Adult Sunday classes meet at 9:00 am. A new module of Sunday classes begins January 9.
The Doctrine of the Bible
Teacher: Matt Smart
Track: Christian Beliefs
Location: Room 210
How do we know we have the correct books in the Bible?
How can we be sure that it hasn’t changed over time?
Are there any errors in the Bible, scientific or otherwise?
Teacher: Jason Armstrong
Track: Christian Scripture
Location: Room 215
In the beginning God created a paradise. A perfect home, where He would live with His perfect creatures in a perfect land in perfect rest and peace forever. Everything was good . . .very, very good. But something went wrong . . . terribly wrong. God knew this would happen, and he began to put in place His eternal plan. Our Heavenly Father with His Son and His Spirit would give everything to make everything right again. This is a story that is a promise that foretells the future by remembering the past. Together, we will study these 5 ancient scrolls that tell one story: the story of our world. This is the story of one chosen family–chosen to bring God’s promised Blessing to all families.
How People Change Video Seminar
Facilitators: Darren & Kim Bult
Track: Biblical Wisdom
Location: Fellowship Hall
The Gospel of Jesus Christ promises a changed heart. But so many of us are stuck. We make sinful choices again and again. We’re trapped by repetitive selfish behaviors. Scripture would tell us that change is a process, not an event. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it promises a heart that is capable of being changed.
How People Change targets the root of a person – the heart. When our core desires and motivations change, only then will behavior follow. Using a biblical model of Heat, Thorns, Cross, and Fruit, Paul David Tripp and Tim Lane reveal how lasting change is possible. You don’t need to be stuck anymore. In Christ, you are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.
PURPOSE AND OVERVIEW
The purpose of the Adult Sunday Classes is to educate and equip adults in three categories:
• Christian Scripture (major genres of the Bible)
• Christian Beliefs (essential Christian doctrines)
• Christian Wisdom (practical skills for Christian living)
These categories are taught in three concurrent tracks, so participants may choose which track to take. Each track is divided into typically seven-week modules. So, for example, the Christian Beliefs track begins with a module dealing with the Doctrine of the Bible and moves on to two modules on the Doctrine of God. The Christian Beliefs and Christian Scripture tracks each have fourteen modules, so they will repeat every two years. The Christian Wisdom track has seven modules, so it will repeat every year. This means that it will take five years for someone to complete all three tracks.
DESCRIPTION OF TRACKS
In his wisdom, God has revealed himself in the Scripture—a library of sixty-six books, diverse in its array of literary genres and human personalities, yet unified in its divine authorship. The more we understand what the Bible is about and how to read it for ourselves, the deeper our joy will be in its Author. The Christian Scripture track aims to give participants a panoramic view of the Bible’s major themes as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation; to demonstrate how all of Scripture reveals Christ; and to provide participants with the skills to study Scripture for themselves. In fourteen modules, the Christian Scripture track covers the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Wisdom Books, the Major Prophets, the Minor Prophets, the Gospels, Acts, the New Testament Letters, and the Book of Revelation.
With the Bible as the foundation of our faith, we seek to know what the Bible teaches about various topics. We seek to know, for example, what the Bible teaches us about God, ourselves, and God’s plan to save us. This inquiry is the realm of Christian doctrine (beliefs). The Christian Beliefs track aims to provide participants with a basic grasp of the major categories of systematic theology; to give them a framework for thinking “Christianly”; and to increase their love for God and others so that their lives will be holier and more joyful. In fourteen modules, the Christian Beliefs track covers what Christians believe about the Bible, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humans, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things.
Christian wisdom is not the mere accumulation of knowledge: it is the skill that puts that knowledge into action. This knowledge, moreover, is not just of facts, but of a Person: “Christ Jesus . . . became to us wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In Christ, therefore, we are enabled to navigate the complexities of life in this passing world. The Christian Wisdom track aims to demonstrate how Christian beliefs inform a variety of issues in everyday life; to teach participants the convictions necessary for navigating these issues; and to provide the practical skills necessary to do so. In seven modules, the Christian Wisdom Track covers marriage, stewardship, counseling, work, parenting, and evangelism.