Education and Discipleship

All classes begin (except if noted otherwise) on  December 6th through February 28th. 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. The classes meet on Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 am.


1 & 2 Peter

Room C8 | Teacher: Rick Welty

The Apostle Peter writes to all believers, that in spite of persecution we are promised blessings from our loving heavenly Father.  Also, his letters offer encouragement and warnings to a time when false teachings enter the church, along with persecution.  This is certainly a study for the church today, as we face challenges regarding discouragement, false teachings, persecution, and deception.  But there is hope eternal in the person of Jesus Christ.  Come one and all to study God’s good Word with us, and let’s be a lighthouse in, perhaps, these last days.


Thirty Years That Changed The World: The Book of Acts

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

The book of Acts tells us about the first three decades of the Church Age, in which Peter, Paul, and the other apostles changed the world through their evangelistic efforts.  The Jewish and pagan worldviews were eventually eclipsed by the message of the gospel - the "Good News" of Jesus Christ - which today is the largest religious group in the world.  What Luke recorded for us in the Book of Acts still impacts us greatly today.


The Gospels and the Writings of Paul

Room A6 | Teacher: Sue Hulett

(Class will not be held December 13th, December 20th, or December 27th)

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.


Andy Stanley Series

Room C4 | Teacher: Rob and Nikki Potter

A series of video lessons from the very inspirational Bible application teacher Andy Stanley will form the heart of this class, with lots of room for discussion of the video.  Come prepared to have your faith energized.


Women's Class

Christ, Our Good Shepard

Library | Teacher: Laura Wintory

 "I am the good shepherd.”  Jesus spoke these words to a people who would have found rich meaning in them.  Either because they were familiar with the Bible’s prophecies and Psalms related to God shepherding His people, or simply because they were familiar with how good shepherds cared for their sheep.  In this term, our class will be studying the Scriptures to learn of Christ in deeper ways, as our Good Shepherd, and ourselves as sheep in His care.  Women of all ages are welcome to join this community of women who enjoy gathering together to draw closer to God and one another through prayer and the study of God’s Word.




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