Week 1 (Resisting the Tempotation of Moral Formation: Opening to Spiritual Formation in the Cross and the Spirit):
Week 2 ( Weakness of the Will and the Hidden Heart: Why We Sin When We Know So Much):
Week 3 (Drawing Near to God When God Seems Far Away: Finding God in Times of Spiritual Dryness):
Week 4 (Christian Training in the Spirit in the Church):
Dr. John Coe
Dr. John Coe will be teaching a four week class on Spiritual Formation for the 2012 Winter Session of RHBI (Tuesday Evenings, 1/31 – 2/21, 6:30pm – 8:20pm). The class will cover topics including:
- Resisting the Temptation of Moral Formation: Moving From Moral to Spiritual Formation
- Why We Sin When We Know So Much: Healing the Hidden Heart by the Spirit
- Drawing Near to God When God Seems Far Away: Practicing the Presence of God Despite Feelings
- Going on with God in Dark Nights: Maturing the Saints by Spiritual Hunger and Love
- How to Put on Christ: Doing Spiritual Disciplines from the Heart in the Spirit
We have a common experience of what some have called the “Sanctification Gap.” This is the disparity between what we know our lives should look like according to scripture and the frustrating realities of how we actually end up living out our lives. As believers, we embrace that we are justified by faith; but, we have a sneaking suspicion that we are sanctified by works. As a result we try harder and harder to overcome our failures and we become increasingly discouraged until many of us reach a stalemate with our struggles.
But why do we suppose that we are sanctified by our own efforts? Where does the grace of God fit in? How does my relationship with God nourish my soul, meeting the deepest needs of my heart that I would otherwise try to fulfill in fallen ways? These are important questions. Dallas Willard said it well when he observed that grace is opposed to earning, it’s not opposed to effort… but effort in our own strength leads only to failure and frustration. This class will help you develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live in a sanctifying relationship that brings us through our struggles by the loving grace of our Father.
Childcare is available, please make reservations by calling the church. The tuition for this class is $45,* but scholarships are readily available for those who are unable to pay the full tuition. Register early as we may be limited on seating for this class.
* Note: classes taught by visiting professors are normally $45 whereas regular RHBI classes are normally $35.
Dr. Rae is Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot Theological Seminary at Biola University.
Dr. Rae’s primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women’s Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals. He is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.
You can learn more about Dr. Rae by visiting his website.
This class will be held Tuesday evenings for four weeks starting September 27, 2011. The two hour class will start at 7pm instead of the regular 6:30pm. As a result childcare will not be available. As this is a class offered in partnership with the Talbot Institute for Biblical Studies (TIBS), tuition will be $45. Scholarships will require advanced approval from RHBI. An instruction manual for the class will be provided by Talbot Theological Seminary, and refreshments will be available as well.
Dr. Scott Rae joins the up coming lineup of guest speakers Greg Koukl and Dr. Dallas Willard. Check back in the upcoming weeks for announcements about our other great fall session classes. RHBI works hard to provide you with access to meaningful biblically grounded classes taught by highly qualified instructors. Did you know that most of our instructors have advanced degrees in some area of theological studies? Did you know that RHBI has hosted guest speakers like Dr. J.P. Moreland and Dr. Craig Hazen in the past? If you haven’t tried out an RHBI class, Dr. Rae’s might be a good way for you to sample RHBI for four weeks instead of the normal eight weeks.
Mark your calendars for two exciting special RHBI events. Greg Koukl, president and founder of Stand To Reason (www.STR.org), will be speaking Tuesday evening on September 20th, 2011 at Rolling Hills Covenant Church for the Rolling Hills Bible Institute (RHBI) Fall 2011 Kickoff. The topic is still being determined.
We are also really excited to announce that Dr. Dallas Willard, noted author on the subject of Christan spiritual growth and formation and professor of philosophy at USC, will be speaking the evening of January 24th, 2012 for the Winter 2012 kickoff. The topic is still being determined.
We have one more announcement for a guest speaker in January 2012, but we’re working out the details so keep checking back here at www.RHBI.org for the announcement!
RHBI is constantly working on offering you meaningful classes and leading special guest speakers to help encourage you as you seek to love God with all of your mind, your heart, and your soul (Matthew 22:37). Special guest speakers in the past have included Dr. J.P. Moreland, Dr. Craig Hazen, and Dr. Walt Russell (in partnership with RHCC Global).