…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Heb 12:1,2
At FPC we are dedicated to learning about and understanding our faith. The more we know about the path we travel, the better we know the One who travels with us, the more richly satisfying the journey. We provide opportunities for adults to grow through Bible Studies, adult Sunday School opportunities, Lenten programs, and special presentations throughout the year.
"Fuel & Tools" - a program for busy parents and interested adults while our children at at Sunday School between services
We all lead busy lives that are ever more full of distractions that make it difficult to focus on our spiritual life. Even so, we are called to a deeper walk with Christ and to truly be still and hear from the Holy Spirit. One way to do that is with scripture based meditation, a practice where deep attention is spent on a particular piece of scripture.
In this session, we’ll first cover how meditation has always been a practice in the Christian church and provide scriptural support for meditation. Then, together, we will practice a particular kind on meditation called lectio divina, which is Latin for “divine reading” or “sacred reading.” The central idea of lectio divina is invitation. Lectio divina assumes that God is inviting us into interaction and conversation as we read scripture. There are 5 steps – Read, Reflect, Respond, Rest, and Relax and Refocus. The theme will be “Knowing I Am Loved,” and the scripture passage will be Isaiah 43:1-7. The leader will walk the group through each of these steps and provide guidance for the meditation. Expect to experience God more deeply during periods of silence and contemplation.
Taken from “Meeting God in Scripture” by Jan Johnson:
Meditation on Scripture was a common activity in the Jewish Culture. It is mentioned fifteen times just in the Psalms. Those who meditated on the law day and night flourished like trees planted by streams of water. Meditating on scripture gave the psalmists wisdom that surpassed their teachers and enemies, led to diligent obedience and kept them out of temptation’s way.
Scripture meditation has been so neglected in the last century that some have come to associate meditation only with Eastern religions. But the fact that meditation is common in Eastern religions doesn’t mean it is wrong. Eastern religions practice other disciplines Christians practice, such as fasting, praying and even repeating quotations from Jesus. Perhaps Scripture meditation became infrequent because of the post-Enlightenment emphasis on science and linear thinking, which displaced reflection and rest (two disciplines found prominently in Psalms).
Like all spiritual disciplines, Scripture meditation is another way to become more attentive to the still, small voice of God and to become more willing to respond when we hear it … in Scripture meditation God speaks the words we need to hear in our life today … and we experience even well-known passages in fresh ways.
Sunday Morning Bible Exploration for Adults - What is Heaven like? What kind of body will we have? Will heaven be boring? Explore the answers to these questions and others, in a safe and welcoming environment with other adults. The DVD series "Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven" will explore a new question each week between worship services on Sundays 9:50-10:35am, in the Lower Level, Room 102. No need to register ahead of time, all are welcome.
"The Light Team" Women's Bible Study meets regularly on Mondays from 1:00-2:30pm in the Gathering Place. Women at FPC who are interested in becoming closer to God through Bible lessons from Christian speakers and involvement with one another through prayer and fellowship should join us. We will be starting a six-week session on Monday, January 8, with a study by Lisa Terkeust: "The Best Yes." The six weeks will focus on Set your heart to Wisdom, Establish a Patter of Wisdom, Practice Wisdom, Predetermine Your Best Yes, Avoid the Traps of Pleasing People, and Build a Best Yes Legacy. This is a time for reflection and discussion, not for homework or extra reading. We all understand that some sessions will be missed for travel, appointments, grandchildren, etc. This is not a problem. We end our weekly sessions with humor and treats. So, please join us for meaningful moments with your Christian sisters. This study will run through February 26. On March 5, the Light Team will begin a new study by John Ortberg, "The Life You've Always Wanted." If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Bennin.
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study Group welcomes women of all ages and walks of life! This is an inter-denominational group that meets during the school year Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10:00am in the Gathering Space. The Women’s Community Bible Study All are invited to participate in a new study starting on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and will run through May. The study will be: A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God – The Study of David, by Beth Moore. God will never give up on you. Explore how David's life proves this promise to be true. In this examination of the “man after God's own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. You'll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. If you've ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you! For more information, Contact Beth Stellmacher at bstellmacher (at) tds (dot) net or (608) 220-9632.
The "Beth Moore" Bible Study Group meets regularly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Gathering Space on the first floor. A new six-week study called The Quest starts on September 21, 2017. There is no Quest without questions - The crooked punctuation mark at the end of a sentence speaks of curiosity, interest, and perhaps doubt. A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over we see the people of God asking questions of their Creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of His creation. There is a workbook that has some daily homework and accompanies the weekly video sessions. All are welcome!
The 807 Group for men meets Saturday mornings at 8:07am at Spring Garden Restaurant in Waunakee. This men’s Ecumenical group meets weekly for study and fellowship.
FPC’s Adult Education Ministry is happy to introduce The Bethel Series, which takes you on an in-depth exploration of the Bible and brings you a deeper understanding of scripture. Please contact Jeff Quinto through the church office (608) 849-4625 for more information.