This year marks the 500th anniversary of the legendary posting of Luther’s 95 theses, an act that galvanized the Reformation. Consider, if you will, participating in a presbytery wide study challenge to have 500 participants complete the Opening Doors to Discipleship 12 unit study on Reformed Theology. This FREE online study was developed by the PC(USA) in conjunction with some of our partner denominations. Opening Doors to Discipleship (odtd.net) offers solid, accessible study resources that could easily be adapted for a variety of settings.
- Participating congregations would choose their own format and would sign up their own people. (This is a flexible program that congregations could use in many ways – individual students, midweek or Sunday morning classes, officer training, new member classes, etc.)
- Congregations would notify the presbytery (via Mary Marcotte) how they are using the program and provide us with lists of those who have completed the study
- We will celebrate participation at the November 18 Presbytery Meeting where we would announce results and provide certificates of completion to all whose names were submitted
Consider becoming part of the 500
The study features 12 interactive sessions which could each easily be completed within a one hour time frame. The course could be done by individuals online or could provide a structure for a group class. Churches might encourage folks to read and then post reactions to the reflection questions via a church Facebook page. To register, all that is needed for access is the denominational code (31627). Topics are:
Who is God?
Who is Jesus Christ?
The Holy Spirit
How We View the Bible
Reformed View of Sin and Salvation (How Jesus Saves Us)
Who is the Church?
Governing Ourselves in the Reformed Tradition
Worship and Sacraments
Mystery, Faith and Doubt
Major Threads in Reformed Theology
It is our hope that this initiative will
- Connect congregations across the presbytery in a study that involves common language around core beliefs
- Positively address the struggle many members have expressing what makes Presbyterians unique
- It will connect congregations with tools that they can use in the future