Discipleship

A disciple is a follower - a disciple of Christ is a follower of Christ.  Discipleship is the process of growing into deeper, more complete disciples of Christ through the equipping of the Holy Spirit to become more Christlike.  In order to become better disciples we must continue to deepen our faith and understanding of Scripture.  Discipleship is a deep process, not a wide process.  We must be disciples before we can make disciples and at Aley we believe that an important part of this is discipleship together in community.


Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown

Sunday mornings

You're invited to join us for one of several opportunities to dive deeper into Scripture with community on Sunday mornings.  Each class starts at approximately 10:10a.m. - or following the conclusion of the 9 a.m. service.  Feel free to swing by the Hospitality Center to grab some snacks and/or coffee before joining a group for fellowship and discipleship.


Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas                                                                                                           

   Location: Room 204

Gnosticism is one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in Western religious history. At its heart was gnosis—direct knowledge of God—expressed in complicated myths. Yet Gnosticism itself often escapes our knowledge. Was it the first great Christian heresy? A new world religion? Or an invention of alarmed Christian leaders and modern scholars? How did it influence other religions? And why did its mythology appeal to so many people? Above all, what does Gnosticism mean?


Cultivating Relationships:  The Case for Christ (NOTE: This class will not be meeting Nov. 3 or 10)                                                      

   Location: Room 201

Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ.” Strobel invites you to investigate the truth about Jesus Christ leading to the facts that guided Strobel from atheism to faith in Christ.  In this revised six-session DVD study, participants will journey along with Strobel on a quest for the truth about Jesus. Rejecting easy answers, you will sift through fascinating historical evidence as you weigh compelling expert testimony. In the end, groups may very well see Jesus in a new way—and even, like Strobel, find their life transformed.   


Fellowship Bible Study Class                                                                                                                                                                 

   Location: Parlor

The Fellowship Class will be studying several books of the New Testament under the theme of The Christian Community Comes Alive.  As always, we welcome anyone who would like to join us.

Women's Sunday School Class: Embrace Grace                                                                                                                         

   Location: Room 202

It’s is Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, Embrace Grace is about the grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you. He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he’s offering you. To listen for the whispered words you’ve longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven.



College-Age                                                                                                                                               

   Location: Library

Join other college-aged individuals in an intimate setting to explore faith and Scriptures together using video guides and other guided materials.  



Youth: The Anti-Workbook                                                                                                                                               

   Location: Activities Building

Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for a deeper dive into Scripture where we explore the hard questions and deal with confusing Scripture together in an open environment.  You don't need to bring anything but yourself, so come join us as we dive in to the Bible together in new and creative ways.



Children: Learning about Traditions                                                                                                                                             

   Location: Room

Each week in between the 9a.m. and 11:15a.m. services, children are invited to come learn about the many traditions in the church.  We will get a better understanding of how the traditions started, what they really mean, and why we still do them.  Let's explore The Lord's Prayer, All Saints Day, the meaning behind acolytes, and much more together!  

Weekday opportunities


Journeyers Bible Study: Mondays 9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.                                                                                                                

   Location: Room 201

This class, now in its 17th year, is doing a multi-year examination of the Old Testament. We welcome anyone who is interested in a fairly in-depth study of the scriptures.


 

WOW Bible Study: Tuesdays 9:30a.m.                                                                                                                                          

   Location: Room 201

The class will be working through Beth Moore's new study, "The Quest." It is about "finding greater intimacy with God as you ask and discuss deeper questions of faith....."  All women are invited for a time of study and fellowship.  Childcare can be arranged.

 


Bible Study Group: Tuesdays 3:00p.m.- 4:30p.m.                                                                                                                       

   Location: Room 202