Education and Discipleship

All classes begin (except if noted otherwise) on September 6th through November 29th at 9:45 am. Even if you miss a class at any time, all class leaders encourage everyone to participate when they can: Even if you miss a class or two (or more), you will still learn! Please join us for this chance to grow in your faith.


Young Adults and Families

Dare to Experience True Spirituality:
A Proven Pathway to Become Like Jesus

Room A4 | Teacher: Rick Welty

This study, which is based in the book of Romans, will handle topics such as God’s dream for your life; how to get God’s best for your life; how to come to grips with the real you; and how to overcome the evil aimed at you.  As followers of Christ, we are all trying to find true spiritual meaning in our lives.  This study will take us into the book of Romans, developing a closer walk with the one who gave us a “walk” in the first place.


Angels: Good and Bad

Learning Center | Teachers: Kathy Kennelly, Steve Apsey, Mike Conard, and Randy Hroziencik

In this quarter we will examine the topic of angels, God’s messengers to the world.  We will discuss the different types of angels, the roles of angels, and the division between angels, through examining verses of Scripture from both the Old and the New Testaments.


The Gospels and the Writings of Paul

Room A6 | Teacher: Sue Hulett

A study of the religious, political, cultural, and literary background of the Gospels and Paul’s Epistles. In addition to reading the Gospels and Paul’s letters to the churches devotionally, we focus on finding the meaning of Scripture by listening to the Holy Spirit's leading and prompting. We first study the history of religion, culture, politics, and written and oral language at the time of Jesus and the early church. We will thus know more about the theological debates between Jesus and the Pharisees, the cultural influences stemming from Jewish and Greek philosophy and societal norms, and about the language and writing style of the Gospel writers -- and also Paul.

Just for examples: we might discover more about Jesus' unique use of parables and poetic forms, the theological distinctions between John's and Matthew's Gospels, and the role of Pharisees, Sadducees, women, and Gentiles in the first century. Bring your Bibles, your favorite Commentaries, and your reflections.


Room C10 | Teacher: Rob and Nikki Potter

Based on the book by the same name, this class is being held in conjunction with the sermon series and small group teaching on Christian discipleship, which is strengthening the faith and spiritual lives of those who follow Christ.  We will learn about the command to make disciples’ of Christ, the importance of a strong church life, and how to use God’s Word as a means of becoming a more devoted follower of God.


Women's Class

The Book of Ruth: A Story of God's Provision and Restoration

Library | Teacher: Laura Wintory

We will be studying the book of Ruth verse by verse.  As we go, we will be looking for how God’s Word provides us fresh truths about God, ourselves, and how to live the life He has for us.  The account of Ruth holds many life lessons for us, and studying together always adds a new dimension to our learning.  If you are looking for a community of women to study and pray with, then please join us!


The following classes run from September 13th through November 8th


Christian Finances

Financial Peace University

Room A3 | Teachers:  Terry Hudson, Adam and Debbie Welty

This class is designed for those who would like to become financially responsible, with a biblical perspective.  This is a nine-week class using Dave Ramsey DVD’s, starting September 13th.  Each session will start at 9:00 and end at 10:45 on Sunday morning.  There is a cost of $80 per family, which can include any teenagers.  More information is available on Bethel’s website or at, or you may contact one of the leaders with questions.


An Introduction To Bethel

First Steps

Room C8 | Teachers:  Pastor Scott Wilson and Peter Fecht

Those new to Bethel will discover what it means to have a commitment to Christ, an understanding of Bethel’s beliefs, and receive an invitation to membership into the body of Bethel Baptist Church.  This six-week class is required for membership and is an excellent way to become connected into the body of the church.  We will examine the beliefs and practices of being a Christian, and why we can hold these beliefs with confidence, as well as an introduction to the history of the church – including the history of Bethel itself.


The following class meets Monday

from 6:30-7:30 pm


Bible Study: Romans

Sanctuary | Teacher:  Pastor Lee Johnson

Pastor Johnson will begin the Monday evening study with an exploration of the Book of Romans.  Please join us as we study this fascinating letter to the Church in Rome, which some have called “the Bible within the Bible.”

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1196 N Academy St.
Galesburg IL, 61401


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