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Discovery Series | Sundays 9 am
Our Discovery series classes are for you to meet our pastors and leaders, hear what we believe, know our vision for discipleship and discover along the way how God is prompting you to grow in your faith. Pastor Mike’s Discovery class is an introduction to our church and what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ. The other classes will unpack each area of discipleship in greater depth. Each class not only shares our faith and vision, but also practical steps for spiritual growth.
Classes are offered periodically at the 9 a.m. hour as announced in the e-bulletin. While you may not take all the classes at once or in any particular order, we encourage you to plan on eventually attending them all as a way to get to know your church but also to get a clear vision for your own discipleship journey.
Increasing Skill to Fulfill the Great Commission
Taught by Pastor Mike Wilde
Sundays 9 am | Begins February 2 (6 weeks) | Module 1
When did Jesus become more than a name to you? Chances are it was a friend, family member or even a neighbor who spoke to you which began your journey to faith in Christ. William Fay, the author of “Share Jesus Without Fear” said it well, “There are only two types (of Christians); Those who talk about the lost (and) those who talk to the lost.” This class is about the latter. While most of us know that we should be witnesses in sharing the Good News of Jesus and make disciples, many of us don’t. Together we will look at what it means to fulfill the Great Commission by having a story to tell, a message to share, and become more effective witnesses for Christ.
SHAPE – Uniquely You!
Sundays 9 am | March 8-March 29 | Room 306
Each one of us has a vital role to play in the body of Christ. In this class, you’ll learn about your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences. You will discover more about how God has uniquely shaped and prepared you for service in your relationships, home, work, community and church. Sign up at the kiosk in the Fellowship Hall at church.
Discovery Series Topics…
|Service (SHAPE): We believe that each one of us has a vital role to play in the body of Christ. In this class, you’ll learn about your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences and discover more about how God has uniquely shaped and prepared you for service in our relationships, home, work, community and church.||Bible Study: We believe the Bible is the Word of God and the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. This class will inspire and walk you through how to effectively study the Bible for yourself.||
Prayer: We want our church to be a house of prayer. Find out what prayer is all about, why we take time to pray so often during our services, and get a chance to practice praying together.
|Worship: Laurelwood is a diverse, multi-generational community. This class gives you time to talk with Pastor Kevin about our church’s vision for worshiping together.||Personal Reflection: This class helps us discovery how to do a personal inventory and come clean before God and others.||
Stewardship: Each one of us has time, talents and treasure: get a vision in this class for making the most of what God has entrusted to you.
Deeper Life Series
Deeper Life Series
God has a desire that you become stronger and spiritually more mature. The Deeper Life Series provides solid Bible exposition through various books of the Bible to move you deeper into the Lord and the LBC Discipleship Process. These Classes are designed to provide increasing spiritual stability and strength in your life as an adult at LBC. Special attention is given to the verse by verse explanation of what God is teaching within each paragraph of every section of the Bible Book. Then these truths are applied specifically and personally to your life situation. Subjects and topics are covered when they are raised by the order of the message found in the book being taught.
Each class is designed to “stand alone” so that an adult at Laurelwood can step in at any time to be fed from God’s Word. Sunday morning classes begin at 9am hour, which corresponds tot he same time as our Youth and Children’s Sunday School and nursery to assist those with kids. We invite you to join us as we go deeper into God’s Word together.
Confident Living In Conflicted Times: 1 & 2 Peter
Taught by Dr. Roger Trautmann
Sundays 9 am | Begins January 5 (8 weeks) | Module 2
Conflicted – describes our time. We see it everywhere – international – national – local news. We experience it in our interpersonal relationships. How do we thrive in a conflicted world? How do we work through conflict in a healthy, edifying way? These are the issues we will explore as we look at God’s message through the epistles of Peter. Join us for a timely, relevant eight week study.
Ecclesiastes: What is the Value of Life?
Taught by Dr. John Wecks
Sundays 9 am | Begins January 5 (8 weeks) | Room 303
Eminently qualified, Solomon wrestles with age old questions like who am I, why am I here, what is the meaning of all this? What about the boredom of joylessly eating, sleeping, and earning a paycheck? If God has a plan, what about the problem of evil in this world? After testing everything there is to life, Solomon states the highest good and the ultimate value to all of it.
Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Taught by Lynn Ruark
Sundays 9 am | Begins February 2 (5 weeks) | Room 306
Jesus was THE “master communicator” and he often used stories (parables) to get across His message. Thus, there is great value in studying the parables Jesus told. They illustrate some of Jesus’ most important teachings and they demand crucial responses from us, just as they did from those who first heard them. This 5-week interactive course will cover parables as a genre of Scripture as well as discussion of four of Jesus’ best known stories.
Deuteronomy: Moses’ Finest Sermon
Five Sunday Mornings Focused on Love
Taught by J. Carl Laney, Western Seminary Prof (Retired)
Sundays 9 am | Begins March 1 (5 weeks) | Module 2
Would you believe someone who said that there was more about the love of God in Deuteronomy than the gospel of John? You may not believe it now, but I believe you will after five Sunday mornings of digging into Moses’ finest sermon. The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ exposition to the people of Israel as he was turning over leadership of the nation to Joshua. There were many things Moses wanted to say, but the focus of his message was on God’s deep and abiding love for His people, and the importance of their loving God in return. In this class we will study the covenantal nature of God’s love and how believers can demonstrate their love for God in personal and practical ways.
2 Corinthians: The Thrill of Genuine Christianity
Taught by John Wecks
Sundays 9 am | Begins March 1 (13 weeks) | Room 303
Jesus died for us to live through us. What does genuine Christianity look like in the middle of hardships, suffering, affluence, or a changing evil culture? What is authentic Christianity in relation to other Christians who are sinning? 2 Corinthians is one of 4 letters Paul sent to the church in Corinth. He challenged the church to recognize the qualities of an authentic Christian, a fully-devoted follower of Jesus. Join us as we uncover rich truths from God’s Word that will help us live a genuine new-covenant lifestyle.
Other Sunday Morning Classes & Mid-Week Ministry Classes & Seminars
How to Help a Friend (Women’s Class)
Taught by Carley Wecks
Sundays 9 am | Starts January 5 (10 weeks) | Room 301
This class will provide lively discussion and guidance for parents, from getting ready for that first baby in your home to launching your teenagers.
Watch for these other classes as they come up in the bulletin!
Depression Class taught by Pastor Mike Wilde: (Watch the bulletin for the dates of the next class) Call or email the office to be put on the invite list and we will notify you when it is available. Open to everyone
Grief Class taught by Pastor Mike: (Watch the bulletin for the dates of the next class) Call or email the office to be put on the invite list and we will notify you when it is available. Open to everyone. Alumni drop in anytime!
Love & Respect This 5 week interactive workshop helps wives learn how to better show respect to their husbands, and husbands how to show love to their wives. (Watch the bulletin for dates of the next class) Open to everyone!
Women Mentoring Women Class… for Women of all Ages Have you ever been mentored or been interested in exploring the art of mentoring? Then this class is for you. During this seven-week course you will learn what mentoring is and what it isn’t. You will experience a mentoring relationship as we read a wonderful book entitled Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. The class will equip you to become a mentor, should you choose to do so. Watch the bulletin for our next available class, or call the office to be put on the list and we will contact you.
How to help a friend: Coming Alongside in Times of Trial As women our desire is to help each other in times of struggle to rely on the Lord and trust Him more deeply. Come learn tools to encourage and support each other biblically and relationally. This 10 week follow up class for those who have been through the Women’s Mentoring class. Watch the bulletin for our next available class, or call the office to be put on the list and we will contact you.
NextGen Leadership Class Leadership is a learned skill. This class will train youth from middle school to high school in those skills as they put them into practice. An investment today will yield rich blessings later. Join Pastor Mike as he unties together from September – May in a weekly class to grow both faith and strength as they learn to lead in love and truth. Contact the office to be put on the list for our next class season.
Epicenter Day Conference Handbook 11-4-2017