WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS, 6:15-7:30 PM | ROOM 302
Core Classes are our commitment to provide every disciple at Signal Pres with a firm foundation to live the Christian life well. Jesus’ desire is for all who follow him to be equipped to live life well and to flourish. That kind of life doesn’t just happen; we need to build our lives on truths and habits, to be be equipped to grow ourselves and to love our neighbors. Our Core Classes provide an accessible place where you can learn and grow alongside others – whether you’re new to the Christian faith or have been following Jesus for years.
There are four Core Classes, each of which is eleven weeks and which are offered on a rotating basis each semester. Classes are offered on both Wednesday nights while Kids’ Discipleship and Student Ministry are going on elsewhere in the building, and also on Sunday evenings. Classes combine both up-front teaching from pastors and leaders in our church as well as discussion around tables. While our emphasis is forming you for faithfulness in your ordinary life, we love seeing new friendships form and grow through the class.
Our Core Classes
The Story of the Bible. It can be intimidating to open your Bible and try to read it for yourself. Who among us has not given up on trying to read through it when we reach the book of Leviticus? This class gives you the tools to be able to confidently read Scripture for yourself. First, you’ll learn the what the Big Story of the Bible is and how each of the Bible’s 66 books fits. And second, we’ll give you the basic skills that you’ll need to be able to read the Bible for yourself and apply it in your ordinary life. The Story of the Bible will take what was once intimidating so that you can find yourself in God’s good work in this world.
Habits of Grace. We all long to grow in grace. We want our lives to be marked more and more by the gentle kindness of Jesus and the joy and peace that the Gospel promises. But how do we do it? What would it look like to move toward Christian maturity in simple and concrete ways? Habits of Grace is an invitation to answer these questions. We’ll look at simple practices that you can build into ordinary life that will help you to both experience yourself and live before others the faithful presence of Jesus’ love.
Theology for Ordinary Life. Theology isn’t mean to be locked away in ivory towers or to be used for obscure debates that don’t touch our everyday lives. Instead, theology is meant for living – it’s meant to guide disciples to live faithfully and well in a world where truth can be hard to find. In this class we’ll walk through the basics of the Christian faith as they are stated in the Apostles Creed and learn how these doctrines guide us to the good life and also help us to love our neighbors well.
Missional Living. Scripture tells us that we are salt and light. Where there is decadence and darkness, Christians offer something good and beautiful. But we need more than grand ideas about this – we need to learn the simple and concrete ways that we can bless those around us. Our Missional Living class gives you simple ways that you can begin or continue this work: how to show hospitality, how to speak about your faith in ways that will engage your neighbors, and other ways we can serve and love those who God has put in our lives. This is a class for those who simply want to begin – and for those who are wondering what the next step in their own life of missional living is.
Our Core Classes are offered each semester at Signal Pres and will continue to be offered so that every disciple has a firm foundation to live ordinary life as the faithful presence of Jesus’ love.
Faithful Presence: Showing Jesus’ Love in Ordinary Life will be offered at two different times every week – on Wednesday evenings beginning January 11, 6:15-7:30 PM (at the same time as Kids Discipleship and Student Ministry for PreK-Grade 12) in Cornerstone Room 302, and on Sunday evenings beginning January 15, also 6:15-7:30 PM in Cornerstone Room 302.
Childcare is available on Wednesdays for age 0-4 years. Registration is requested.
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