Introduction to the Bible

The Bible tells a story. It’s a beautiful account of God’s love and rescue plan for people throughout history. The class will show you how this single story line ties the entire Bible together and how each book of the Bible fits into the whole.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Introduction to What We Believe

What we believe about God’s Word is important because it affects how we live. Using our church’s Statement of Faith, this class will provide you with a clear, basic understanding and biblical support of what we believe.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Connections Class

Connections Class is your opportunity to discover more about our church family, and it also gives us an opportunity to get to know you! This one-time class meets on Sunday mornings and is great for newcomers or anyone who is interested in:

  • A safe place for you to ask questions about our church and its programs.
  • Discovering what an Evangelical Free Church believes and why.
  • Learning about our philosophy of ministry, our vision statement, and our core values.
  • An opportunity to meet and interact with church leaders and ministry volunteers.
  • Finding out what ministries and serving opportunities are available for adults, students, and children.
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Introduction to Baptism

We offer baptism classes several times a year to share more about this important step of obedience. Baptism is a public declaration of what has happened in the life of a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this sense, it is similar to a graduation ceremony in high school or college. The ceremony itself does not entitle a person to graduate; the ceremony is simply a time to publicly declare what has already happened—namely, that the person has completed four years of education. Likewise, baptism does not entitle a person to salvation.

The act of baptism is a time to declare what has already happened—that a person has repented and entrusted his or her life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. By going under the water, we identify with Christ’s death and burial; being lifted out of the water, we identify with His resurrection (see Romans 6:3-5).

Additional Requirements

  • Submit a baptism application and your written testimony.
  • Discuss your application and testimony with a pastor.
  • Publicly share your testimony at a baptism service.
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Introduction to Spiritual Gifts

The Bible says that all followers of Christ “have different [spiritual] gifts, according to the grace given us.” Using a spiritual gifts inventory, this class will help you understand what spiritual gift(s) you may have and give guidance to confirm and develop them.

Supplemental Resources

Take the free spiritual gifts inventory online to get started: www.efccl.org/gifts.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Introduction to Mentoring

This class is for those who have already been mentored or discipled. It will give you practical steps to use materials (such as Real Faith, the curriculum we recommend for one-to-one mentoring), so you can reproduce yourself spiritually.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

Membership Seminar

Learn more about our church’s legacy and heritage, our vision, our Statement of Faith, and more at this three-hour class, led by Pastor Jay Childs and Pastor Tim Bruns.

Becoming a member of a local church is biblically supported:

  • A church family identifies us as genuine believers when we come together to love from different backgrounds, races, and social statuses (John 13:35).
  • A church family moves us out of self-centered isolation to learning to care about others (1 Corinthians 12:26).
  • A church family helps us develop spiritual muscle by participating in the full life of a local church (Ephesians 4:16). 
  • The Body of Christ needs every one of us for every believer plays a unique role in God’s family (1 Corinthians 12:7).
  • Satan loves detached believers because they are defenseless and powerless against his tactics (2 Corinthians 8:5).

Additional Requirements

  • Submit a membership application form.
  • Share your personal testimony with two or more members of the Elder Board.
  • Your membership will be affirmed by existing church members at the next business meeting (annually scheduled in October with additional meetings as needed), after which you may vote on any business presented during that meeting.
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Getting Acquainted.

How to Study the Bible

The Bible is like no other book in the world because it comes from God (2 Timothy 3:16), will last forever (Isaiah 40:8), and is the truth (John 17:17). Since the pages of scripture contain all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4), it is critical that we handle it correctly so as to understand its meaning and application. This class will teach the inductive method of studying the Bible, so you can discover truth for yourself. It will also encourage you to develop life-long reading and study habits that promote spiritual growth and discernment (Hebrews 5:14).

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Old Testament Survey

This stands as a core class and a prerequisite to other Bible-related classes. It is foundational not only for the understanding of the New Testament but also to the understanding of the Bible as a whole. The Old Testament was scripture quoted by Jesus and the Apostles, but it also represents the foundational theology for early Christians and the Church prior to the development of the biblical canon.

The Old Testament primarily deals with questions about God’s character, plan, and relationship with His human creation. This course seeks to explore the theological relationship, harmony, and unity between the major sections of the Old Testament in two parts:

SESSION 1: The Law and History (Genesis through Esther)
SESSION 2: The Prophets and Poetry (Job through Malachi)

Explore the context and connection of the Old Testament books, their role in understanding God’s redemptive plan, and how the contemporary believer can benefit from it.

  • Learn the historical, geographical and cultural context in order to promote a better understanding of their message and purpose.
  • Learn about the language, transmission, and translations.
  • Learn how the people, places, and events in the Old Testament storyline shaped the relationship between God and man.
  • Learn about key theological and doctrinal principles and their impact to the Church in the New Testament.
  • Learn sound hermeneutical rules of Old Testament scripture interpretation and proper application to your Christian walk.
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

New Testament Survey

If we were to summarize the entire New Testament in one phrase, “God among us” would probably be it. The New Testament is a collection of books written about the incarnated God in the person of Jesus Christ and the story of His divine role, relationship, and ministry to humanity.

This class follows the people, places, and events that led to the single most important event in history—the Cross—and the subsequent birth, growth and future of the Church. It also seeks to reveal the theological unity and progression of the New Testament’s in two major segments:

SESSION 1: The Gospels and Acts (Matthew through Acts)
SESSION 2: Pauline Letters, General Letters, and Revelation (Romans through Revelation)

  • Identify your own individual role within God’s redemptive plan.
  • Learn the historical and cultural context in order to promote a better understanding of the primary message of the Gospel.
  • Learn the similarities and differences between the Gospels (the synoptic problem) and their overreaching theological message.
  • Learn the purpose and theology of the Pauline and General Letters, specifically how they shape our beliefs and behavior.
  • Learn how the New Testament Church teachings are completely reliable and relevant to the contemporary Church and its ministry to the world and culture around us.
  • Learn from the early Christians how to develop and persevere in spiritual disciplines.
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Bible Doctrine

The Bible is God’s truth and is useful for doctrine and teaching, “showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, [and] training us to live God’s way” (2 Timothy 3:16). Jesus told His followers that as they were going, making, and baptizing disciples, they were also to teach them everything in God’s Word. It is vital for believers to have a firm grasp on the key doctrines of Scripture. This class will use three sessions (one month each) to provide an in-depth look at these Bible doctrines.

SESSION 1: Foundation

  • God, His characteristics, the work of creation, and the Trinity
  • The Bible, its transmission (revelation and inspiration), and its power (eternal, inerrant, and ultimate authority)
  • The human condition, that we are made in the image of God, and the entrance and effects of sin

SESSION 2: Salvation

  • The deity, incarnation, and earthly life of Jesus Christ
  • The work of Christ on the cross and the blessings of salvation
  • The person and work of the Holy Spirit

SESSION 3: Transformation

  • The true church: membership, spiritual gifts, purpose, local churches
  • Christian living, spiritual growth, making disciples, spiritual warfare
  • Christ’s Second Coming, the Tribulation, the Millennium, Hell and the Lake of Fire, the new Heaven and Earth, eternity
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Developing a Christian Worldview

In a world of differing voice competing for our allegiance, we must train our minds to think biblically. Yet the scriptures say that we are born with minds that are blinded, deceived, and corrupted. Can we be changed? Yes, the good news is that our hearts can be reclaimed! They can be redeemed through Christ, renewed by the truths of the Bible, and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. This class will help you cultivate a biblical mindset and apply it to range of issues present in our postmodern, post-Christian culture.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Apologetics

In the quest for truth, you need to know what you believe and why you believe it. This class seeks to provide you with two things:

  • A solid foundation for believing in biblical Christianity
  • The ability to respond to the most common objections and attacks on Christianity

Topics include the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, the problem of suffering and evil, fulfilled prophecy, miracles, and the deity and resurrection of Jesus.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Spiritual Disciplines

Have you recently begun your Christian life? Good for you! This class will help you get off to a great start. Are you a longtime believer who is ready to take your spiritual growth to a new level? That’s great! A fresh new look at the essentials of your life in Christ can provide the inspiration and guidance you need to keep on track.

God’s desire is that Christians will be conformed in the likeness of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The freedom to grow in holiness—to naturally express Christ’s character through our own personality—is in large part dependent on a deliberate cultivation of spiritual disciplines. Join us as we look at an array of disciplines, including scripture meditation, prayer, worship, fasting, and serving.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Developing a Disciple-making Lifestyle

Have you ever been discipled by another believer? That is, did anyone help you in the process of coming to faith? After you came to Christ, did anyone help you grow more like Jesus, either informally or in some organized fashion? Or, from the other side, have you ever been in the discipling role, helping someone come to faith in Christ or grow as His disciple? If you answered yes, you already have some experience with disciple-making. If you answered no, fear not, for help is at hand. 

Help? Why do I need help? you say. I am not called to a ministry of disciple-making. That’s somebody else’s job. If this is your reaction, you have lots of company. Many in the church today think that disciple-making is someone else’s ministry. But Jesus doesn’t give us that option. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples, told them that universal authority had been conferred on Him, and commissioned them to a universal mission:

“Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

This was, and still is, Jesus’ command to spread God’s kingdom throughout the world, and you and I have a part to play. Simply put, we are to reproduce ourselves spiritually by taking disciples through the same basic teaching and training that Jesus had given His followers through their apprenticeship with Him. Join us in this class for a look at Jesus’ call to make disciples and how we are to do it.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Core.

Crown Personal Finance

Many Christians have been taught only God’s principle of handling 10-percent of their income—the area of tithing. Although this is crucial, they do not understand the Lord’s perspective of handling the other 90 percent. In the Crown MoneyLife personal finance study, you will learn what Scripture teaches about managing all your possessions.

This study is both for those struggling financially and those who have a strong financial picture. It is very practical and uses new online tools to help you apply what you have learned in the weekly sessions. This is a highly relational biblical financial study intended to create interaction among group members that will foster mutual support and accountability for the entire group.

You will not be asked to reveal any personal financial information.

Combining solid biblical teaching, powerful online tools, and hands-on practical experiences, the MoneyLife personal finance study is a two-month journey with the potential to change not only your finances but also your life.

Additional Requirements

Participants should expect to spend one to two hours a week in preparation—completing homework assignments, memorizing Scripture, and praying for one another daily.

The cost for course materials is $50 for an individual (couples may share) and includes one copy of the MoneyLife personal finance study student manual and DVD.

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Specialized.