Adult Sunday School Electives

Adult Sunday School Electives

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Jeremiah: Encountering the God of Wrath, Love and Grace (Part 1)
Teachers: Drew Watkins, Robert Coats, and Richard Heintzelman
Location: Room 115
Length: May-December 2019
Time: 9:15-10:10 a.m.

In Jeremiah 2:13, God says, “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Then in Jeremiah 2:19, God says, “Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of Me is not in you …”

The book of Jeremiah exhibits many great themes that stress God’s judgment on covenant infidelity and worldwide sin, as well as God’s determination to restore an international people for Himself through the establishing of a new covenant. Here we encounter the prophet who, from his youth to old age, delivered the word of God to the people of Israel at the most terrifying time in all their troubled history. More than that we encounter the God of Jeremiah – an encounter that should be both profoundly disturbing and ultimately reassuring, as it was for him. If Jeremiah’s message was true in his day, and if the book is still true today, in both cases it is because of the God who called the man to speak and commanded the book to be written.

In the end, Jeremiah is a book of victory of God’s love and grace. His redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book’s portrait of the future – a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Ultimately, we see it in God’s dwelling with His redeemed people in the new creation.

Romans 12-16
Teachers: Matt Swecker, Collis Jackson, and Thomas Becker
Location: Room 112
Length: May-August 2019
Time: 9:15-10:10 a.m.

From the viewpoint of Christian doctrine Romans is the greatest masterpiece ever written, an incomparable statement of Christian truth. But the epistle does not end with doctrine. In the concluding chapters, the Apostle Paul turns to the practical application of the truth he has been expounding.

This study will dispel any sense that reaching the practical part of Romans means coming down from the mountain top to the dull plains of life. The Christian faith was never meant to be doctrine only. Christianity is primarily a way of life, and the object of the doctrine is to enable us to live that life.

Romans 12-16 shows us how to live in the world while not being of the world. We see Christian men and women living out the new life given to them in Christ in relationship with their brothers and sisters in the church, exercising the gifts they have received, wrestling with problems and opposition, but finally triumphing over all difficulties through the faith, hope, and love that underlie all truly Christian conduct.