Adult Sunday School – Deuteronomy
Available on the SJD App for phone and TV and through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Calvin Harris, Brooke Holt, Tom Knudson, Stephen Loftin, David Modesett, Tony Mayer, Susan Neuhaus, and Meg Rice
Please join us for our 2020-21 Sunday morning adult education study of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the final sermon of Moses, given to the people of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. It is also a sermon for each of us, today — a sermon which takes God's Word and our own experience and challenges us to trust God, discern his path for our lives, and follow that path, no matter what.
You Will Be a Blessing - Finding Ourselves in the Bible's Story of God's Mission
Sundays April 11 - May 9 at 10:00 am in the Hall Life Center
Available online on the SJD app for phone and TV
Faculty: The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Join Leigh Spruill and deepen your life in Scripture by reading it through the lens of God’s mission. We belong to a sent and sending Lord and we will never truly flourish as God’s people until we participate in God’s missional purposes. In these critical times, we are called to reassess and recommit to the church's missional identity.
Sunday School for Children
Available on the SJD App and TV App, and Online
Children's Sunday school online provides age-appropriate video lessons for preschool, elementary, and preteen groups coupled with parent guides.
The History of Christianity Part I: From Resurrection to Reformation
Sundays Jan 10 – May 16 at 4:00 pm
Available through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Melissa Grobmyer, Jim Loftis, and David Lasater
Text: The Story of Christianity, Volume I by Juston L. Gonzalez (available through The Bookstore)
A narrative history of Christianity, from the Early Church to the Dawn of the Protestant Reformation. From Jesus’ faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully traces core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. With lively teaching and discussion, The History of Christianity class promises to provide a fascinating and panoramic history of the dramatic events, colorful characters, and revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church. Sign up here.
College Prep Group
Sundays, April 11 - 25 at 7:45 pm
Dan Gannon home
Our 2021 seniors are invited to gather to talk about navigating life outside of high school. We will meet in-person, outside at the Gannon home, 5321 Sewanee Ave. We are also planning a time to gather with parents and will keep you posted on the date. Please RSVP to Katie Brown.
Spring Discovery Membership Class
April 18 - May 2
Available on Zoom, 5-6 pm
The (online) classes are designed for you to get to know St. John the Divine and each other. Let Kim Jameson introduce you to the Church of St. John the Divine and learn about the history and traditions of the faith while meeting other new members and clergy, staff, and fellow parishioners.
Contact Kim Jameson for more information.
In this six-week Bible study on the book of 1 John, you are invited to live and celebrate true life in Christ. Throughout his first letter, the Apostle John wrestles with the assurance of salvation. How do we know that we are genuine Christians, and how can we recognize authentic faith in others? John taught that you can enjoy full assurance through believing in the incarnate Son of God, walking in the light of obedience, and loving God and his children.
If you would like to join a small group of people for conversation, prayer, and bible study, then consider joining a life group. For the six weeks, you and your group will join Brooke Holt as she takes us through 1 John to find out what it means to be someone Walking in Light. No need to already have a group formed, we'll help you find the perfect fit! Sign up for an online group here.
Men's Life: The Good Steward
Tuesdays 7:15 am beginning March 9
Available by Zoom
Faculty: Tom Knudson
During the season of stewardship, when every church asks for the support of its members in time, talent, and treasure, is the real request for us to get our checkbooks out and commit financially? Most of us struggle to figure out how best to talk about the subject.
But what is stewardship? As a concept, it is inanimate and thus impersonal. What if, instead of studying stewardship, we studied the person - the steward. What if we looked at what the Bible says about stewards - who they are, how did they come into being, what God asks of them.
Join Tom Knudson in this 4-week study of biblically-based, critical success factors for being a good steward.
New to Men's Life? Sign up here.
Becoming Beloved Community
Tuesdays 5:00 pm, Ongoing
Available by Zoom
Faculty: The Rev. Louise Samuelson
This book club open to anyone interested in truth, justice, and healing related to racial inequality. Our current book is Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Contact Louise Samuelson, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information and the Zoom link.
In the prison letters of Paul, Ephesians stands out as majestic or as some theologians have suggested, the Alps of the Bible. Like the Alps, the concepts are majestic, awe-inspiring, and glorious to behold. The study of Ephesians will challenge you and fill you with purpose. You will grasp how being a believer in Jesus Christ means a new life One where you are not a bystander but an active participant in bringing about God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Men’s Life - Life Together
Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:00 am, beginning January 12
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Zoom information is sent to the course participants each Monday via email
Faculty: Charlie Holt
Text: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer available through The Bookstore.
In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister, professor, and author of The Cost of Discipleship recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
The Art of Marriage
Available for self-study through the SJD Teaching Center
God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form — challenging to master but definitely worth the effort.