In whose story are we living?
Advance in Faith Level 1, consists of 8 units that are designed to help believers grow in an understanding of scripture and faith, and learn how Christian principles apply to modern day life.
We seek to understanding Jesus in his setting, with the terms he used to describe himself and his work.
Why did Jesus prefer to label himself "the son of man" -- a phrase that means human? What did he think humans should be doing, and how did he plan to do it differently than other humans?
We look at Jesus' teaching as found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). What was Jesus calling God's people to be and do? And how did Jesus himself embody his teaching?
Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem has huge significance. He rides into his capital to the adulation of the crowds, and overturns the temple. What was he doing?
Faith is essential to life, so what is it? How do we identify it?
Faith in ...? How do we know who God is and what to trust him for?
What are the things the build up (or break down) or faith?
Bible study and prayer are the most foundational ways to grow spiritually. Learn how to do these things well.
What is fasting? What does the Bible say about it? Why fast? How does Christian meditation differ from meditation in other religions? How do we practice mediation?
How can living simply enrich our lives? How can refusing to dominate others enrich our sense of community?
You find life not is isolation but in community, with guidance from God and from trusted people. Authentic living means being honest with God and with each other, even about our mistakes.
Advance in Faith Level 2 is an inspiring series of 16 units, rotating through every 4 years designed to take participants deeper in their understanding of scripture, theology and Church history.
How should we approach the Book of Revelation? We look at the book in its original setting, and consider the four ways it is commonly interpreted. The first vision introduces the main character of the book: Jesus (Revelation 1).
Having met our king (Rev 1), John receives messages from the ruler to seven outposts of his kingdom (Rev 2-3). His next vision is of our magnificent sovereign who has the throne and rules of heaven and earth (Rev 4).
Those who acknowledge the Lamb celebrate his victory, while those who resisted him are removed (Rev 19-20). God's government sets everything right; everything he intended in the beginning is fulfilled in the end (Rev 21-22).
Influences in this period include Leo 1, Gregory the Great, and the Rise of Islam.
The good news travels from Asia Minor to Greece.
Ethics (often called moral philosophy) is the study of human morality and the application of that morality to contemporary life. Its concern is not only with what is right (morality) but also with doing what is right (moral application).
How is the Book of Psalms arranged? What kinds of Psalms do we find (genres)? Is there a central theme to the Psalms? What characteristics do we find in Hebrew songs that will help us understand them?
Psalm 2 introduces the king who represents God's reign on earth. What did this mean for Israel? What does it mean in light of Jesus? What does it mean for us today?
Psalm 8 describes the human vocation of managing creation on God's behalf. Psalm 22 is a lament: things are not running as they should. We look at what these Psalms would have meant for Israel, what the mean in light of the Christ, and what they mean for us today.
Psalm 137 is a shocking reaction to the horror of the exile. Psalm 108 consists of verses from Psalms 57 and 60 recompiled after the exile into a new theme. We look at what these Psalms meant for Israel, what they mean in the light of Jesus, and what they mean for us today.
How is the New Testament put together? Who were the people who wrote these books, and what was their background? What are "Gospels"? Why are the first three similar? Who wrote the Gospel of John, and what message was he conveying?
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