All Sunday Electives meet from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Impact 2020: Fulfilling God’s Plans for You
January 26, February 2, 9
As 2020 kicks into gear, we’ll use the book of Romans as the foundation to set personal goals tied to God’s purpose for our lives. Paul’s letter contains direct, practical teaching for establishing the perspectives and the plans for living out the Christian life to impact others.
During the three-week session, we’ll dive deeply into the text of Romans 12 and apply it to set specific targets for the new year. By the end of the elective series, you’ll develop a road map for making the most of your gifts and talents to live out God’s amazing purpose for you.
John Tolsma is an entrepreneur and dad trying to figure out how to balance life, work, and family in a way that leaves an impact. He leads the teams at Knowledge Launch, a global customized executive education firm, but his real passion is using God’s Word as a catalyst for growth in his life and in those around him.
Finding Christ Throughout the Scriptures
January 15 - May 20
(Except March 4, 11 and April 8)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Issa Isaac & Dale Berry
Fireside Room (across from the Gym)
Participants of this class will take an adventurous journey through both Testaments of the Scriptures - from Genesis to the Gospel of John - to discover Christ.
This study will utilize materials known as Al-Massira, meaning “The Journey.” Al-Massira was developed to help Muslims and other seekers discover who Jesus is, and to learn about his presence throughout Biblical history.
All ages (high school and up) are welcome. It will deeply enrich your faith and understanding.
Understanding and Loving Muslims (8 weeks)
February 16 - April 5
This class is designed to help participants better understand their Muslim neighbors—what they believe and how they think—to better engage them in friendship and love them to Christ.
The class will prepare participants for interactions with their Muslim neighbors, and will include video and discussion material to help demystify Islam—allowing a glimpse into the modern Muslim mind and way of life. The class will explain how they perceive Westerners, and their understanding of Christians and Christianity. It will also explore how Muslims view the Bible, the person of Christ, and present biblical answers to their most pressing questions and objections regarding Christianity.
Issa Issac is a Palestinian believer who has worked with and befriended Muslims his entire life. For the last 10 years, he has hosted an Arabic-speaking Bible study for believers and seekers, including Muslims, in his home.
Raising Kids in Today’s Culture
March 22, 29, April 5
This class is designed to help parents learn how to relationally engage with their children and with God’s help, shape their children’s character to reflect Jesus and not the world around them.
Over three weeks, parents will engage with Scripture that provides a framework for how they are to relate with the children entrusted to them, as well as learn how to handle specific challenges from the culture (technology, social media, relationships, body image to name a few).
Summers McMurray is the Director of Young Families at Cedar Springs. She carries with her many years of clinical experience as a psychologist—working with families and couples, as well her own experience of raising three children with her husband, Torrey.
March 22, 29, April 5
Contemplation is not common in our world today. Most of us don’t know what to do with silence, yet we desperately need silence. The emphasis of this elective will be on listening, particularly to God through his word and prayer.
Each practice will be briefly explained and then participants will have a chance to practice it. Learning to listen and control the “squirrels” that distract us will be challenging, but we will gently return to our task without judgment of ourselves. These practices help us to stop, listen and reflect. Each class will be independent of the others, though we will use the same practices in each session.
Leoma Gilley began attending the Order of St. Brigit (begun through Cedar Springs) in 2005. She learned about Lectio Divina and it has become a mainstay of her daily devotions. She learned about Centering Prayer through a workshop in the past year, and has found this practice very challenging, but beneficial.
Offense and Forgiveness
April 19, 26, May 3
This class is designed to prepare you for the potential offenses in your path, teach you Biblical responses to offense, and help you wisely practice forgiveness in offensive situations and relationships.
We will explore these questions: How does the Bible define offense, and what does it teach about it? What does Jesus teach about offense and forgiveness? How does Jesus model active forgiveness? Why is it so easy to be offended and so hard to forgive? How do I discern the difference between when to forgive vs when to reconcile? When do I trust someone who has offended me?
Suzanne Stelling, our Women’s Ministries director for a decade, learned about offense and forgiveness when her first marriage crumbled in 1999. She is living in East Knox trying to build bridges of forgiveness over rivers of offense and injustice, often using freshly-baked cookies to open hearts and doors.