How do I share my faith? Why does a “Good God” allow so much evil in the world? What do I say to my friend who is thinking about terminating her pregnancy? How do I faithfully represent Christ to my same-sex attracted friends? Better still, how do I live out my faith while dealing with same-sex attraction? With all of the racial division in our country, how can I be used a vessel of healing? These are questions we deal with in real time. Here at Abundant Life, we are fiercely committed to equipping our people to live as thriving Christ followers in all of the dimensions of their lives. This is why our Equipping Center exists. These classes will outfit you with the tools needed so you can confidently share the love of Jesus with others, and here God say of you, “Well done.”
"GRACISM: Becoming Vessels of Reconciliation in a Divided WorlD" by pastor bryan loritts
SUNDAYS, OCT 1–22 | 12–12:45PM | $25 | CHAPEL
God doesn’t ask us to be colorblind, but he doesn’t want us to idolize our ethnicity. He wants us to be redemptively White, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, etc. It’s time for Christians to stop looking to the White House for the answers that divide us racially, and start looking at the dinner tables in our house. This class will give you biblical perspective on race, and how to be vessels of hope, reconciliation and healing to a world that so desperately needs it.
Required Reading: "Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion And The Problem Of Race In America" by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith
Book and childcare included.
"MANAGING OUR FINANCES GOD'S WAY" BY THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP TEAM
SUNDAYS, OCT 15–NOV 12 | 12:30–2:30PM | $25 | ONSITE
Did you know that there are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about money? Join us as we go through the DVD series: “Managing Our Finances God’s Way.” In addition, The team will share their experiences about creating a spending plan, investing, the meaning of debt, and planning ahead, using free online tools.
Book and refreshments included.
"DEFENDING CHRISTIANITY" by valarie saunders
SUNDAYS, OCT 1–NOV 5 | 12–12:45PM | $25 | FELLOWSHIP HALL
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
These classes will prepare you to be confident in expressing your Christian faith to those in your sphere of influence. You will be able to defend the Bible as absolute truth and inerrant. Essential Christian beliefs, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the resurrection and more will be addressed. When people express to you the statement: “Well we are all on the same path to God," you will be equipped to explain why we’re not in an intelligent and effective manner. World Views and world religions will also be discussed.
Required Reading: "Who Made God? And Answers To Over 100 Other Tough Questions Of Faith" by Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler
Book and childcare included.