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There are many educational opportunities for Adults at Christ Church. Bible studies that focus on various books of the Bible; Groups that use current books or videos to guide the discussion; Classes that help expand your mind and exercise your body. There is a class or discussion group for you! The Sunday and Weekday opportunities are listed below.
For additional information about any of the classes, contact Vanitta Conrad, Director of Christian Education at Email or at 801-486-5473 ext 12.
Life and Times Class- Join us as we study: Jesus & His Jewish Influences. Jesus - a Jewish man from first-century Judea - was perhaps the most influential person in world history. His life and beliefs sparked a movement that influenced the course of global civilization, and his teachings gave rise to a faith currently practiced by over two billion people around the world. And yet, as revolutionary and lasting as his ideas are, few of us think to ask: Where did they come from?
It's important to realize that Jesus' actions and teachings didn't emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the products of a fascinating dialogue with - and reaction to - the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In search of a more complete comprehension of Jesus' legacy, this course explores fundamental questions such as: How was early Judaism different from the Rabbinic Judaism practiced today? What kind of world did early Jewish sects envision, and how does Jesus' worldview relate to theirs? How did events like the Babylonian exile and the reign of Herod the Great affect the development of Judaism up to Jesus' time?
Follow an acclaimed archaeologist to unearth the roots of Jesus' actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism. These fascinating 24 lectures approach the subject of Jesus from a historical rather than scriptural perspective - one rooted in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. This investigation reveals hidden insights into how the tumultuous events of early Jewish history shaped an individual - and a movement - whose legacy endures to this day. (Room 101 at 9:00 am)
Teacher and Discussion Leader: Dr. David Hoeppner - Email or (801) 674-7962.
Bible Exploration - Join us as we study John: The Gospel of Light & Life by Adam Hamilton. The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. This writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” In this study you’ll follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. (Room 207 at 9:00 am)
Facilitator: Paul Conrad (801) 278-0096
Wesleyan Class - The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy.
*Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions.
*Nearly 2/3 of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to life's most basic questions, but only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels or the first book of the Bible.
Despite this lack of basic knowledge, politicians continue to root public policy arguments in religious rhetoric whose meanings are missed or misinterpreted by a majority of Americans. "We have a major civic problem on our hands, says Boston University religion department chair Stephen Prothero in Religious Literacy: What every American needs to know--and doesn't". Prothero makes the case that to remedy this problem, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. Alongside "reading, writing and arithmetic, religion ought to become the Fourth R of American education". Complete with a dictionary of the key beliefs, characters and stories of Christianity, Islam and other religions, Religious Literacy reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.
Think you can pass a basic religion test? Join us in the Parlor at 9am
Teacher and Discussion Leader: Jay Vestal (801) 277-1156
To be announced
Bagel Boys – Enjoy great conversation about men’s faith journeys over bagels and coffee. (Wednesday mornings in the Parlor @ 7:30 am.)
Wednesday Morning Study Group - We will begin a study of Adam Hamilton's Half Truths - God helps those who help themselves and other things the Bible doesn't say on November 9th.
True or false:
1. Everything happens for a reason.
2. God helps those who help themselves.
3. God won’t give you more than you can handle.
4. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
5. Love the sinner, hate the sin.
All true? Not so fast. We’ve heard these phrases all of our lives, but in Adam Hamilton’s new book, Half Truths, you’ll learn that although they capture some element of truth, when compared to the wisdom found in Scripture, they’re really just popular sayings.
Wednesday mornings in the Parlor @ 9:30 am. All are welcome.
Yoga – Refresh your body, mind and spirit.
(Thursdays at 4:30 – Room 201)
Facilitator: Nancy Bockelie, email.