Below are the courses that will be offered, beginning March 10.
Good Question Bible Studies
Matt Cooper and Bob Frick
This Bible Study is discussion-based with the tag line, "Good questions have groups talking." Application is woven through each lesson, which consists of about 20 questions guaranteed to motivate the class to think and to talk. Each question is footnoted with answers taken from some of the best commentaries ever written including John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, and the Life Application Commentary. Great illustrations and stories make the lessons come alive. The focus is "Our Love for God." Topics include: Love and Serve God, Love and Worship God, Love God for the Gift of Jesus, Love God and Serve Others, Walk in Love, Submit to God, Rejoice in Circumstances, Imitate Christ, Press on in Christ, Loving God, and Mighty God. All topics are scripturally-based. Expect lively discussion!
Inductive Bible Study - Behold, Jesus is Coming: Revelation
Barb Forney and Paul Allen
Inductive Study continues. This method of study utilizes the Bible as its primary source and allows the Word to speak for itself. The approach is simple: observing, interpreting, applying the Word of God, and allowing His truths to take shape in your life. The resource that guides this study of Revelation is Behold, Jesus is Coming by Kay and David Arthur. "No book of the Bible has sparked more interest, curiosity, or disagreement than the book of Revelation. This study will...remove your fear of the unknown, give you hope for tomorrow, and give you new confidence in God's sovereignty and justice. Yes...you can understand the book of Revelation!" Group discussion, based upon observations and insights, is encouraged. Be prepared for surprising discoveries from this unique method of Bible study!
Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur
[Know God. Love Others. Serve the World.]
This class is specifically for young adults/young married couples, although others are welcome to join. The subtitle of the book is: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You. The twelve women studied are: Eve (Genesis 3:20), Sarah (genesis 11-25), Rahab (Matthew 1:5-6), Ruth (Ruth 1-4), Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2), Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1-2), Anna (Luke 2:36-38), The Samaritan woman (John 4), Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56-61), and Lydia (Acts 16:14). They were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low-cast, yet each was made extraordinary by her life-changing encounter with God. These were women of courage, vision, hospitality, and spiritual giftedness. Yet it wasn't their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary but the power of the one true God whom they worshipped and served.
In Twelve Extraordinary Women, you'll learn more than fascinating information about these women; you will discover God's redemptive work in history through their lives. These women were not just supporters to His plan, they were at the very heart of it. Learn their amazing stories. The struggles and temptations of these women are the same trials faced by all believers at all ages.
Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders
Teachers: Dennis Emmert and Jim Hallman
[Know God. Love Others. Serve the World.]
As J. Oswald Sanders points out, true discipleship is more than intellectual assent to a belief in Christ; it involves the whole person and lifestyle.
True disciples pursue their Master. They know that God is watching over their faith, but they also take Scripture's command seriously: "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you." They take pains, by His power, to look more and more like Jesus.
This book centers around the Beatitudes and will help you to be a disciple. It examines Jesus' teaching on what it means to follow Him, helping you become the kind of Christian Jesus wants you to be--not one devised by man or even other Christians.
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
Sherry Eshleman and Bill DeMora
[Know God. Love Others. Serve the World]
If God had it His way, what would our churches look like? God's Church started as a radical, spiritually intimate gathering of believers that ultimately changed history. Yet millions today are content to be mere observers at church. The class is based upon Francis Chan's newest and most powerful book and consists of DVDs, Bible study, and discussions. Since this study began prior to our church focus upon everyday discipleship, we will begin with review of the first three chapters. In Letters to the Church we wrestle with the fact that many churches have drifted from God's desire for them.
Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Chan guides Christ followers to live out God's magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church--a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten. Prepare to be challenged to think about and pray for God's vision for the local church in our time. What an appropriate study during this transition!
*Portions of the above descriptions are copied or paraphrased from published product descriptions and promotional materials.