Our emotions are complex. Some of us seem able to ignore our feelings, while others feel controlled by them. The Bible teaches us that our emotions are an indispensable part of what makes us human–and play a crucial role in our relationships with God and others.
Join us April 17-18 in Minneapolis, MN as we focus on how to biblically engage with our emotions in order to better understand what they reveal about our hearts and handle them wisely in everyday moments.
Alasdair Groves has served on CCEF’s faculty since 2010. He was the co-founder of CCEF’s New England office and now serves as the Executive Director of CCEF.
Friday, April 17th
5:30pm-6:45pm - Registration
6:45pm - Sometimes It’s Good to Feel Bad
8:15pm - Why We Feel What We Feel
Saturday, April 18th
9:00am-9:15am - Worship
9:15am - Engaging Our Emotions
10:30am - Engaging Anger
11:30am - Panel Q&A Session
12:15am-12:30pm -Worship & Dismissal
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bethlehem Baptist Church
720 13th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Dates: April 17-18, 2020
- Sometimes It’s Good to Feel Bad
Christians often feel like failures when they experience negative emotions like anxiety, anger, or grief. But the Bible demonstrates that experiencing fullness in Christ calls us to connect with the pain of life in a fallen world in order to experience the joy we have in Christ. We can’t really feel the good without learning to feel the bad. The gospel demonstrates and empowers us to do both.
- Why We Feel What We Feel
Emotions are complicated. Each of us has a knee-jerk style of responding to our feelings, but rarely do our instincts run where the Scriptures direct us. In order to handle our emotions in godly, constructive and personally effective ways, we need to first understand what emotions are and how they work. As we gain a perspective on emotions in general, we are much more able to approach our own experience of emotion wisely. This session will lay a conceptual foundation on which to stand for the times when our emotions are not what they should be.
- Engaging Our Emotions
Once you understand what your emotions are, what do you do with them? Knowing is, after all, only half the battle. This talk will cast a vision for handling our emotions that doesn’t begin with trying to change them. Instead, we will focus on how to engage our emotions by engaging God in a variety of ways. Counselor Alasdair Groves will lead us as we focus on learning to nurture and strengthen what is good and right in our emotions and learning to resist what is harmful and wrong.
- Engaging Anger
Anger may be the most dangerous human emotion. Yet the Bible states that we can be "angry and not sin"—and even commands us to be angry at evil. How do we hold all of this together as we try to understand anger? How can we engage it when it’s going wrong and yielding destruction in the lives of angry people and those around them? To answer these questions, we will apply the theological framework for emotions we have learned from previous sessions, and press into practical solutions that focus specifically on the problem of anger.
- Hotel Block: We have reserved a small block of rooms at The Normandy Inn & Suites. Rooms can be reserved (through April 2nd) by clicking here
- Parking: A church parking lot is accessible from 8th Street (free parking). Other parking options are detailed in this document.
- The Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is less than 10 miles from the church.
- There is a Bus and Light Rail which both go through the downtown Minneapolis area. You can view more information here.
- A list of local restaurants within walking distance of Bethlehem Baptist Church is available here.
- Recording: All sessions will be recorded and available for purchase soon after the conference.
- Refund & Substitution Policy: *Registration cancellations will receive refunds, less a $10 administrative fee, until Thursday, April 16th, at 5pm CT, after which no refunds will be given.
- *Substitutions will be processed through Thursday, April 16th, at 5pm CT.