Guest post by Dr. Corey Latta, Christ Academy director

That God has called His people to love Him with their minds is undeniable. So vital to the faith life is loving God mentally that in Matthew 22:37, Jesus says it helps make up the first and greatest commandment — “Jesus declared, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Likewise, Paul, writing to the church at Rome, calls for Christians to possess renewed minds. Part of what Jesus, Paul and so many other biblical authors mean by using the mind to love God is that inseparable from loving the Lord is learning about Him. Scripture is adamant about this. In both Old and New Testaments, loving God entails learning. Even the word disciple means learner.

Now, the point of learning about God isn’t knowledge for knowledge’s sake, but captivated (by captivated I mean surrendered to, in service to, or obedient to) living that exalts the name of God. Jesus knew and preached this. Learning for the sake of greater surrender to Christ doesn’t end with intellectual ascent. Not at all. Rather, what happens in the brain in learning about God is accompanied by what God does in the heart, soul and body. And the renewal that comes from learning about God helps form us into what Paul calls living sacrifices, that is, people who both believe in and live sacrificially for Christ. This place of sacrificial living is exactly where God wants us. It’s in this place of sacrificial obedience to God that we most see our need to continue learning about His Word, that we become leaders in the Christian body as well as in society, that our families are transformed for God’s glory, that we move from learners to teachers.

Christ Academy exists to facilitate the renewal of mind, heart and soul by providing excellent classes on the Bible, theology, leadership, teacher training and family ministry. Beginning this fall, CUMC will offer a schedule of classes each semester that will equip you—the people of God—to be knowledgeable learners, leaders, teachers and members of Christ’s body. The classes, special learning events and conferences that constitute Christ Academy will be college level in quality yet accessible to everyone. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what God will do through Christ Academy and through you, the body of Christ at CUMC.

Watch this video from Shane to learn more, and then go check out for the latest Christ Academy news:

Shane’s Christ Academy Announcement from CUMC Memphis on Vimeo.

Registration is now open for the first Christ Academy class and Lunch & Learn session:

An Introduction to the Old Testament
Starts Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Seabrook Hall
This six-week class led by Dr. Corey Latta will breathe life into reading the Old Testament by explaining the original context & exploring how God reveals Himself through each book.

Lunch & Learn | When God Disappears: Finding Hope When Your Circumstances Seem Impossible
Sunday, Aug. 14 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Parlor
Join Shane Stanford as he offers a glimpse of Jesus’ passion for restoring the unrestorable & redeeming the unredeemable so we can experience the grace & hope of a God who has not forgotten us; lunch provided.

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