We offer a variety of opportunities for growing in your faith through our Christian Education Program
Led by Cory and Kristin Wing
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? How do we make the most of our time here on earth? How do we not waste our lives? These are the questions we are exploring as we read and study John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life.
Have you ever wondered why other Christians seem to be more effective at evangelism, more successful at self-control, or less anxious about the troubled world in which we live? Then come explore these questions and others with us on Sunday mornings at 9:45!
Shearer Elective Series
Led by Dennis Drennen
As we approach the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Shearer Elective Class will be studying Luther and the Reformation. The Reformation, according to some historians is a watershed event that set-in motion amazing changes that changed the course of the world. Just as the internet has given people information at their fingertips, the Reformation gave the world the Bible through the printing press. Now the common people now had the ability to read for themselves the Truth of the Scriptures. This led to some people being able to think for themselves, to interpret the Bible and begin discussions they were never able to have themselves.
The video series will focus on the Man and the events, from Luther’s adventures of coming to faith and how that one man was able to change the world.
Led by Parks Martin & AJ Garofolo
“Like all the Gospels, Matthew’s purpose is to convey authoritative teaching by and about Jesus, whose coming marks the fulfillment of God’s promises and the presence of God’s kingdom. Matthew makes no division between history and theology. His history is the basis of the theology, and the theology gives its proper meaning to the history.
Matthew makes extensive use of “fulfillment” references to the Old Testament. His citations are not presented as isolated predictions and fulfillments, but as proof of the fulfillment of all the expectations of the Old Testament. This concern affects the way Matthew stresses certain elements in the history. Matthew shows us the illegality of the Sanhedrin’s actions in the trial of Jesus (Matt. 26:57-68), the distortion of the Old Testament by the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 15:1-9), and the covenantal nature of God’s dealing with His people.
Also distinctive to Matthew is his presentation of the teaching of Jesus in five major discourses: ethics, discipleship and mission, the kingdom of heaven, the church, and the end time. These five divisions may have been patterned after the five books of Moses, to present Jesus as the Prophet like Moses of Deut. 18:18. Most scholars today recognize the five teaching discourses as the key to Matthew’s basic design, especially since each discourse ends with an expression such as, “And when Jesus finished these sayings” (Matt. 7:28). Further, there seems to be a relationship between each discourse and the narrative preceding it. Also note that the narrative portions deal primarily with the question of the King’s identity, while the discourse material tends to focus on the King’s people.” (from Ligonier)
Ladies Bible Study
Led by Jean Whatley
The Ladies’ Bible Class continues to study The Harmony of the Gospels. We have covered the scriptures concerning the upper room where Jesus dismisses Judas. Although the disciples don’t know it yet, those who are left in the room constitute what will be the beginning of the Christian Church. Jesus has warned them that what he has to suffer, they will also suffer, and this will come to pass since all of the Apostles were martyred except for John, who died around the age of 98 on Patmos.
The class will continue studying Jesus’ life by going with him to the cross, except it was he who did the suffering and we who received the benefit of salvation.
The Quest for Truth
Interested in knowing the inspiration for our church revitalization process? Come join David Roseman and Dale Mundy as we walk through the Embers to a Flame book by Harry Reeder
Christian Education Groups Meeting Regularly (outside of Sundays)
If Sunday mornings cannot work for you, or you desire a deeper fellowship with other believers, or perhaps are seeking encouragement in today’s hectic world, there are several groups meeting regularly throughout the month.
led by Steve Stout
Interested in feeding in the “solid food” of biblical teaching (Heb 5:14)? The pastor will be starting a 4th Sunday evening study of some classical works in Christian Theology, and we will begin by discussing Book 2 of The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin, a work the historian Will Durant called one of the most significant books of Western civilization. You can download a free PDF version at https://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Calvin%20Institutes%20of%20Christian%20Religion.pdf
Or you can order a printed copy on Dealoz.com. Suggested versions include ISBN 9781598561685 , 9780802807748 , 1598561685 and 9780802871626
First meeting will be September 24th. See Pastor Stout for location and time.