Upcoming Sunday School Classes
Gospel Driven Parenting: How the Gospel Informs, Shapes, and Empowers Us As Parents
Taught by Ron Clegg • Ages under 35 and 35-45
What do you think of yourself as a parent? Were you prepared for the task when the offspring arrived? Do you know what you are doing? Do you know why you are doing it? What does the Bible say about how to be a “good” parent? What does the Bible say to parents who do not see themselves as good? We probably have more questions than answers as parents, and those questions continue to mount as we progress from one stage of parenting to another—from disciplining toddlers to communicating with adolescents to influencing adult children?
The bigger question involves how the Gospel informs our parenting. How does it shape the way we interact with our children of all ages? How does it shape my identity as a parent? And, how does the Gospel empower us not only to survive as parents, but through our parenting to grow more and more into the likeness of Jesus?
These issues and others will be discussed in this class for parents of all ages, and for those who hope to be parents. It is not a class where you will get detailed instructions on every parenting situation. It is a big picture look at where we are going as parents and why, and it will hopefully be a great encouragement to us who are on the parenting journey.
A Life of Relationships: Biblical Love
Taught by Mike Stanfield • Ages 45-65 and over 65
Augustine observed that everything in Scripture is meant to teach us how to love either God or our neighbor. C. S. Lewis wrote that while friendship has no survival value, it gives value to survival. Life is lived in relationships. Whether in personal matters or work, our “success” or “happiness” is most fundamentally dependent on the quality of the relationships we have.
“Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up” (Eccl 4:10). Our approach to relationship is most often based on our culture, expedience, and personal development. We seldom pursue Scripture as the source for the foundation and maintenance of relationships. Jesus lived and taught a life of relationships—whether walking with the disciples, engaging religious leaders, reaching out to the woman at the well, or encountering the woman caught in adultery. We can learn from him how to live in a God-honoring manner. In addition, we see Paul develop relationships that proved foundational to the church and the love he had for the brethren bring forth both thanksgiving and admonition.
In this study we will discuss biblically sound principles for relationships and how these are carried into practice in a world that sees relationships only as transactions.
Classes begin March 26