Join us this winter for supper and discussions!
The Church operates in various modes—worship, service, community, learning—but one of the central tasks given to the church is discernment. As N. T. Wright says, “the church [is] characterized, at the very heart of its life, by prayerful listening to, strenuous wrestling with, humble obedience before, and powerful proclamation of scripture.” Discernment is the process of wrestling with Scripture and coming humbly before God to better understand the challenges of contemporary life. Discernment is always happening, but throughout this Winter Bible School we will look at four specific questions where the Church has engaged in the challenging work of discernment.
January 18 – Discerning Dress
How do the various expectations of culture, tradition, and Biblical tradition shape how we dress? How do we interpret Biblical texts like 1 Corinthians 11 or 1 Peter 3?
January 25 – Discerning Divorce & Remarriage
How do we interpret Jesus’ teachings about divorce and remarriage in light of modern expectations regarding marriage? What about domestic violence or infidelity?
February 1 – Discerning Sexual Ethics
What does faithful discernment look like in the midst of our current disagreements about sexual ethics, particularly as it pertains to the LGBTQ+ community? What can we learn from our discernment in other matters of faith and life? Do our disagreements require us to break fellowship with one another?
February 8 – Discerning Political Engagement
What does it mean to be “subject to the governing authorities” when you live in a democratic republic? Does following Jesus lead us to vote in certain ways—or even to refrain from voting? Does the current challenge of so-called Christian nationalism require us to rethink our approach to political engagement?
Shared supper will be served from 6 to 6:30p.m. Suggested donation of $5-10 toward meal cost will be greatly appreciated. Each evening will also offer faith-based activities for kids (preschool through 8th grade) and a time of Biblical input and dialogue for adults and Sr. high students.
The input sessions and activities will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Activities for children and adults will include:
KfC (Kids for Christ: Gr PK-5) | Junior Youth (Gr 6-8) | Adult Bible Study
Note: MYF (Youth Group: Gr 9-12) meets on Sunday evenings