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Adult Electives will help you to passionately follow Jesus through increasing your Bible knowledge, promoting spiritual growth, training you to apply biblical wisdom to every area of your life, and equipping you to make disciples.

Adult Electives are free courses offered throughout the year, made available to anyone in the church or community who would like to: LEARN - Grasp the big picture of God’s Word and your part in it; APPLY - Rightly handle the truth of scripture and apply it to life; GROW - Develop a solid foundation of biblical doctrine, worldview, and discernment


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• Discovering the Glorious Joy of the Gospel - Part 1

September 8 - October 20 | 9:00 am

Room 214/216 | Led by Dalyn Dye
In the Forward to D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ book Spiritual Depression, Its Causes and Cure, he writes: Unhappy Christians are, to say the least, a poor recommendation for the Christian faith; and there can be little doubt that the exuberant joy of the early Christians was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity.” In the first chapter he writes: “It is very sad to contemplate the fact that there are Christian people who live the greater part of their lives in this world in a condition of spiritual depression.” During this unit we will explore the first half of Lloyd-Jones’ book. The book is comprised of 21 sermons Jones preached at Westminster Chapel. As we explore these sermon themes together, may we learn what it means to be “filled with the inexpressible and glorious joy” of the Gospel (1 Peter 1:8).

• Lamentations: A Message of Hope for Hurting People

October 6 - 27 | 10:45 am

Room 211 | Led by Mark Revell
The book of Lamentations is a set of five poems which were written at the time of one of the most pivotal events in all of the Old Testament – the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC. Jerusalem, after all, is the “City of God”, and as the location of the temple, it was the central geographic location on the planet and the earthly dwelling place of God. It was literally the center of the world for Jewish people, and Lamentations paints a horrifying picture of the city lying in ruins.

 Although noted Old Testament scholar Christopher Wright powerfully expresses the significance of this short book with the statement, “We should not read the Bible without Lamentations," many of us are largely unfamiliar with this text aside from chorus of the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness".

 But Lamentations is a book for today – its themes of suffering, pain, sorrow, and lament resonating deeply with the world in which we live. Each week of the class we'll look broadly at Lamentations through a different lens: Lamentations and the Bible, Lamentations and Suffering, Lamentations and Jesus, and Lamentations and the Church.

 This class is for anyone who would like to better understand how the story of Scripture, ultimately a message of hope, connects with hurting people and a broken world. It is recommended that you read through Lamentations several times before week one – maybe even try listening to it once or twice to it using an audio Bible!

• Ecclesiasties: Is Life Hopeless

November 3 - 24 | 9:00 am

Room 214/216 | Led by Steve Stenzel
Ecclesiastes is a book that is often quoted.  Lots of people feel it resonates with life—hopelessness, vanity, all is meaningless.  That sounds like our world today.  Christians can fall into that thinking as well if we don’t understand what God teaches us in this book of the Bible.  Let’s take some time together to examine this book and see what we can learn.

• Living in the 1st 21st Century: Finding Hope While Sojourning in a Hostile World (a study in 1 Peter)

November 3 - December 15 (no class on December 1) | 10:45 am

Room 211 | Led by Pastor Tim Bruns
The Apostle writes to a group of Christians who were refugees -- both literally and spiritually. His letter to them "highlights emphatically the problems of Christian life and witness in the presence of a world not only out of step with God's purposes but actually set against it" (commentator Joel Green). Peter's epistle was an invitation to adopt God's way of seeing things so that believers could live as sons and daughters of the King -- even if it meant being called to faithful suffering for the sake of Christ. What was needed in the 1st century church is also needed for us today. Bible scholar Karen Jobes articulates that the significance of this NT book for us modern readers quite well, "Christians need to be transformed in their thinking about who they are in Christ and what that implies for relationships with other believers and with society . . . This letter has something important to say about the engagement of Christians and culture . . . [and it speaks] to the heart of the believer, whether babes in Christ or seniors in the faith".

• The Intertestamental Period: From the Prophesied Messiah to the Incarnated Christ

January 5 - February 9 | 9:00 am

Room 214/216 | Led by Christian Blumenfeld
The historical period between the book of Malachi and the Gospel of Matthew lasted over 400 years. It is commonly known as the Intertestamental period or the “gap” between the Old and the New Testaments. It is also called the “silent years” because God did not speak through prophets during this period of time. However, prophetic silence does not mean divine inactivity. On the contrary during these centuries God was busy preparing the world for the arrival of His Incarnated Son:

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son…”Galatians 4:4

The “fullness of time” means that the Creator of the universe orchestrated the perfect scenario for the advent of His Son; the chosen people were back in the holy land from exile, the temple was restored, Greek was lingua franca among nations, Scripture was being translated in the common Greek language, and one world power, the Roman empire provided political stability. Join us as we are going to learn how God prepared the world so that all men of all nations would expect and be transformed by the incarnated gospel.

• Crown Financial: How to Manage God’s Money

January 5 - March 8 | 10:45 am

Room 211 | Led by Steve Stenzel
We offer Crown Financial MoneyLife classes which involve a 10-week study that combines solid biblical teaching, powerful online tools and hands-on practical applications to help you manage your finances God's way. Whether you're in great shape or you are struggling financially, this study on the biblical perspective of money, has the potential to change your finances and your life.

There is a cost of $40 for the book and registration IS REQUIRED.
CLICK HERE for more information about Crown Financial

• Discovering the Glorious Joy of the Gospel - Part 2

March 8 - April 26 (no class Easter Sunday, April 12) | 9:00 am

Room 214/216 | Led by Dalyn Dye
In the Forward to D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ book Spiritual Depression, Its Causes and Cure, he writes: Unhappy Christians are, to say the least, a poor recommendation for the Christian faith; and there can be little doubt that the exuberant joy of the early Christians was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity.” In the first chapter he writes: “It is very sad to contemplate the fact that there are Christian people who live the greater part of their lives in this world in a condition of spiritual depression.” During this unit we will explore the first half of Lloyd-Jones’ book. The book is comprised of 21 sermons Jones preached at Westminster Chapel. As we explore these sermon themes together, may we learn what it means to be “filled with the inexpressible and glorious joy” of the Gospel (1 Peter 1:8).

How to Get Involved

Adult Electives are FREE and there is no registration required, so come to the class—or classes—you like!

Questions?

We will be happy to answer any questions you might have:

Christian Blumenfeld
Adult Elective Ministry Leader
224-531-1692
Email Christian

Tim Bruns
Pastor of Adult and Care Ministries
815-459-1095 x329
Email Pastor Tim