All elective classes meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Session 1: January 14 – 28 (3 weeks)
Bob Parker, Deacon
Located in the Chapel
Over three weeks, this class will focus on understanding and practicing stewardship in accordance with God's revealed will for the coming of his kingdom, our flourishing in Christ, and the flourishing of our neighbors. The class will set stewardship in the context of stewarding our very lives, but the class will focus specifically on stewarding the resources God has given each of us. We will define stewardship, seek to understand biblical stewardship principles, and learn to apply those principles using real-life examples and exercises. This class will also touch on Cedar Springs 2018 budget to help people understand how the church applies these principles and stewards its resources.
Understanding Worship and How It Shapes Us
Andrew Duncan, Director of Choral Ministries
Why do we gather for corporate worship on Sunday mornings? Why do we sing a certain kind of song? Recite certain kinds of words? Listen to sermons? What is going on and why does God command us to gather to do these things? This 3-week elective will explore the foundations and facets of gospel-centered worship and explore how worship impacts every aspect of our everyday lives.
Session 2: February 4 – 25 (4 weeks)
Learning to See the Gospel in the Stories of Our Culture
WILL NOT MEET 2/25!! (only 3 weeks)
Matt Avery, Pastor of Discipleship
Meets in the Chapel
Every culture in human history has told stories. We are wired for story, and the gospel story of the redemption of the people of God in particular. Every story told in every book, movie, TV series and song testifies to the truth of the gospel in one way or another. This class will focus on learning to see the truth of the gospel in the stories of our culture, using these stories to engage others in gospel conversations, and appreciating how God uses these stories to help us understand more of who he is, who we are, and how he is working in our lives.
The Trinity: How We Understand the Triune God and Why It Matters (Choir Room)
John Lyons, Elder
This three week class will explore the historical development of and biblical teachings regarding the Trinity, including early church growth and teachings, issues and challenges of the early church, conflicting theologies regarding Jesus, and conclusions of the early church fathers. We will examine both old and new testament scriptures, discuss non-Trinitarian teachings of Arius, and examine creeds developed to capture Trinitarian Theology. We will capture “Truths” regarding the Trinity, and discuss how our understanding of the Trinity relates to or influences who we are as children of God made in His image.
Session 3: 3/18 -3/25 (2 weeks)
Sharing Your Faith in the Ordinary Course of Your Life
Sheryl Taylor, Deacon
Meets in the Chapel
Most of us struggle with evangelism. We know it is our duty as Christians to tell others about Christ, but it often seems burdensome and unsuccessful. We think we need to have all the answers and have a sophisticated theological argument. But sharing our faith with the people we already know and have a relationship with —our friends—is more about intentionality, love, dependence on the Spirit and a willingness to listen. Come learn how simple and natural it is to talk about Jesus with the people God has already put in your life.
Session 4: April 8 – May 6 (5 weeks)
Marriage Communication: Respect, Intimacy, Truth, & Freedom
Dale and Mary Beth Berry, Members and Dale is the Clinical Director of Ebenezer Counseling Services
Meets in the Chapel
Being made in the image of God, we are made for relationship. Marriage is the special
relationship of unique intimacy designed to be safe to trust one’s heart to your mate.
Additionally, healthy marriage is a living metaphor for Jesus’ love and care for the
church. Mary Beth and Dale Berry want to help you strengthen your marriage
relationship and are sure to tell some stories from their 37 year Odyssey . They will
share some of the essential ingredients of healthy marriage with emphasis on
connecting via communication. Our tongue is powerful for good or ill as illustrated in
Proverbs 12:18, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Come join Mary Beth and Dale as we grow
in being a blessing to our mates.
THIS CLASS WILL MEET 3 WEEKS 4/22 – 5/6
John Tolsma, Member
Meets in the Choir Room
As we turn the corner and begin preparing for summer, we have the chance to set aside our complex list of “to dos” and “should haves” and focus on a simpler, more focused life. We can do the same in our walk with Christ. Fortunately, Jesus gives us a picture of what a simple, vibrant faith can look like in the parables of Matthew 25. We’ll take three weeks to think practically about what it means to live expectantly, to live intentionally, and to live generously by drawing closer to Jesus and focusing on his simple, yet powerful message of grace.