Parents: Take Back Your Family!
Location: Memorial Chapel
The 5th Commandment, “Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you” would be the guide to the class. The commandment simply assumes that children will love their parents. Love is a natural impulse; honor is a moral choice. Honor respects the gap between; love bridges it. Honor and love need each other. Without love honor is frigid, strained, forced, infected with resentment, a hollow shell of polite anger. Without honor love lacks structure and is eventually destructive. Between parents and child, love without honor stands family life on its head. Today, parenting has become so complicated. Parents become uncertain on how to handle this job. In this class we would explore how can work, live and love as a family. The parents being the loving, benevolent authority figures who teach and guide their children how to leave them and go out in world knowing how the real world works so they can make this world a better place always knowing “Jesus Loves Me.”
Invitation to a Journey
Location: The Studio
Today even “traditional families” with children come in many shapes and sizes such as sandwich parents, and having kids with differing development levels. Though the joys and challenges of various stages can be different, there are many similarities. For Christian parents, a profound truth binds us together: We will not effectively navigate the shifting sands of our lives and our relationships with those we love without a growing, deepening relationship with God.
If your search for a deeper relationship with God has led you to techniques, methods, or programs to help you “achieve” spiritual wholeness, this class will explore a better way. Professor and author, Robert Mulholland, Jr.’s profound book, Invitation To A Journey: A Road Map For Spiritual Formation, will guide our study and conversation. Join with parents with children, of all ages, and take the journey together.
Location: Conference Room
This class seeks to apply Scripture and psychology in a practical way to the life of the family. Everyone is called to be conformed to the image of Christ. In this supportive fellowship, we will explore what this looks like in our relationships with our spouses and children as we strive for holiness and to be faithful to Christ. Topics include strengthening our marriages and child raising issues. All parents are welcome.
GROWING IN YOUR FAITH
The Deeper Life: What God Desires for Every Christian
Location: Great Hall
In St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he prays that they may share with the saints “the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge” in order that they “may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:19). The Scriptures, the great patristic commentators, and the great mystics of the Church (e.g. St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross) all assume that this is not meant to be confined to an elite few, but rather that God desires this for every Christian. This class will explore the life of prayer from a number of perspectives by looking at the following:
• What are the building blocks of the Christian spiritual life?
• How the Lord’s Prayer orders and guides our own prayer life
• How liturgical (written) prayer makes possible a life of spontaneous, internal prayer
• How the Daily Office, where we pray the Scriptures, and lectio Divina, are necessary to what the saints call “infused prayer.”
• The importance of a Rule of Life (including spiritual disciplines), a deliberate and conscious ordering of your spiritual life
• The classic stages of the Christian Spiritual Life, and the stages of contemplative prayer.
On the Canterbury Trail
Location: Great Hall
An Introduction to the Christian Faith and the Anglican Tradition. This class serves as preparation for all adults who wish to be baptized and/or confirmed. » More info
Location: Welcome Center
The Young Adults (formerly 20s/30s) Sunday School class is a comfortable place for our young adults to meet, fellow- ship, and study not only Scripture but the relevant issues of our day. This class is a great way to begin getting involved in the life of our church as a young adult, and meet some of the many people growing in their faith at Incarnation.
Location: Great Hall Dining Room
Are you a consumer or a Christian? Following Christ is, by definition, counter-cultural. How do you understand your own discipleship within our affluent culture? The biblical witness tells us that the act of giving is a spiritual gift and, in fact, the best aerobic spiritual activity in which we can engage. Please join us for this journey deepening your discipleship in a most sacred place: your pocketbook.
God’s Plan of the Ages: A Panoramic View of God’s Dealing with Mankind
Location: Room 114 (across from Outreach office)
This class will take a panoramic view of God’s dealings with mankind throughout history – past, present and future. It will demonstrate the continuity and relationship of events through which God declares His sovereignty and exercises His dominion over His creation. Particular emphasis will be placed on His methods, means and purposes in bringing about His plans and His will for all of mankind.
Leader: Robert Perkins (email)