What does it mean to be faithful to the mission that Jesus gave the church from the margins? Peter’s first letter was written to Christians whose new faith cut them off from power and exposed them to persecution. He calls them not to guard their rights, but to ground all their hope in the reality of what God has done and will yet do in Christ. In this study we will consider the what this short letter has to say to our church, facing similar circumstances, but with the same mission, and the same hope.
What does it mean to experience and appreciate God himself? Come explore the character of God and what it means to deeply appreciate His presence.
Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was the center of Israel’s worship, and the physical location where God made his presence known to his people. Does the Temple still hold relevance for the Church? Join us as we explore the significance of the Temple for the people of God, through both the Old and New Testaments, with the aim of deepening our understanding and enjoyment of God’s presence with us today.
For centuries, Christians have recited the Apostles’ Creed as a basic summary of the faith. It may be familiar - but do we understand it? In this course we explore the truths, basic and yet incredible, that have united Christians throughout the history of the church. This course also coincides with the second year of our new children’s worship curriculum, which is also based on the Apostles’ Creed.
Central to Jesus’ teaching was His call to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” But what does life in the kingdom look like? From April 10 through May 22, CTK staff and members will teach a class exploring Jesus’ development of this theme in the Sermon on the Mount.
This summer Christ the King is taking a closer look at complex social, political, and ethical issues, seeking to apply the wisdom of Scripture to the uncertainties of our lives. (Summer 2016)
- How to choose a church
- Art and Beauty
- Faith and Science
- The environment
- Gender and Church Office
- Sexuality and Marriage
- Work and Rest
Suggestions for further reading:
- pro-homosexual practice
◦ James Brownson, Bible, Gender, Sexuality
◦ Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian
◦ Ken Wilson, A Letter to My Congregation
- anti-homosexual practice
◦ Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice
◦ Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting
◦ Sam Alberry, Does God Hate Homosexuals?
◦ Kevin deYoung, What Does the Bible Really Teach . . . ?
◦ Eve Tushnet, Gay and Catholic
- Keller’s review of Vines and Wilson: http://www.redeemer.com/redeemer-report/article/the_bible_and_same_sex_relationships_a_review_article
- Vineyard response to Wilson: http://vineyardusa.org/site/files/PositionPaper-VineyardUSA-Pastoring_LGBT_Persons.pdf
- applicable reflections on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age
◦ Tim Keller, Preaching
◦ Jonathan Grant, Divine Sex
In this class we develop a biblical and theological understanding of what it means to be human, with application to many of the ethical questions covered in our summer “hot topics” series. We explore how complex issues of identity, desire, and vocation are drawn together and addressed in the Christian doctrines of creation, incarnation, resurrection, and the image of God.
Christ the King is taking a closer look at social, political and religious issues through the lens of our faith.
God calls us to be merciful and to care for the poor, but what does that look like in our church? Join the Deacons as we explore our vision for our church’s deacon’s ministry, including some exciting new opportunities to love and serve our community. We will be using the book When Helping Hurts to guide our discussion.
What should a Christian’s life look like? It’s an important question if you’re exploring the Christian faith, and it’s an essential concern if you already believe. Too often personal transformation is treated as a private pursuit of boring drudgery. But we will explore the offer of freedom and fullness that God gives in Christ by the Spirit.
ADVENT SERIES by Nathan Barczi