Adult Classes are built around a “Core Curriculum” – that is, those subject areas essential to a solid grounding in the Christian faith and which help us become fully equipped as disciples who make disciples.
We encourage and invite everyone, whether you’re a first time guest or a covenant partner, to connect and grow in your faith through a Sunday study class, weekday Bible study, or small group. All of the opportunities listed below are always open to new attendees.
Five core topics
Each class description will feature an icon to allow you to quickly identify the core topic under which it falls. Everyone is encouraged to proactively broaden your knowledge by choosing from different topic areas from one semester to another so that over time, you will increase your understanding in all the core subject areas.
Sunday Morning Study Classes
Room: 2124 | Leaders: Rev. Jen Howat and Maggie Martin
Why is there pain and suffering? How can I have a meaningful prayer life? What evidence is there for God’s existence? What’s the history of the bible? How can I know God? Maybe you have questions like these or you’re afraid someone will ask you these types of questions as you share Jesus and have a gospel encounter. Whether you are discovering God for the first time or want to think through how you can help others discover Him, we invite you to join us!
Room: 2115 | Leaders: Ed Martin and Ken Mendenhall
This popular class will study 1 Peter through the spring. All are welcome!
Leadership with Integrity: Memoir of a Servant/Leader/Statesman
Room: 2126 | Leaders: Sheri & Karl Stickley
We all hunger today for leaders who will lead with integrity. Nehemiah stands as a vivid example of a gifted leader who led with skill, courage and conviction in the face of great odds. Governor, statesman, and lay religious leader, he was a complex individual, political and tactical as well as religious and spiritual. In the face of intense opposition from many of the local political and religious leaders, with prayer and determination Nehemiah led the rebuilding of the crumbled walls of Jerusalem and revived the Jewish people’s spirit of religious and national commitment after their return from exile. What can aspiring leaders today learn from his example? Join us as we discover lessons for today from Nehemiah’s commitment to God and his extraordinary leadership.
Isaiah: The Gospel Within the Old Testament
Room: 2108 | Leaders: Ken Rees and Steve Kinney
As we learn how to better follow the core practices of disciples, our Bible study will focus on Isaiah, the Old Testament book most often quoted by Jesus and New Testament writers. We will examine this testimony to God’s complicated relationship with His chosen people and the rest of humanity and its prophetic words of judgment, hope and ultimate redemption. We’ll see Jesus and early Christian leaders explaining how the gospel message has its early expression in Isaiah and discover how this book can continue to challenge, guide and comfort believers.
The Gospel According to John
Room: 2114 | Leader: Bill Ball
We will be continuing our study in John’s Gospel. We will continue looking at Jesus – both in His humanity and His deity. John tells us “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name” (20:31). Though we will be beginning somewhere in the middle of the book, we will briefly review the material already covered and we believe you will be able to fit in. The class is open to those of any age, gender or marital status.
“The Story”— Old Testament
Room: 2106 | Leader: Lee Schmidt
This class will study the first 21 chapters (covering the Old Testament) of the book “The Story”, telling the story of humankind, who God is, and what He has done for us and how the Old Testament points to the coming Christ. The Story contains portions of Scripture that have been thoughtfully and carefully excerpted and placed in chronological order. Omitted Scripture is summarized to help the flow of the storyline. This study will be filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption, beginning “In the beginning…”
Paul’s Epistles (men’s class)
Room: 2123 | Leader: Henry Boecking
The class will continue looking at Paul’s Epistles We will be studying the culture of the cities where he planted churches and how he boldly set out on his missionary journeys. We will focus on how the Holy Spirit acted and spoke through Paul and the Apostles.
Goliath Must Fall a study by Louie Giglio
Room: 1205 (Fellowship Hall) | Leader: Jack Myrick
It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best. God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.
In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.
Off The Shelf: College-Age Young Adults
Room: 1201 – the Parlor | Leaders: Kari and Mark Galliart
This study is designed for college-age young adults and will challenge you to take your bible off the shelf and develop an intimate relationship with your Creator! The study is always open to guests.
“The Gathering” on Wednesday Evenings
Meal at 5:30-6:15pm | Groups at 6:30pm
The Gathering is a time for all ages to share a meal and fellowship together in the Palmer Lounge (above the gym) before heading off to kids/youth programs and adult study/small groups. Dinner is available from 5:30-6:15pm at just $6 per person. Pizza, soft drinks and other snacks are available at the Filling Station of the Palmer at a variety of prices with proceeds benefiting local and global mission.
Dysfunctional Family Values: Continuing a Study on the Family in Genesis
Room: 2114 | Time: 6:30pm | Leader: Bill Ball
We will pick up where we left off in our study of the family of Jacob. We will see that families in Bible times had many of the same problems that modern families do – and even a few more. Hopefully we will see faith and God’s grace at work, both in these stories and in our lives and families. The class is open to those of any age, gender or marital status. In fact everyone has something to contribute to the discussions from their unique perspectives. There will be homework (but no grading).
The Legacy Journey: a Dave Ramsey class
Room: 2115 | Time: 6:30pm | Leader: Dave Moore
The Legacy Journey is a seven-week, biblically based follow-up to Financial Peace University that teaches you how to truly live and leave a legacy for generations to come. This class will lead you deeper into investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living, safeguarding your legacy, and discovering the keys to generational wealth and true generosity. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small-group activities, you’ll learn a biblical framework for living intentionally now so that later you’ll be able to leave a legacy that will secure your family’s future and make a lasting impact on the world around you. The Legacy Journey classes meet for around an hour and a half each week. The class is offered by the FPCE Endowment Trustees, who believe that one aspect of good stewardship is helping followers of Jesus to plan carefully for the future.
Class starts on Wednesday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m., and conclude on March 21 (no class on Ash Wednesday, February 14).
NOTE: there is a cost for class materials! Contact Dave Moore for more information at 341-3602, extension 101.