Christian Education

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

God expects for us to study and learn His Word. In addition, studying the Word of God will draw you closer to God, while providing you with wisdom and understanding about life's circumstance. We have provided various form of study material to assist you with your study of the Word of God.

Sunday School Classes

The purpose of these ministries is to equip, prepare, support and encourage our young people to live the purpose God has planned for each of them. The classes teach Word of God while interacting with those attending.  Our young people are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with God and to serve Him.

The Teens meet at 9:30 a.m. weekly in The Attic on the second floor.  The Youth meet on the first floor in Bible Land weekly at 9:30 a.m.

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:33 (KJV)

The It Takes Two Couples' Class ministers to the husband and wife as "one flesh" through scriptural teaching from of God's Word.  Couples are encouraged to keep romance in the marriage, be sensitive to their spouses' emotional and physical needs and to work together to accomplish a loving relationship and home for their family.

It Takes Two meets monthly on the fourth Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in The Attic.

The DP12 groups help connect people who share similar interests or hobbies. Choose from groups with various interests from recreational to Bible and book studies to prayer to mentoring to creative arts—the offerings are endless. Examples: fishing, cooking, car maintenance, quilting, bowling, golf, astronomy, music, and many more. These groups come together under the common vision of the church, with the unified interest of the growth and development of its individual members into spiritual maturity. With the help of others, each person will grow in his or her gifted area(s).

Various DP12 small groups will meet on second Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Locations will be announced prior to each class meeting.

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? Job 12:12 (NIV)

The Golden Lights Ministry is designed for members who are sixty years and older.  This group diligently seeks the depths of God through study of the Word in order to encourage, enrich, enhance and equip others to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.  Standing as examples to the younger generation, these men and women provide wisdom and strength to individuals who may be waivering in their faith.

The Golden Lights meet every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. for group study in the Adult Daycare Room. The class is open to all, young and old, who wish to develop a deeper scriptural understanding of God’s Word.

The Men’s Ministry exists to unite, equip and encourage men to pursue life with God and live as an example to the world around them. These classes help men discover their uniqueness as men, husbands, fathers, businessmen and leaders.  These men of God will impact their homes, church and communities because they have been with God and found their place as true men.

The Men's Sunday School classes meet monthly on the first and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in the Upper East Meeting Room.

This is an orientation class for New Members of the Guiding Light Church. The class provides an overview of the church in general, giving attendees information about the church’s history, doctrine and vision.  New Members are also made aware of the opportunities available to get involved in various ministries.  This class meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on the first floor in the Overflow Room.

The class is dedicated to the development of character, integrity and stability in the lives of single individuals while learning how to seek God first.  Singles are encouraged that, though they are single, they can still be happy and whole in a relationship with God while preparing to fulfill their purpose in life.

The Singles meet on the fourth Sundays in the Upper East Meeting Room on the second floor at 9:30 a.m.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

Spiritual Warfare is the Christian concept of taking a stand against evil forces and it influences by using specific scripture and prayer (Tactics).

Spiritual Warfare and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) is a class that teaches how to overcome these influences and receive deliverance from  addictions (such as, alcohol, smoking, drug abuse or any spiritual strongholds) through the study of God's Word.  This class is open to all and meets first, second and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in the Exercise Room.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10 (KJV)

Straight Talk, the Women's Sunday School class, teaches lessons focusing on the unique issues and needs that women deal with daily, encouraging them with God's Word and fellowship with other women.  The classes strengthen women to become who they were created to be in their homes, church and business world by developing and increasing their knowledge of God's plan.

Straight Talk meets monthly on the first and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor in The Attic.

M.E.D.I.C. Ministry Health Tips

May your strength equal your days and may your days be long and prosperous.
~Bishop Jim Lowe, Jr.

May your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and complete, and found blameless ...
1 Thessalonians 5:23b (AMP)

Made in the likeness and image of God, we are three part beings.  The perfect order is for the spirit, i.e., the heart of man, to direct the soul and for the soul to direct the body.  Hence, every problem in the natural is first a problem in the spiritual.  We are spirit beings where every communication with God occurs.  Prayer, fasting and study of the Word are works of the human spirit.  The soul is comprised of three parts -- mind, will and emotions.

In that life is choice driven, choose to follow the directions given in God's Word.  Taking care of your body includes proper diet and exercise, rest and relaxation, adequate sleep, sufficient daily intake of water.  You are like the three legged tripod where each leg must be in perfect alignment for it to stand and bear weight.  Know the truth about your spirit, soul and body.  For it is the truth you know that keeps you free.

February is American Heart Month. Some ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease -- Maintain a healthy body weight. Manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Stop smoking. Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Manage stress levels. Make healthy food choices. Why? Family is why. Life is why.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. atrium table to have your blood pressure and blood sugar checked. Pick up educational information on heart disease and its prevention.

The M.E.D.I.C. Health Tip for the month of March focuses on chronic kidney disease and organ donation. Chronic kidney disease occurs when kidneys are damaged and cannot work as well as they should. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, African Americans are at increased risk. Prevention is the key. With proper diet, exercise, and blood pressure management, many of the risk factors can be controlled. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. Almost 3,000 people are waiting right now for a kidney transplant. They need our help. Register now to make a lifetime of difference.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about chronic kidney disease and organ donation.

U.S. Census data indicates that approximately 36% of the nation's population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Though some health indicators have improved, some minorities still experience a disproportionate burden of disease, disabilities, and death. What should you do? 1) Take ownership of your health which is key to decreasing these disparities. 2) Learn strategies to improve your health -- a) Know your risk factors; b) Know your numbers; c) Talk to your healthcare provider; and d) Learn to be your own advocate.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Minority Health Awareness.

Beyond F.A.S.T. Other symptoms you should know -- sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination, sudden/severe headache with no known cause.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Strokes.

Men, one of the most important health tips is the importance of regular check-ups and screenings. Know that the rate of deaths from prostate cancer is estimated to be 2-3 times greater in African-American men than in Caucasians. African American men are more likely to present with aggressive prostate cancer at the initial diagnosis. Contributing factors to these statistics are family history, genetics, and diet (especially those high in saturated fats). Men, please do not fall into the trap of allowing pride or fear to sabotage your health.

To learn more, plan to attend the Men's Health Forum on Saturday, June 17th from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Gold Room. Speakers are Dr. Chris Carter, Family Practitioner who specializes in Sports Medicine and Ms. Laurie Goode, dietician at St. Vincents East. For more info, contact Elder William Jordan.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Men's Health.

This month's Health Tip is on Immunizations and Vaccines. With school starting and flu/pneumonia/holiday season approaching, here are some helpful tips to consider in keeping you and your family healthy. 1) Immunizations and vaccines are products introduced into the body to protect against diseases, usually done by your doctor, given as a shot or injection. 2) Parents, make sure your child's immunizations are up to date. School age children are required to have proof (blue form) showing their immunizations are up to date. 3)Flu and pneumonia -- everyone is at risk especially young children and the elderly. Taking the flu and pneumonia vaccines are ways to help protect you and your family from getting these illnesses. 4) Our bodies are temples in the eyes of God. It is our responsibility to take care of what He has given us.

Stop by the M.E.D.I.C. table in the atrium for more information about Immunizations and Vaccines.

Leadership Development

GREETINGS LEADERS AND MEMBERS,

The Leadership Development Program will offer two classes during this 3rd quarter beginning the week of July 10th.

Class - Serving and Ministering to the Congregation 102, a required 10 week long class for deacon trainees and is open to all.  Very practical strategies will be presented to assist leaders on how to serve and minister to singles for three weeks, to men for 3 weeks, and to women for three weeks.  The class also provides valuable information for singles, men, and women themselves.  One text required - Biblical Counseling Keys on Singleness by June Hunt, on sale in the bookstore;  handouts will be provided in the other areas. 

            _____ Section 1, Tuesdays from July 11th through September 12th, 7 pm, ADC Lounge

           _____ Section 2, Thursdays from July 13th through September 14th, 7 pm, ADC Lounge

            _____ Section 3, Saturdays from July 15th through September 16th, 9 am ADC Lounge

Class - Your Spiritual Gifts is open to all leaders and members who want to discover your gifts, understand why you relate to people the way you do,  learn the character traits associated with each gift, identify typical problem areas for each gift, study some biblical characters who identify with each gift,  learn how to use your gifts to serve God, your neighbor and your church, and more.  Discover Your Gift adult testing sheets available in the bookstore.

            _____ Thursdays from July 13th through September 14th, 7 pm, Overflow Room

Choose which class(es) and section you will attend and email to charlena.bray@guidinglight.org.  There will also be a sign-up table in the front atrium.  If you have questions, contact Elder Charlena Bray. 

Study Guides

Various study guides are produced by The Guiding Light Church, from teachings by Bishop Lowe, to assist you in Achieving Your Divine Potential. The study guides can be viewed online. PDF files are available for downloads.

In Genesis 1:26-28, we see the truth and reality of God’s spoken Word with regard to mankind in a simple phrase. It is here that God stated His original purpose for the creation of man. In these few verses we see Almighty God empowering man to complete his purpose on earth.

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The opportunity has been restored by Christ Jesus for you to achieve your divine potential under the New Covenant established by Him. This study guide will teach you that you have a right to achieve your divine potential. Regardless of your past, Jesus Christ restored you back to God.

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His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-4).

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