Winter Quarter, 2018
January 7 thru March 25
Sunday Mornings at 9:50 A.M.
Christ-like Servant Leadership in the Home / taught by Jonathan Loesch
With the goal of creating and growing an environment in the home where all who live there can come closer to Jesus day-by-day, allowing Jesus’ love to shine to one another in our home, and anyone with whom we cross paths in daily life, together we will explore what it means to be a “Christ-like Servant Leader” to my family, how we can grow in our ability to be Christ-like servant leaders in our homes and how we can cultivate a lifestyle of Christ-like servant leadership in our homes, workplaces, congregation, community, and world.
That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG)
Mere Christianity (2nd of 3 quarters; full school year) / taught by John Ruser, with Patricia Willoughby
“If Christianity were something we were making up, of course we would make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with the facts. Of course, anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about.” So, says C. S. Lewis in one of his 33 radio broadcasts given in the 1940’s. These broadcasts were later published under the title Mere Christianity. Lewis, an atheist in his early life, became a believer at age 31 and went on to become one of the greatest modern Christian Apologists. Join this class (approx. 30 weeks) and study Lewis’ case for Mere Christianity and participate in interesting and faith strengthening discussions. (Please register even if you signed up in the fall).
The Passion of the Jesus Christ, According to St. John / taught by Rev. Walter Pohland
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, each of the four evangelists records the suffering and death of the Son of God. Though a complete reading of the Lord’s passion requires that Matthew, Mark, and Luke also be studied, John provides the most detail. This class will consider his treatment of the final hours of Jesus’ earthly ministry before His resurrection. Since Lent begins on February 14 this year, much of the class will coincide with our Lenten and Holy Week services.
Church History – 300 AD to 1400 AD / taught by Ron Swanson
This course is a continuation of last winter’s class “Church History – The First 300 Years”. However, for those who did not take the previous class, this year’s class can stand alone. The course will be a survey of Church history from the Emperor Constantine up to, but NOT including, the Reformation. A review of how Constantine made the world safe for Christianity will be followed by highlights from the rapidly changing world from
400 AD to 1000 AD. The Church in the middle ages will be examined along with the rise of Islam, the Crusades, and the Great Schism of 1054. Finally, the effect of the Renaissance on the Church (or vice versa) will be explored along with events that began the movement toward the Reformation.
Midweek Classes: Two Wednesday options:
Wednesday morning: (10:30 a.m.)
The Quest (a Beth Moore study) / taught by Shelly Curren
A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over we see the people of God asking questions of their Creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of His creation. The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the Father.
Wednesday evening: (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
LifeLight: Exodus (Part 2)
Come join us Wednesday evenings for an in-depth Bible study of The Exodus. We are going to dig into Exodus using the LifeLight study materials and follow the story of how God brought His people out of slavery and into a relationship with Him through the blood of the Lamb. We will explore topics including: hopeless suffering, burning bushes, roadblocks, signs of power, the Passover, rescue, provisions, the Ten Commandments, the Tabernacle, and how it all comes together in Jesus Christ. Discover the joy of personally studying Exodus during the week and then coming together on Wednesday evenings to discuss what you have learned. If you participated in the fall, you do not need to re-register. Registration open to new students!