SpiritWalk is short-term classes offered each spring and fall designed to grow you deep in the foundations of the Christian life. If you feel God calling you deeper in one particular area, or you are in leadership, consider a SpiritWalk class.
Fall 2020 Courses:
Due to COVID-19 and current safe gathering guidelines, our fall courses will be offered via Zoom or other online meeting format this semester.
Truth - Beliefs & Doctrine
Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament
Tuesdays, Sep 8 - Nov 25
8:00 - 9:00 PM
via Google Hangouts
LEADERS: Jennifer Nussbaum
CLASS SIZE LIMIT: 15 participants
The Old Testament. It is our history, but do you ever feel like you do not fully understand it? Is it easier to begin with the New Testament? Come join us in this study to rediscover the Old Testament. "In Epic of Eden, Dr. Sandra Richter jumps headlong into the Old Testament to clearly and powerfully communicate a history of God’s redeeming grace, weaving together a story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem." Join us in this twelve-week study as we dive into the Old Testament to better understand the people, the places, and the theological significance of the stories in the Old Testament.
Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
Mondays, Sep 14 - Nov 30
6:30 - 8:30 PM
LEADER: Dave Lutz
“Christians of the second and third centuries held a remarkable wide range of beliefs. Although some of these beliefs may sound ludicrous today, at the time, they seemed not only sensible but right. Some Christians maintained that there were two Gods, or twelve, or thirty or more. Some Christians claimed that Jesus was not really a human being, or that he was not really divine, or that he was two different beings, one human and one divine….Some Christians believed that Jesus’ death and resurrection had no bearing on salvation, and some Christians believed that Jesus had never actually died.
“Lost Christianities is a course that considers the varieties of belief and practice in the early days of Christianity, before the church had decided what was theologically acceptable and determined which books should be included in its canon of Scripture.” The topics are such that there will be much discussion of basic Christian orthodox beliefs and heretical beliefs. You can check out the complete description by accessing the Great Courses website and looking up the course.
Class Format: The course will be offered via Zoom. The first half hour is a lecture given by Prof Bart Ehrman, followed by about 25 minutes of discussion. We will have a 10 minute break followed by a second half hour lecture and discussion for 25 minutes.
* If you are not familiar with Zoom, I will provide an orientation prior to the first class. It is easy to use and anyone can learn how to use regardless of electronic equipment you have - a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Zoom works with Windows or Mac.
Information requests to: Dave Lutz, 512-876-3054
Life - Relationship with Jesus
Intro to Grow Groups
Sundays, Sep 13 - Oct 11
7:30 - 8:30 PM
LEADER: Jeff Border
John Wesley founded Methodism, and it flourished, on the belief that spiritual growth and discipleship must be firmly grounded in deep, trusting, open, sharing relationships with each other and with God. Toward this end he developed small groups called Class Meetings – groups of men and women who met weekly to share how they had experienced God in their life that week. This class will study Kevin Watson’s short, simple book to learn the theological basis for Wesley’s small groups, what they are and are not, how they compare to other small groups, and how they form and function. At the end of this class, you will be well prepared to join a Grow Group at Bethany, leading you into a new and meaningful dimension of spiritual growth.
Means of Grace
Wednesdays, Sep 9 - Nov 11
Noon - 1:00 PM
LEADER: Pastor Tom Deviney
This is a 10-week class based on John Wesley’s spiritual disciplines which he designed to help people to grow in their relationship with God. He discerned that there were certain practices, like regular scripture reading, prayer, worship, communion, that deepened a person’s sense of God’s presence and activity in their lives. He heartily recommended these practices for becoming more spiritually mature. Take this class to learn more about these “means of grace” and find ways to incorporate spiritual practices into your own life.
The Way - Living Out the Faith in All of Life
The Missional Calling of All Christians
Mondays, Sep 14 - Oct 26
7:30 - 8:45 PM
LEADER: Pastor Thomas Johnson
Our Christian faith was never meant to be contained in church buildings and activities. Jesus did not just call people to follow him, but he also sends his followers back into the world to join in God’s mission. This class will go through the book Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw. We will explore the missional calling of all Christians and consider what it might look like for each one of us to begin living as a missionary in Austin, TX. Take this class if you want to learn how to share Christ with others, if you want to make a difference in the world around you, or if you are hungry for a fresh vision of what it means to BE the Church!
Sundays, Oct 4 - 25
2:00 - 3:00 PM
LEADER: Pastor Wynn Stenftenagel
Consider how to cope well in crisis with Christ. Together we’ll explore how Scripture instructs and encourages resiliency in challenging times, and learn about God’s amazing provision for such a time as this, whatever your hardship. Materials will be provided virtually, no cost.
Christian Life Resources
At the Crossroads: Lessons for the Second Half of Life
Wednesdays, Oct 7 - Nov 11
7:00 - 8:30 PM
LEADERS: Cecilia Barrentine & Cliff Wells
This study is about developing a spiritually significant approach to retirement. It is about discovering God's purpose and meaning. It is not about planning for fiscal security. If you are considering retirement or already retired and in early, mid or late retirement mode, this class offers an opportunity to claim the identity developed in the first half of your life and to explore the identity awaiting you in the second half. Join us for the next part of the adventure. Add joy to your life, years to your life and life to your years! Materials will include At the Crossroads by Clayton Smith and Dave Wilson, as well as Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.
* possible hybrid option if it becomes possible
ReWYRE: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Kick-off Info Session
Monday, Sep 14
6:30 - 7:30 PM
There is no obligation to enroll in class after attending the informational meeting, though attendance at informational meeting is preferred and helpful for enrolling in class.
Mondays, Sep 21 - Nov 16
6:30 - 8:00 PM
LEADERS: Erin Temple and Rex D’Avila
+ Participant needs to purchase the Book (4th Edition) & Workbook (2nd Edition) - Available on Amazon
10-week class about growing and discovering God’s love in new ways after the end of a love relationship based on Bruce Fischer's book, Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends. Learn more about ReWYRE.
Socials throughout season according to safe social guidelines.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Wednesdays, Aug 26 - Sep 30
10:00 - 11:30 AM
LEADERS: Dave Lutz & Cheryl Goad
CLASS SIZE LIMIT: 15 participants
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Aug 18
If you are a caregiver (few hours/week to full-time) for a parent, spouse, or other older adult, then Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class is for you. It is not a support group specific to your care receiver and how you effectively care for him/her; rather, its focus is on you and your health, and helping you to develop self-care tools.
* Zoom Orientation, August 18 @ 10:00 AM: All participants registered by August 18 are invited to attend a special pre-course class (August 19, 10:00 AM) on gaining familiarity with Zoom if you are not already familiar with it. Zoom is an easy to use meeting tool for use on computers, laptops, tablets, or smart phones.
Information / Registration: Email request to Dave Lutz and give name and phone.