It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.
This Bible study examines the five core truths that came from the Reformation, now referred to as the solas. Group members will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The solas include:
Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone)
Sola gratia (by grace alone)
Sola fide (through faith alone)
Solus Christus (through Christ alone)
Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)
How is the Reformation still relevant today? As political pressure mounts, morality drifts with today’s culture, and evangelicalism becomes more and more refined in a post-Christian world, it’s even more important to hold the convictions of the great Reformation closer than ever. In short, the solas point us to vibrant Christian community as well as personal identity in Christ. We stand on the shoulders of Christians in the past, and knowing where we came from will help us keep moving forward with passion and biblical clarity.
Participant books are $10.
The Heart of God's Story
This group Bible study explores the beauty and power of God’s unfolding story in Scripture, weaving the teaching around three key, interlocking themes: face, space, and grace.
Face focuses on God’s presence as the central theme of Scripture, moving from God walking with Adam and Eve in the garden, through God’s dwelling with the Israelites in the Old Testament, to the incarnation in Christ, to God’s indwelling presence in the church, and finally to the fully known presence of the Father and Son in Revelation as they dwell their people forever.
Space points to God’s creating a place for us to walk with Him and live for Him in the world, moving from the garden of Genesis 1–3, to the tabernacle, to the temple, to Jesus’ reconstituting the temple in the gospels, to the church as the new, better temple beginning on the day of Pentecost, and finally to the descent of the heavenly temple at the end of Revelation.
Finally, grace refers to God’s outward focus as He gives humanity a mission in the world, moving from our dominion over the earth before the fall, to the mandate to be a blessing to the nations in the Abrahamic covenant, to God’s heart for the nations seen throughout the Old Testament, to the Gospels’ focus on the nations, to the mission to the nations of the early church, and finally to all nations gathered in the heavenly city at the end of the age.
You Are Made for God’s Story
Getting to the Heart of God’s Story
Knowing God’s Face
Thriving in God’s Space, Part 1
Thriving in God’s Space, Part 2
Extending God’s Grace in the World
Participant books are $10.
The Insanity of Obedience
How do we begin to walk and work with God, especially in dangerous places? Based on the documentary The Insanity of God, this Bible study presents missionary Nik Ripken sharing true stories of people who are suffering for the name of Jesus.
This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to the realities of walking with Jesus in difficult places. Engage with Scripture and see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus, not just someone who believes certain truths. Discover the answers to key missiological and theological questions about living sacrificially for the cause of Christ.
Believers play a significant role in God’s divine purpose. Observe how Christians all over the world are not only surviving but also thriving in the midst of persecution.
Missions: This session deals with God’s command to be on mission and our response to His command. The Bible is to be lived out in the present active tense.
Persecution: This session explores faith in persecution and suffering. Is obedience on this level insane, especially in the midst of popular theology that encourages obedience leading to success and comfort?
Family: This session deals with the spread of the gospel by addition and exponential growth. Faith grows in families and communities, from a single believer to small groups of believers to succeeding generations.
Growth: This session deals with the dynamics of healthy growth.
Victory: This session describes and celebrates the miracle of victorious living through an enduring faith—especially in hostile environments.
Church: This session is a summary and personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God’s mission—no matter how insane obedience may look. Why? Because Jesus is worth it.
Participant books $10.
Nursery, Children's programs, and Youth also meet during this time.