Adult Spiritual Nurture is a vibrant participant in the life of Oak Hills ministry.
Our Sunday morning adult classes often follow Pastor Jeremy’s sermons with interesting discussions. In the summer Larry Totzke began “From Genesis to Jesus,” an eight-week study of the major themes in the Bible. In June the committee had a Saturday retreat at the church where we discussed the book Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered by James C. Wilhoit. Pastor Jeremy had asked us to read this book in preparation for our retreat. This book gave us some food for thought as we help our congregation grow in Christ through community.
This retreat and some further discussions prompted our recommendation to Session to begin an all-church study called “Connect the Dots” which began in September. This study is a 30-week journey through the Bible, ending in June 2017. We started in Genesis and moved through to King David in 1 and 2 Samuel. Then came Advent and the birth of Jesus. We provided daily Advent devotionals for families to use during this time. Now we are returning to move through the rest of the Old Testament and on to the life and ministry of Jesus. We are encouraging people to bring their personal Bibles on Sunday to use during the reading of Scripture. Our hope is to help people become better equipped to use the Bible in their own lives. There are scripture reading plan bookmarks available. Sunday classes are available at each hour for deeper discussion and study.
In January and February 2017, we hope to gather the congregation together for some “Connect the Dots” fun and games. It is important to celebrate what we have accomplished in our journey through the Bible.
Let me leave you with this thought: Adult Spiritual Nurture is here to help us all shape our lives after the pattern of Jesus Christ. But this is a lifelong process taking place in the inner person with the Holy Spirit reshaping our character.
“… and we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.”
~2 Corinthians 3:18