Faith that Grows

“Learning is like breathing: it involves a taking in and processing of experience and a putting out or expression of what is learned.”  - David A . Kolb

One way God intensifies His relationship with us is by immersing us in the study of His Word. At St. Luke’s, our identity flows out of activities and conversations centered in God’s Word. We offer opportunities for reflecting, action, thinking and feeling in the context of Christian learning that bring us closer to a deep, personal relationship with Christ.

These communities of learning foster the development of ongoing spiritual growth, deeper relationships and a yearning for more. The goal? To develop a deep abiding sense of God's presence and activity that shows itself in all aspects of life.  

Explorations is a class especially intended for adults who are interested in exploring the meaning of faith in Jesus Christ and how they can grow in their faith at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.


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Sunday Classes: January 11-March 8

The Book of Jonah

9:30 am, School Cafeteria              Teacher: Steve Lehenbauer

Description:  What an exciting story!  We study it as children but have we thought about it since?  Did it really happen?  What does it have to do with our generation where it seems that God has no place?  What does it have to do with you personally?  Come for a discussion about how God calls Jonah to reach out to an evil,    sin-filled society to bring forgiveness and grace (to the inhabitants of the world and to each of us personally).

White Shirts, Black Ties and a Name Tag:  Who are Mormons and What Do They Believe?

9:30 am, Suites A & B                  Teacher: John Glanzer

Description:  For most people, Mormon missionaries seem different, strange, and yet.....likeable.  Generally, Christians don't know what Mormons believe, but they nonetheless don't want to talk to them.  Maybe we should?  After all, isn't that what Christ commanded us to do in Matthew 28?  

This study will attempt to teach you about the Mormon faith so you can have more effective discussions about Jesus with any Mormon you meet, missionary or otherwise.  As we learn what the LDS church teaches, we'll also review our own Lutheran understanding of the Bible so you can "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...." 1 Peter 3:14-16.  

Be! Women's Ministry: Coffee with the Savior

9:30 am, Media Center                   Teacher: Peggy Lukas

Description: The purpose of this 8-week study is to help you see Jesus as your best Friend. You will discover the many ways He shares our burdens, forgives our wrongdoing, and redeems us forever. You also will learn more about one of God's chosen people, Moses.  Studying what Scripture tells us about his life and his relationship to God will teach you even more about responding to the gifts of God.  

4 Year Old Faith Milestones- January 11-25 with the Blessing Event on February 1 at 11 am

9:30 am, School Classroom 6B  Teachers: McKenzie Kaplan & Sara Patton

Description: Preschool is such a wonderful time in the faith development of children.  At this age they grow so fast in their understanding of God's love and His presence in their lives.  They become increasingly able to participate in worship experiences both in church and at home.  The faith expressions of a four year old can be inspirational.  Indeed, Jesus encouraged us to have “faith like a little child.” This milestone program designed to equip parents as they model and teach faith and have personal/family devotions with their children. 

eleMENts Men's Bible Study

9:30 am, Suite C

Join us each week to discuss a DVD based study that will address issue men face on a daily basis balanced with God's plan and guidance for their lives.


Raising Kids with a Faith That Lasts 9:30 am, Chapel           Teacher:  Rhonda Betteridge

Description:  See Your Child Through God's Eyes ~ Everybody Needs The Essentials! That's what you get in this powerful entertaining series from Focus on the Family. Essentials of Parenting brings top childrearing experts into your home or church-with practical wisdom, honest confessions, and decades of experience. Essentials of Parenting: Raising Kids with a Faith that Lasts introduces you to one of your greatest privileges-helping your child begin a relationship with God. You'll see how everyday conversations, family fun, and purposeful projects build spiritual foundations your son or daughter can rely on for a lifetime- and beyond.  

 

Walking with Jesus- January 11-February 1

11:00 am, Suites A & B        Teacher: Pastor Roberts

Description:  Have you ever wondered what Jesus is up to in your everyday life? Do you ever think about Christ at work in the grocery store, or at Olive Garden... or how about your own neighborhood? Join us for a 4 week study designed to alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus, and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living your life with Jesus.

 

Explorations (starts January 4th)

12:15 pm, Suites A & B         Teacher: Pastor Arp

Description: Explorations is an opportunity to explore life and its meaning from a Christian perspective. It is a place to ask questions about the chief teachings of the Christian Faith as they are believed, confessed and taught in the Lutheran Church. The course is relaxed, nonthreatening and fun. The classes are for individuals who do not have a church home and serve as a refresher for those with a Lutheran background.

Wednesday Classes

Men’s Bible Study – The Books of James & Jude

6:45 am, Suites A & B    9:30 am, Chapel           Teacher: Pastor Schuschke

Description: Come join us as we continue our study of the books of James and Jude.  So often we imagine that we need to contribute to our salvation.  Other times we can become overwhelmed by the circumstances in our world and all of its new ideas and “wisdom”.  These letters reveal God’s way, the way of life.  We will talk about temptation, patience, money, taming our tongues, and speaking the word of truth in our world.  Remember, even if you cannot be here every week, you are always welcome!

Women’s Bible Study- The Gospel of Mark

9:30 am, Suites A & B             Teacher: Pastor Arp

Description: We will be diving into the Gospel of Mark which is the shortest of the four Gospels. Mark's Gospel is a simple, succinct, unadorned, yet vivid account of Jesus' ministry, emphasizing more what Jesus did than what He said. Mark moves quickly from one episode in Jesus' life and ministry to another, often using the adverb "immediately".  

Old Testament Bethel Bible Study

6:30 pm, Suite C                    Teacher: Andy Holmes & Melanie Watters

Description:  Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the Scriptures?  Who were the Judges?  Who were the prophets?  What about all those Old Testament kings?  How does it all fit together?  And does it make a difference in my life today?  In Bethel, you will begin to see the framework of how the Scriptures fit together as you watch God’s work and God’s plan unfold.  This study will give you a framework that will be a blessing to your understanding and study of the Bible for the rest of your life.  Ultimately, you will see that the entire Old Testament is aiming at one moment, the birth of a baby in a manager in Bethlehem. 

Isaiah

6:30 pm, Chapel                        Teacher: Michael Eatmon

Description: Few other books in the Old Testament proclaim so clearly the gloriously Good News that God redeems the sinful and restores the fallen. In this ten-week survey, we’ll not only explore the “Messianic Prophet” and the book some have aptly called the "Fifth Gospel,” but we'll also hear in the powerful words of the Prophet Isaiah the beat of the suffering and saving heart of Jesus.  

Explorations (Begins January 7)

6:30 pm, Suites A & B                 Teacher: Pastor Arp

Description: Explorations is an opportunity to explore life and its meaning from a Christian perspective. It is a place to ask questions about the chief teachings of the Christian Faith as they are believed, confessed and taught in the Lutheran Church. The course is relaxed, nonthreatening and fun. The classes are for individuals who do not have a church home and serve as a refresher for those with a Lutheran background.