Monday, January 29, 2018

Are Humans Animals?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." We're launching a three-week conversation exploring the image of God from a scientific point of view.

Part 1


Key Themes:
  • Our church's statement of faith as it pertains to creation and human origins
  • Biblical case for human and animals being different in kind (not just degree)
  • Discussion with Dr. Fazale Rana: 3 Christian views on the meaning of the "image of God"
  • Class member question: Why does it matter if Adam and Eve are real historical persons? Is Genesis history?

Digging Deeper:

Part 2 (coming soon)

Part 3 (coming soon)




Sunday, January 7, 2018

What Does It Mean to be Pro-Life?

We are continuing our teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times" into the New Year. This week we're starting a four-week conversation on various biblical and practical issues related to pro-life questions.

Part 1




Key Themes:
  • What does it mean to be "pro-life"?
  • Interview with a former teenage mother about adoption
  • Interviews about abortion recovery 

Digging Deeper:
  • Need help with a crisis pregnancy or abortion recovery? Search for a local "pregnancy resource center" and find out your options and get support.


Part 2
 


Key Themes:
  • What does the Bible say about abortion? (discussion of Exodus 21:22–24)
  • Making the Case for the Unborn  
    • Simply the argument
    • Making the case from science

Digging Deeper:
  
Part 3




Key Themes:
  • Making the Case for the Unborn  
    • Making the case from philosophy
    • SLED argument with Scott Klusendorf 
  • Student perspectives on abortion and unborn

Digging Deeper:

Part 4


Key Themes:
  • Birth control: barrier methods vs. hormonal methods 
  • Ethics of reproduction: IVF and "snowflake" adoption

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Off For the Holidays

We are on hiatus for the holidays. See you in January when we will wrap up our fall teaching series.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

No Class Today

No class today. The teacher is out sick. See you next week as we resume our fall teaching series.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

No Class Today

We are off today for Thanksgiving break. See you next week as we resume our fall teaching series. 


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Where Does the Concept of Social Justice Come From?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week did a mid-series check-in and fielded some questions about our series.

 

Key Themes:
  •  Judeo-Christian foundation of the concept of social justice

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What Does the Bible Teach About Race?

We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week we're launching into a 2-week conversation exploring the critical biblical support for the dignity, value and value of all races.

Part 1


Part 2


Key Themes
  • Creation: Genesis 1:26–27; 3:20; Acts 17:26
  • Fall: Genesis 9:18–19; 10; 11:1–9
  • Redemption: Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:1–13; Ephesians 2:11–22; 3:4–6; Colossians 3:9–11; Galatians 3:26–29
  • Glorification: Revelation 7:9
  • Historical examples:
    • William Wilberforce
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Local ministry: Discussion on racial reconciliation in the church with Pastor Anthony from Redeemed Life Church, in Azusa, CA

Digging Deeper