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Peace Presbyterian Church

9145 Franklin Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758

(916) 684-8100 voice
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www.peacechurch.net

Please join us for Worship and Children’s Church at 10 am.

Sunday School, “Growth Hour”, at 9 am: classes for all.

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Bible Studies for Adults

All adults are welcome!
Sundays @ 9am before the Worship service, in the Sanctuary during Sunday School: children have own program and nursery care.

Whether you are a seasoned church member or you are just beginning to have an interest in the Bible these studies are for you!

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT STUDIES

Digging Deeper - Amazing Grace

God’s grace is amazing. As Paul tells us in Romans 3:23-4, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Covenant theology is central to Reformed theology and one of the key ways we experience God’s grace is through His covenants. As we Dig Deeper into His Word this year, we will see how God’s Amazing Grace has been shared through His covenants, culminating in His gift of the New Covenant, which was fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus.

  • Sunday, January 15 No Digging Deeper New Year’s Brunch
  • Sunday, January 22 Genesis 1:26-2:3 “Created in His Image The Gracious Blessing of Life”
  • Sunday, January 29 Genesis 3 “A Painful Fall; Our Need for Grace”

Sermon Series “Living by Faith”

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant, Reformation, we being the year with a study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans, a key Scripture for Martin Luther, as he wrestled with how we are saved and how we live out our faith.

As Paul says in Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ “

Come and be blessed as we learn more about living by faith in Jesus.

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WEEKDAY ADULT STUDIES

Past Studies:

Church History: A Light to Our Path. Witness the Pattern established, how it changes our identity, & determine our next steps together using the spiritual disciplines that were given to guide us on the narrow path. Top 12 Events -- that changed our identity. Adult & Youth sessions begin January 18, 2015.

  • Creation & The Fall.
  • The Tower of Babel.
  • The Flood & The Ark; A Floating Covenant.
  • The Covenant. Explains what a covenant is and why it matters for our salvation.
  • The Kingdom Cycles.
  • The Covenant Fulfilled.
  • The Body of Christ Spreads.
  • Medieval Christianity and Warring.
  • Reformation.
  • Enlightenment.
  • Revival.
  • The Presbyterian Church Splits.
  • Establish our Current Identity Together.
This class uses all 3 learning styles & covers the Big Picture of Church history from Creation to the Present.

The Hope Quotient: Women‘s Bible Study, Adult Friday Fun Night study. The IronMen were also studying this book on Saturdays.

Hebrews: a study in the ultimate; Jesus, above angels, priests, and sacrifices!

James: a study about the pressures of life. Held at the Melilli home, 7 pm, Tuesdays May 13-June 17, 2014.

Alpha Course: discuss the big and basic questions on life and faith, 6 pm, Fridays, during Friday Fun Night - children have own program and nursery care.

Fruit of the Spirit - Galatians

Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship

Isaiah

who Jesus is, as we reflect on the Promises in Isaiah. As His disciples, we must prayerfully reflect on who He reveals Himself to be. All adults and youth are welcome as we study God’s written and Living Word together. Classroom: Sanctuary.

THE I AM SAYINGS OF JESUS FROM THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

who Jesus is, as we reflect on His I Am sayings in John. As His disciples, we must prayerfully reflect on who He reveals Himself to be. All adults and youth are welcome as we study God’s written and Living Word together. Classroom: Modular ramp-side

ISLAM FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE.

Learn from an recognized authority. Pastor Vigen Galustian presents an informative study regarding Islam. Begins Sunday September 9. New Adult class. Come and learn more about what we believe and about what makes our faith good news.

Know Him To Make Him Known

Learn the important doctrines together in a memorable class. Join Sherry K. for a new series designed around Confirmation for Adults and Youth. Baptisms/Confirmations offered afterwards. Two opportunities for this class. Don’t miss this! Friday 6pm (began 11 May). Sunday 9am (began 20 May). All Adults and Youth.

Walking with the Apostles, What we Believe and Why (The Creeds and Confessions)

Great for all Christians whether new or mature as we learn what the Early Church believed and taught.


The songs of Mary, Zechariah and Simeon

from Luke 1-2. As we follow up from our Healing Prayer study, we begin a new Advent Bible Study. As we study these songs, we will give thanks for how God does answer prayers and for how Jesus is the deepest answer to our prayers and longings. This study builds on and complements our sermon series, so you are encouraged to attend Bible Study in addition to worship.


In His Footsteps, Rediscovering Kingdom Healing

This class shows how the original church bore witness to the message of Jesus and how God validated it with signs and wonders. The class will show the connection between proclaiming and experiencing the Good News, through the healing power and person of God. We will seek to grow in our expectancy of God’s healing power today, in understanding the dynamics of seeking and receiving healing from Him, exploring our calling to be a part of Jesus’s healing ministry today, be better equipped to work with Jesus in His healing ministry, learn the dynamics of God’s kingdom healing today, learn how to proclaim His kingdom and expect to see His powerful healing work in our lives each day. There will be opportunities for hands on prayer and we expect to see God at work, healing and doing miracles.
Audio CDs featuring the Scriptures of Kingdom Healing are available for free.
All are welcome to join us for this special study and time of practical training and prayer.


One God, many gods

updated version, with Pastor Brian, Pastor Vigen and lay-youth minister, Sherry K. This multi-generational study compares 13 major religions to Christianity and shows us how to share the Salvation Jesus brings with our loved ones and friends of these faiths.


Genesis - Revelation

God’s Will and God’s Purpose for Us, From the Beginning to the End, Genesis - Revelation, with Pastor Brian. This compliments the Read-the-Bible-in-a-Year Challenge looking at what God’s will, plan and purpose is for our world, for our church, for our families and for each of our lives.


The Fruit of the Holy Spirit.


Acts


1 John


Case for Christ

www.leestrobel.com

Eyewitness Evidence:
Ch. 1 Can the Biographies of Jesus be Trusted?
Ch. 2 Testing the Eyewitness Evidence - Do the Biographies of Jesus Stand up to Scrutiny?
Ch. 3 The Documentary Evidence- Were Jesus’ Biographies Reliably Preserved for us?

Evidence Outside the Bible:
Ch. 4- The Corroborating Evidence - Is There Credible Evidence for Jesus Outside His Biographies?
Ch. 5- The Scientific Evidence - Does Archeology Confirm or Contradict Jesus’ Biographies
Ch. 6- The Rebuttle Evidence: Is the Jesus of History the same as the Jesus of Faith?

Analyzing Jesus:
Ch. 7- The Identity Evidence - Was Jesus Really Convinced that He was the Son of God?
Ch. 8- The Psychological Evidence - Was Jesus Crazy When He Claimed to be the Son of God?
Ch. 9- The Profile Evidence - Did Jesus Fulfill the Attributes of God?
Ch. 10- Fingerprint Evidence - Did Jesus and Jesus Alone Match the Identity of the Messiah?

Evidence for the Resurrection:
Ch. 11- The Medical Evidence - Was Jesus’ Death a Sham and His Resurrection a Hoax? Ch. 12- The Evidence of the Missing Body - Was Jesus’s Body Really Absent From the Tomb?
Ch. 13- The Evidence of Appearances - Was Jesus Seen Alive After His Death on the Cross?
Ch. 14- Circumstantial Evidence - Are There any Supporting Facts that Point to the Resurrection?

Reaching Your Verdict:
Conclusion: The Verdict of History
What does the Evidence Establish and What Does it Mean Today?


All the 3:16’s


Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby.

Pick up this book and bring your Bible: The paperback also has a workbook to go with a DVD/book study online at Christianbook.com. This is a very powerful study that is intended to help us learn how to know and to do the will of God.


Ripples of Promise

This study focuses on the prophecies we find in the Old Testament that have all been fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ. This study is for all adults and youth (junior high through College Career aged students). Team taught by Pastor Brian and Sherry K.


Becoming a Contagious Christian, by Bill Hybels.

Are you contagious for Christ? Come to our study begins Sunday September 16. We will discuss how we can enjoy relational evangelism, as we authentically share our joy and hope in Christ with others. Come and learn how to be contagious with Christ. The copay cost for becoming contagious is only $8.50 per book. Download the Study Guide for this week.


The book of Daniel begun May 20.

Please bring your Bible and a study guide (found in the Fellowship Hall) and download the Daniel Bible Study questions for this Sunday. Learn more about God’s plan for your life! What is God’s PURPOSE for my life? How can God use everything for His purpose? How can God use me? PRAYER: How can I have faith in a situation that is not conducive or is even hostile to faith? What PROPHECIES have already come to pass; and what do they have to do with the end times? Can God use Scripture written around 170 BC to speak to my life?


The Case for Christmas, by Lee Strobel

author and journalist, and former atheist, investigates the claims of the birth of the Christ Child. Is it valid, or a hoax? Study ends before Christmas Eve.
This book prepares us to share the Gospel and the real meaning of Christmas with those we meet and see each day. Strobel examines Luke 2:1-18 and discusses whether it was all a hoax-or truly the pivotal event of human history. Come and be a part of our study as we prepare for our Advent season together. Copies of the book are available at the Bible House in Elk Grove for $2.99.


One God, Many Gods, Bible Studies for Postmodern Times, 12 Complete Bible Studies on Prominent World Religions for Youth and Adults.”

Studies included discussions of Christianity -a Standard for Comparison; Judaism -the Descendants of Abraham; Hinduism -Striving for Nirvana; Buddhism -the Eightfold Path; Shinto -the National worship of Japan; Islam -Allah and his Prophet; Satanism and the Occult -worshiping evil; Mormonism (or Latter Day Saints) -“As God Is, Man May Become”; Jehovah’s Witnesses -“Jehovah Who?” ; Scientology -a Theology of Mental Health; New Age Thinking -Everyone and Everything is God?; Atheists, Agnostics and Skeptics -Questions about the Existence of God.

Pastor Bryce and Pastor Vigen assisted with different parts of the class, as they shared their knowledge of Islam and Buddhism based on their pastoral and missionary service around the world.

The overarching theme of the study is: as each religion is compared to Christianity, a constant refrain is heard -the fullness of God’s love is seen only in the Christian faith. God acts on our behalf, independent of our own effort, to redeem us from sin through the work of Jesus Christ, His Son, and gives us new life through the free gift of faith.

Elk Grove is continually becoming a place of great diversity ethnically, economically and religiously. This study is intended to teach us more about our faith as Christians, more about the faiths of those around us, and how we can share our faith with each person who is around us, including those of different faiths. Join us!


The Purpose Driven Life, by Pastor Rick Warren.



Please see the Programs page (found in the column on the left) for more info. on all of the Bible Studies we have at Peace Presbyterian Church.