Faith Academy Fall 2017

(Classes organized by start date; click on the class name to register)

The Parables
Sundays, August 27 (11 weeks)
3:00pm-5:00pm Conference Room
Materials fee: $30
Kim Stepniak, facilitator
Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly.
Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables, he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known. (Participants will receive both a book and work book)

Making the Bible Understandable, Interesting and Useful (Part 1)
Wednesdays, August 30 (12 weeks)
6:30pm-7:30pm Rm TBA
Johnny Walker, facilitator
Materials fee: $0
Discover the Bible’s Foundational Principles and learn how to apply them to your Biblical questions. Below are just a few of the questions we will answer:

  1. How can I explain to someone unfamiliar with the Bible what it is about in a couple of sentences?
  2. What is the divine purpose, order and structure to the content and placement of each book in the Bible?
  3. What is the purpose and meaning of all those boring genealogies?

And so much more!

Men’s Bible Study 
Wednesdays, August 30 (ongoing)
6:30-7:30pm CLC 203 (Library)
This ongoing small-group is open to men who would like to grow in their faith, study and discuss Scripture and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe
Wednesdays, August 30 (6 weeks)
6:30pm-7:30pm CLC207/211
Materials fee: $12
Jackie Payne, facilitator
One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all the activities and busyness and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. We miss the moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christ-likeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts. It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. In the Old Testament, God instituted principles and laws that would transform the Israelites’ mindset. He didn’t just want them legally free; He wanted them to be able to walk in the freedom and enjoy it. So God gave them many gifts, including boundaries in which to enjoy those gifts. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life.

Twelve Women of the Bible
Tuesdays, September 5 (6 weeks)
9:30am-11:00am CLC209
Materials fee: $12
Bernie Dickson, facilitator
In this 12-session small group Bible study, Twelve Women of the Bible, Lysa TerKuerst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens, and other leaders look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for your life today. Each of the 12 sessions focuses on one biblical character. You’ll also discover lessons from each of these women that will help you persevere through the circumstances you are facing today.

Disciple I: Fast Track
Wednesdays, September 6 (24 weeks)
6:30pm-8:00pm Room TBA
Materials Fee: $35
Rev. Maxie Moore, facilitator
Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study, provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text. Fast Track groups meet for a total of 24 weeks, devoting 12 weeks each to the Old Testament and the New Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings, which last about 75 minutes.

The Wesleyan Challenge
Wednesdays, September 6 (4 weeks)
6:30-7:30pm Parlor
David Powell, facilitator
Materials Fee: $10
Wesley who? As mature Methodists, the question seems unimaginable, but do our younger laypeople know who John Wesley was and what he means to our church? The Wesley Challenge introduces our denomination’s father in a practical and accessible way through twenty-one questions studied over three weeks.

Disciple II: Into the Word, Into the World (Fast Track)
Wednesdays, September 6 (12 weeks)
6:30pm-8:00pm CLC209
Kara Schmidt, facilitator
Materials fee: $35 (for OT and NT manuals)
Into the Word, Into the World helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will meet three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.

A Woman Overwhelmed: A Bible Study on the Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus
Mondays, September 11 (6 weeks)
9:15am-10:30am CLC208
Materials fee: $12
Susan Hale, facilitator
Choose to be overwhelmed! Not with the demands of life faced by women today, but with our overwhelming God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, our days are no longer filled with frustration, fatigue, and stress, but with peace, hope, love, and joy instead. In her six-week book and study, A Woman Overwhelmed, best-selling author Hayley DiMarco offers personal stories and biblical strategies for addressing worry, uncertainty, and isolation, and encourages us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power by recognizing the spiritual beauty that surrounds life’s messes.