Sunday Morning Communities

Winter/Spring 2017 Sunday Morning Community Offerings
Beginning January 15, 9:30-10:30am

South Community 1
Location: Room S212
“Life Explored” & “Christianity Explored”
Beginning January 15, the South Community will focus on improving our ability to know and to communicate the gospel to ourselves and to our world. We’ll do this over two segments - “Life Explored” and “Christianity Explored,” each lasting for seven weeks. Each week will be welcoming to guests who aren’t yet followers of Christ or even “church go-ers.” Those of us who are already devoted followers of Christ will benefit in reminding ourselves of the profundity of our faith and of who Jesus is. We’ll see him afresh and/or for the first time. More details about the two segments of this series are below:
Life Explored is a seven session series featuring a combination of short films shot around the world and Bible interaction. It’s an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself.  Click here to register (recommended for material preparation, but not required).
Christianity Explored is a way of sharing the best news ever heard, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life. Over seven sessions in Mark's Gospel, find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ.

South Community 2
Location:
Room S202
Study of 1 Kings 1-11 “The Rise and Fall of King Solomon”
In this eight-week series, CGS elders Norman Acker and Andrew Parrish will guide us through the first 11 chapters of 1 Kings. They will help us engage our minds, hearts and lives more thoroughly with the content of these 11 chapters. Together we’ll look forward to King Jesus’ perfect rule and Kingdom as we look back upon both the rise and the fall of King Solomon.

North Community 
Location: Room S203-304
January 8: “The Gospel of John”
The book of John presents Jesus as the Savior who will give life to all who believe in his name. It fashions a rich mosaic of our Savior through vivid vignettes, rich dialogue, powerful prayer, and arresting stories, all “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Join this active class discussion, led by Ruling Elder Justin Carlson, as we dig deeply into the book of John, which Calvin summarized by saying, “The synoptic gospels . . . exhibit his body, but the gospel of John exhibits his soul.”
March 5: “500 Years: The Reformation Lessons for Today”
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg. Through his study of God’s Word and his own experiences, Luther realized that man’s sinful nature needs a transformation that can only come from outside of himself. This transformation occurs through the atonement and righteousness of Jesus Christ, which His Spirit applies to passive believers. ?The church today faces problems similar to the church of yesteryear, although packaged and branded in different forms. A study of the history of the church prepares and equips us to face the difficulties of our own time. The Reformation of the sixteenth century emphasized a return to the Word of God as a remedy for the theological deficiencies of the Roman Catholic Church. Led by Chris Garrett, together we will seek to understand the “Sola’s” of the Reformation and their place for the people of God in all ages.

“In Weakness, Strength: Faith, Health, and Illness”
Special Three-Week Offering for those in Healthcare
Location: Conference Room (N310)
"In few other places in contemporary North America is God’s name so frequently invoked as in the hospital, yet there are few places where God makes less of a difference in the way things are done," wrote Joel Shuman and Brian Volck in Reclaiming the Body. Is this true, and if so, how can we change it? Invite colleagues and friends, and join us as CGS elder Dr. Josh Briscoe moderates a series of three panel-led discussions on topics at the intersection of Christian faith, illness, suffering, and health. Panels will consist of healthcare perspectives from both clinicians and patients. Dates and topics for each panel are as follows:
February 5, 2017 - Wisdom in Healthcare
February 12, 2017 - Pain and Suffering
February 19, 2017 - Health and the Christian
For more information, please email CGS elder, Dr. Josh Briscoe: joshua.c.briscoe@gmail.com 

Coffee Cafe will be open in the Concourse each Sunday from 9:00-9:30am, for your enjoyment.

Please remember all SMC classes start promptly at 9:30.