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2019 Sunday morning class audios 

Spiritual Warfare, Teri Cross PhD, Winter 2018-2019

Many refuse to admit or understand that there is a spiritual war being fought in the invisible realm because it seems too frightening or too surreal. Yet, to deny the existence of this war and the beings who wage it, is to reject the Word of God.  In addition, it feeds into Satan's greatest win - convincing people that he and his demons do not exist. Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:12 that, "...our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." These statements suggest that, although our enemies may be invisible, they are indeed real and their aim is to drag us away from God and even our brothers and sisters in Christ. This 3-quarter course will be an exhaustive study of the Spiritual War that is raging and how, by treating it as an earthly conflict, by acknowledging and calling on our holy, heavenly Allies and by using the weapons provided by God, we can fight with confidence and ultimately overcome evil.

Fusion, Mike Jones, Bill Estes, and Carlene Patterson, Winter 2018-2019

The goal of the Fusion curriculum is discipleship-driven lives. Participants take a journey through scripture with discussions that stretch the way people think about living the Christian life.  There is a new topic each month, part of a 6-year curriculum:  December - Proverbs on Walking in Wisdom, January - Romans on Walking in the Spirit, and February - Topical on Living out the Authentic Faith.  Each class focuses on people helping each other apply the lesson to their everyday lives, immediately.  The curriculum parallels that taught in the youth classes, providing opportunities for adults to talk with their teens about the Sunday lesson.  Note that the Fusion classes are discussion oriented and are not being recorded this semester.

Revelation, Stuart & D'Esta Love, Winter 2018-2019

This class is taught from the perspective that Revelation had to make sense to the seven churches of Asia Minor at the time they received it.  Truly, this was a time when Christians were looked upon as outsiders, as marginalized communities of faith in the midst of Greco-Roman urban culture (1:9).  Would they remain faithful witnesses to Jesus?  Remaining steadfast to Christ, the slaughtered lamb (5:9), the churches, then, and today, are admonished to have "an ear" and "listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches".

Fusion, Mike Jones, Bill Estes, and Carlene Patterson, Summer, 2018

The goal of the Fusion curriculum is discipleship-driven lives. Participants take a journey through scripture with discussions that stretch the way people think about living the Christian life.  There is a new topic each month, part of a 6-year curriculum.  Each class focuses on people helping each other apply the lesson to our everyday lives, immediately.

In addition, the curriculum parallels that taught in the youth classes, providing opportunities for adults to talk with their teens about the Sunday lesson.  Study magazines that amplify the message of the lessons are also provided.

 

June:  2nd Corinthians:  With Eternity in Mind, Great Expectations, Growing in Holiness, Grace for Every Trial

July:  Psalms: Prescription for Blessings, When We Can’t Find God, Past/Present/Future, A Reason for Hope

August:  Special Topics:  Truth You Can Count On, Truth Given by God, Truth Kept Pure, Truth Upheld

What God has Prepared for Those Who Love Him - Teri Cross PhD., Summer 2018

This is the last of three quarters in the study of the afterlife.  However, newcomers are still welcome.  The topics covered this summer will focus on questions related to the ETERNAL HEAVEN, including “What will the Second Coming of Jesus be like?”, “Where will the Eternal Heaven be located?”, “What will the Eternal Heaven be like (compared to the First Heaven?”, “Will we retain our gender identities?”, etc.

What God has Prepared for Those Who Love Him - Teri Cross PhD., Spring 2018

This is the second quarter of three in the study of this important subject.  Most of us have grown up with a large dose of frightening and inaccurate misconceptions about Heaven, Hell, Angels, and Eternity.  So so much so that Heaven often seems to be the better of two not-so-appealing options!  In this 100% scriptural class, we will examine the typical questions regarding life after such death, such as What happens when we die?  How many judgments will there be?  What is Hell like?  What is Heaven like?  Will we recognize our loved ones in Heaven?  What will our heavenly bodies look like?  Will we have super-powers in Heaven? and much, much more!

For Christians, death and dying should be something we don't fear.  Knowing what the Bible tells us to expect will give us comfort, peace and joy!  It will bless and uplift us!  You will be amazed at how much information God has given us about our Eternal Home!  This class is expected to continue for three quarters, so it will be comprehensive in scope.

Matthew, Stuart and D'Esta Love and Jim and Jan Browning, Spring 2018

The study of the book of Matthew continues for its third quarter in chapter 19.  Early in Christian history and tradition the Gospel of Matthew became the First Gospel in the Christian canon, the first writing of the New Testament.  We are spending most of a year reading, digesting, discovering, and sharing a portrait of Jesus written to particular Christians at a particular time and setting.

 

Matthew gives us a window into primitive Jewish Christianity.  Probably cast out of synagogues, these early followers of Jesus Messiah, Son of God, are in search of their Christian identity and mission after the traumatic destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.  So now, what is the meaning of God's faithfulness, will, presence, and forgiveness for their lives?  No longer can they rest on the laurels of their Jewish identity alone.  Rather, these Christians are called upon by the resurrected Messiah to go to allnations, declaring that Jesus is the path to the Kingdom of Heaven.  In our study we will discover that this gospel has universal meaning for our lives today. 

Quarter 3 (March, April, May) Matthew 19-28

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