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2018 Faith Seeking Understanding


GUMC hosts its third annual Faith Seeking Understanding series April 27-29 with keynote speaker Dr. James Fleming, one of the best known teachers of Biblical Archaeology. Dr. Fleming brings his scholarship to GUMC in the form of a weekend experience entitled “Barriers to Growth and Unity in the Early Church.”
Dr. Jim Fleming is one of the most respected teachers and lecturers on archaeology and Biblical studies in the world,” said Rev. Tim Carpenter, Senior Pastor at GUMC. “He brings an incredible passion for archeology, geography, culture, and scriptures and weaves them together in ways which illuminate the gospel and help apply it for today. “Barriers to Growth and Unity in the Early Church’ is a fascinating study of challenges faced by the New Testament church that seems remarkably contemporary. I have been blessed many times by Jim Fleming’s teaching, and look forward with anticipation to his return visit with us. I highly recommend experiencing Dr. Jim Fleming’s teaching as he has had a tremendous impact on my life and ministry.”
Dr. Fleming uniquely ties his lectures on historical geography with Biblical text including an emphasis on the theological implications. Listeners embark on a journey to the ancient lands of the Bible, learning of new discoveries of ancient manuscripts that will significantly add to their understanding. He makes extensive use of slides showing geography, culture, and archaeological discoveries in Biblical lands.
Dr. Fleming currently serves as the Director of Biblical Resources Study Center, an ecumenical organization that produces audio-visual aids for teaching Bible history, geography, archaeology and theology. For 37 years he lived in Israel, where he founded and directed the World of the Bible Archaeological Museum and Pilgrim Center in Jerusalem. In 2006, he established the Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia. The Center features interactive exhibits of daily life in the Biblical world and serves authentic Palestinian-style Last Supper/Passover meals.
Faith Seeking Understanding kicks off on Friday night with dinner (Reservations are required for dinner; the cost is $11.) and a lecture. Two lectures take place on Saturday followed by a discussion. Dr. Fleming closes the weekend with a Sunday lecture at 9:40 or 11:00 a.m. in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall. All of the lectures are free and open to the public. Free childcare for preschoolers is available for all lectures and a “Pizza and Movie Night” is available on Friday night for elementary children. Advanced reservations are required for childcare and there is a $3.00/child charge for pizza. To make a reservation for the Friday night dinner or to register for childcare, please click here.

A complete schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, April 27
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.          Dinner in Fellowship Hall – cost $11
7:15 –  8:30 p.m.          Lecture in Sanctuary: “The Class/Language Barrier”

Saturday, April 28
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Coffee and Doughnuts in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.         Lecture in Fellowship Hall: “The Prejudice Barrier”
10:30 – 12:00 noon     Lecture in Fellowship Hall: “The Reinterpreting Barrier”
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Talk/Discussion in Fellowship Hall: “Middle Eastern Issues and the Biblical History Center Experience”

Sunday, April 29
9:40 – 10:40 a.m.         Lecture in Fellowship Hall: “Breaking Through Secular Barriers”
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.       Lecture in Fellowship Hall” “Breaking Through Secular Barriers”