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Tell Someone You Can Share the Good News
Evangelism has become overcomplicated. The gospel is not a formula, program, or a sales pitch. It is not about winning an argument. It’s about winning a soul. Evangelism is simply telling two stories: yours and Jesus’. And everyone loves stories. You can do this! Greg Laurie, one of the nation’s most prominent pastors and evangelists, will help you discover the joy of evangelism as the good news of Jesus naturally overflows into your daily life.
Facilitator: Fred Stone
Financial Peace University
A Biblically based curriculum that teaches people how to manage money God’s Way. You will learn how to put together a spending plan that really works, step-by-step plan on how to get out of debt, how to confidently invest for the future, and much more.
Facilitator: Andrew and Megan Shipman
Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation
As many as 80% of the pastors around the world have no formal biblical training. Therefore, Dennis Mock (former Minister of Education under Charles Stanley) developed a ten course curriculum to train pastors and church leaders all over the world. Using this curriculum, PFBC has been working to es- tablish a Bible Training Center for Pastors and Church Leaders in Lima, Peru. The first of these stud- ies is “Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation.” The content of this course is not only good for pastors, but every Christian can benefit from knowing how to better study their bibles. If you have an interest in being a better student of the Word, learning how to dig deeper into the Word of God, or how to better understand the scriptures and apply them to your lives, then this class is for you!
Facilitator: Jim Gilstrap
Praying With Paul
It’s doubtful that there is any Christian who has not sometimes found it difficult to pray. It is not sur- prising, because we are still pilgrims with many lessons to learn; it is not depressing, because strug- gling with such matters is part of the way we learn. God wants his people to know him more intimate- ly, says author D.A. Carson. The apostle Paul found the kind of spiritual closeness in his own fellow- ship with the Father that is available to all of us. Praying with Paul leads group members into the Epis- tles to see what Paul taught in his "school of prayer." Group members will be exposed to the priorities of prayer, a God-centered framework for prayer, and practices for a more meaningful and dynamic prayer life. Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.
Facilitator: Lisa Hiott
What Jesus Demands From The World
A thoughtful examination of Jesus' demands reveals a compelling yet personal portrait of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. The four Gospels are filled with demands like "be born again," "love your God," and "lay up treasures." Far from harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, Jesus' words are more a clarion call of urgency—loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. In fact, what Jesus demands from the world can be summed up as, "Trust and treasure me above all." This is good news!
Facilitator: Jeff Rafferty
The Old Testament book of Esther
The book of Esther is a great story of powerful characters, surprising twists of fate, and jus ce (the good guys win). But it’s not just an interesting story; it’s about the survival of the Jewish people. The book of Esther is named after the central character of the story, a Jewish young lady who became queen of a foreign kingdom – Persia. It tells about how she was used by God to rescue the Jewish people from annihilation and preserve the Jewish nation. We will learn from the story of Esther how God works through all types of people and in all kinds situation to accomplish His will. We will also see how God sometimes puts us in places of influence for the specific purpose of advancing His agenda.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Begins: Wed., Sept. 20
Unfolded: The Story of God
Most of us are familiar with the great stories of Scripture – Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions’ Den, and so forth. Yet, we can go a lifetime appreciating these stories and still miss the truth that all of them are telling the one great story of God’s redemption. We can admire these great heroes of faith, but not understand that they all point to the greatest hero, Jesus.
Facilitator: Boyce Couch
Believing Jesus: A Journey Through the Book of Acts
This 8 session study retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts. The Disciples did not have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world. Are you willing to risk everything?
Time: 9:00 a.m. Begins: Tues., Sept. 19
Facilitators: Judy Holder & Helen Batson
When Godly People Do UnGodly Things
Believers are still subject to Satan’s attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of Christians, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have “fallen” may not recognize the devil’s schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This six-week study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to pre- pare for attacks by the enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God.
Tues., August 29 at 9:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Ida Breazeale