Adult Christian Education
The Adult Christian Education program offers classes on Sundays and Wednesdays. The classes run for thirteen-week-long quarters, beginning in September, December, March and June. Typically, there is a choice of two or three classes on Sunday morning (9:00 -10:00 A.M.) and one on Wednesday evening (7:00-8:00 P.M.).
The current offerings are:
Homeward Bound: The Patriarchs – Pastor Jon Enright (Sunday)
1 John – Brian Torres (Sunday)
ESL Introduction to Christianity – Bob Hirons (Sunday)
Good News! Bearing Witness to Christ – Pastor Jon (Wednesday)
Homeward Bound: The Patriarchs
While the Bible is comprised of 66 different books, written by many different authors over hundreds of years, it provides us with a single cohesive account of God’s relationship with and purpose for humanity. Genesis Ch. 12 marks a major turning point in that account as God introduced himself to a man named Abram, who he would later name Abraham, and called him to embark upon a journey that would take him far from his home. Indeed, Abraham, the first of the “patriarchs,” and his descendants, would become people without a home, following God from place to place as he led them.
In the biblical account, the nomadic life of the patriarchs is representative of the human condition after Adam’s fall from God’s grace. Because of Adam’s sin, humanity was no longer fit to live in the home God had created for them, and they were sent away from the Garden of Eden to become spiritual wanderers on the earth.
But, God’s purpose was to lead humanity back to their true home, a restored relationship with himself. That process, the story of redemption, begins with God’s promise to lead Abraham to a new home (Gen. 12:1), and culminates at the very end of the Bible where the declaration is made, “Now the dwelling of God is with men” (Rev. 21:3).
This study will focus on the beginning of that story (Gen. 12-50), as God begins the process of redeeming humanity by establishing a relationship with a single family, tracing that family through four generations, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his sons. We will consider how their stories, as nomadic wanderers, are ultimately woven into God’s redemptive purpose to restore all of humanity to their true home.
Our God is a God of relationship. 1 John explores what that relationship is. LOVE. God’s definition of love. His love for us, ours for him and our love for one another. In this class on the book of 1 John we will explore John’s original, inspired intent in the writing of this treasured work of Scripture. In doing so, we will more fully discover how these ancient words reveal God’s intent for his children and church regardless of the age in which they live.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:9-11).
ESL Introduction to Christianity
This class is geared toward introducing students in our ESL program to the Bible and Christianity. The class is oriented to people who are learning English; people who are not believers but would like to investigate the claims of Christianity; new Christians who would like to learn more about the Bible and Christian doctrine; anyone who would like to participate in our ongoing Cross Cultural ministry to internationals.
Good News! Bearing Witness to Christ
Most Christians know that bearing witness to Christ is an important part of our call as God’s people, but many also struggle to overcome challenges associated with sharing the gospel, such as:
– How to start conversations about Jesus
– Knowing what to say and how to say it
– Overcoming the fear of possible rejection
This class will provide guidance and encouragement from God’s word so that we can be well equipped and confident to share the good news of our salvation with the people around us.