Merriann Clark is the contact person, but we all participate equally as a group instead of a dedicated leader. We sometimes use traditional Bible studies and sometimes we do religious book studies. We discuss the lessons with comments or questions from anyone, rather than using a more structured platform of questions and answers. Sometimes we read our materials at home but usually we read the lessons together as a group, which enables us to stop when someone has something to discuss. By reading the book/lesson together in class, which seems to have become our preferred method, the material stays fresh in our minds for discussion. It’s informal, but works well for us as it’s a wonderful way to get to know each other and hear others’ opinions and perspectives on what we are studying.
We are also a support group for each other and use the first part of the class as a weekly catch-up or a time for anyone to discuss something they want or need to talk about. At the end of the class we pray for anyone’s needs and needs of families, friends and other church members.
Some people have been in the class together for many years, some just a couple and some not long. Our class size is usually around 12 to 15, and we would love to include anyone who would like to join us. It is an inclusive group and provides a great opportunity to get to know personally others in our church family. We feel our class is a learning and fellowship experience combined.
We are currently reading “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. Once we are close to completing this book, our class decides together on our next topic.
In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?
Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.
With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.