Fall SCL classes are here. New classes begin on August 25th!
The new classes are:
The Heidelberg Catechism
Published initially in 1563, the Heidelberg Catechism originated in Germany, when Frederick III, the regional ruler at the time, sought a more unified confessional document for the people in his realm. After its first publication in January of 1563, the Heidelberg was quickly translated into Latin, Dutch, French, and English and adopted by various synods in the 16th century. It has since been translated into all European and dozens of Asiatic and African languages. The Catechism’s 129 questions and answers are divided into three parts patterned after the book of Romans—Sin and Misery, Deliverance, and Gratitude—and fifty-two “Lord’s Days,” which were designed to be taught each Sunday throughout the year. The Heidelberg not only systematically and carefully outlines the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, but so too does it reveal the overarching narrative of the confessing believer from sin to salvation to deliverance.
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John declares its purpose clearly–“these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Thus it fulfills a dual function, encouraging believers and providing them with evidences for proclaiming that Jesus is God’s Messiah, the divine, incarnate Son of God. Christians today, as in the first century, can draw strength and courage from John’s telling of the story of Jesus, a telling that consistently reflects not only the words and deeds of Jesus but their inner significance.
From whatever angle one views the modern age, Colossians is up-to-date. This timeless truth speaks to the dilemmas facing the world today. Colossians focuses on Jesus Christ, presenting him as the ultimate answer to any problem. Preoccupied with legal codes and intellectual disputes, Paul wrote a letter stressing not only the centrality of Christ but also the need for Christians to live out their faith in genuine community. Paul’s antidote to a privatized and intellectualized faith will provide relief to many Christians today.
True Spirituality helps people by transforming hang-ups about rules and religion into real, rich relationship with God.