I don't mean to play favorites, but...
We have offered the Jesus Class at Christ Community Church now for about a year and a half. In that time I have had the fun of teaching Jesus class with about eight other teachers with five different groups. Let me be perfectly clear. It's a great class - due largely to incredible subject matter.
However, I would also have to say that it is the student in addition to a great subject and a fired-up teacher that makes for an outstanding learning experience. Below is a note from a Jesus Class student from last spring. Just about my all time favorite Jesus Class participant truth be told! Let Jenny's experience excite you about how you might also benefit. If you're really curious, here are a couple of link's you'll find helpful:
Jenny – My Jesus Class Experience
A few months ago an announcement was made in church about a class being offered called the Jesus Class. It really intrigued me because I was in a place where I was super hungry to grow and develop my faith, and also to meet some new people who shared my passion for the word, so I signed up. My first impression was that it would be a lecture type of class where a teacher explained the life of Jesus. However, from the very first day it was made clear that our teacher would be the WORD. We dug right into the book of Mark and began to pick it apart, then put it back together, then pick it apart again, examining it from every angle. We did it together as a class, and then took it home and did it on our own, bringing it back each week to share what God had opened our eyes to. I found my time in the word to be SO rich and fulfilling and seemingly couldn’t get enough of it.
One of the biggest themes that stuck out to me from my studies, was how Jesus kept talking about people having eyes to see and ears to hear. He made it so clear to his disciples that in order to learn and understand, you have to ask; you have to have the eyes to see what he wants to teach you. The people who received answers from Jesus were always the people who asked. That teaching alone has dramatically altered the way that I approach God’s Word, and my relationship with him. I spend more time listening, asking, seeking, searching, and praying. More time centering my life around Jesus. As I began to do this, He began to speak to me in amazing ways. He not only taught me some powerful truths, but he also opened my eyes to some incredible opportunities to live out those truths. I was in awe of how many doors were opened to me to share my faith with non-believing friends, or to show kindness to a stranger. In addition, there have been countless times where I’ve had the opportunity to share what God has been teaching me to a fellow believer who really needed to hear those exact words. This experience has only made me all the more hungry to go deeper with God and learn and grow more, so that I may see his amazing power at work in peoples’ lives. Words don’t do justice in explaining how this class has been a catalyst through which God has grabbed hold of my attention and changed my life.
As the class was drawing to a close, I began to lament the thought of losing this great community of believers that I had been learning and growing with. While I knew that I could continue to study on my own, I would miss the deep conversations and rich array o f perspective that each individual brings. So in the last few weeks of the class I inquired of some of my fellow classmates if they would have interest in continuing to meet and study together. I am currently still meeting with one other woman and it has been a joy to get to know each other better, share what God is teaching us, and encourage each other to live out those lessons authentically and purposefully. I can’t begin to speak of how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to take this class, how drastically it has altered my perspective on life, and how greatly it has improved my relationship with God.