2018, Spring Class Descriptions
Why Should I Believe?:
Professor and attorney Michael Mullane once suggested that people need to believe in something, otherwise chaos would result! The Christian faith, however, is more than just “an indulgence of the superstitious,” as one accuser claimed. Oscar Hammerstein II once said, “It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.” This class will look at the real hope that faith in God can bring to a hopeless life. Come be with us on Monday evenings at 7:00 P.M.
Michael Eaton, in his commentary on Ecclesiastes, believes that the purpose of this book is to defend “the life of faith in a generous God by pointing to the grimness of the alternative.” The “Teacher” of this OT book gathers his audience so he might teach them several deep lessons about life that he has learned. Join us every Tuesday morning at 9:30AM as we explore this challenging Biblical text.
Letters to Ministers (1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus):
These letters have been called either “Pastoral Epistles” or “Evangelistic Epistles”—depending on the emphasis interpreters have placed on them. Nevertheless, whether the emphasis is pastoral or evangelistic, ministers of the gospel will benefit from the many helpful words of the Apostle Paul to bless both the church and the community in which it is planted. This class begins every Tuesday evening at 7:00PM
The Gospel of Luke:
The third gospel and the Book of Acts are part of the works written by the Beloved Physician, Luke. This third of the “Synoptic Gospels” will display comments that confirm a physician’s attentiveness to details that others would probably miss. This class will be held at the Northside Church of Christ on 29th Street on Wednesday mornings at 10:00AM.
Growth in Ministry:
Whether paid or not, all those who serve Christ for others can learn to grow in doing so. Paul speaks about excelling in ministry in 2 Corinthians 8:7: “But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” The “Growth in Ministry” class is led by a minister with decades of experience leading discussions to help ministers do just that. The discussion begins every Thursday evening at 5:45PM.
Bible Interpretation for Beginners:
Paul once told Timothy to, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). The Bible is the “word of truth” that Paul refers to. He encourages a “correct handling” of it—especially by followers of Christ. Controlling the Scriptures for our own purposes rather than God’s purposes can lead to misinterpretations of God’s word. As Professor J. Todd Billings reminds us, “In reading the Bible as Scripture, we are not the masters. We are being mastered and enlivened by the triune God.” We will discuss some basic interpretation skills and resources. Come and see how your interpretive skills match up against others!