“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
As a teaching church, we believe in engaging the Bible through dialogic inquiry and active learning. This means that we delve deep into the Scriptures, seeking to understand the Bible as fully as possible, and ask questions of the text and ourselves along the way. We consider historical context, biblical languages, translations, biblical writers, traditional and contemporary interpretations, as well as our own faith journeys. All of these things influence how we understand the Bible and apply its teachings to our lives.
Our Bible study classes focus on what we believe based upon the Scriptures. Whether we are studying the character of Jesus, Christian doctrines, like grace and justification, or a book of the Bible from beginning to end, our primary aim is to understand more fully what the Bible teaches.
While Sunday school classes are also concerned with biblical knowledge, they tend to focus more on practice—how our living is shaped by what we believe. Whether we are doing a book study on prayer, learning about healing in the Bible, engaging gender and sexuality from biblical perspectives, or exploring the link between personality and purpose, our primary aim is to consider how our living aligns with what we believe.
11:30a.m. Sermon Preview (Wednesdays in Room E218)
When the pastor is preaching, have you ever wished that you could ask a question or wanted to hear a particular point again? If so, then the 11a.m. Sermon Preview is for you! This hour-long biblical study provides an overview of Sunday’s sermon before it is preached. The Pastor walks the class through the selected text, encourages dialogue, and highlights key sermonic points.
Noon Bible Study (Wednesdays in Room E218)
A favorite of members who cannot attend the evening class or prefer not to drive at night, this Bible study provides a focused examination of the Scriptures in a smaller setting. As with the 11a.m. Sermon Preview, the Pastor raises and elicits questions, while also leading the class to a fuller understanding of the biblical text.
7p.m. Bible Study (Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall) | Prayer beforehand at 6:30p.m.
Our evening class offers the same dialogic, interactive approach to biblical study as the other classes, but in a large group format. At 6:30p.m., we gather for corporate prayer. Thereafter, we study the Scriptures; inquire and respond without judgment or fear; and support each other as we seek a deeper understanding of God’s word.
After the early morning service, we all make our way to the Fellowship Hall where Sis. Mary and her team have prepared a delicious breakfast. Children enjoy a hot meal before going upstairs to their respective classes. Adults remain in the Fellowship Hall and continue to eat as Pastor Williams or an associate minister teaches the lesson. Like Bible study, these classes are dialogical and interactive. We ask questions, share stories, listen with an open mind, and trust God for revelation.
Each quarter we offer a new set of classes. The children use a standard curriculum, which our dedicated, talented, loving teachers bring to life through engaging pedagogy and activities. Our gifted ministerial team develops exciting, original curricula for the adult classes, as well as selects timely Christian books for study.
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Youth Sunday School Classes:
o High School – Joshua Generation
o Middle School – The J Factor
o Upper Elementary – B.S.I
o Lower Elementary – Great Expectations
o Pre-School – Little Wonders
Sunday School takes place every Sunday at 9:15a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
FOUNDATIONS OF DISCIPLESHIP: New Members Course
In this four-week course designed especially for new members, Pastor Williams lays the foundation for Christian discipleship. Taught during the Sunday school hour, this is also a time for the Pastor to get to know new members. While studying topics like repentance and faith, regeneration, baptism and communion, and tithes and offerings, new members can ask questions without fear of judgment; listen to other people’s stories; share their own faith perspectives; and learn what the Bible teaches about Christian discipleship. Pastor Williams also takes new members on a tour of the church facility.