Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School is large group discipleship. This discipleship ministry has four aims:
- teaching that stirs the heart, informs the mind, and persuades us to follow Christ.
- hospitality that invites and welcomes everyone to feel at home and follow Christ as His disciples.
- prayer that praises God for his Word and asks him for the grace to live it out.
Continue reading for our course descriptions and please contact Pastor Knott if you have a question or simply want more information about a course.
March – May 2012 Adult Discipleship Courses
The Triumph of Christianity! Taking a realistic assessment of the spiritual battle in which we are engaged is critical. Otherwise, we will not know where we are imbibing elements of the culture contrary to the gospel, nor be able to effectively speak the truth of the gospel into the culture. To remain encouraged and keep a fresh examination of ourselves, we also do well to be mindful of the early church. The first Christians were vastly outnumbered, surrounded by a hostile culture that was, at times, brutally repressive. These early Christians, armed only with the gospel and the Word of God, flourished. They often suffered, but ultimately the gospel permeated the surrounding culture and paganism, in time, receded. This class tells their story, utilizing some of the freshest research on the period. We will begin the class with a brief Scriptural devotion. We will also forward our discoveries to Peter Jones, who is eager to hear of how this story encourages us. Meets in the Fellowship Hall.
Christianity Explored led by Assistant Pastor Joshua Knott. Christianity Explored is a course designed to welcome folks new to EPC and new to the Christian faith, yet all are welcome. Participants are encouraged to voice their doubts, concerns and questions as they interact with the leaders and the excellent Second Edition Christianity Explored material. The course is informal and relaxed. No one will ever be asked to sing, pray or read aloud, so be encouraged to invite friends and join us. For more information on Christianity Explored, including some great answers to often asked difficult questions, please visit http://www.christianityexplored.org/ or simply come and join us! Meets in the Library Room.
Ephesians led by Tim Coyle. While the book of Romans provides us with an in depth study of our salvation, Paul’s letter to the Ephesian churches provides us with the broadest scope of God’s overall work of redemption. In doing so, Ephesians focuses on how God has built and continues to build His church. At the same time, Ephesians is immensely practical. Ephesians has been called the “Queen of the Epistles” because of the richness of its content. As we study Ephesians, we want to gain insight into what God has to reveal to us through this book, and also to see how its teaching applies to us today. Meets in Balcony Room 200 above the Narthex.
Matthew led by Elder Larry DeHeer, Roger Jamieson and Dave Martin. There are few things that reveal God’s glory, build deeper relationships, and change one’s life like reading and studying the Bible with others. This course is an inductive Bible study, which means that participants are encouraged to bring a Bible and participate in discussion about what they’re reading. Larry, Roger and Dave lead the study in such a way that whether you are new to studying your Bible or have been studying it for years, you’ll be able to come along and witness treasures revealed. This course is a great follow-up to Christianity Explored and all are welcomed to come, study, and grow. Meets in Room 204 at the end of the Children’s Hallway, 2nd Floor
English as a Second Language led by Jim Thomas and Rev. Rick Gray. This course provides a place for our international guests to grow in their English listening skills as well as to grow in their spiritual understanding. ESL uses the morning worship service as a “spring board” to focus on listening to the sermon by previewing the Scriptures used in the sermon and discussing various elements of the worship service. This is an excellent time to put feet to your understanding & application of the gospel in the life of the church. There is no need for extensive scripture knowledge (although that is always is a help!) If you are a native English speaker, then you are already an expert in the use of English. So,the sacrifice we are looking for is a willingness to listen and talk in the classroom, fairly regular participation, and a love for our international friends. Meets in Balcony Room 202 above the Narthex.