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Sunday School - Fall Semester 2019

Every Sunday, from 09/08/2019 to 12/01/2019, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

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Sundays from 9:45-10:30 am

Please note: there is no Sunday School on Sunday, October 20.

FULL-TERM:
Sept 9 - Dec 2

THE BEATITUDES

Dr. Steven Epstein I Room 17 

The purpose of this course is to discuss and analyze in detail the verses of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-10 and Luke 6:20-22, plus the Woes) and to place them within the context of the Sermon on the Mount, the Bible, and the Reformed Christian Faith. The Beatitudes are, among other things, a diagnosis of the human condition. (MID-TERM BREAK OCT 20)

Please see the Adult Education Class Resources section of this website for course materials.

FIRST HALF-TERM:
Sept 8 - Oct 13

GRACE 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO GRACE

Bill Vogler, Rick Pratte & Ryan Randolph I Room 5

Whether you are new to Grace or have been at Grace for a while and have not been able to attend Grace 101, please consider joining us for this class with an emphasis on learning about Grace EPC; what we believe and how this shapes our ministries. Grace 101 is valuable as it provides a window into the heart of our ministry, as well as a foundation for membership. It is also a great time to ask any questions that you might have wanted to ask, but haven't had the opportunity.

PHILEMON

Clay Johnson I Room 16

What does the Lord want Christians across time and space to understand, be, and do from these 335 God-breathed words? How does Paul’s personal letter of appeal to Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus on behalf of Onesimus reflect the new ways that those in Christ Jesus are empowered and called to think and act related to family, relationships, usefulness, economy, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration? We will address these themes and others in this close study of Paul’s practical expression of the implications of life in Christ and the risks Jesus calls us to take as we follow Him.

SECOND HALF-TERM:
Oct 27 - Dec 1

FOCUSING ON WORLD MISSIONS

Mike Wuthrich I Room 5

This class will highlight that status of the spread of the Gospel in various countries around the world each week. General information and overviews of the country and the history of the Church in the country will be provided. We will also highlight some of our Grace Missionaries around the world, their work and current prayer requests, and we will touch on available resources and practices to help incorporate global Kingdom praying into our regular daily routines. Although the class will definitely have an informational component, be prepared to also do some group praying!

HOSPITALITY IN CHRISTIAN LIFE

Phil Duncan I Room 3c

What place does hospitality have in Christian life? Is it a fringe practice, something that some people do some of the time? Or, is it more foundational – a key component of who we are and how we participate in the gospel? This class invites us to break out of narrow conceptions of hospitality, and reposition it at the center of Christian life and identity. Our discussion will fall into three 2-week units. In weeks 1-2, we'll begin by situating hospitality within the Christian tradition, developing a vision of biblical hospitality. Weeks 3-4 explore more in depth key facets of hospitality: welcoming, generosity, invitation, recognition, acceptance, accommodation, and vulnerability. Finally, after laying this groundwork, weeks 5-6 are all about practical application, understanding how each of us can foster a culture of hospitality in our homes, neighborhoods, church, and world.

HOW NATURE SHOULD LEAD US TO WORSHIP GOD

Chris Bryan and John Cook I Room 16

We are God's creatures. We live in God's world. Yet, in our busy, task-oriented lives, it can be hard to see and hear the gracious lessons God intends for us. How do the scriptures teach us to regard the aspects of nature we encounter every day? What does a weed on the sidewalk have to teach us about our humanity? What should we think when we are digging rocks out of the yard? How should the birds remind us of God's love for us? Join us for six weeks of Bible study highlighted by brief field trips on the church grounds. Together we will explore these questions and many more to enrich our daily worship of God.