Grow Courses

Grow in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.        2 Peter 3:18

Martin Luther said in his Small Catechism that we are to ‘so love God that we keep his word holy and gladly hear and learn it.’  Growing in grace begins with a willingness to be lifelong students at the foot of Jesus and purposefully grow into maturity in Christ through his Word.

Each year we offer a selection of short ‘Grow’ courses to equip you and enable you to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ and each other ‘so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13).

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Newcastle TERM 1 – Counterfeit Gods

Date: 27 February 2017

Time: 7pm or 10am

Cost: $20 for the book

Two thousand years ago, the most developed nations in the world worshipped idols, gods of wood and stone.

Today we may laugh at their ignorance, but the modern manifestations of idolatry are no less foolish and just as harmful to our wellbeing. Join us for a six week study of Tim Keller’s book of the same name as we uncover the path towards trust in the real and ultimate God.

Two opportunities at Newcastle:  
Monday nights, 7pm –  27 Feb | 6 Mar | 13 Mar | 20 Mar | 27 Mar | 3 Apr
Wednesday mornings, 10am – 1 Mar | 8 Mar | 15 Mar | 22 Mar | 29 Mar | 5 Apr

Cost:    $20 for book

Epping TERM 1 – REfresh REnew REaffirm

Date: 2 March 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Free

The Christian life is a journey that begins at our baptism and continues until the day we die. 

Along the way, we experience highs and lows, joys and sorrows, certainty and doubt, all the time evaluating whether the gift of faith that has been given to us by God, is something that we want to continue in.  But if you want the whole world to know that you are proud to be a child of God, then REFRESH, RENEW, REAFFIRM is perfect for you.  In this short six week course you will refresh your understanding of what it means to be a Lutheran Christian, renew your calling and have the opportunity to reaffirm your faith or confirm it for the first time at our Palm Sunday service.

Thursdays at Epping, 7.30pm for 6 weeks
2 March | 9 March | 16 March | 23 March | 30 March | 6 April

Newcastle TERM 2 – When you’re ready to give up

Date: 8 May 2017

Time: 7pm or 10am

Cost: Free

Have you ever felt crushed, overwhelmed, devastated?

Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel? These are the feelings that can often come in times of suffering whether it’s times of physical abuse, debilitating disease, social ostracism or persecution. The pain and anguish tempt a person to turn back, to surrender, to give in. This is what the early Church was facing as it met resistance on every level.

Come and learn from Peter as he gives you hope in the very times when you’re ready to give up.

TWO OPPORTUNITIES at Newcastle for 5 weeks:
Monday nights, 7 pm
8 Ma y | 15 May | 22 May | 29 May | 5  Jun
or Wednesday mornings, 10 am
10 May | 17 May | 24 May | 31 May | 7 Jun

Epping TERM 2 – Foundations

Date: 30 April 2017

Time: 11.30am - 4.30pm

Cost: Free

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LIFEWAY (OUR HISTORY, BELIEFS, VISION AND CORE VALUES)?

WOULD LIKE TO TRANSFER MEMBERSHIP TO THIS CONGREGATION FROM ANOTHER CONGREGATION?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE THIS YOUR SPIRITUAL HOME?

OR HAVE YOU BEEN HERE FOR A WHILE BUT NEED A REFRESHER IN THE CORE BELIEFS OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH, OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FORMED BY AND IMMERSED IN GRACE EVERYDAY?

Then this one afternoon seminar is for you.

Come along for a refresher on the core beliefs of the Lutheran Church, and to learn more about LifeWay, our history, vision and core values.

Sunday 30th April   11.30am – 4.30pm
Lunch is included!

Epping TERM 2 – God intended it for good

Date: 8 May 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Free

Have you ever been in a situation where life is going well and then a gut wrenching or painful turn of affairs turns your life upside down?

How do you cope? Have you ever been tempted to throw in the towel and quit trusting God? Come on a journey of forgiveness and grace as we learn through the life of Joseph how to release our past, present our hurts to God and trust that God is at work through every setback we face.   For God, who has called you according to his purpose, is faithful and will use the very hurts and setbacks of your life to bring about good, both in your life and the life of others.

Mondays at Epping, 7.30pm for 5 weeks.
8 May | 15 May | 22 May | 29 May | 5 June

Newcastle TERM 3 – Unlikely Heroes

Date: 24 July 2017

Time: 7pm or 10am

Cost: Free

In this grow course we will take at the unlikely heroes God called and used to deliver his people from oppression.

None of them were perfect people just like us but God used them anyway and he can use you too. We’ll also learn about Israel’s repeated downward spiral into sin, refusing to learn from history and living only for the moment.

So come and discover the power of God to work in your life to the glory of his name.

TWO OPPORTUNITIES at Newcastle for 6 weeks:
Monday nights, 7pm
24 Jul | 31 Jul | 7 Aug | 14 Aug | 21 Aug | 28 Aug
or Wednesday mornings, 10am
26 Jul | 2 Aug | 9 Aug | 16 Aug | 23 Aug | 30 Aug

Epping TERM 3 – ONE in the Gospel

Date: 24 July 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: $20 for the book

This year we celebrate 500 years since the Reformation changed the landscape of Christianity throughout the whole world.

Come and discover or rediscover the gift of the Reformation that continues to reverberate around the world today and answer some of the most basic questions that people face in life.

– What are we here for?
– Where are we heading?
– Is there a God who cares?
– What is expected of me?

Mondays at Epping, 7.30pm for 6 weeks
24 July | 31 July | 7 Aug | 14 Aug | 21 Aug | 28 Aug

The cost of the book is $20

Newcastle TERM 4 – A Man Named Martin

Date: 9 October 2017

Time: 7pm or 10am

Cost: Free

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

Come and discover how Martin Luther changed the world in a time when the Church had lost its way. Learn about our heritage and the radical difference the Gospel can make to the world. We will watch the 5 part Video series called ‘A Man Named Martin’ from Lutheran Hour Ministries and dig deeper by studying the biblical foundation for Luther’s insights and theology.

TWO OPPORTUNITIES at Newcastle, for 5 weeks:
Monday nights, 7pm
9 Oct | 16 Oct | 23 Oct | 30 Oct | 6 Nov
or Wednesday mornings, 10am
11 Oct | 18 Oct | 25 Oct | 1 Nov | 8 Nov

Epping TERM 4 – The Marriage Course

Date: 9 October 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: $50 per couple

Many say it feels like a date night.

You will be served with a candlelit dessert at a romantic table for two while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun.

There is never any group work and you will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.

Over seven sessions you will discover practical tools to help you:

  • understand each other’s needs
  • communicate more effectively
  • grow closer through resolving conflict
  • heal the ways you’ve hurt each other
  • recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship
  • improve relationships with parents and in-laws
  • develop greater sexual intimacy
  • discover each other’s love languages and much, much more!

Whether you’ve been together one year or sixty one years, this course will help you grow a an even stronger, more loving and fulfilling relationship.

Cost: $50 a couple (the best $50 you will spend all year and it comes with dessert and coffee too!)

Mondays at Epping, 7.30pm for 7 weeks
9 Oct | 16 Oct | 23 Oct | 30 Oct | 6 Nov | 13 Nov | 20 Nov

Epping TERM 4 – In the hands of the people

Date: 19 October 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Free

Ever tried to read the Bible but found yourself so confused that you end up closing the book and giving up trying to understand it? Then this is the course for you!

When Luther translated the Bible, his aim was to put God’s Word back into the hands of the people, so they could read and understand it for themselves and grow in the life and way of God’s Kingdom. So rather than put the Bible into the same category as Shakespeare: as something to be valued and enjoyed, but seldom understood, come and join us on a five week journey of discovery. You’ll learn about the overarching themes of the Bible and discover new skills to identify and understand the main themes of passages you read and learn how to apply that truth to your own life.

Thursdays at Epping, 7.30pm for 5 weeks.
19 Oct | 26 Oct | 2 Nov | 9 Nov | 16 Nov

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