Adult Bible Study
Why Are You Persecuting Me?
April – June 2015, facilitated by Pastor Mark Berlin
A Christian Response to Hostility and Persecution Introduction
Session 1: “Why Are You Persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4) 3 The Roots of Hostility and Persecution
Session 2: “My Power is Made Perfect in Weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9) 7 Responding in Joy and Forgiveness
Session 3: “Earnest Prayer for Him Was Made to God” (Acts 12:5) 11 Responding in Prayer and Faithfulness
Session 4: “To Speak Your Word with All Boldness” (Acts 4:29) 16 Responding with the Proclamation of the Word
Session 5: “Is It Lawful?” (Acts 22:25) 20 Responding According to Our Rights as Citizens
Session 6: “Fear Not, I Am . . . the Living One” (Rev. 1:17-18) 25 Suffering, the Cross, and the Empty Tomb Resources
How do we, as members of the body of Christ, respond to the hostility and persecution directed against us? The following six session Bible study will examine that question. In the first session we will study the roots of persecution. The second session will examine our unexpected response of joy and forgiveness. The third, fourth, and fifth sessions will present responses of prayer and faithfulness, the proclamation of the Word, and the use of our rights as citizens. The final session will examine—in the light of the empty tomb—the cross of persecution and suffering as Martin Luther saw it, as an identifying mark of the Church.
The Lord Jesus, who endured the hostility of many Pharisees during His earthly ministry, chose an equally hostile Pharisee as His ambassador. Paul, who had once so zealously afflicted the Body of Christ, would eventually in his own flesh suffer “Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Col. 1:24). When the followers of Jesus Christ, the members of His Body, encounter persecution and hostility on account of their faith, it is Jesus Himself who is being persecuted. Yet the Lord Jesus has, by His crucifixion and resurrection, already endured and overcome persecution, hostility, and even death for the sake of His Body, the Church. For this reason He promises us, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The Great Divide – Islam class completed
Facilitated by Pastor Mark and Ralph Hintsala
Sundays at 9:15 am November through December 2014
We will watch a video presentation by Dr. Alvin Schmidt.
We will learn about the fundamentals of the Islam religion including:
Prayer, The Five Pillars of Islam, Muhammed and the Qur’an, Jesus in the Qur’an, Islam: A Religion of Peace?, Abrogation of the Qur’an, Islamic Crusades
All are welcome.
Caring Evangelism (meets Sundays and on Family Unity Nights) class completed
Facilitated by Connie Hintsala
What is Caring Evangelism?
Caring Evangelism is a natural, comfortable way to share God’s Good News. Caring Evangelism conveys respect and understanding for people, focuses on their needs, and gently communicates God’s Love.
What is the Purpose of This Course?
The purpose of the Caring Evangelism course is to equip Christians to share Christ’s love in their daily lives through words and actions that people welcome. During the course, participants:
Examine and address the fears and misunderstandings that swirl around the subject of evangelism.
Explore the principles of Caring Evangelism and learn how to put those principles into action.
Study biblical stories and promises that speak to people’s deepest longings.
Practice and develop essential skills for sharing Christ’s love in a thoughtful, compassionate way.