“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. The next 12-week session of Explorations begins in August.
Conscious Discipline; 9:30 am, Suites A & B
Teachers: Ileana Barbari
Description: Transform conflict into cooperation using the seven proven powers and skills of Conscious Discipline to help children perceive, use, understand and manage their emotions. Beneficial to parents, classroom teachers and administrators. Perfect for Pre-K – 5th grade.
Studies in Doubt; 9:30 am, School Cafeteria
Teacher: Rich Steinke
Description: Every religion produces doubters, those who challenge accepted doctrines and traditions. Honest doubt can result in wholesale rejection, reform, or altogether new expressions of faith. The Old Testament "books," Job and Ecclesiastes show faith-ful people wrestling with doubt. What conclusions do they reach? The course, "Studies in Doubt," will be led by Rich Steinke, retired VA Chaplain. His ministry in a hospital setting required approaches that differed from standard pastoral practices in a congregational setting.
Science & Faith; 9:30 am, Media Center
Teachers: Rick Betteridge, Michael Johnson, Doug Taylor
Description: The tension between science and faith is less about competing evidence, and more about competing belief structures, and how a belief structure may cause misinterpretation of the evidence. This study series will examine the belief structures of each side through (6) ideological topics, to provide a means for faith proponents to respond to science proponents in an effort to further the conversation in a respectful and intellectual manner. This is not about combatting science with faith, or fact with fact; this is about introducing a healthy level of skepticism for what the evidence really tells us.
From This Day Forward; 9:30 am, Suite C
Teacher: Rhonda BetteridgeDescription: Everyone dreams of a fairy-tale marriage-the perfect spouse, the perfect home, the perfect family. But reality tells us that these expectations don’t hold up very long. Through this 5 week DVD study, Pastor Craig Groeschel will show single adults and married couples how to conquer the difficulties of marriage and find the joy, passion and strength of a marriage built by God.
Follow; 11:00 am, Suite C
Teacher: Tom Hultgreen
Description: Lots of people think Christianity is all about doing what Jesus says. But what if doing what Jesus says isn’t what Jesus says to do at all? Jesus’ invitation is an invitation to relationship, and it begins with a simple request: follow me.
Religion says “Change and you can join us.” Jesus says, “Join us and you will change.” There’s a huge difference. Jesus doesn’t expect people to be perfect. He just wants them to follow him. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify anyone. Being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify anyone. In fact, following almost always begins with a sinner and unbeliever taking one small step.
Wednesday Morning 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 Book of Acts; 9:30 am, Suites A & B
Teacher: Pastor Arp
Description: Pastor Arp continues the study of the Book of Acts. The Bible gives us four different descriptions of Jesus’ life, but only one of the early church. But the author of the Book of Acts, Luke, was more than a historian. He was also a teacher. His great theme is not simply the history of the early church, but the history of the mission of the early church. Join us as we dive in and learn about the spread of Christianity-how it broke through barriers to all sorts to change lives, families, cities and people.
Wednesday Evening Classes
New Testament Bethel Bible Study; 6:30 pm, Suite C
Teacher: Andy Holmes
Description: In this class, we will look at our Savior Jesus Christ from many angles. We will see him as the fulfillment of the Old Testament, as True Man, True God, our Teacher, and our Savior through the cross and the empty tomb. Then, we will move through the Scriptures to look at the early days of the church, of Christians like you and me. We will consider the role of the congregation, the Pastoral Ministry, and the life of the individual believer, as well as the hope found in the Return of Christ and the New Heaven and the New Earth. This study will aid your understanding of the New Testament for the rest of your life.
The Apocrypha; 6:30 pm, Lutheran Haven Fellowship Hall
Teacher: Pastor Schuschke
Description: In the first days of the church, Christians came to recognize the 66 books that make up our Bible as the inspired, inerrant word of God. Yet, there were other books that didn’t “make the cut.” The Apocrypha is a collection of such books essentially written in the last two centuries before the birth of Jesus. They are not Scripture. Yet, they tell of the love and faithfulness of God and give us insight into the years between the Testaments. Come explore how God’s people received the 66 books of the Bible, while discovering the richness of books with great names like: Old Greek Esther and Bel and the Dragon. In these pages, we will find a message of encouragement and hope for life in 2015 and beyond. The heart of their message still rings true today: “Trust the Lord. Do the right thing, even in situations that seem unfair or hopeless. And never doubt that God will deliver us!”