Making discipleship a high priority!
Please plan to arrive for Sunday School around 9:20 a.m. so that your teacher can begin teaching at 9:30 a.m. It is important to dismiss around 10:15 in order to to gather for worship and center our hearts and minds.
Abundant Life Class
Room 227, Christian Education Building
The Abundant Life Class is working out of the pastor-authored book What’s The Least I Can Believe And Still Be A Christian? A Guide To What Matters Most. With deft use of humor, scholarship, and applied theology, the author challenges readers to be aware of 10 things “not to believe” and 10 things essential and fundamental “to believe.” This book lends itself well to group discussion, and attendees may want to consider purchasing the book, though this is not a requirement. While the book title seems to imply a skimpy, watered down approach to the faith, it is anything but! Faith issues detailed are of contemporary relevance, and healthy, orthodox Reformed theological understanding of these subjects will greatly enhance anyone’s Christian walk. Lead teacher, Sid Gates, is an ordained Presbyterian minister and licensed marriage and family therapist. Intermittent guest presenters will augment insight regarding needed faith-application for various societal needs.
Room 230, Christian Education Building
This group of disciples is for adults of all ages and has periodic social gatherings throughout the year. Class leader Woody Belangia is committed to helping class members develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Bible and Christian theology. We are studying the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life of discipleship, the church and the world. We will spend 32 weeks following the topics of Michael Hardin’s book THE JESUS-DRIVEN LIFE. From the description of the book: “Will the real Jesus please stand up...Who is Jesus Christ for us today? What has happened as Jesus, the rabbi from Galilee, has been displaced as the center of the Christian faith and replaced with false portraits? How can we understand the relation between this nonviolent Jesus and the violent God of most Christian traditions? What might Christianity look like if it truly followed this Jesus? These ideas and many others are demystified in this book. Utilizing the work of Rene Girard, The Jesus Driven Life takes us beyond the dead ends and false trails of much Christian interpretation of the Bible. Come discover a new and exciting Way of living in the world as true humans who imitate the crucified and risen Lord!” Woody teaches philosophy at Augusta State University and is proficient in ancient languages. Join this class. You'll be glad you did!
Covenant-Ackerman Taylor Class
Mary Read Room, lower level Children's Wing, Christian Education Building
Class members meet in the beautiful Mary Read Room of the Christian Education Building. The class is comprised of singles and couples ranging in age from late forties to the nineties! The class enjoys studying the Bible one book at-the-time. The Book of Daniel begins the year. In every major church season e.g. Christmas and Easter, the class breaks from their routine and focuses on studies related to that season. Cecil O'Bryan and Mack Nickles are co-teachers. Enrich your faith every Sunday with the Covenant-Ackerman Taylor Class!
Room 226, Christian Education Building
Studying Paul for Everyone — The Prison Letters. Emmaus Class leaders Dr. Jerry and Jane Howington lead the class verse by verse using several study guides to stimulate questions and discussions amongst class members. Lively discussions and contributions from class members are the norm! Emmaus Class enjoys social gatherings about every two months.
Room 223, Christian Education Building
"Follow the rabbi, drink in his words, and be covered with the dust of his feet," says the ancient Jewish proverb. Disciples followed so closely that they would be covered with the dust kicked up by the rabbi's feet. Discover how to follow Jesus as you walk with teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan through the breathtaking terrain of Israel and Turkey and explore what it really means to be a disciple. Scott Monnig and Barry Jenkins lead the class on a round trip to ancient times, places and customs, and back again. Don't miss this fantastic study opportunity!
This class is comprised of young adults in their 20s and 30s who want to learn more about the Bible and build Christian friendships. Our purpose is to help each other find a spiritual path—and stay on it—in the face of contemporary pressures. It includes “pairs and spares,” as well as new parents. This small group is perfect for new believers and lifelong churchgoers alike. Class leaders are Anna and Steve Sanders. We begin our 2012-13 year with Destinations, by Andy Stanley, exploring where we are headed, the decisions we make, and who is in control. We meet in the library which is adjacent to Fellowship Hall.