 12 a, b and c that are proposed by the author?
4. Near the end of the article the author says:
Still, if I take advantage of the opportunities set before me, a comfortable life may come my way. It’s not guaranteed. But if it does happen, I don’t believe Jesus will call me blessed.
He will call me “burdened.”
Why does the author believe Jesus would call someone with a comfortable life “burdened?” If you won the lottery or received a raise, would you feel blessed or burdened?
Women gather each Sunday at 10:10 for a time of fellowship and a designated book study. Join the women in their on-going discussion of the book Your Beautiful Purpose, Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You by Susie Larson.
Tuesday Morning Ladies Book Group
Tuesdays 9:15 am-10:45 am
If God knows everything, what is the point of prayer? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes far away?
If you’ve found yourself wondering about these questions, or are struggling to get your prayer life going, please join our ladies book group as we read and discuss Philip Yancey’s book Prayer: Does it make any difference?
Any women who like to explore their faith, talk, laugh, and . . . pray
Please call Priscilla Thompson at 927-4018 if you’re interested or just show up!
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Wednesday morning Bible Study meets each Wednesday morning at 10:00. Our first priority at Bible study is to expect what we read to transform us. Our goal is to not only become more familiar with what the Bible says, but to consider how these timeless texts apply to the church and our lives today. For more information please contact the church office at 526-6511.