Fall 2017 – “Sign ups” for GCF Small Group Bible studies are online.
Small Groups begin the week of September 11, 2017.
“Sign up” for the Small Group you want to attend. We offer these Monday through Thursday evenings and aim to have no more than 10 people in each small group. So please be a bit flexible as to evening.
Thursday Small Group sign up This group can still take 3-4 students.
A possible Fourth Small Group—If there are students who can meet BOTH nights of Tuesday AND/OR Wednesday, we will see how many there and will offer a fourth small group on ONE of those two evenings–if it ends up being a Tuesday small group, then this would be a 2nd Tuesday small group. There is still room in the Thursday small group for a few more students.
Monday Small Group sign up. As of Sept 11 this group has 12 people and cannot accepting more.
Tuesday Small Group sign up As of Sept 11 this group has 12 people and cannot accepting more.
This fall 2017 semester our GCF small groups will all focus on key themes in following Jesus at the University. We begin by looking at the biblical view of Jesus and the Gospel (we aim to challenge some popular Christian misconceptions) and then move on to important implications of following this Jesus at the University, in our various academic disciplines and into all of life.
Whether you’ve been a follower of Jesus for a long time or are still exploring, you are welcome to attend any our small groups if you are a graduate or professional student, whether an International or American student. All of our small groups will study the same curriculum.
Small group Bible Studies are key to delving into the Scriptures together to wrestle with what it means to follow the Lord Jesus, not just in graduate school, but also in the next phase our Christian lives. Please also invite your friends to come with you to small group at any time!
In GCF we continue to seek to understand Jesus in the context of God’s faithfulness first to his people Israel and then (and therefore!) for all the peoples of the world. This is crucial today because there are so many portrayals of Jesus that fail to do justice to the Jesus rooted in the biblical story. Biblical scholar, Christopher J. H. Wright wrote in Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (2nd ed, IVPress, 2014) this:
“[S]o many Christians these days love Jesus but know so little about who he thought he was and what he had come to do. Jesus becomes a kind of photo montage composed of a random mixture of Gospel stories, topped up with whatever fashionable image of him is current…He is cut off from the historical Jewish context of his own day, and from his deep roots in the Hebrew Scriptures.” (11-12)
As graduate students, we need a much more robust picture of Jesus if we seriously want to be his followers today, not just in graduate school but as we leave and go wherever the Lord Jesus sends us. The question we face always as graduate students is which Jesus are we following?