Adult Education Opportunities
There’s something for everyone interested in spiritual growth!
We offer a variety of opportunities for adults to grow in faith through challenging and thought-provoking classes. Some classes are offered on Sundays, and some during the week. We try to offer a diverse programming to accommodate the varied spiritual needs of our parishioners including a contemplative prayer group, a Bible study, and topical courses.
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Sundays @ 9:00 am, begins April 7
Join Pastor Blevins and Joe Creegan for this 8-week series. "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" tells the epic story of the rise of Christianity. The four hours explore the life and death of Jesus, and the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we now know as Christianity. Drawing upon historical evidence, the series challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Archaeological finds have yielded new understandings of Jesus' class and social status; fresh interpretations have transformed earlier ideas about the identity of the early Christians and their communities.
Through engaging on-camera interviews with twelve scholars--New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians--the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution. For example they talk about the quest for the historical Jesus - what can we really know? And how do we know it? The scholars together represent a range of viewpoints and diversity of faiths and a shared commitment to bring new ways of thinking about Christianity to a public audience. They discuss the value in a historical approach to Jesus and the Bible and whether Christian faith can be reconciled with such an approach.
Jesus & the Kingdom of God
January 6-March 31
Sundays @ 9:00 am, concludes March 31
Join Pastor Rhonda for this 12-week video series by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan to explore the following questions and more:
Why were the titles of Caesar Augustus — Divine, Son of God, God from God, Lord, Redeemer, Liberator, and Savior of the World — taken from a Roman emperor on the Palatine hill and given to a Jewish peasant on the Palestine plain? Was it low lampoon or high treason? Either way, the Romans were not laughing.
What were the priorities of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom? How was the status quo of Roman imperial theology subverted by this obscure Galilean whose message continues to indict empire today?
This 12-session video study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God is filmed by two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem.
Participant Reader written by John Dominic Crossan: “It is all I have to say about Jesus after half a century of study —in succinct summary.” Click on the button below to access the reader.
Man’s Search for God
Mondays @ 7:00 pm
Man’s Search for God seeks to explore the scientific evidence for the existence of God and answer the important questions that arise by implication… join us as we consider the latest scientific evidence in cosmology, biology, and archeology. The series presents objective information designed to stimulate your curiosity and support new spiritual insights, as well as further your personal growth. The material is highly engaging, informative, non-argumentative, intellectually stimulating and spiritually fulfilling.
This fascinating program is being presented in a series of videos in our comfortable high definition theater. Joe Creegan, Education Director, and Rick Frye our Facility Manager will host the sessions. The sessions are 1 .5 hours long, but we always make time at the end for lively discussion. There is no charge. Everyone is invited. Reservations are helpful to provide adequate seating and plan for food and beverage. Call the church at 727-446-0430 or sign up here.
Thursday Morning Bible Fellowship
Thursdays @ 10:30 am
This Bible study has been meeting for over thirty years, and is always welcoming new people! Rich discussion about the Bible is the hallmark of this gathering. Once a month we enjoy lunch together and celebrate each others’ birthdays. There’s always more to learn about the Bible, so come discover more about Jesus - who He is - and why He came. Sign up here.
Lunch & Learn The Old Testament
Wednesdays @ 11am
Greg Grice will facilitate this Great Courses, college-level class by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. This is a 24-week academic deep-dive. Not for the faint of heart! Sign up here.