Members of Napa Methodist Church are asked to strengthen the ministries of our church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. But whether a member or not, all are invited…urged…to follow Jesus by growing in discipleship, or what many call spiritual growth. Healing and wholeness most often occur when we receive God’s perspective on our lives and on this world. We place ourselves in the best possible circumstance to receive healing, wholeness and spiritual growth when we resolve to participate in a church sponsored class or small group. Here are just a few that I’m leading:
A DISCIPLE’S PATH
Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church
Thursdays, January 7 through February 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Are you ready to move from merely becoming a church member to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you looking for an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctively Wesleyan perspective? This class will help you to revolutionize your life and ministry by guiding you to take the next step in discipleship and become a dynamic, engaged follower of Jesus Christ.
This study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. You’ll develop spiritual practices, discover your unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation to your own life, the lives of others, and the world.
COVENANT BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays, January 5 through June 21 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
This Covenant Bible Study experience will guide you in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over several months. Unlike the learning you may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books of the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and in our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.
Each episode connects to an aspect of this covenant relationship, which is summarized in the heading of each eight-week series of sessions.
Creating the Covenant
Tuesdays, January 5 through February 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The first eight-week series of the Covenant Bible Study explores how a biblical covenant is created and established. It covers the stories about our origins in Genesis, the critical Exodus narrative about the freedom of God’s people, the stories of a new teacher in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and other biblical books that highlight foundational aspects of Christian belief and practice. I’ll be assisted by Lay Speaker Michael Herzog.
Please indicate your interest to explore participating in either or both classes by registering with the church office.
– Pastor Lee Neish