Contact: David Goodfred
Sunday School: 9:30 am - 10:15 am
A parable is a word-picture which uses an image or story to illustrate a truth or lesson. It creates a mini-drama in picture language that describes the reality being illustrated, shows a likeness between the image of an illustration and the object being portrayed, defines the unknown by using the known, and helps the listener to discover the deeper meaning and underlying truth of the reality being portrayed. A parable can be a figure of speech, but more commonly, it is a short story told to bring out a lesson or moral. Jesus used these simple stories or images to convey important truths about God and his kingdom, and lessons pertaining to the way of life and happiness which God has for us. Parables challenge the hearer and invite us to reflect. Jesus meant for his parables to provoke a response. If we listen with faith and humility, then each will understand as he or she is able to receive what Jesus wishes to speak to each of our hearts.
April 5th – Introduction and Lesson 1: Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-23)
April 12th – Lesson 2: Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt. 1:21-35)
April 19th – Lesson 3: Parable of the Two Sons (Matt. 21:28-32)
April 26th – Lesson 4: Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen (Matt. 21:33-46)
May 3rd – Lesson 5: Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-14)
May 10th – Lesson 6: Parables Teaching Persistence in Prayer (Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8)
May 17th – Lesson 7: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
May 24th – Lesson 8: The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
May 31st – Lesson 9: The Parables of Luke Fifteen (Luke 15:1-32)
June 7th – Lesson 10: The Parables of Matthew Twenty-Five (Matt. 25:1-46)
June 14th – Lesson 11: The Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)
June 21st – Lesson 12: The Parable of the Tares (Matt. 13:24-30)
June 28th – Lesson 13: The Mystery of the Seed Growing (Mark 4:26-29)
This series, by Wendell Winkler, is designed to encourage Christians to live holy and fruitful lives each day through discussion of the Bible's metaphors (light, salt, epistles, and leaven) regarding influence. Class content will specifically cover the Christian's influence in the community, on the job, in the local church, and in the home. Additional applications from this class are using your influence to spread God’s kingdom and strengthen others through careful study of Christ’s profound influence in scripture.
Goals of this Class:
(1) To impress each Christian with the realization that he/she has influence.
(2) To instill in each Christian an appreciation of what the individual Christian must do to exert a good influence in every walk of their life.
(3) To inspire each Christian to so live that their influence will be powerful, progressive, and positive.
April 5th – Lesson 1: Influence- Well, You Have It (Matt. 7:15-20; Phil. 4:22; Acts 28:15)
April 12th – Lesson 2: “You Are the Salt of the Earth” (Matt. 5:13; Mk. 9:49-50)
April 19th – Lesson 3: “You Are the Light of the World (Matt. 5:14-16; Mk. 4:21)
April 26th – Lesson 4: “The Kingdom of Heaven is Like unto Leaven” (Matt. 13:33)
May 3rd – Lesson 5: “You Are Declared to Be the Epistle of Christ (2 Cor. 3:2-3)
May 10th – Lesson 6: The Christian and His Influence in the Community (Tim. 5:14)
May 17th – Lesson 7: The Christian and His Influence on the Job (Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:8)
May 24th – Lesson 8: The Christian and His Influence in the Local Church (Gal. 5:22-23)
May 31st – Lesson 9: The Christian and His Influence in the Home (Deut. 22:8)
June 7th – Lesson 10: Use Your Influence to Win Souls (Lk. 19:10; 1 Pet. 2:21-22)
June 14th – Lesson 11: Use Your Influence to Strengthen (Acts 14:21-22; 15:41; 18:23)
June 21st – Lesson 12: Posthumous Influence (Rev. 14:13; Heb. 11:4; 2 Kgs 17:41)
June 28th – Lesson 13: The Influence of Christ and the Bible (Col. 1:23; Jn. 12:19)
Life groups meet at various times and locations around Asheville and surrounding areas. There are also two at the church building at 1:00 and 6:00 pm.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“What Does the Bible say about …”
Living in today’s world often brings about situations that make us unsure or uncomfortable in trying to respond in a Christian way. It may be living conditions that were unthinkable 30 or 40 years ago. It may be ethical dilemmas that are dropped in our lap by family or other loved ones. Questions arise about the forms of our worship, gender roles, racial prejudices, and a host of other topics that are often “just not discussed” in the church.
A Wednesday evening Bible study, beginning September 24th, will explore these topics with the intent to discern God’s message for Christian living today. Our prayerful expectation is that we will be drawn closer to God, closer to one another, and closer to our community. We should be more at ease when these difficult situations arise knowing that we have something worthwhile to offer from God’s word and be better able to minister to someone searching for life’s answers.
Topics will be announced at least a week in advance to allow time for personal Bible study, prayer, and consideration of how you see each topic. This dialogue oriented class is being led by Matt Goodman (pulpit minister), Ryan Robertson (youth minister), and Steve Evans (elder). Class will begin promptly at 7 PM each Wednesday evening in the downstairs fellowship room.
In case you were unable to attend some of our studies, we have archived some of the material for your convenience.