Adult Christian Formation

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.

2019-2020 Forum

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.

New Testament

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.

Advent

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.

Saints

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

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.

Revelation

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

Forum Calendar

New Testament

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

Advent

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

Saints

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

Lent

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

Revelation

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

 

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