Discipleship classes are in-depth discipleship opportunities that are offered at other times beyond Sunday AM Groups. These courses are designed to challenge you toward maturity in your faith and to a greater knowledge of God's Word as you seek to be a follower of Christ (a disciple).
We seek to carry out our vision of disciples making disciples through helping people establish four points of connection in their lives.
- Come to know God and grow through a weekly worship service as the Bible is taught expositionally.
- Find community in a Bible Study Group and navigate life with others.
- Become a disciple by walking with others through discipleship engagement.
- Join God’s work to change the world through missions, evangelism, and service, using your gifts to impact others.
Fall 2021 Discipleship Classes
The New Testament You Never Knew: Exploring the Context, Purpose, and Meaning of the Story of God
Do you know the real story behind the New Testament?
We all share a fascination for discovering ‘the rest of the story.’ We enjoy learning the behind-the-scenes facts about seemingly familiar events. In The New Testament You Never Knew, well-known Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird team up to take you on a tour of the explosive story behind the story of the New Testament.
You will discover things you never knew about...
- The political upheaval of the day that made the nature of Jesus' coming so unexpected
- The underlying meanings behind Jesus' parables and miracles
- The Kingdom of God and why everything about it was so shocking
- The resurrection and why, despite repeated predictions, no one saw it coming
- The mission of the church and how it is more complex than we realize
- The transforming power of Jesus and how it can still turn the world upside down today
Through reading the New Testament we continually discover that God indeed keeps his promises, but those promises don’t always look like what people expected. Especially when it comes to Jesus. So, come join the journey to discover why N.T. Wright calls the New Testament "one of the most explosive books ever written."
Your study guide will include teaching notes, discussion questions, Bible exploration, personal study and reflection materials, as well as interesting facts about the New Testament.
Beginning Sept 15 through Nov 10. (8 Weeks)
Teachers: Dr. Thurman Hayes, Jr. & Dr. David Edgell
Location: Family Life Center Bldg. Basement, Multipurpose Room
Time: Wednesday, 6:00pm (beginning Sept. 15, 2021)
Book optional – Cost $12.00
Life-Changing Prayer Study: Approaching the Throne of Grace
Discover how prayer can completely transform your life and put you in the presence of God's throne of grace.
Hebrews 4:16 says you can always "approach God's throne of grace with confidence," knowing that you will "receive mercy and find grace" to help you in your time of need. That promise is so immense it's difficult for us to understand.
In this six-session video-based Bible study, Pastor Jim Cymbala explores how God promises in his Word to always hear you, answer you, and extend his mercy when you come to him.
As you pray with faith, he will provide his perfect peace and "meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory" (Philippians 4:19). You will find that approaching God's throne of grace will change your life and circumstances like nothing else--and that when you and other believers call on his name, powerful things happen in the world!
The videos featuring teaching by Jim Cymbala and interviews with ordinary people who received extraordinary answers to their prayers, The study guide includes video teaching notes, Bible exploration questions, and personal study and reflection materials for in-between group sessions. This class will involve teaching on prayer and also prayer walking. You will find both strong teaching on prayer and practical application of prayer.
- The Throne of Grace
- Receiving Mercy
- Perfect Peace from God
- Praying with Faith
- God Brings the Answer
- The Church that Prays Together
Teachers: Lisa Amos and Beth Blanchard
Location: Adult 7
Time: Wednesday, 6:00pm (beginning Sept. 15, 2021)
Book Cost $9.00
Bible Study Fellowship
Attention Ladies! A Women’s Bible Study, “The Gospel of Matthew,” will begin at First Baptist on Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, beginning September 14 sponsored by Bible Study Fellowship.
This inductive study is open to the community, and will also provide a program for pre-schoolers of registered participants. To register, contact Diane Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about BSF International or a list of other area classes for men, women, and children, refer to bsfinternational.org. If you have additional questions, you may call Louise Bennett 518.275.7419 or Trudy Cuthrell 757.335.3108.
Explore the Bible
In Ephesians 4:12 the Apostle Paul said that the purpose for providing church leaders is to EQUIP members of the body of Christ to carry out their tasks of ministry. Each week we will be taking an in-depth look into the Sunday School lesson to gain content knowledge and process skills to teach and work with small groups.
Teacher: Kermit Hobbs
Coed (SS Teachers & Adults)
Location: virtual-Zoom link required (contact Kermit Hobbs at: email@example.com)
Time: Wednesday, 6:30pm (ongoing)
Registration is helpful for classes with costs due to the purchase of materials.