Scarborough Presbyterian Church’s Adult Christian Education program helps us broaden and deepen our faith through fellowship and study. We broaden our faith by exploring new aspects of our religion, and we deepen our faith by re-examining aspects that seem familiar. Our offerings are a combination of lectures, readings, videos and films to open up discussion as well as provide opportunities to share our spiritual life. The topics we cover are the Bible, church history and theology, current events, music and art, popular culture and issues that face the church.
The Case for Faith….an extra mile Bible study
What Jesus taught about faith...it might surprise you
October 6 Workers in the Vineyard
Matthew 20:1-16 “what you believe can make you miserable”
November 3 The Rich Young Ruler Luke 18:18-34 “a reason to believe”
January 5 The Raising of Lazarus John 11 “faith, putting it out there”
February 2 The Kings Banquet Matthew 22:1-14 “the proof of faith”
March 2 The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 “religion is no substitute for faith”
May 4 The Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32 “faith is not about should”
Extra mile Bible studies will be held after church and coffee hour on these days for those who would like to dig a little deeper and work a little harder on their own spiritual growth. Bible stories should have been read before the meeting to help the depth of the discussion. Come understand your faith like you haven’t before.
The Reformation and the Wars of Religion
The two centuries after the Reformation Europe was torn by strife and violence much of due to religious differences. It is often pointed out that much of the trouble in the world has been and continues to be due to religious differences. If the Reformation was a jump forward in the history of our religion why would it cause such trouble? Does change always cause such strife? Is religion doomed to be a regressive influence on our culture? A look at the wars and the reasons for them will give us an idea of why they were and some perspective on the origins of religious strife. Perhaps history can teach us something.
September 29 Overview of the Reformation
October 27 The Peasants War and the Kingdom of Munster
November 17 The French Wars of Religion
January 12 The Dutch Revolt
February 16 The Thirty Years War
March 17 The Price of Reformation
Each session will be before church starting at 9 am. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served. In the conference room.