Sunday Morning Adult Classes – 9:30 am

April 8th – June 10th

 Micah, Jonah, Nahum                                                                         Lamar Bowman                                                                            Main Auditorium

Micah, a prophet who gave hope to Israel in a time of oppression and an impending crisis in the shadow of the Assyrian and Babylonian exile—a hope brought through a remnant and the seed of David. Jonah, a rebellious prophet who was taught the hard way God loves Israel’s enemies, the Assyrians. Nahum, a prophet who shows that the justice of God and the destruction of the Assyrians will result in peace and refuge for God’s faithful people. You are invited to delve into these books and learn of the power and significance of God’s grace and justice expressed through his servants, the prophets. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Community Parenting                                                               Brentwood Hills Student Ministry                                                   Family Life Center

There is a common phrase used when raising a child – “it takes a village.” While we agree with this sentiment, we would like to slightly modify that phrase to “it takes a faith community.”  The role of the parent is crucial in the formation of a student’s faith, however we as Christians must seek to encourage, affirm, support, and share wisdom with those parents.  The goal of this class is to better equip parents on raising their child, but we will also focus on ways to better equip the church on helping raise the youth of today. This class will cover topics that students struggle with today — anxiety, suicide, social media, etc. This class will also be a time of sharing from guest speakers, current parents of students in our ministry, and parents who previously had students in our ministry. We invite all parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves students to be a part of this opportunity to grow in knowledge and community. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 First & Second Timothy                                                                Mike Canterbury/Terry Booker                                                       Reception Room

Paul had first met Timothy in the city of Lystra where Timothy was known and respected by Christians. Upon recognizing Timothy’s gifts, Paul recruited the young man to travel with him as he continued his second missionary journey. Years later, the aging apostle offered practical and pastoral advice to the young leader as he worked in the church at Ephesus.  The practical matters of First Timothy emphasize the purity that should characterize Christian leaders and the gatherings they oversee to encourage the continued growth of Christians. Second Timothy continues Paul’s encouragement to the young leader; though hardship would come, Paul wanted Timothy to persevere and remember what he had learned, drawing on the rich heritage of faith that had been passed down to him, not just from Paul but also from his mother and grandmother. There is still much we can learn from these letters today. Join us as we explore these letters in an intergenerational setting, and, like Paul and Timothy, draw on a rich heritage of faith shared among both young and old.

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 Second Corinthians                                                               Don Barker/J Baugh/Jon Taylor/John Young                                      Small Auditorium

Paul addressed serious problems in the church at Corinth in First Corinthians, but many rejected his advice. He followed up with a painful visit and then sent them what we call Second Corinthians. In this letter he defended his apostleship, rebuked his critics, and assured all the brother and sisters that he forgave and loved them. Essentially, Paul challenges believers to see life through the paradox of the cross. Because of the cross and God’s Spirit, Jesus’ followers receive power to live transformed lives. They become equipped to take up Jesus’ sacrificial life and make it their own. As a result, his disciples may live differently and model the values God desires, including generosity, humility, and weakness.

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 The Holy Spirit                                                                                        Jon Lowrance/Kevin Burns                                                                   Room 502

 What did Jesus say about the Holy Spirit, and how does that apply to your life? In the Gospel of John, Jesus introduces us to the Holy Spirit. Personal, intimate, and life-giving, the Spirit Jesus describes is a Spirit we ache to know. The Spirit Jesus talks about in the Final Discourse is a Companion, a Helper, a Teacher, a Comforter. He is no stranger, with an odd agenda and an unknown nature. He is Jesus present again with his disciples in eternal form. As Jesus reveals himself in the Spirit, he focuses on the work of the Spirit we value most: transformation, wisdom, Christ-like character, courage. So how do we grow in a relationship with this Spirit? How do we make our relationship with the Spirit a daily privilege? Join us as we explore these questions through study, discussion, and practices for walking in the Spirit. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Every Good Endeavor                                                               Josh Allen | Ritchie and Kelly Pickens                                                        Cedar Room

What is the purpose of work? Why does it often feel frustrating and fruitless rather than meaningful and fulfilling? All work is objectively valuable, but it only becomes subjectively fulfilling when you see it as a calling to love God and neighbor. The good news? You don’t need to be a paid church staff member or a missionary overseas to partner with God and love others through your job. Your daily work is ultimately an act of worship to the God who called and equipped you to do it—no matter what kind of work it is. So, what does it mean to be a Christian accountant, teacher, doctor, nurse, administrator, business owner, attorney, stay-at-home parent—or whatever you do for work? How do we connect what we do on Sunday morning with what we do the rest of the week? Rather than thinking of ourselves as Christians only when we’re doing “church activities,” we should be able to identify, with conviction and satisfaction, the ways in which our daily work participates with God in his love and care for the world.  With the help of Tim Keller’s book, Every Good Endeavor, our goal is to feed your imagination and stir your action with the richness of what the Christian faith says about the integration of faith and work. We will also develop vocation groups to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities for workers in various fields. Each person (or couple) will receive a copy of Keller’s book.

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 Women’s Class                                                                                Susan Hale/Dona Howell                                                                             Room 500

The Women’s Class will be studying the book, “Think Differently–nothing is different until you think differently”, by James MacDonald.  This is a study through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.