Online Lenten Bible Study Enriches Faith
The Rev. Jacob Armstrong, who serves Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., leads the six-week Lenten series, Encounter Faith: Fearless, which began March 14 and will conclude April 18. During the first three weeks, the average number of page views exceeded 3,100.
Using FaithLink curriculum from the United Methodist Publishing House, the series focuses on a different topic each week. Downloadable resources introduce weekly topics. Audio and webinar files may be shared on church websites or Facebook. Leaders can play back the webinars in a group setting, with participants following along and pausing for discussion.
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The March 14 study focused on cultivating a rich, spiritual life in a technological age, while on March 21, participants looked at how God works in a world of political upheaval and how their actions can matter. The March 28 study pondered how advances in computer technology nurture and challenge human views of human nature and God. On April 4, participants considered how to respond to hate-filled rhetoric.
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Through Encounter Faith, he said, “we can speak to the issues people are concerned about, worried about, the issues that are on the forefront of their minds. It’s a way to connect what is happening in the world with what God is doing in the world.
“(The webinar) has enhanced my awareness,” Hughes added. “These are not just political issues or news stories. They are matters of faith.”
The preview of FaithLink is free and downloadable, but study leaders can purchase the full curriculum at www.cokesbury.com/faithlink.
For further online discussion of these topics, go to www.rethinkchurch.org/encounterfaith.
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*Dunlap-Berg is internal content editor for United Methodist Communications.