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Adult Sunday Morning Electives

Our Sunday morning schedule includes elective classes for adults that are held between the worship services, from 10:10-10:50. Through our electives, we attempt to offer a variety of classes encompassing the study of Scripture, church history, and theology. We also try to engage our culture and put ministry into action to better equip us to love God, share Christ, and serve the world.

Fall 2017 Elective Choices

Extended Fellowship Groups

No adult discipleship or children's programming between services on September 3

SEPTEMBER 10 – NOVEMBER 26:

COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
Facilitator: Ronda Toews
Room 107
For where two or three come together in my name there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
God invites us to meet with him and to pray. Join us in lifting up our church body, our community, and the worldwide church through prayer. Whether you consider your prayer life to be rich and mature or in its infancy, you will find a home here.

40/40 VISION: CLARIFYING YOUR MISSION IN MIDLIFE by Peter Greer & Greg Lafferty
Facilitators: Tom Grosh, Eric Mann
Room 118
Midlife can be a disruptive season where we collide with limitations on all sides. We wonder if our lives so far have been worthwhile. We are uncertain about what lies ahead in a world that can seem meaningless. In this class, we will recalibrate our vision and focus on our identity and calling, rediscovering who God has called us to be in the rest of life with the clarity of 40/40 vision. Whether you are approaching midlife or beyond, we welcome all perspectives.

RADIATING HAPPINESS
Facilitator: Melissa Snyder
Room 117
Have you ever met a Christian who just radiates God's love and grace? As Christians, we have so many reasons to feel happiness, yet we struggle to experience genuine happiness in a world awash with negativity. During this twelve-week, workshop-style elective, we will work on radiating happiness through small actionable steps guided by the Holy Spirit and God's plan for our lives. By spending time in God's presence and seeking his guidance, we will gradually be transformed into his likeness-—radiating happiness!
Note: To maximize the benefit of this class, you should attend as many sessions as possible.

ROMANS: THE GLORY OF GOD AS SEEN IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
A THEMATIC BIBLE STUDY
Facilitator: Carl Shank
Room 134
This discussion course will cover the entire letter to the Romans along with an introduction on Your Mind Matters to God. Themes covered include:

  • The God of All Righteousness
  • God's Portrait of a Christian Life
  • Universal Guilt
  • The Keeping Power of a Sovereign God
  • Living Sacrifices
  • The Politically Correct Christian
  • Gospel Benefits
  • Understanding God's Sovereign Purposes: Israel & You
  • Christian Freedom & Boundaries

THE CASE FOR FAITH by Lee Strobel
Facilitator: Eric Stark
Room 142
In this class, we will tackle a very easy-to-read and understand book which not only asks, but helps us answer many questions that people often struggle with such as:
  • If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under suffering and evil?
  • If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn't believe the right things about him?
  • If I'm still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
We will supplement our reading with a corresponding DVD and discussion with an interactive and enjoyable learning format.

THE CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard J. Foster
Facilitator: Pam Urbanavage
Room 108
Explore some of the timeless Christian practices that can expand and deepen your communication with God. As we read through Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline together, we will use class time to discuss and practice the spiritual disciplines. To make the most of our class time, there will be some readings and small assignments to complete outside of class.

THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE REFORMATION
Facilitators: Joshua & Rebekah Foulds, Pastor Steve Lane
Room 105
500 years ago Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. This sparked the Protestant reformation that would change the church forever. In honor of this reformation, we will explore questions about the cost of division, church issues at the center of reform and the future of the church. As we walk through each reformers journey toward truth, we will grapple with our own faith and beliefs, and we will seek to know God better through learning the story of the church. Clearly, the medieval church was in dire need of reform, but could complete schism have been avoided? Why does the Protestant movement continue to splinter into ever increasing factions? How should we think about our divisions in light of Jesus' passionate prayer that his followers be "one"? Join us as we engage in a video series, integrated with discussion in an effort to learn about the dynamic history of the Protestant church and seek to grow toward truth and unity along with the reformers.

YOUNG ADULT ELECTIVE
EMPTY PROMISES: THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU, YOUR DESIRES, AND THE LIES YOU'RE BELIEVING by Pete Wilson
Facilitator: Ryan Zook
Room 132
This book focuses on "breaking free from all of life's empty pursuits, and chasing the only Promise that ever actually satisfies." Some of the topics include:

  • money is always more than money
  • religion lies
  • you are what you worship
This class is specifically for young adults, but it is open to a small number of other adults who wish to be meaningfully involved in an intergenerational class discussion. If this interests you, contact Ryan Zook at ryan@etownbic.org.

Fall 2017 Elective Sign-ups

To assist us in assigning rooms and providing materials, please sign-up below for the elective you are attending:



COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
40/40 VISION: CLARIFYING YOUR MISSION IN MIDLIFE
RADIATING HAPPINESS
ROMANS: THE GLORY OF GOD AS SEEN IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
THE CASE FOR FAITH
THE CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE
THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE REFORMATION
Young Adult Electives: EMPTY PROMISES

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