The Equipping Classes provide the necessary tools you need to grow in your walk with the Lord, and help you live out the gospel wherever God has placed you. Our ministry runs on the semester system, with classes beginning in January, May, and September of each year.

 

Our five core Level One courses are offered every fall and spring semester, on a rotating schedule that enables even those with limited availability to take all classes. Level Two classes, which require completion of some or all of our Level One classes, are generally offered in the 1:00pm hour. And our Summer Seminars are shorter-term courses that fit with the busy summer schedule.

 

All of our courses are designed to help each of us live out core biblical values, allowing the gospel to be the lens through which we view all of life.

 

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Who We Are

In the Scriptures, God calls every follower of Christ to maturity, ministry, and mission.

 

  • Maturity—grow in Christ
  • Ministry—serve the body of Christ
  • Mission—take Christ to the world

 

Under the leadership of Pastor Steve Mason, our hands-on classes give you tools to help you grow in each of these essential areas. Our courses strengthen your prayer life and your understanding of the Bible and our faith, enable you to share your faith with others, and help you answer difficult questions about Christianity. You can find descriptions of our courses below.

 

We want to help believers develop a gospel–centered worldview, deepening their walk with the Lord and living out the gospel wherever God has placed them. Our mission is to follow the instructions God gave to us in Ephesians:

 

And [Jesus] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Level 1 Courses

In Defending Your Faith, you’ll learn to engage people in meaningful discussions about their faith, defend your faith against difficult questions, and talk about the uniqueness of Christ as the only way to God, while increasing your confidence in the trustworthiness of the Scriptures.

 

This course runs for 10 weeks, and each class session lasts 75 minutes.

Grasping God’s Word teaches you to read and study God’s Word with greater clarity and comprehension; to understand Scripture in light of the context in which it was written; to see how Scripture was given to change the way we think, feel, and act; and to apply God’s unchanging Word to our lives and our changing world.

 

This course runs for 12 weeks, and each class session lasts 60 minutes.

Sharing Your Faith (formerly Gospel & Culture) helps you understand the biblical gospel in the way God revealed it from Genesis to Revelation. This approach helps you grow in your understanding of the gospel as seen through the lens of all Scripture. You’ll gain a greater understanding of our post-Christian society, better understand other worldviews, and be able to articulate the gospel more effectively.

 

This course runs for 10 weeks, and each class session lasts 75 minutes.

Teach Us to Pray will challenge you to draw closer to the Lord and enrich your walk with Him. We study what it means to pray according to God’s Word, develop our prayer lives through weekly challenges, and learn to be more comfortable when we pray with others.

 

This course runs 12 weeks, and each class session lasts 60 minutes.

What We Believe gives you an overview of the key areas of biblical doctrine, with emphasis on the biblical support for these key beliefs, how our beliefs affect our practice in the local church, and how what we believe should make a difference in our daily lives.

 

This course runs for 12 weeks, and each class session lasts 75 minutes.

Level 2 Courses

An overview of evangelism and apologetics in our modern global culture. You’ll study these vital topics primarily from the biblical standpoint, but also through philosophical and cultural lenses. You’ll be better equipped to share Jesus with those from other faiths and worldviews, engaging them effectively as you understand their viewpoints.

 

This course runs for 10 weeks, and each session lasts 90 minutes.

A two-semester course that takes you from the time leading up to the Incarnation through today.

 

Church History: Part 1 examines our history, from world events during the second temple period that set the stage for the coming of Christ to the corruption in the medieval church which set the stage for the Protestant Reformation.

 

Church History: Part 2 continues the exploration of our Christian heritage. Examine our history from the Protestant Reformation to recent movements and ongoing developments in the church worldwide. Our focus includes some of the greatest thinkers of Christian history, such as Jonathan Edwards, Bonhoeffer, and Kierkegaard.

 

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Deeper into God’s Word 1 builds upon the principles learned in Grasping God’s Word, with specific attention to the in-depth study of a New Testament letter. You’ll begin to learn to make informed decisions about biblical words, to read an entire letter as a whole and in light of the original situation in which it was written, and to understand how the epistles speak to the modern Christian. Doing so helps us apply the truths of these letters to our own walk with the Lord.

 

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Deeper into God’s Word 2 again builds on the foundation laid in Grasping God’s Word, now focusing our concentration on the study of the historical books in Scripture. You’ll learn to think about the events in view of the land in which they occurred, to read an entire narrative as a whole, and to understand how these histories speak to the modern Christian. In this process, we will begin to comprehend how to apply the truths we see to our own lives.

 

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Deeper into God’s Word 3 continues to build upon the foundation laid in Grasping God’s Word, now turning our focus on how to understand and apply the Gospels. You’ll learn to view each event in light of the entire Gospel and the author’s driving themes. This will help us to understand how each Gospel compels us to believe in Jesus Christ and live in light of His teachings.

 

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From God to Us is a basic introduction to the canon of Scripture, the history and science of textual criticism, and the basic issues inherent in Bible translation. You’ll understand the process by which the canon of Scripture was confirmed by God’s people, the means by which the Scripture text has been preserved and passed down through the ages, and gain an informed understanding of English translations of the Bible. It will increase your confidence in God’s Word and better enable you to defend your faith.

 

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Jesus described the new life He spoke of as a transformation that began on the inside and worked itself out: poor in spirit, pure in heart, born again, speaking out of the abundance of what is in our hearts. That process is not simply the acquiring of knowledge, but a relationship with the Eternal God that changes who we are from the inside out. This is biblical spiritual formation. It is not just knowing, but being.

 

This course helps you understand the biblical idea of spiritual formation by exploring the “Seven Questions of Spiritual Theology” and working in small groups to foster and facilitate spiritual formation in one another.

 

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We examine the period between the Old and New Testaments, often called the “400 Years of Silence,” and discover that this time was anything but silent. You’ll learn about the Maccabees and Chanukah, the rise of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, and Essenes, and the synagogue, all of which serve as a backdrop for better understanding Jesus’ life and ministry. We see how God was working in the time between Malachi and Matthew to prepare the way for our Messiah.

 

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The one characteristic that every person shares is our sin. The problem is so big that we are helpless to fix it; the only one who can do so is God himself. Our Redemption Story ventures deeper into the doctrines of sin and salvation as revealed to us in the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation.

 

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This two-semester course provides an overview of the major world religions and cults, their worldviews and basic tenets, and how to build bridges of friendship with them.

 

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