[See below for classes designed for everyone]
The Discipleship / Adult Education Ministry Team plans various classes that are offered at ACC. Our goal is for everyone to mature as a follower of Jesus Christ as they develop both Bible knowledge and skills for Christian living.
Standard Lesson Class
This course systematically covers the entire Bible in a six-year cycle. If you would like to get a good grasp on Biblical history and how it applies to your life, then this class is for you. Our focus this quarter will be looking at what Jesus called “the first and greatest commandment,” — to love God. We’ll draw from both the Old and New Testaments to learn what it is about God that makes Him worthy of our love.
George Cornell, David Bruess & Jerry Wacker, Teachers
Devoted Hearts (Women's Class): "Job"
Pain and hardship are inevitable and we can't avoid it, but as we look at Job and his plight, we will see in the midst of his darkness that light peeled through, hope stayed the course and unlikely joy emerged. We will see that God sees in your hardships and welcomes your difficult questions. Join us for this study each Sunday at 9:30 AM in the Choir Room. This is a DVD driven study with Lisa Harper. Study guides are available at your favorite on-line retailer. Class taught by Cathy Groen
Foundations is a brand new Sunday school class that teaches the basics of what the Bible says about what a Christian should believe and how a Christian should act. For fifteen weeks, we will consider questions like:
- Who is God & how can I get to know Him?
- Does God really care about me?
- What does God expect from me?
- What should I do about the poor and injustice?
- What happens after this world ends?
You might ask: Is this class for me? If you are new to ACC or just wondering what Christianity is all about, this class is for you. If you’ve been a Christian for a while and you want to grow deeper in your understanding of the Bible, this class is for you. We will meet in Room #103 beginning January 20. Class taught by Joe Schmidt
Heaven — what is it? Where is it? And why should I want to think about it? This quarter, the Journeys class will take a look at heaven. Although heaven cannot adequately be described using earthly words, we will do our best to answer your questions. We’ll look at questions like: Will heaven last forever? Who will be there? What about purgatory? Will I be bored in heaven? What kind of body will I have in heaven? Will I be able to recognize my loved ones in heaven? Will my dog be in heaven? Okay — maybe we won’t answer that last one, but we’ll answer enough of your questions and hopefully give you a good enough vision of heaven that you will actually get excited about the prospect of going there when this life is over.
Mark LaPlaca & Brent Adams, Teachers
- Who is God & how can I get to know Him?
Adult Study: Revelation
For many of us, when we look at the New Testament, we start with the Gospels. They’re like old familiar friends. We also know the stories of Jesus along with Acts and the Epistles. But when we look at the book of Revelation it’s like the spooky house down the street that no one wants to get near. We don’t know who lives there and it scares us. In this class, we will knock on the door of the book of Revelation and get to know the people who live there. We won’t do an in depth verse-by-verse study, but after this class is over, you will no longer fear this book.
Class taught by David Miller
Women's Study: "Elijah -- Spiritual Stamina in Every Season"
Life is like a roller coaster. One day everything seems good and the next day everything can be falling apart. We need spiritual stamina in order to keep going through all the ups and downs. Elijah did too. In this DVD led study by Melissa Spoelstra, we'll learn some of the spiritual stamina secrets that helped him to hold on and persevere in faith, including habits related to prayer, choices, soul care, surrender, mentoring and leaving a lasting legacy. Class taught by Rhonda Jensen
Men's Study: "Following Jesus in the Mess of Life"
This study is from Knights of the 21st Century. The group will look at the practical situations we as men face in life -- and how to handle them. Most of life doesn't feel very "spiritual." So how do we live in ways that Jesus would applaud while we're living in this crazy world? That's what we're going to talk about on Wednesday nights this Winter! Class taught by Randy Lewis, Joe Schmidt & Rick Lund
Adult Study: "Being Salt & Light in our Post-Christian Culture"
More and more people around us today have a negative impression of Christians. They no longer see church as a good thing. What do we do? Jesus told us to GO to these very people with the Gospel!
This class is going to use several books as the basis for a discussion about how we as Christians can relate to our world when they seem less than interested. The course will begin with a look at what it means to live in a Post-Christian Culture. Then we’ll talk about how we respond. First book: Meet Generation Z, James Emery White. Class taught by Jim Conner