Educational Classes are offered at Longwood Hills Congregational Church to encourage and strengthen a personal relationship with Christ. As a Christ-centered community, we believe that our faith is empowered by ongoing study, education, and fellowship. The following are examples of the educational opportunities offered from time to time at Longwood Hills Congregational Church.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible study is offered seasonally
on Sunday mornings before our worship service.
Lenten Study – Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity by Norman Wirzba
It’s often said that God is love, yet his message of compassion and caring for others is often overshadowed by the battles dividing us politically, culturally, and religiously. Why does Christianity matter if it isn’t about love? asks Duke University professor of Theology and Ecology Norman Wirzba.
The Way of Love invites readers to experience Christianity that is centered on love. Extensive theological training cannot replace the way of love that transforms and connects each of us to God and the faith, Wirzba contends. Interweaving illuminating testimonials, historical references, and Scripture, he reveals how love allows us to move into the fullness of life; when we do not love we lose our faith. “To fail to love,” he reminds us, “is to lose God.”
Small group study classes based on this book, Way of Love, will begin the week of February 18th and will meet for approximately 5-6 weeks. The following class times are available: Sunday at noon, Tues. or Thurs. at 6:00 pm, and Wed. at 10:00 am. To sign up for this small group study please see the sign-up sheets in the church lobby or call the office at 407-332-8253.
Previously Offered Classes:
Lenten Study – Creed: What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton
Adam Hamilton has written a new book that is designed to help people better understand the Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed. This is a six-week small group study that will begin the week of March 19 and end the week of April 30. Presently we have a group scheduled to meet on Sundays following morning worship, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. The cost for the book is $15.00. You can sign-up at church to join one of these groups or call the office at 407-332-8253.
The Shack by William Paul Young
The Shack was published in 2007 became a best-seller immediately. Now 10 years later the book was made into a movie that will be in local theatres on March 3. This book has created a great discussion about the nature of God, the person of God, the Trinity, why people experience suffering, the goodness of God and the judgment and grace of God. Those who are participating in the small group study “Creed” are encouraged to read “The Shack” first or go and see the movie and bring the questions this story creates to the small group meetings for discussion.
The season of Lent is a time to focus on our faith and how our faith informs our beliefs and actions in life. Join us on Sunday mornings and in one of our small groups as we study and reflect upon these stories of faith.
24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton
A Lenten study of the last day of Jesus Christ designed to aid the student in experiencing and understanding the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death.
Outflow: Outward Focused Living in a Self-Focused World by Steve Sjogren and Dave Ping
A guide to letting God’s love fill you with joy that flows from you to your family, friends, neighbors, and the world. It inspires the disciple to lead a joyful, outward-focused life, powerfully connected with family and friends…and in those connections, to naturally share God’s love.
Cultivating Fruitfulness: Five Weeks of Prayer and Practice for Congregations by Robert Schnase
A congregation-wide focus on practices that provide excellence and fruitfulness within the church. Inspires members through five weeks of prayer and devotion that include scripture, short stories, personal questions, and prayer.