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.
Previous Small Group Studies:
“Treasures of the Transformed Life: Satisfying Your Soul’s Thirst for More” by John Ed Mathison
A transformative 40 day study of daily readings that are centered on the themes of Prayer, Presence, Gifts, and Service. Each reading helps the reader focus on discerning God’s plan for them individually and how they can help live out God’s plan for the church.
Lenten Study – Way of Love
Based on the book “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. Everything is precious, valued, and treasured by God. Extensive theological training cannot replace the way of love that transforms and connects each of us to God and the faith, Wirzba contends.
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.