Sunday Adult Formation
Beginning each Sunday (during the school year) at 11am and running until 11:40, Grace Church offers Adult Formation opportunities. See below for the current slate of offerings.
Reasonable Faith: Beginning on September 1, we are looking forward to a class called "Reasonable Faith," a discussion of some helpful answers to common questions about the Christian faith, in an attempt to show that, indeed, the Christian faith is reasonable! We'll answer questions like, "How does the existence of the universe show that God is there?" and "Is the Christian faith consistent, coherent, and comprehensive?" along with common questions about Jesus' resurrection and Biblical reliability. This class will be taught by Dr. Michael Nicholson, a long-time teacher of apologetics, and will appeal to the seasoned apologist, the person who has never had a conversation about Christianity, and everyone in between. Join us after church this Fall!
Get the most out of this class! Purchase your pre-publication copy of Dr. Nicholson's book, Explorations, HERE (You'll need to click on "Register" to begin the process).
Further ahead: Each Spring, Pastor Nick leads The Exploration Class, which is a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about what makes Grace Anglican tick. The class runs for 12 weeks, and covers everything we care about, from "the basics" like "Who is Jesus?" and "What is the Gospel?" to things like how the Anglican church is structured and how it came to be.
Note: The Exploration Class is required for those seeking to become members of Grace Church and for confirmation (a ceremonial rite in which a mature believer "confirms" the faith that was celebrated at their baptism). Confirmation is required to become an official member of or to seek ordination in the ACNA (our denomination), or to serve on the vestry (the council of advice that supports and works with the pastor) of Grace Church.
Sunday morning Adult Formation runs concurrently with children's Sunday school.
Men's Reading Group (Sundays, 7:00)
Led by Kevin Regal, the men of Grace Church will be reading J.C. Ryle's seminal work, Knots Untied, together. This group will meet on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm at the home of Euan and Sarah Murray. Email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for address and directions. Buy the book HERE.
Knots Untied is J.C. Ryle's leading work in defense of the evangelicalism of the Church of England (from which our denomination, the ACNA, came). When first published in 1874 it proved immensely popular, and by 1885 it was reprinted in a tenth edition. Knots Untied is a classic volume in which Ryle covers the then-current disputes about various points of religion within the Church of England, advocating and defending the evangelical position at every turn. Knots Untied is unashamedly written from the 'standpoint of an Evangelical Churchman'. Ryle's presentation of the evangelical position is simply outstanding, not because it differs substantially from what other evangelicals might say, but because, according to J. I. Packer, he sets it forth so clearly, so brilliantly, and so compellingly.
Ryle's vision of evangelical churchmanship will help us think about theological idea like baptism, communion, the real presence, Jesus as the only way to salvation, and other key doctrines of the church. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening time.
Women's Bible Study (Wednesdays, 6:30)
Led by Tiffany Childs, the Women's Bible study will meet at the Childs' home on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm and will study the book of Hebrews. Email the church at email@example.com for address and directions. Get the study guide HERE or HERE.
Written for Jewish Christians who lived in Jerusalem, Hebrews' purpose was to exhort Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. At this time, certain believers were considering turning back to Judaism (the Jewish system of law) to escape being persecuted for accepting Christ as their savior. Hebrews reminds us of the powerful Good News, salvation by grace through faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. The theme of the epistle is the doctrine of the person of Christ and his role as mediator between God and humanity. Join us for what is sure to be a powerful time of study and fellowship.
Youth Discussion Group (First Sundays, 7:00)
This Fall, the youth will be meeting on the first Sunday of every month at Pastor Nick's house for Jesus at the Movies, a basic theological discussion using clips from popular films and TV shows as the illustrations. We'll cover topics like human nature, the human problem, substitution, and redemption, all with Hollywood's finest (unintentionally) helping us along the way! This discussion group will meet at 7pm. Email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for address and directions. Popcorn will be provided.