Whether you are a simple inquirer or committed disciple, our adult Sunday school classes are designed to grow and mature you in your walk with Christ.  To see how the Discipleship Ministry Team's curriculum fits together, please review our Adult Christian Education Program.

 

WINTER 2019 Adult Sunday School Classes - Join in at any time

 

Runs 12/16/18 through 3/17/2019

 

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE SERMONS

We’re trying something new this term, though the approach has been used by many churches in the past and proves to be effective by churches which use it today. Every class, we will reexamine the sermon text of the morning, leaving ample time for class participants to ask questions pertaining to interpretation; alternative readings in various translations; other texts in Scripture which teach similar theology or, perhaps, may seem to teach dissimilar theology; etc.  If questions are raised in your mind during the sermon which were not addressed in the course of the sermon, then this would be a great opportunity to ask the questions.  

 

While not a primary objective of the class, nonetheless, through our discussions, you will learn:
1) how to develop an exegetical theology;
2) what a discourse analysis is and the basics of walking through one;
3) how to tell what an expository sermon is and is not; and
4) what is meant by the Grammatical-Historical-Redemptive approach to interpreting Scripture.

 

Pastor Dana will be the primary teacher/facilitator of the class, though Neil will teach during the weeks in which he preaches.

 

Leader:  Pastor Dana Smith
Location:  Sanctuary

 

PRAYER

Statistics suggest that 80% of the Bible-believing church members do not pray with consistency or feel it is a critical part of their lives.  There are many reasons we don’t take time to pray.  Generally, little has been taught or modeled for us.  When we try, we often find we can’t concentrate and get discouraged.  Our prayers may never seem to get answered.  We say we are “pray continually” people and don’t see the value in setting times aside for prayer.  Prayer is work and prayer takes time - with so many other things that need to get done, we don’t have time for prayer.

 

Underlying our prayerlessness is the reality that we are in a spiritual battle.  Satan and his followers know that, if they can keep us from praying, they have little to fear from us.  Our own fallen natures are allies with the spiritual forces of darkness, opposing our practice of personal or corporate prayer.  Conduct a survey of Jesus’ teaching about prayer and it will become clear why the spiritual battle focuses on prayer.

 

Using Ole Hallesby’s classic book Prayer as our text, the purpose of this class is to help each of us develop a Christ-centered and biblically sound practice of prayer.  While the primary focus will be on establishing a regular and meaningful time of personal, private prayer, we will take time to understand the importance of corporate prayer and pray together as God’s people.  The book will provide excellent insights from a true man of prayer.  The class will provide additional encouragement and accountability in the spirit of Hebrews 10:19-25. 

 
Leader:  Tom Taylor
Location:  Capernaum Room