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Christianity Explored Overview


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Heritage Presbyterian Church
Adult Sunday School

Published in: Spiritual
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Christianity Explored Overview

  1. 1. Heritage Presbyterian Church Adult Sunday School 2019
  2. 2. What's the best news you've ever heard? Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but didn't dare hope? • Christianity Explored is a relaxed and informal way of sharing the best news you can ever hear, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life • Over seven sessions in Mark’s Gospel, guests find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ • The structure of each session is simple: a short Bible study, a thought-provoking 10-15 minute video, and a discussion based on the video 2
  3. 3. Why are we doing this? • As the session has been praying and thinking about the future of this church we have had to acknowledge that we have been weak in providing opportunities for the congregation to engage their neighbors and friends with the good news. • The door is always open to invite others to join us in worship, or come see the story of Christmas portrayed with “Stories in the Park,” or even to invite them to a small group with you. • But we were asking, “What ministries are available that provide a clear, effective presentation of the good news that is readily accessible to the those who think they know what Christianity is basically about, and to those who really don’t know at all?” • As a “gospel course,” Christianity Explored kept coming to the top of the list. 3
  4. 4. CE answers three basic questions 1. Who is Jesus? 2. Why did Jesus come? 3. What does it mean for us? 4
  5. 5. Official Guest Trailer 5
  6. 6. Curriculum Produced by Christianity Explored Ministries in the UK, helping people meet Jesus in the pages of Scripture so that they will: • LOVE the good news People are captivated by Christ and what he has done • LIVE the good news People live lives that glorify God • TELL the good news People communicate their faith in Jesus clearly and relevantly from the Bible 6
  7. 7. Our Video Host • Rico Tico: host and writer • Pastor, speaker, evangelist, and author • As an Anglican priest, he is currently associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, UK 7
  8. 8. Participant Resources 1. CE edition of The Gospel of Mark • ESV text of Mark’s Gospel • Short articles • Intro to Mark • The Story so far • What’s next? 2. CE Handbook • Discussion questions • Homework assignments (about 20 minutes/week) 8
  9. 9. Class Weekly Outline 1. Good News 2. Identity 3. Sin 4. The Cross 5. Resurrection 6. Grace 7. Special Day • The Sower: listen carefully • James and John: ask humbly • Herod: choose wisely 8. Come and Die 9
  10. 10. Class Weekly Schedule 6:30 p.m. Welcome and dinner together 7:15 p.m. Read and discuss a passage from Mark’s Gospel 7:30 p.m. Watch video 7:50 p.m. Discuss video 8:30 p.m. Finish and dismiss 10
  11. 11. You and your friends are invited Where? Heritage Presbyterian Church 7850 Millfield Drive Warrenton, VA 20187 When? Winter 2019 Fridays, Feb 22 – Apr 12 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 11 What? A casual dinner and time of discussion where we ask questions like: What are we doing here? Who is Jesus? Interested? Contact us: 540.347.4627
  12. 12. How You Can Participate • Pray for people to hear the best news they’ve ever heard—the gospel! • Invite and bring your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors • Prepare a dish for dinner • Sit with your guests during the class • Lead a small group discussion (we will train you!) • Provide childcare for guests • Share your personal testimony of faith in a small group 12
  13. 13. Learn more about CE at 13 1. HPC’s Christianity Explored class 2. Christianity Explored 3. Christianity Explored Ministries