Equipped (formerly Adult Education)

We would love to have you join us for Equipped.

Our lives and our needs have changed throughout the years (especially in 2020 and 2021) opening more ways to be the church and grow in our faith. Considering our church’s mission to be More Than Sunday and the current state of ministry in a pandemic, we have been thinking outside the box with a desire to have more people involved in Adult Education. To more adequately reflect who we are and what we do, in the fall of 2021, Adult Education will become EQUIPPED.
A new name brings new opportunities to include others and enliven our purpose. We will still provide classes on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will offer special classes and events to help us grow all week long. Our goal is to equip people for the work of ministry so together we can love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
How you can be EQUIPPED: Make plans now to join us in the fall. We will be focusing on the basics of our faith and life  — learning more about what we are to believe, the Bible, prayer, marriage, and parenting. Here is what you can look forward to:

Sunday Mornings

Reading Scripture with the Early Church: The Old Testament in Acts 1-8
Class Leader: Dr. Julie Newberry
Sundays, September 11- September 25, 2022, 10-10:45am in the Parlor

Class Description

From Peter’s reasoning about the replacement of Judas in Acts 1 to Paul’s final words in Acts 28, the book of Acts repeatedly portrays early Christians as reasoning from and with Scripture—our Old Testament—as they discern the shape of their life together and bear witness to Jesus as Lord and Christ. This class will examine selected passages from early Acts in which scriptural interpretation plays a prominent role in the plot, focusing especially on Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2), Stephen’s speech (Acts 7), and Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8). We will notice the variety of ways in which these passages evoke Scripture—direct quotation, narrative overview, and maybe even embodied allusion—and will seek to understand how these early believers (re)interpret Scripture in relation to Jesus. Along the way, we will consider Acts’ portrayal of the role of the Holy Spirit and the church community in enabling our biblical interpretation, and we will listen for how these allusive passages in Acts might challenge and encourage us in our lives of faith today.

Dr. Julie Newberry (PhD, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College (IL). A revised version of her dissertation is forthcoming as Lukan Joy and the Life of Discipleship: A Narrative Analysis of the Conditions that Lead to Joy according to Luke (WUNT 2), and her current research focuses on intertextuality (primarily the Old Testament in the New) in relation to the portrayal of bodies in New Testament narratives.