Sunday Morning Christian Formation

 

All baptized people are called to sustain their ministries through lifelong Christian formation and education.

Christ Church offers a variety of educational opportunities for all. During the school year, there are several adult classes, in addition to classes which are offered for all ages of children and youth, every Sunday. Classes for all ages are also offered during the summer months. 

Christian Formation Classes for all ages begin on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM on both Christ Church campuses

Adults

The Gospel of John is a powerful account of the ministry of Jesus Christ. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke recall the teachings of Jesus in short parables and encounters, John quotes Jesus much more extensively, exploring the theological explanations behind the ministry of Christ.

More than other Gospel accounts, John tells us why he wrote his narrative of the teaching and work of Christ.  John writes, “Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20.30-31).

It is from John that we learn of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding, and of Christ’s identity as the Word through which the universe itself was created. John introduces us to Nicodemus and to Lazarus, and shares a number of stories which are unique to his Gospel.

The Gospel of John is a powerful account of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Christ Church Downtown, led by Fr. David, and at Christ Church South, led by Fr. Matt and gifted lay leaders.

The Book of Jeremiah. This study will be led by Fr. Ted in the Trinity Room at Christ Church Downtown.

Jeremiah’s ministry lasted over forty years, and he spent the bulk of it warning Judah about the chastisement that would come unless it turned back to God. He thus had to keep warning Judah about a catastrophe that didn’t happen until after his death. From his origins to his death, Jeremiah had very little solace from human approval. Anyone who works for almost half a century, as did Jeremiah, at a most unpalatable enterprise and under increasingly adverse circumstances has much to teach today’s culture about resilience and resolve. We who are too easily discouraged by failure might plant our feet more firmly after reading this book.

Jeremiah charges the people of Judah with the idolatrous worship of Baal. Besides a fundamental betrayal of the divine-human relationship by their worship of other gods and their trust in other nations, the Judeans also offend God by desecrating the Sabbath (the fourth commandment). Contrary to God’s will, they carry on their commercial work on this holy day of rest and worship. If these offenses are not bad enough, Jeremiah also cites violations of God’s instructions regulating the relationship among human beings. They lie and cheat; they do not release their slaves in accordance with the law. They even sacrifice their children to false gods. These are just a few of the horrible ways in which they break the covenant.

The arrangement of this material found in Jeremiah continues to baffle scholars. It is not chronological, neither is it entirely topical. Nonetheless there is a unified message that continues to speak. Obedience to God is the only way ultimately to prosper in a land given to us by Him. It is also the only way to escape judgment. Jeremiah’s ministry is to charge God’s people with wrongdoing and call them to repent. Jeremiah’s message is a clear warning to the culture around us today.

All Spiritual Classics, All the Time

For centuries the Church has been graced by the works of great spiritual writers, who have enlivened and enlightened Christian discipleship.  Please join The Rev. Stephen Stine for this course, which will meet from September 16 through December 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library, downtown. The course will cover a wide range of spiritual giants from Augustine of Hippo to Frederick Buechner. 

The Anglican Way (eight Sunday morning classes at 10:00 am, September 16 thru November 4, CCS).

Led by Tommy Davis, CCS Catechist. Although this class is developed as preparatory for confirmation, the content of this class is about how our relationship with Christ is primarily birthed and matured through his Body, the Church. That makes this class profitable for anyone who is desiring a closer or renewed relationship with Christ.

Topics within the study:

I. The Church's foundational beginnings

II. The Episcopal Church's place in church history

III. The Book of Common Prayer

IV. The Episcopal Church's structure

V. The Episcopal Church's worship

A. Centrality of the Sacraments

B. Centrality of the Holy Spirit

C. Centrality of the Scriptures

VI.    The important role that each of us have in the church

This class is required for those desiring to be confirmed on November 11 by Bishop Jeff Fisher at Christ Church South.