2018-2019 Adult Classses


What is The Bible?

Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30. Led by Pastor Jason. Room 302.

What is the bible? Is it the “perfectly inspired word of God without error in the original manuscripts” or is it simply “a collection of stories and traditions passed down for thousands of years by a religious minority”? Or is it something in-between? Or all the above? This is a question that rarely gets discussed yet is at the heart of many of today’s thorniest theological and cultural issues.

So, let’s explore it together.

Over four weeks, Pastor Jason will lead us in an exploration of the Bible as a whole. This won’t be a normal Bible study, although we will look at some passages in depth. Instead it will be an exploration of what the Bible itself is, how we think about it, how we use it, and what we are to do with it.

Come, be a part of the conversation.


Hourglass Bible Study

The Theme is Chosen by God. Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 beginning October 7. In the Conference Room.

The Bible is full of stories that reveal God’s choice of individuals for vital tasks.  Beginning October 7, we will take up a variety of Bible passages describing people chosen by God – some famous, some lesser known.  We will explore how God selected them, how they realized they had been chosen, and how God’s people discerned or failed to discern God’s will.  We’ll apply the variety of approaches discussed in Pastor Jason’s September class, “What is the Bible?”  Everyone is welcome, and advance preparation is not required.


Nuclear Nonproliferation

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Led by Dr. Tara Drozdenko. Room 302.

This class will explore our history and personal connection to nuclear weapons. We will quickly review the history of nuclear weapons and how they work. We will also look at our own histories with nuclear weapons, social justice issues surrounding nuclear weapons, and the church’s response.


The Power of Civility

Postponed; check back for rescheduling this class.
Led by Tom Kersten. Room 302.

How do we talk with and treat those we disagree with… and is it worth the effort? Can we really break out of the insulated, self-perpetuating thinking that our modern world seems to push us toward? Do other people’s opinions even matter anymore, and if so, is there anything valuable we can learn from them? Where have society’s manners gone?

Drawing on 3 bestselling books, these are a few of the hard questions we can wrestle with while exploring the political, social, economic and moral implications of our fast-paced, money obsessed, media-driven modern world.


Discernment Conversations

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25. Fellowship Hall.

A series of “Discernment Conversations” with the Discernment Committee about the future of First Baptist Church. Drawing upon the responses we have received to the recent survey and questionnaire, we invite you to participate and provide your input to these important discussions about the future of our church.


Advent

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23.

The Board of Christian Education is working on a special Advent class. More information to come.


Do you have an idea for a class? Want to explore a topic with a group of your friends at First Baptist church? Talk to Carolyn Cross or Pastor Jason.