LABS – or “Life and Bible Studies” – are designed to be experiential learning opportunities, driven by questions and fueled creative leadership. LABS are different from the “classes” you may have taken in the past because your questions and comments (not a teacher’s answers) drive the experience. Your LABS leaders are knowledgeable in their fields, engaging in their approach, and committed to helping you. No matter what level of Bible knowledge or experience in Christian living you have, LABS can help you live a faithful, abundant, life. Each 5-week LABS session offers a variety of experiences from which to choose. Our goal is to make the offerings so attractive that you have trouble choosing which Lab to take!
LABS are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. following Wednesday Night Dinner.
Fall | Session 2
October 18 - November 15
Why Does God Allow Suffering and Evil? - Part II
Leaders: Stan Jantz and Greg Chao
Leaders Greg Chao and Stan Jantz continue the conversation about the reasons for and effects of suffering and evil in the world. Why do the innocent suffer? Is there a difference between evil in the world and our own personal sin? What is the point of suffering? What can I do about suffering and evil? This is a continuation of the LAB offered during our first session. Attending the earlier LAB is helpful but not required.
Stan Jantz is the co-founder of ConversantLife.com and the executive director for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). He and Bruce Bickel are coauthors of more than 50 books, including I’m Fine with God... It’s Christians I Can’t Stand and the Christianity 101® Bible Studies. Jantz and his wife, Karin, met at Biola and have two children, both graduates of Biola. They live in Huntington Beach, California.
Greg Chao has served as a pastor, teacher, and elder. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from UCLA. He recently joined St. Andrew's and is excited to participate in the family of God here and its ministries. He has a passion for studying and teaching the Bible.
How Do I Read the Bible for All Its Worth? - Part II: The Old Testament Stories
Leader: Steven Good
The Psalms are the prayer book of our faith. Both joyous about God and spoken to God, they can guide us today in connecting our faith with the joys and frustrations of life. Pastor Steven Good will help you not only discover the content of Psalms but also guide your use of these precious prayers to guide your prayer life. Note: This is Part II of a three-part experience of the entire Old Testament. In January 2018, session III will focus on the Prophets and wisdom writings and complete the series. While not required, it would be helpful to sign up for all three sessions.
Rev. Steven Good is the Associate Pastor for Family Ministries at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Upon graduating from CSU Bakersfield, he went on to earn his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate at Fuller Seminary. Steven has served congregations in Richmond, VA and Groomsport, Northern Ireland. He and his wife, Jill, have two children, Graham and MacKenzie.
Rooted: How Do I Experience Personal Transformation?
Leaders: Chris Greer, Megan Hutchinson, Bruce Nelson
This is the second part of our ten-week series described in Session I. Attending the first part is required for participating in this second half experience.
Chris Greer serves as the Minister of Adult Ministries here at St. Andrew’s. He is a husband to Kerry, father to Jacob, a writer, and a recent graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Texas, he’s a big fan of everything from the Lone Star State and longs to help anyone and everyone know Jesus more deeply.
Megan Hutchinson is our Adult Ministries Pastor here at St. Andrew's. She received her Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been in ministry for over 25 years. A national speaker and author, she is also a proud wife and mom of two, Jack and Parker. Her favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20, promising God’s power to work within us. Oh, and she loves the 80’s.
Bruce Nelson is Senior Associate Minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Bruce leads the Adult Build Ministry Team responsible for Men’s and Women’s Ministries, Life Groups, LABS, Alpha and other ministries seeking to build up followers of Jesus Christ. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business; with graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary.
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