SChool For Christian Living
SFCL is an annual series sponsored by the Education Committee that leads us into Lent and forms us spiritually. The event is for all ages - preschoolers through adults. Classes are offered for three consecutive Sunday mornings. Adults will choose one class to attend all three weeks so that a rich dialogue can take shape between the presenter, the subject matter, and other class participants.
Each week follows this format:
9:00 a.m. – Worship
10:00 a.m. – Coffee fellowship
10:30 a.m. – Class session 1
11:30 a.m. – Lunch break – all gather for box lunches
12:15 p.m. – Class session 2
1:00 p.m. – Dismiss
February 24, March 3 and 10
This year’s SFCL guest preachers are Rev. Drs. Jake and Erin Hall. Jake Hall is the pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church and hosts Gospel Gothic each week on 100.9, The Creek. Jake is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. He has served in pastoral ministry at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and Heritage Baptist in Canton, Georgia. Erin Robinson Hall is a free lance writer, retreat leader, and host of Glass Half Full Podcast. A graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Erin worships and serves at Highland Hills Baptist in areas of education and missions. Jake and Erin met when they were students at Samford University and now live in Macon, Georgia with their six year old son, Logan.
More information about Gospel Gothic click HERE.
ADULT CLASS OFFERINGS
Christ in the Concrete City: Sharing the Gospel Through Drama
By Don Sandley and Mark Castle
This class will be a partnership theatrical production of the play Christ and the Concrete City. During School for Christian Living BCOC members will work with church members from Crossbridge Church of Christ and Samford University Theatre and Dance to produce this powerful work of drama that connects the biblical account of the passion of Christ to the life we lead today. Those who do not wish to act may participate as observers, stage crew and part of a discussion panel. Rehearsals will continue on Sunday afternoons through March with a performance on April 18, Maundy Thursday, at Baptist Church of the Covenant.
A More Civil Discourse
By Don Peppenhorst
Saturated by the divisive nature of the daily news, listeners become apathetic or incensed to the point of dinner-table and social media rants. Over the course of three weeks, participants will consider our Christian influence in societal conversation without isolating opposing views and without throwing their own convictions to the side. Don will interview John Archibald, columnist for AL.com and Pulitzer Prize winner (2018) and Felicia Stewart, a recent candidate for the Alabama State House of Representatives and a member of BCOC.
Gospel Gothic: A Musical Exegesis
By Jake and Erin Hall
An unconventional ministry can shape the way a church bears witness to and understands their neighbors. Gospel Gothic, a Sunday-morning radio show in Macon, Georgia, features honest conversations about faith in “the Christ-haunted South” alongside soulful music. The show’s work of exploring the way Americana music intersects with sacred themes has shaped a trajectory for ministry with their neighbors in Macon. On Gospel Gothic, artists like Jason Isbell, Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, and Parker Milsap intersect with gospel texts to offer meaningful conversation for people who listen to the radio show, both church goers and church avoiders. This class will explore the task of listening to the music around us and engaging conversations that show how we are listening. Jake and Erin Hall will share the story of this ministry, celebrate the power of music to evoke faithful conversation, and consider the soulful soundtracks that can challenge our own experience of scripture.
Micah 6:8 for this Culture
By Angela Balfour Franklin
As Christians, we are called to engage with the world around us. But, how much is too much? Are you a “dive in head first, bring it on” kind of person? Or are you the type of person who feels as if one more email, Facebook post, or tweet about what’s going on in the world will send you over the edge? This class will explore the variety of ways we engage the world and what those ways say about who Jesus is to us. Micah 6:8 and Richard Niebuhr's classic, Christ and Culture, will be guiding texts for this class.
Red Letter Living: How Reading the Gospel Can Change the Way You Think and Act
By LaMon Brown
This course is about how reading the stories and teachings of Jesus can form us in new and wonderful ways as we learn to follow Jesus Christ. It will emphasize reading for formation rather than just information. It will include a personal testimony of how regular reading of the gospels transformed one person. It will also include the opportunity to read, journal, and share one’s own encounter with selected gospel texts.
Who Is My Neighbor? Does She Like Gumbo?
By Rodney Franklin
Who is my neighbor is a question worth revisiting from time to time. Themes to be explored in this class are Loving God, Loving Neighbor and Living It Out. Guiding texts for this class will be Learning From the Stranger by David Smith, Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World by Dr. Emmanuel Lartey and Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. God’s designed diversity comes together like a delicious stew when we live out God’s love as neighbors. Rodney will prepare a pot of Gumbo for class participants to enjoy for lunch on the last week of class.
Psalms, God Cares How I Feel
By Starla Castle
This class on the Psalms introduces special adult friends to the book of Psalms with its honest expressions to God by the psalm writers. This class will engage all the senses of our Helpers class members and encourage them to express their own deep feelings to the Lord.
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
Babies – 2s
Extended care is offered through the SFCL schedule.
Preschool, 3-5 year olds
Led by Emily Bell, Janet Goodwin, Allison Hawley, Jamie Furman and Patton Furman and other adult friends.
Preschoolers will experience Bible Adventures and watch for God in everyday life. Kids get anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through all the storms of life. Jesus rescues… even when you’re lonely, or worried, or when you feel small and powerless. Children will sing, play outside, have hands on exploration stations and hear a Bible story with activities each week. Preschool children will eat lunch with their parents in the fellowship hall. Please pick them up for lunch.
Peace Like a River
1st – 6th Grades
Coordinated by Cindy Ponder
What does it mean to practice peace? How can an elementary student respond in peaceful ways to disappointment or hurt they experience; or that they see their friends and community experience? Through award-winning children’s books, we will learn about children who stood up for what is right and who stood for peace. Through art, songs and Bible characters, children will practice ways to respond peacefully in their world in times of challenge and change. Elementary children will eat with their group in the Ministry Center Commons.
MOUNTAIN Top Experiences
7th – 12th grades
Jesus was anything but ordinary. Jesus stood up against the status quo, pushed cultural norms and fought against ingrained religious systems. Jesus was one of the most countercultural people to ever live and yet today we take his quotes and sayings and put them on t-shirts and bracelets as though they are quaint little phrases to make us feel good. Over the course of three weeks we will discover the controversial, counter cultural and life changing message of Jesus through the sermon on the mount.