Spiritual Growth Opportunities

“Faith comes from hearing the message,” the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Rome.  As a Christian, one of our first duties is to listen to God’s Word and grow in our Christian life. 
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
2016­-2017
Prime Time with the Lord
Wednesday Evenings from 6:30-7:30
A time of growth and discussion for adults of all ages. No one will be forced to read aloud or answer any questions aloud. Study
guides will be provided free of charge. We meet in the church basement.
The topics offered this year:

Beginning on September 7th, 2016
The Letter to the Hebrews Led by Pastor Walther
Knowing Christ brings joy. Knowing Christ in a hostile world may bring pain. Will joy triumph over the pain of persecution? This is the question that faced many early Christians. For modern Christians the temptations may be different. This letter presents the beauty of Christ and gives us strength no to forsake him.


Beginning on January 4th, 2017
Brief Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions Led by Pastor Frey
As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, it’s good to see how the confessions fit into the history of the Lutheran Reformation and to get a taste of the confessions through reading sections for ourselves.


Beginning on February 8th, 2017
Paul’s Letter to Titus Led by Pastor Walther
Titus was a companion and disciple of the Apostle Paul who was sent to Crete to care for the churches there. In this letter Paul places special emphasis on the relationship between faith and works, springing from God’s work in baptism.


Beginning on April 19th, 2017
The life and hymns of Paul Gerhardt Led by Pastor Frey
The composer of 17 hymns in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal and many more besides, Paul Gerhardt lived through many tragedies but his faith held strong, his confession held firmly to the truth of God’s Word and his hymns reflected the comfort of the gospel.


Senior Bible Study
Thursday Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

The topics offered this year:

Beginning on September 8th, 2016

The Creeds of the Christian Church Led by Pastor Wolfgramm
We commonly confess three ancient creeds of the Church: The Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian. We will study each of the creeds but giving more time to the Athanasian Creed, the longest and deepest of the Creeds.

Beginning on or about October 13th, 2016
Daniel 1-6 Led by Pastor Frey
We have heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but there is so much more we can learn from this hero of faith. This Old Testament book gives us examples of faith in action, pictures of history and prophecies about the end of the world.


Beginning on or about December 1st, 2016
Islam Led by Pastor Frey
How does the life of a Muslim compare to the life of a Christian? What pitfalls should I avoid when dealing with Muslims? Why is Islam so anti -Christian and seemingly anti - America? This is a study of the religion and life of Islam – its beliefs, its worldview, its lifestyle.

 
Beginning on or about January 12th, 2017
Paul’s Letter to Titus Led by Pastor Walther
Titus was a companion and disciple of the Apostle Paul who was sent to Crete to care for the churches there. In this letter Paul places special emphasis on the relationship between faith and works, springing from God’s work in baptism.


Beginning on or about February 2nd, 2017
Daniel 7-12 Led by Pastor Frey
We have heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but there is so much more we can learn from this hero of faith. This Old Testament book gives us examples of faith in action, pictures of history and prophecies about the end of the world.


Beginning on or about March 16th, 2017
Bible Symbols Led by Pastor Walther
This study aims to take away the confusion surrounding symbolism in God’s Word. Lessons include sacrifices as symbols of sin and salvation, the symbolism of numbers, symbols of the Savior and more.


Breakfast with the Bible
Every Sunday at 9:15-10:15

We meet every Sunday morning in the church basement between worship services. Coffee and goodies are supplied. The goal of
this time together is to offer a study that both beginners and experienced Bible students will find stimulating and enriching. No one will be forced to read aloud or answer any questions aloud.
The topics offered this year:

Beginning September 11th, 2016
The Creeds of the Christian Church Led by Pastor Wolfgramm
We commonly confess three ancient creeds of the Church: The Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian. We will study each of the creeds but giving more time to the Athanasian Creed, the longest and deepest of the Creeds.


Beginning on October 16th, 2016
Daniel 1-6 Led by Pastor Frey
We have heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but there is so much more we can learn from this hero of faith. This Old Testament book gives us examples of faith in action, pictures of history and prophecies about the end of the world.


Beginning on November 11th, 2016
364 Days of Thanksgiving Led by Pastor Frey
This brief study focuses on how we can be thankful every day for the blessings God gives us. We will be encouraged to look at the variety of ways God has blessed us and to live thankful lives the other 364 days besides Thanksgiving Day.


Beginning on December 18th, 2016
Idols We Never Knew We Had Led by Mr. Bob Fischer
We all worship something or someone every day. In doing so, we make these objects our gods. In this study we identify many presentâ€Âday idols and equip ourselves with God’s Word to avoid falsely worshiping them.


February 11th and 12th, 2017 (Tentatively)
Marriage Enrichment Weekend Led by Pastor Frey and Kristina Davis
Ms. Davis’ experience as a marriage counselor will help us grow our marriages around the concepts of love and respect, learning to break or avoid the vicious cycles that can harm the blessed union God has given us.


Beginning on March 12th, 2017
Daniel 7 - 12 Led by Pastor Frey
We have heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but there is so much more we can learn from this hero of faith. This Old Testament book gives us examples of faith in action, pictures of history and prophecies about the end of the world.
 
St. Paul Lutheran Church offers many opportunities for spiritual growth, beginning with regular worship services on Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:30 am (Summer:  8:00 and 9:30).  We also have a Monday evening worship service at 6:30 pm.  These services give us opportunity for praising our Savior, praying for each other and hearing Christ-centered messages for our daily lives.
Besides the regular worship services, we offer a Christian School for children pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  We also have Sunday School for children which meets between the Sunday services at 9:05 am.  We also support Fox Valley Lutheran High School for the spiritual growth of our youth. 
If you are not growing, you are dying.  Spiritual growth is not just for young people.  Therefore we offer several opportunities for adults to continue to build and strengthen their faith with other Christians. 
Wednesday Evenings from 6:00-7:00 is Prime Time with the Lord, A time of growth and discussion for adults of all ages.  No one will be forced to read aloud or answer any questions aloud.  Study guides will be provided free of charge.  We meet in the church basement. 
Senior Bible Study meets every Thursday morning of the school year at 9:30 a.m. 
Breakfast with the Bible is every Sunday at 9:15-10:15 am.  We meet every Sunday morning in the church basement between worship services.  Coffee and goodies are supplied.  The goal of this time together is to offer a study that both beginners and experienced Bible students will find stimulating and enriching.  No one will be forced to read aloud or answer any questions aloud.  In these adult spiritual growth times, a variety of topics are discussed, such as, books of the Bible, Christian teachings and life issues. 
Besides these group settings for spiritual growth, we also offer an online Bible study that a person can use at their own pace.  We also offer devotional materials, including Meditations which has a daily devotion on a section of God’s Word.  In addition, we have several devotional and informational books in our church library. 
 
Who Is Jesus Christ: An NPH Online Bible Study