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Adult Equipping Classes

Adult Equipping Classes are the primary teaching ministry at Faith. Two classes are offered every quarter, and each year the classes cover nine key practices of the apprentice of Jesus. Please click here for a description of them.


After the service on Sunday mornings, there is a brief time of fellowship followed by the classes listed below from 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM.


Winter Quarter Classes (Jan. 7th - Mar. 4th)


Class 1:  A Women's Study ~ Why Do You Believe That?

Leaders:  Hope Boothe and Heather Dunsmoor

Description:  Enhance your daily study with group interaction in this Bible study designed to equip women to have meaningful spiritual conversations. How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more confidence ? Join us in this practical study where you'll gain understanding and skill to share Jesus effectively with others, and you'll better understand your own faith as well. Answer your doubts, build your confidence, and start changing lives.

 

The book we will use, Why Do You Believe That?, is by Mary Jo Sharp, a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak minded. She now holds a master’s in Christian apologetics from Biola University and is a well-respected professor, author, debater, and speaker. A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. Key spiritual practices we will focus on include developing the mind, building moral virtue, and witnessing to the Gospel.


Class 2:  Christian Persuasion

Leaders:  Doug Dunsmoor and Gregg Peters

Description:  God calls Christians throughout the ages to share the same timeless truths in a way that people with their own uniquenesses and culture can understand. Today, we live in a post-Christian context where public life has become powerfully impacted by secular ideas and attitudes and private life is much more diverse. Yet many Christians still rely on one-size-fits-all approaches to evangelism and apologetics, many of which assume that people are open, interested and needy for spiritual insight. Increasingly, however, this is not the case, so our urgent need is to do our part to make a case for the gospel in a relevant, personal, and credible way. While the Holy Spirit convicts and draws people, He works through His people, and just as Jesus didn't speak to two people the same way, neither should we.

 

To help us, we will use Os Guinness's book Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion. Pastor and author Tim Keller said, “Os Guinness's books have been invaluable for the Christian church for decades. A great deal of what I know about communicating the faith in modern times I learned from him. This book does not disappoint. Unlike most books on apologetics, it addresses the actual dynamics of conversation and persuasion - as well as providing an unusually comprehensive range of accessible and useful arguments and appeals for the truth of Christianity. I highly recommend it.” Appealing to people's minds, hearts, and imaginations, he shows how creative persuasion helps to turn the tables on listeners' assumptions to surprise them with signals of transcendence and the credibility of the gospel. Along the way, key spiritual practices that will be emphasized include developing the mind, building moral virtue, and witnessing to the Gospel.


PLEASE NOTE: Readings for both classes will include passages from the Bible; if you do not have a good study Bible of your own, please let us know and we’ll help you get one.