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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.