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First United Methodist Church Alabaster

J.O.Y. Adult Study Group

J.O.Y. Adult Study Group

Every Wednesday, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church Alabaster, 10903 Hwy 119, Alabaster, AL US 35007

Coordinator: Roger Short

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Ongoing @ 5:45pm in the Small Dining Room near the Fellowship Hall

Contact: Roger Short, or the church office at (205) 663-0509 

Led by Rev. Roger Short, this dynamic group is studying “Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community”by Ruth Haley Barton. In this group, we seek to experience true transformation and deeper faith through the community of faith in our lives together in Christ. 

Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don't know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that's where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways―right where they are on the road of real life.