Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education resumes this Fall at Cherry Hill.

Please join us for either (or both) of these classes.


Sundays at 11:45 am – Beginning September 19

       This fall, John Whitfield will be teaching a class on the Gospel of John. In some ways John's Gospel is the most interesting of the four New Testament Gospels, and the most different.

       For example, you know that in Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus cleansed the temple at the beginning of Holy Week, the last week of his ministry and indeed, his life. In John the cleansing happened early on, in chapter 2. Why would that be? You know that Matthew and Luke have birth stories of Jesus, from which we get our shepherds, wise men and creche scenes. John has no traditional birth story, but in some ways a much grander origins story for Jesus.  John also is the only one of the four Gospels to have a statement of purpose as to why it was written. 

       There are many other unique things in John's Gospel, and we will explore them beginning on September 19th.  There is nothing quite like meeting together with other Christians to study God's Word, especially when God shows up.  All are invited to join the group on the 19th after worship.


Mondays at 3:00 pm Beginning September 13

       Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, the list of "thou-shalt-nots" found in the Old Testament. Jesus saw these commandments not as onerous burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. These ten ancient "words" were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us--often from ourselves.

       This fall, the Monday afternoon study group will explore each of the Ten Commandments and consider what meaning they might have for us today. For this study, the group will use a new book by bestselling author Adam Hamilton, Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten commandment Today.” In this book of Scripture and inspiration, Rev. Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving "thou shalt." He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one's life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace.

       Copies of the book are available for $10.00 per copy. This study promises to be an inspiring, thought-provoking experience for anyone seeking to live a meaningful and joyful life.