Monday Night LIF

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***We will be taking a break from our regular LIF program during Lent in order to participate in our Whole-Church Lenten Study.***

Join us on Monday nights for Dinner at 6:30pm followed by the lented Study at 7pm.
Visit the Lenten Study Page for more information and to sign up for the Dinners!

 


Join us at LIF! A time of fellowship and study for adults as we Live In Faith

Mondays in the Haven

– Catered Dinner ($8) at 6:30 p.m.
– Devotions at 7:00
– Five Study Choices from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.

 

Bible Study

The Story: The Bible as One Continuous Story of God and His People
In these six weeks we will cover Samuel through the Kings and into the early prophets

How many times have you read the Bible? Did you find new insights each time?
We invite those who have read The Story with us in the past,
as well as those who would like to read it for the first time!

God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people – the story of the Bible is about God’s great love affair with humanity. Join us for the clear, accessible study of the Bible using  The Story. Be swept into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Ruth in this Session. Classes include reading, discussion and short DVD connections to life.

As we study The Story, we will learn that heaven and earth are woven more closely together than we ever dreamed. All through the story of the Bible we see two parallel and beautiful dramas unfold. There is the Upper Story. God is real, he is present, and he is working on our behalf. There is also the Lower Story. We live on earth. We make mistakes, run from God, and resist his overtures of love.

As we recognize how closely both stories fit together, we will learn to experience God’s love and grace as we walk through our days. God wants to be with us. This is the refrain that echoes throughout The Story. On our journey we will discover that God’s story and our story are really one and the same.

Led by Pat Grill

In-Depth Bible Study

The Book of Exodus

What does it mean to be in a relationship with God, the ultimate being in the universe? 

How does one establish that relationship?
What is that relationship like, and what does it take to stay in it?

These are questions that people around the world have been asking since the beginning of time. The book of Exodus provided the ancient Israelites with answers to such questions, revealing not only what was required of them to live in relationship with God, but also what God had graciously done to make such relationship possible. (NLT Study Bible)

Join us as we discover the story of Exodus that tells of slavery and a savior, plagues and Passover, salvation and provision, the Law, the Tabernacle, and the Priesthood.

Led by Bill Pabst & Suzanne Ratshin

 

Christian Book Study

Glory Days by Max Lucado

Feeling stuck in the same old, same old?
Life carries on, but the Christian life has become a bit more routine and less extraordinary?

The Israelites knew what that was like. After the show of power in the plagues, and divine rescue from Pharaoh, they endured 40 long years of waiting in the wilderness. They were free from the tyranny of Egypt, but not free from fear, or free from the temptation to chase other gods.

In Glory Days, Max Lucado examines the life of Joshua and the challenges Israel faced, showing how God was present, even in the midst of their wilderness experience. Just like Israel, you too can find the strength to thrive in the desert. You can close the distance between the person you are, and the person that you are intended to be. These can become your best days. Glory days.

Led by Iver Kennedy and Liz Thomson.

 

In-Depth Christian Book Study

Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine 
by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

In this volume, highly esteemed scholar Kevin Vanhoozer introduces readers to a way of thinking about Christian theology. He argues that theology is not merely a set of cognitive beliefs, but is also something we do that involves speech and action alike.

Vanhoozer uses a theatrical model to explain the ways in which doctrine shapes Christian understanding and forms disciples. The church, Vanhoozer posits, is the preeminent theater where the gospel is “performed,” with doctrine directing this performance. Doctrines are not simply truths to be stored, shelved, and stacked, but indications and directions to be followed, practiced, and enacted. In “performing” doctrine, Christians are shaped into active disciples of Jesus Christ. He goes on to examine the state of the church in today’s world and explores how disciples can do or perform doctrine.

Doctrine ministers understanding: of God, of the drama of redemption, of the church as a company of faithful players, and of individual actors, all of whom have important roles to play. In an age where things fall apart and centers fail to hold, doctrine centers us in Jesus Christ, in whom all things hold together.


Led by Dan Raisch

 

 

Men’s Discipleship

Daniel and Esther: Israel in Exile
(MacArthur Bible Studies)
 by John F. MacArthur

Many of God’s people through the ages have been called to endure times of hardship, loneliness, and suffering. Some, such as Daniel and Esther, were even members of a race carried away to a foreign land that had never heard of the God of Israel. Their lives were not easy, but even in the midst of trials, these men and women discovered that God was with them—and that He was actively leading the events in their lives.

All men are invited to join us as John MacArthur’s book guides us through the historical period of Israel’s exile beginning with the prophet Daniel being carried off to Babylon, continuing through the rise of the Persian Empire, and concluding with Esther’s reign as queen.

This Study includes close-up examinations of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Esther, Haman, and others, as well as careful considerations of doctrinal themes such as “Standing Boldly for God” and “God’s Sovereignty Over the Future.”

Led by Peter Thomson and Doug Ridgway

 

 


 

For more information about our Adult Education Programs contact Pat Grill, Director of Adult Education, at patg@pctr.org or 732-349-1331 x245.