Adult Study Opportunities – After Easter 2013

Adult Study Opportunities – After Easter

Have you ever wondered what the minimum requirements are to be a Christian?  We Disciples are non-creedal, which means we don’t have a clearly defined set of beliefs that everyone must affirm to be considered part of the community.  When you join the church, you’re asked whether you affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  That’s the Good Confession Peter made, and we’ve continued to affirm that principle – though we often add the words “my Lord and Savior.”  But surely there’s more to it than that.

Starting in the weeks after Easter there will be two opportunities to participate in a seven-week series focused on the book What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?  A Guide to What Matters Most, rev. ed., (WJK, 2013).  The book’s author, Martin Thielen, is a United Methodist pastor, who came into the Methodist Church from ministry in the Southern Baptist Convention (after the Fundamentalist takeover of the Convention).

John McCauslin will lead the session that will run after church on Sundays.  They will begin April 7th.   The second group will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:00.  It will be led by Pastor Bob.  The books are available from Amazon for only $11.17 (34% off).  It’s also available on Kindle.  If interested in a paperback copy, speak to John or Pastor Bob and we will order a copy for you.  If you choose to purchase a Kindle copy, be sure to purchase through the church’s Amazon store — http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00AZ3W2IU/?tag=cwbo-20.

The book’s twenty-one chapters are divided into two parts, the first of which lifts up ten issues that “Christians don’t need to believe,” while the second part focuses on eleven items that he believes Christians should believe – what he would consider essentials. At the end of each chapter Thielen places a brief summary statement – what he calls the “bottom line.