January is a great time to get connected to a small group at New Hope! In addition to our ongoing groups, we have some great short-term options we call Journey Groups.
Why do we call them “Journey Groups?” The metaphor of “life is a journey” is used all the time and often when talking about faith. We talk about God “walking with us” in hard times. We might say something like, “I’ve come a long way in my faith since my father died.” All of these statements suggest faith is a journey.
A journey focuses on the process of getting there, not the arrival. We never arrive, but we continually grow closer to who we were created to be. When we talk about faith as a journey, we are emphasizing progress, not perfection. These classes allow us an opportunity to start a relationship with God or become stronger in our faith by equipping us with additional knowledge and resources.
A journey implies changes, transitions, challenges, and adventures. When we think of our life in Christ as a journey, we are more open to meeting God in the unexpected. We are less likely to resist change and challenge, and we become stronger in our faith. The Journey classes are sure to challenge and inspire us in our journey.
Many journeys involve travel companions. Sometimes our travel companions accompany us on the entire trip, and other times we meet up with a short-term travel companion. In many instances, travel is quite difficult on our own and easier with a companion, someone to open doors when we’re juggling baggage, someone who knows the language to translate a menu in a foreign country or someone to chat with about the scenery. It is with this thought that these short-term groups allow you to grow in your faith with others. Shared life experiences and wisdom from others will help us along our journeys.
We are gearing up for our Winter round of Journey groups beginning Thursday, January 24th, 2019. We have several different options (some with different start dates) to choose from lasting from 3 – 10 weeks. Childcare is available for those that register by January 21st. Take a moment and look through the options for the Winter 2019 Journey Classes. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Peace University- We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through a nine-week video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! This class meets on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, starting January 31st. There is a Preview Class on Thursday, January 24th for those that would like to preview the material prior to enrolling. Questions? Contact Tom Dolan at email@example.com. To register for the preview class, please go to bit.ly/fpupreview2019.To register for the nine-week class, please click here.
Kingdom Man- This three-week Journey group for men is a follow up to the One Day Men’s Retreat (occurring at New Hope on Saturday, January 26th). The class will be held from 7-9 pm on Thursday, January 31st, Thursday, February 7th and Thursday, February 14th, led by Brandon Pendleton. Questions? Contact Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for this class, please click here.
You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. It goes by fast, and it’s as if they change just as you begin to figure them out. It can make the responsibility to shape a child’s faith and character feel overwhelming. The Parenting Through the Phases study is based on the four different stages of childhood and will help you discover what’s changing about your kid, the six things your kid needs most, and the four conversations to have with your kid while they are in each phase. This is a six-week course that meets on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm starting January 31st through March 14th (We will not meet February 14th.) Questions? Contact Steph Schleyer at email@example.com. To register for this class, please click here.
For those that would like a deep dive, this course, led by Bill Soderberg, will address in detail six major Christian theological topics that are central to the Christian faith but perhaps not fully understood by most believers. The topics will be covered in six 90-minute sessions using visual presentations and handouts. Although the information in these topics is related, the presentations are designed as stand-alone classes. Each class will be lecture-styled for 60 minutes, accompanied by a 30-minute Q&A or discussion period. The six topics are:
The Trinity. The course describes the three persons of the Godhead. Why is God three persons, yet one essence? This class will look at the three unique persons of the Godhead and where they appear in the Bible in relation to one another. The class will also discuss how the doctrine of the Trinity was formed in the early church and how doctrine has been looked at over time.
The Sacraments. What are the sacraments (ordinances) that were developed in the tradition of the early Church and why have only two of these (the Lord’s Supper and baptism) continued with the Reformation Church? What is the significance of each of these sacraments and what do they mean for believers today?
The Covenants. What are the covenantal promises God made with humanity in the Old Testament? What was the significance of these covenants for Israel and how are they still significant for us and for God?
Christ’s Return and Millennialism. Christ promised to return to the world and rule over it during a thousand-year period referred to as the Millennial Kingdom. Three interpretations of this kingdom have emerged-- Premillennialism, Amillennialism and Post-millennialism. This class will discuss the return of Christ to judge the world as outlined in Bible prophecy and examine each of these three interpretations.
Predestination. Did God choose us to be saved generations before we were born? This class will discuss the concepts of predestination and foreknowledge and how these have been understood and taught since the early church period through the Reformation to the present.
Ecclesiology (the Church). Why is the church so significant to God? How does the church fit into God’s plan for humanity’s redemption? What is the mission of the church and what role does each of us play in fulfilling the mission of the church?
The class will begin on Thursday, January 24th and continue for five weeks. Childcare is provided for those that register in advance. Questions? Contact Bill Soderberg at firstname.lastname@example.org To sign up, please click here.
Prayer Course- Want to go deeper in your prayer life? Journey with us though the Lord's Prayer as we cover topics such as intercession, dealing with disappointment, learning to listen and spiritual warfare. Each workshop includes a short video, discussion and practice time. This course is intended for anyone interested in the subject of prayer, led by Emma Keeton. Class begins on Thursday, February 7th, from 7-9 pm, and runs for six weeks. Childcare is available for anyone that registers in advance. Questions? Contact Emma Keeton at email@example.com. To register, click here.