Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes counter-cultural life in a secular world.
Whether you are new to the Christian journey or looking to go deeper in your walk with Christ, there are many opportunities for adults to begin or deepen their spiritual journeys at St. Barnabas.
We heard that you wanted to learn more about the Bible, so this year we will touch on most books of the New Testament, with deep dives into Matthew and Revelation.
During Advent, along with the annual wreath-making, we’ll also spend three weeks on prayer, learning and growing in care for one another.
With the New Year, we will discover the interesting, and often conflicted, people who make up some of the saints of the Episcopal Church. It’s the history of the Church, told through the stories of the most unlikely people.
For the Lenten season, we will again explore various Spiritual Disciplines. We’ll learn different practices to care for ourselves, our neighbors, and God’s kingdom.
After Easter, Forum will close out the year exploring the Book of Revelation. We’ll spend seven weeks discussing this controversial and often misunderstood book.
Starting September 8th, forum will begin with an eight week study on the New Testament. Each stand-alone forum will focus on the writings, history, and context of a book (or collection).
The Gospel of Matthew
Each Sunday in November’s Adult forum will explore the gospel of Matthew. This four week study will contemplate the life, parables, and teachings of Christ, giving us a deeper context and appreciation for the Gospel reading in December.
For the Advent season, forum will begin with a family fun event of wreath-making, card writing, and prayer. In the following weeks, forum will take an introspective look at the various types of prayer, their purpose, and include time for prayer for one another.
As the New Year begins, forum will take a look at the people who have shaped our faith since the time of Christ. We will take eight weeks looking at all the different types of people God has used to build His kingdom, and see where we might fit in God’s story as well.
Lent can be used as a time to consider our own hearts and lives in the light of Christ and His sacrifice. We will use the six weeks of Lent as a time to focus on various Spiritual Disciplines, building ourselves and others in the service of God’s kingdom.
You asked for it, you got it. Beginning April 19th, we’ll spend seven weeks studying the book of Revelation. Join us in this last session before summer as we read, question, and seek understanding
Sept 8 The Gospel of Mark
Sept 15 The Gospel of John
Sept 22 The Gospel of Luke and the Acts
Sept 29 Lesser Known Epistles
Oct 6 Romans
Oct 13 Corinthians
Oct 20 Hebrews
Oct 27 The Canonization of the New Testament
The Gospel of Matthew
Nov 3 Matt 1- 4 Fully God and Fully Man
Nov 10 Matt 5 – 7, 13, 18 – 20:16 Sermons and Parables
Nov 17 Matt 8 – 12, 14 – 17, 20:17 – 34 Miracles and Life
Nov 24 Matt 21- 28 Jesus’ Final Week
Dec 1 Wreath-Making, Card Writing, and Prayer
Dec 8 Prayers of Adoration, Praise, and Thanksgiving
Dec 15 Prayers of Penitence and Oblation
Dec 22 Prayers of Intercession and Petition
Dec 29 Christmas Break
Jan 5 Saints in the Scriptures
Jan 12 Focus on Female Saints
Jan 19 Early Church Fathers and Mothers
Jan 26 Saints in State-Sanctioned Religion
Feb 2 Saints in Turmoil
Feb 9 American Saints
Feb 16 Saints in the Global South
Feb 23 Celebration and Discussion
Mar 1 Fasting
Mar 8 Rest and Margin
Mar 15 Gratitude and Generosity
Mar 22 Service and Creation Care
Mar 29 Bible Study
April 5 Rule of Life
April 12 Easter Break
April 19 Rev 1 Prologue, History, and Context
April 26 Rev 2 – 3 Letters to the Churches
May 3 Rev 4 – 5 Visions of the Throne
May 10 Rev 6 – 11 Visions of Judgment and Salvation
May 17 Rev 12 – 19:10 Visions of Final Judgment
May 24 Rev 19:11 – 22 God’s Victory
May 31 Family Celebration and Discussion