This summer in place of our regular Adult Sunday Classes, we will be having elective classes on a variety of topics taught by gifted teachers in our church. In order to provide enough seating for each elective, we need to know which elective you would like to attend. Below is a list of electives and a brief description of each; choose one and sign up for it at the Information Center or online.
In You - for You! The Ministry of Spirit of Christ to the Believer: Steve Hankins
In this eight-week course, we will explore the New Testament’s teaching about the ministry of the Holy Spirit to those who walk by faith as disciples of Jesus. Laying a careful foundation, the course will first consider His true nature, the significance of the names He is given in the New Testament, and how He is described through carefully-selected metaphors found in the Bible. We will then study His ministries of sealing, baptizing, filling, gifting, illumining, and strengthening, performed for each of us as followers of Christ. As we examine the Scriptures, we will come to understand and be warned about blaspheming, quenching, and grieving the Holy Spirit, all sins we are urged to avoid. Finally with joy, we will discover what it is to be “led” by the Spirit, “walk” by the Spirit, and be empowered by the Spirit for bold and effective service through the church for the glory of Christ.
But God Meant It for Good: Lessons from the Life of Joseph: Brian Carruthers
Joseph - sold into slavery by his brothers, imprisoned because of a false accusation, and then forgotten. Through the providential hand of God, however, Joseph would be propelled from prison to the pinnacle of power where he would be used to rescue the land of Egypt - and his family - from starvation. This study will explore the construction of character in the life of Joseph through numerous illustrations of God’s providence, as well as identify practical lessons which can impact our lives today.
A Study of 1 John (Men): Chase Blankenship
How do we fight sin in our lives day by day? John wrote in 1 John 2:1, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.” That is a powerful idea - John is writing to give us practical truth for defeating sin. Join us for a men’s class as we study through 1 John for truth and help on overcoming every kind of temptation. ESV Journaling Bibles on 1-3 John will be available for those who want to follow along for $6 each.
A Study of 1-3 John: How to Study the Bible (Ladies): Stephanie Porter
Ladies, are you looking for a fresh way to study the Bible this summer? If so, come join us to learn a method that has been proven to help you really dig into a passage of Scripture. We will find more than just facts. We will learn about God and His character, and how to apply the passage to our lives. After we learn this method, we will use it to study and discuss the books of 1, 2, and 3 John.
The Armor of God: James Kliewer
According to Ephesians 6, all Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare and are admonished to "put on the whole armor of God." In this study, we will define spiritual warfare and look at this warfare in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in the present. We will also look at each piece of the Armor of God and how these pieces work together in our lives to produce a victorious life in Christ.
Apologetics: David Thomas & Matt Wells
Have you encountered scientific objections to Christianity from unsaved connections? Have you had difficult conversations with your own children about some of their doubts about the faith? How can we defend the Bible from attack when Christianity’s critics seem so intelligent, so persuasive, and so prevalent online? Join us for an eight-week class as we watch compelling videos and discuss strategies together for answering tough questions about Creationism and more.
Introduction to Biblical Counseling: Donn Arms
Paul wrote that he believed the Roman believers were “competent to counsel” others in the church (Romans 15:14). He reminded the Ephesian elders that his one-on-one ministry of the Word had been as important as his public ministry (Acts 20:20). This should be true for us at Calvary as well. If you share Paul’s burden and would like to know more, we invite you to join us as we take a broad survey of the basic aspects of this vital church ministry. Some topics covered will be the sufficiency of the Scriptures for counseling, who should counsel, counseling unbelievers, the counseling process, sanctification and the change process, mental illness and secular psychology, common counseling problems, gathering data about the problem, and giving hope to the counselee. The goal of this class is to present some basic information about this important ministry so the student can consider if he should pursue further training and perhaps participate in the counseling ministry at Calvary.
The Beatitudes: A Description of What Every Christian Is Meant to Be…and Can Be: Don Pennington
Join us for a verse-by-verse study of Matthew 5:3-10, the opening segment of the Sermon on the Mount taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples, exploring the rich text with insights from well-known teachers, authors, and expository preachers such as Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John MacArthur. The class style is teacher-led with a healthy amount of class participation, answering questions and providing comments on a voluntary basis.
Marriage & Family: Scott Taylor, Juan Teruel, Jerry Barron
This eight-week session will include a variety of marriage and family topics in both lecture and discussion-based format. Topics include biblical problem solving, relational drift, and spiritual intimacy between a husband and wife. Scott, Juan, and Jerry are all husbands and fathers at a similar life stage and bring unique perspectives to current family issues.
Christianity Explored: Guy Altizer
In addition to the electives described above, we will also be having another Christianity Explored class in A-1 for those who are interested in observing how to do a Bible study for the unsaved or to invite unsaved contacts to Calvary for a class on the basics of Christianity. A continental breakfast will be served before each class at 8:45 am.