FALL TERM CLASSES - KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 10!

Our Sunday Morning Discipleship classes are held every Sunday at 10:00 AM. And this year, we’re trying something different! We’re organizing our Sunday morning classes around consistent “terms” so that anyone who wants to join a class, knows when they can join and how long they can be a part of it. To take it a step further, we want to make sure we’re offering classes that span our Up/In/Out rhythms. Meaning, we want options for learning how to deepen your relationship with God, deepen your relationships with others, and deepening your care and service to the rest of the world.

So if you’ve never joined us for a class, there has never been a better time. Find a class where you can meet others, learn about important issues facing us today, and deepen your faith.  If you have any questions about a class, or would like to teach in the future, contact Tom Barila.


DOING GOD'S JUSTICE IN A HURTING WORLD
We will learn about the Biblical foundations of justice, and what it means to “do” justice. Since we are called to be “doers” of the word and not just “hearers,” each week we also will hear from one of our local mission partner organizations about how we can each become more involved in doing justice in RVA. 
LED BY: LJ Jaworski, Bill Mims, Alex Sawyer
LOCATION: Fellowship Hall   |  TERM: Sept. 10 - Nov. 26

A STUDY OF GALATIANS
This class will be studying the book of Galatians, one of the key books of the New Testament. This letter from the apostle Paul, helps our understanding of God, the meaning of grace, and how God's grace passes from God thorough us to the believers in Christ, and to the watching world. This class provides expository, inductive Bible teaching and discussion designed to help us be transformed by the renewing of our minds and is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.
LED BY: Dave Carroll & David Skove
LOCATION: Room 101  |   TERM: Sept. 10 - Nov. 26
HOSTED BY: The Good News Fellowship

THE MEANING OF THE CROSS
While the resurrection persists as the hope-filled reality for God’s kingdom, the cross juts stubbornly upward, a stumbling block (”skandalon”) in violation of good taste, religious progress, and gentle entry into the Christian faith. This three-week series will focus on the significance of Jesus’ death, which Paul calls the very “power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). We will explore the unique resources of the cross for facing a “world filled with violence” (Genesis 6:13), death, and sin. The crucifixion is simultaneously so many things, and we will marvel at the facets of so richly darkened a jewel. The letters of the Apostle Paul provide our primary lens for seeing again the decisive victory orchestrated by Father, Son, and Spirit. Important contemporary conversation partners include Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion and John Stott’s The Cross of Christ.
LED BY: Grant Holbrook
LOCATION: Room 213    |   TERM: Sept. 10 - 24

THINK FOR A CHANGE: WISDOM FROM THE PROVERBS
Using Proverbs, we will focus on what Paul tells us "Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Every week, we will study the Wisdom of Proverbs in a topical way and consider: What you think about God is the most important thing about you, and You're not what you think you are, but what you think, you are. We will structure the class with a horizontal and vertical focus. We will start each class with 15 minutes of fellowship time (horizontal), follower by 45 minutes of study time (vertical). 
LED BY: David Beckmann
LOCATION: Room 217   |   TERM: Sept. 10 - Nov. 26

 

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FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP & GENEROSITY:
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

The money class that will change your life. No matter where you are with your money, this class will teach you to create a budget, pay off debt, spend & save wisely, and give generously! We all need a plan for our money and God wants us to have financial peace.

This special 9-week class is being offered by Third at a reduced rate of $49 per individual or $89 per couple (to cover FPU workbook and materials). Scholarships available. Contact Tom Barila with any questions. Try it out: join us on 9/10 for an informational meeting with the class starting the next week. Sign up here.
LED BY: Keith and Connie Byers
LOCATION: Room 215 |   TERM: Sept. 10 - Nov. 26
More info here!

UNLOCKING YOUR FAMILY PATTERN:
Finding Freedom from a Hurtful Past

We are a diverse community seeking God’s healing and wholeness for the brokenness in our lives and families through safe, authentic Christian relationships. We come together on Sunday mornings to discuss pre-assigned selections we’ve read during the week. The readings hone our tools for living out a relationship with Jesus and others in a real and challenging world. We would love for you to join us in this rich, deep encounter of the book Unlocking Your Family Pattern: Finding Freedom from a Hurtful Past. We will study families from scripture, examine family systems and learn how to live free of our dysfunctional past. More info, including the principles and values of our group, can be found here. 
LED BY: Mary Damon (and the Metamorphosis Fellowship)
LOCATION: 500 Forest Avenue, Room 109
TERM: Sept. 10 - Nov. 26

REFLECTIONS ON THE REFORMATION:
Our History, Our Hope, Our Heartbreak

Five hundred years ago this October 31, a theologian of little note posted on the door of an obscure church in Saxony a call to debate how the Church was to minister forgiveness. And soon almost everything changed, for better, and for worse. Sola fide (salvation by faith alone), and sola scriptura (only the Bible is the source of our beliefs) became the watchwords of large segments of the Western Church; yet at the same time, a torrent of persecution and religious wars were unleashed. How did it happen? What does it mean for 21st century Christians? Come see in our class! Come prepared to discuss how “sola scriptura” liberated the Church, and yet let loose potent forces of discord. Most of all, come prepared to discuss what it means for us today.
LED BY: Boyd Clarke
LOCATION: Room 213   |   TERM: Oct. 1 - Nov. 26