Adult Education and Discipleship


Adult Sunday School is offered on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Below is a full list of Sunday School classes offered this quarter, starting in September:


The Next Christians

Room C4

There is a NEW Sunday school series specifically for college age/young adults (18 years old through 30 somethings) at Bethel Baptist Church. We are working on the series, The Next Chrisitians by Gabe Lyons. Classes begin at 9:45am in room C-4.


Genesis One: 

Creation, Evolution, and the Age Of The Earth

Room C8 | Teachers: Kathy Kennelly, Steve Apsey, and Randy Hroziencik

Does the Bible make it clear that the earth is only 6,000 years old?  Why do some Christians believe that the earth is billions of years old?  Is it likely that God used evolution as his means of creating?  Why do many Christians believe that evolution is a bad thing?  Did the Egyptian beliefs about creation affect Moses' wording in Genesis 1?  Did Adam and Eve really exist?  Can we use creation as a way to more effectively share our faith?

These and other questions will be addressed in our group-discussion on origins.  We will use the Bible, video, and lots of hand-outs in order to better equip us to engage fellow believers - and, more importantly, non-believers - in the doctrine of creation.  Even though the modern world is often skeptical of the truth regarding the very first chapter of the Bible - or even the very first verse of the Bible, for that matter - we can have confidence that creation is truth.


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.


The Life and Ministry of Jesus

Learning Center | Teacher: Mark Templeton

Journey back to the time of Jesus. Marvel at the magnificence of Herod’s palace. Scramble among the ruins of Qumran, and wonder at the simplicity and wisdom of Jesus’ parables. Discover how the events of Jesus’ day impacted his life, ministry and communication. Filmed on location in Israel this unique video series brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance.


Andy Stanley DVD Series

Room C4 | Teacher: Rob Potter, Tim Reynolds

The first of three offerings this quarter will be “Prepared.”  We've all been there. Somebody makes a derogatory comment about faith, the Bible, or Christianity. You know you should say something. But what? What do you say when there's little time and even less interest?  In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley prepares believers to respond quickly and respectfully to any question regarding faith, the Bible, and Christianity.


Women's Class: Hope - An Essential Element

Library | Teacher: Laura Wintory

A message of hope is what we need.  Spoken not just with words, but lived in community. 

We will look at how we are transformed as we put our hope in God.  God does not intend for us to live this life without hope.  It is that crucial.  So in our low times, how is hope renewed and sustained?  And how can we share it with others?

The Women's Class is a community of women that pray together and learn from God's Word together.  We desire that what comes out of our time together impacts our everyday lives

...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.   Isa 40:31 NIV

Life of Abraham

Room A3 | Teachers:  Tim Carlson, Terry Stewart

Men, join us as we study the faith journey of Abraham.

We can learn from this man of faith and from his relationship with God.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:7


Newcomers Class 

Room A5 | Teachers: Lee Johnson, Scott Wilson 

Newcomers class is offered to those who may be seeking membership into Bethel. This class will discuss the basic doctrines of the Christian faith as well as what Bethel Baptist Church is all about. While a requirement for those wishing to become members, no one needs to become a member who takes the class. Great discussions!

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Galesburg IL, 61401


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