February Term: Strengthening Our Core
Sunday, February 7 - Sunday, February 28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fellowship Hall

Coffee & snacks available beforehand

What is the February Term?

Each winter, we take a month to get on the same page as a church. We combine our adult Sunday discipleship classes and study an issue together that has bearing on how we live our lives as Christ-followers--no matter what age or stage of life we find ourselves in.     

Our time together each Sunday will be dynamic and engaging, using a variety of elements like videos, panels, and storytelling to create a interactive experience that is meaningful and relevant. 

What will we be discussing?

For the four weeks of the February Term our speakers will walk us through Third's five Core Values. Our goal is to delve deeply within these values, understanding what they tell us about who we are and where we're headed. 

The values are as follows (although not necessarily in their final written form):

  • Biblical Faithfulness: 
    We are rooted in Scripture, believing that God speaks through his living and active Word today, just as he has in the past. In a time when many struggle to find meaning and direction, we believe that the Bible tells the true story of the triune God, the world, and ourselves, and we endeavor to live humbly and responsively within that story.
  • Gospel Community:
    We are bound together in our differences through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to live as an authentic spiritual family that crosses generational, cultural, and vocational lines. By loving one another, we bear witness to the power of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to reconcile us to God and neighbor. 
  • Intentional Discipleship: 
    We are growing as Christ-followers, equipping one another for deep understanding of the faith and faithful living in every dimension of life.  Training hearts, minds and hands, we aim to cultivate spiritual maturity, encourage one another towards wisdom, and help every person be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. 
  • Missional Orientation:
    We are sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news of Jesus, his grace, and his Kingdom, and to join in God’s work of restoration.  We lovingly engage and sacrificially give ourselves to advance the shalom of metro Richmond and the world.
  • Catalytic Culture:
    We are creating partnerships that invite others into the broader movement of God, focusing on the growth of the Kingdom more than that of Third Church. We foster an entrepreneurial, risk-taking culture to equip and release Spirit-led leaders to seed our region and world with new ministries, communities and institutions for the common good.

So plan on joining the whole body and friends of Third as we seek a common vision of and desire for God's Kingdom in our lives, in our city, and throughout the world.  

Questions? Contact Tom or 804-282-4645

Presenters and Topics for the February Term:

February 7: Corey Widmer/Gospel Community

Homework: 1) Read through the One Another survey and choose one command to put in practice this week. 

2) What one thing in your life will you change to open up greater opportunity for gospel community?

February 14: Doug Paul/Intentional Discipleship

Click for the video from Doug on Up, In, and Out

Homework: 1) Read the Book of Acts. Read it like you would a Russian spy novel. How might you have adjusted the goal posts of being a disciple in your life to match the results that you're getting, rather than using the goal posts of the New Testament?

2) Assess UP, IN, and OUT in your life. Where's it the weakest? What is God inviting you to learn in this next season?

February 21: Corey Widmer/Missional Orientation

Click to download a copy of Corey's Living a Missional Life Handout

We're working on the audio from this session. Stay tuned! 

February 28: Panel/Catalytic Culture


Previous J-Terms/February Terms

J-Term 2015:  Desires: Who and What Do You Love?

J-Term 2014:  Doublespeak

J-Term 2013:  One nation under gods

J-Term 2012:  The Gospel Without Borders