faith formation

FAITH FORMATION IS THE PROCESS OF BECOMING
MORE LIKE CHRIST FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS.

"...until Christ is formed in you."   Galatians 4:19
Faith Formation is MPCC's ministry to believers in Jesus Christ who want to take next steps in growing in their faith and in becoming more like Christ for the sake of others. A variety of classes are available that focus on Biblical and Theological studies, personal spiritual growth and Christian living, and specialized ministry training. These classes that meet both in our learning spaces at the Greenwood campus and online will encourage you to explore the important truths of the faith and inspire you to receive the valuable knowledge needed to live a life fully devoted to Jesus. Click on the link below for a current class listing and registration.

relate

How does God relate to us,

HOW ARE WE TO RELATE TO GOD,

HOW are we TO RELATE TO EACH OTHER

A Summer Season of Spiritual Growth
June 2 – July 31

Who is God and How Does He Relate to Me?

In this online experience, you will learn that God is a self-revealing God. Everything we know about God comes from God. How does He reveal Himself to us? How do we know He really exists? What is God like? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this class. A special look at creation will be emphasized — both the universe itself and humankind. Were Adam and Eve really historical people? Register today and dive into the heart of who God is and how He relates to us.
Class is available June 1 – July 30.

Spiritual DNA: How I’m Spiritually Wired?

Do you know how you are spiritually formed? Why do we even need to be spiritually formed? What is your Spiritual DNA? Do you know your God-given purpose in life? These questions tend to be on the mysterious side, but they don’t have to be. Our lives are composed of both body and spirit — and they both are uniquely interwoven. This online class will explore how we are constructed as humans and what makes us especially unique in all of creation. Special attention will be given to the biblical and theological aspects of our spiritual makeup. You will have a new understanding on what makes you who you are from a spiritual angle, which ultimately will help you grow spiritually.
Class is available July 1 – July 30.

Lunchbox Theology

Join us on Wednesdays in July at noon for Lunchbox Theology, where we are presented with a theological topic followed by a robust discussion. Catch us live at the church or on our Facebook page. A small fee will be charged for lunch (registration on-site is required).
July 10 — Christophanies: Seeing Jesus in the Whole of the Bible
July 17 — The Role of Women in Jesus’ Ministry
July 24 — Praying As If My Spiritual Life Mattered
July 31 — Looking Forward to the New Heavens and New Earth

Registration will close each week by Monday at noon for on-site lunch.

Relate Book List for Summer — Staff Picks

Fred Meadows

Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools by Tyler Staton
Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive into Paul’s Greatest Letter by N.T. Wright
Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

matt pineda

Practicing the Way by John Mark Comer
Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Ken Jones

Inside Out by Larry Crabb
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

andrew philbeck

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Habits of the Household by Justin Whitmel Earley

heidi wright

Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons 

Mike Sheley

Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff
Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

andrew fillmore

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg

karen berlin

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien
Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age by Erik Raymond
Keep it Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing At All by Karen Ehman

Whitney Small

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
Counter Culture by David Platt
How to Eat Your Bible by Nate Pickowicz
Stealing from God by Frank Turek
9 Common Lies Christians Believe by Shane Pruitt

christy brink

Find Your People by Jenny Allen
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman