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Visual Faith Process

Who: All adults and post Confirmation young adults welcome

When: Sundays (see full schedule below)

Time: 9:10 - 9:45 am (between worship services)

Room 208 (CrossWays Preschool wing)

 

Conversational faith study with Pastor Chris and Pastor Bob.

What you should know…

This is a conversational model led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Bob for any post confirmation people of faith. We know there is creativity in uncovering the power of images for the formation of faith. We will be using content that provides access and insights for people who want to follow Jesus today. As practitioners of the Christian faith, we believe this is an opportunity to disciple one another towards a vibrant faith.

 

Choices…

Did you know that looking at pictures, images, and photographs connects with the emotional center of your brain? That is where we actually “see.” So, processing pictures helps people make immediate internal and emotional connections to their own experiences. We don’t bring the same life experiences to formation and discipleship. We will provide material that will allow each person the opportunity to explore a variety of overarching themes, targeted topics, visual image choices, and thoughtful questions.

 

Topics and Texts…

Visual Faith Process uses Scripture as the basis for topic-explorations that generate natural, vigorous conversations about what it means to follow Jesus today.

 

Scope and sequence of themes

No advance preparation is required. Take home resources will be available.

Visual Faith Process Schedule

Tough Times

January 1, 2023: No Session

January 8: Pulled In Different Directions (Luke 3:1-13)

January 15: The Crippling Power of Fear (Luke 8:22-25)

January 22: Ready, Steady, Go (Psalm 37:23-24)

January 29: Suddenly Alone (John 16:32-33)

February 5: Kept In Peace (Isaiah 26:3-4)

February 12: Cared For (1 Peter 5:7)

February 19: Do Not Lose Heart (Luke 21:34-38)

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

February 26: Mocked and Insulted (Luke 22:63-65)

March 5: Dressing Up (Colossians 3:12-13)

March 12: Forgive and Be Forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15)

March 19: First: Reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24)

March 26: Confession (1 John 1:9)

April 2: Living In Peace (Luke 7:36-50)

Learning to Trust God

April 9: No Session

April 16: Being With (Jon 17:20-24)

April 23: Unafraid (Psalm 6:3-4)

April 30: Another Fine Mess (Proverbs 28:26)

Community
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Community Learning

Dates: Sundays, February 26 - March 19 (live) at 6 - 7:30 pm OR Wednesdays, March 1 - 22 (Recorded sessions with facilitation) at 7 - 8:30 pm

Location: All sessions will be online

Cost: Free

Register: bit.ly/LSTCspring

 

Members from Holy Cross joined with others from around the country in the Fall 2022 for a class on ecumenical and interfaith relationships led by Dr. Mark Swanson. Another session is being offered beginning in February 2023. There is no cost involved.

 

The next offering is: Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit and the Christian Life by Dr. Candace Kohli, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

 

Do Lutherans shout justification and whisper sanctification? This question suggests an over emphasis on Christ and justification in Luther’s theology and its reception in modern Lutheranism. Luther actually had much to say in the final decade of his career about the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit’s role in the Christian life. In many ways, in fact, Luther’s late “discovery” of the Spirit helped him to answer unresolved questions inherent in his doctrine of justification alone by faith alone, such as the ongoing role of the law in the Christian life, ethical and moral foundations for a life lived in community, and what really happens to the soul in justification. For Luther the Christian life was a life lived in and with the Spirit in thought, word, and deed? 

 

Week 1: A Trinitarian Pneumatology: The Spirit as divine agent of the law and gift of the gospel 

Week 2: Did you say “sanctification”? The Spirit as Christ’s healing medicine for the soul 

Week 3: Fanning Spiritual Flames: The role of prayer in the Spirit-soul relation 

Week 4: Christians Do Good Works! The role of the Spirit in supporting the Christian life

  

The offerings will all be remote. If you are interested in participating in this offering you will need to register individually online at bit.ly/LSTCspring

 

The schedule will be as follows:

Sunday Evenings (Live), starting February 26,

6 - 7:30 pm

5-minute introduction and prayer

20-minute presentation

20-minute small group break out discussion

5-minute report-back

20-minute presentation

15-minute small group break out discussion

5-minute recap and sending with homework assignment

 

The two 20 minute presentations will be recorded and used in the Wednesday sessions

 

Wednesday Evenings (Recordings w/ Facilitation), starting March 1, 7 - 8:30 pm

The format of delivery will be the same but the presentations will be the recordings of Dr. Kohli from Sunday (these can also be used for make-up sessions), with our wonderful seminary student Eric Jensen facilitating the report-backs and live interactions throughout. Dr. Kohli will also join live for the closing recap and sending.

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