Sunday School

Sunday School 

Classes for all ages!
9:30 ~ 10:30 Each Sunday

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Children’s Department ~ Eris Kennedy

Nursery – 24 months: Suzanne & Deb Ross, Dorinda Shaw Room EL 34
Pre-school:  K: Sheri & Caroline Smith - Room LL 7      
Elementary: Grades 1-3: Joann Merle  Room LL 9
Grades 4-6: Arielle Tuttle & Bekah Kelley - Room UL 39
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Adult Department (Includes Jr. & Sr. High)  ~ Pastor Sam Cobb

New Quarter Classes & Descriptions:

First Principles Series I      Christopher Greene, Facilitator
Description:
This course, developed by BILD International (BILD) is a catechetical teaching beginning with the essentials of the Christian faith.  The goal of the First Principle series is to lay a foundation of the First principles of the faith (based on the teachings of Christ) in the lives of believers that is so strong that they will be able to think biblically as they live their lives.  Another goal is to cultivate a desire to begin a journey toward the lifelong pursuit of wisdom.  The Focus of the First series is in the context of the local church.

Why You Should Attend:
Hope Church has determined that this would be one of our “Foundation” courses as part of our philosophy of “Equipping the Saints for the work of Ministry and building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12.  We are in full agreement with BILD’s contention that we are in an era of biblically illiterate believers.  Today it is crucial that we take to heart two verses that First Principles are formed around.  Colossians 2:8 tells us to not be held captive to the worlds philosophies but instead to those philosophies of Christ.  Secondly, Hebrews 5:11-14,  which reminds us that there is an expectation for those in the faith after many years that they would be mature and adequate in the Word; able to teach it, defend it, and to pass it on to the next generation.   We here at Hope affirm that good doctrine leads to a life of good ethics and good works.  We believe The First Principles lays the foundation for that.

Requirements:
Church membership is suggested as a prerequisite, but not a requirement to take this course.

Resources:
The Series I Course is comprised of the following 4 books:
Becoming a Disciple
Belonging to a Family of Families
Participating in the mission of the Church
Cultivating Habits of the Heart

 First Principles Series II    Pastor Sam Cobb, Facilitator
Description:
This course, developed by BILD International (BILD) is a catechetical teaching beginning with the essentials of the Christian faith.  The goal of the First Principle series is to lay a foundation of the First Principles of the faith (based on the teachings of Christ) in the lives of believers that is so strong that they will be able to think biblically as they live their lives.  Another goal is to cultivate a desire to begin a journey toward the lifelong pursuit of wisdom.  Series II of the First Principles focuses on the biblical foundation of the faith in the context of family life which should produce the wisdom necessary for a fruitful marriage, family, and lifework.

Why You Should Attend:
Hope Church has determined that this would be one of our “Foundation” courses as part of our philosophy of “Equipping the Saints for the work of Ministry and building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12.  We are in full agreement with BILD’s contention that we are in an era of biblically illiterate believers.  Today it is crucial that we take to heart two verses that First Principles is formed around.  Colossians 2:8 tells us to not be held captive to the worlds philosophies but instead to those philosophies of Christ.  Secondly, Hebrews 5:11-14,  which reminds us that there is an expectation for those in the faith after many years that they would be mature and adequate in the word; able to teach it, defend it and to pass it on in truth to the next generation.   We here at Hope affirm that good doctrine leads to a life of good ethics and good works.  We believe the First Principles Series lays the foundation for that.

Requirements:
Church membership and First principles Series I is suggested as a prerequisite, but not a requirement to take this course.

Resources:
The Series II Course is comprised of the following 4 books:
Enjoying your relationship
Passing on your beliefs
Envisioning fruitful Lifework
Building for future generations

Introduction to Theology II (Roman Catholicism)    Pastor Doug Foss, Facilitator
Description:
Introduction to Theology II is a continuation of Introduction to Theology I and is intended to heighten the awareness and knowledge of the class participants, as they study and are exposed to the subtle and distinct doctrines of Roman Catholicism.

This course is intended to meet five objectives:
1.  To increase the student's knowledge and understanding of the following eight major      doctrinal distinctives of Roman Catholicism: Scripture/Tradition, Salvation/Justification, Mary, the Sacraments, the Mass, the Priesthood,      Purgatory and the Papacy (Part II will examine the last four distinctives)
2.  To increase the student's confidence to share his faith with Roman Catholic people
3.  To equip the student with a greater knowledge of the Protestant faith
4.  To develop within the student a keen awareness of the dangers inherent within the eight major doctrines of Roman Catholicism
5.  To assist the student to understand that any individual professing Roman      Catholicism as their faith cannot, by definition, understand Christ to be the sole redeemer of God's elect

Why You Should Attend:
Because embracing Roman Catholic theology leads to a distorted view of the person and work of Jesus Christ, a false assurance of salvation, and negative eternal consequences, it is imperative that Christians learn the rationale behind Roman Catholic teaching and in turn learn to present the biblical gospel to our Roman Catholic family members and friends.  This course is designed to better prepare and equip the student for such a task. 

Requirements:
Prerequisite (but not necessary):
Church Membership
Introduction to Theology I

Resources:
Roman Catholic Student Manual
The Bible

Promise Plan Old Testament    Andy Smith & Ben Boehm, Facilitators
Description:
This is a foundational course that uses the work of Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr. to study the key strands and themes of the New Testament as they unfolded throughout history.  More specifically, it addresses the Promise Plan of God in the forms of the 1st Advent of Christ, The New Covenant, and the Return of Christ.

Why You Should Attend:
When we think of theology, we often think of Systematic Theology and its many different categories and doctrinal definitions.  Without a proper foundation, this can leave us with a very fragmented view of Scripture.  This course offers a Biblical Theological approach to studying the New Testament by looking at the development of the natural themes and motifs of the overarching story.  It offers a holistic, biblical foundation for thinking critically about the New Testament as it was intended and written.

Requirements:
To gain the best understanding from this course, we recommend taking the Promise Plan Old Testament as a prerequisite.

Resources:
The Bible
The Promise Plan of God (Walt Kaiser)
 
                                   
Twelve Ordinary Men: A Study in the Life of the Disciples    Roy Andersen,                                                                                                                                        Facilitator
Description:
Twelve Ordinary Men is a 15 week study in the life of the Disciples. Participants will discover the following about each of the Twelve: where they were from; who their family was; what their name means; the circumstances surrounding their call to follow Christ; how they contributed to the overall dynamics of the group.
 
Why You Should Attend:
Participants will discover the wisdom in the diversity of the group that Jesus assembled as well as how He shaped and prepared each of them to fulfill the Great Commission. Participants will be encouraged to see how God can use them in the spreading of the Gospel and in ministry to the local church.
 
Requirements:
This is an Elective Course - there are no prerequisites.
 
Resources:
PowerPoint, Class Notes, Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What he Wants to Do With You (MacArthur), Bible.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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