St. Thomas’ 101 is a new Adult Education program we will offer beginning April 19, 2015. It is a 6 week class that will cover a range of topics within the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. It is an introduction for new members and serves as the adult confirmation class for those desiring confirmation by the Bishop—but it is open to all who wish to come, even if you have been a member for 60 years!
The topics covered in St. Thomas’ 101 will include the Holy Scriptures; Basic Theology, Doctrine, and the Sacraments; the History of Christianity; the History of the Anglican/Episcopalian Tradition; the History of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church; and what Programs and Ministries are available through St. Thomas’.
In the section on the Holy Scriptures we will look at the following: how the canon of Scripture was formed, the historic reliability of the text, the types of literature that are included in the Scripture, the purpose of the Bible in a Christian’s life, the concept of Biblical Theology, the Old and New Covenants, and the Authority of the Word of God.
In the sections on Basic Theology and Doctrine we will look at the attributes of God and concepts like the Trinity, Creation, Sin, Jesus’s Incarnation, the Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. We will also talk about how these various concepts are understood within the different Streams of Anglicanism: Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical, Broad Church and Charismatic.
The section on Church History will include the development of the Christian Church, the Church throughout the ages, the Reformation, and the Modern Church. It will also cover the history of the Episcopal Church and how St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church came to be and where it fits into this history as well as what it means today.
If you are interested in learning more about the Christian Faith, its content and form, and how this is uniquely expressed at St. Thomas’ we hope that you will join us for St. Thomas’ 101 starting April 19, during the Adult Education hour at 9:30 am on Sundays.