Classes

The word disciple literally means "learner," one who dedicates themselves to learning the way of another. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we should be life-long learners of who he is, what the Bible teaches concerning him, and what it means to follow him. Adult Sunday morning classes at First Free are designed to do this by offering classes that both pass on the faith and equip people for ministry and Christian living. 

All are welcome to attend any class listed below, but if you're new to First Free we recommend you start with A Closer Look! Learn more here.

Spring Block 1

Classes meet January 31 through April 4. We are asking everyone to wear a mask and will maintain social distance as much as is feasible in the classrooms.

9:30 Classes

1 John
Room A4 | Teacher: Dick High - (Begins March 7)
This class will be digging deep into the apostle John’s first epistle. Doing so will provide the opportunity for repeated reminders of who the believer is in Christ and the implications that has for our beliefs, attitudes, and actions.

Adults with Special Needs Class
Room B4 | Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This is a class designed to meet the needs for adults with special needs. Included in the class are Bible lessons as well as activities to support the lesson and to help build relationships among the students. We welcome anyone eighteen years or older with special needs. To help us prepare adequately to meet the needs of all students, please contact Evanelle Olinger before attending the class.

Built on the Solid Rock
Choir Rehearsal Hall | Facilitators: Philip Ingram, Jonny Rector, Jordan Green, Joe Woodward, Dominick Wong
As we move through our chaotic culture it’s always good to go back to the basics. In this class we will study the basics of church life. We will hit on key topics that help us grow in our walk with Christ individually as well as corporately. Some of the topics include the gospel, expositional preaching, race, and missions among others.

Look at the Book
Room B3 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Look at the Book is a video series of short, ten-minute inductive Bible studies led by John Piper.  We will start with Romans 8 which Piper calls “the greatest chapter of the ever written.”  Join us for fellowship, prayer, and plenty of time for discussion over each section of scripture together.  

11:00 Classes

Minor Epistles
Room A5 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom, and Pat Moyer
Using a “Read Through the Bible” format, we will study Paul's letters of encouragement and instruction to the early churches. In his letters to the believers in Colossae and Thessalonica, Paul specifically addresses issues such as the supremacy of Christ and his return! Participants are asked to read the chapter(s) designated each week and come Sunday morning prepared to share questions, insights, and comments as we discuss God’s Word and encourage one another.

Your God Is Too Small
Zoom Only | Facilitator: Jim Fast
Join us as we discuss J.B. Phillips' book Your God is Too Small: A Guide for Believers and Skeptics Alike. In this forty-year-old Christian classic and bestseller, Phillips directly confronts today’s ideas about God which can be inadequate and misleading. He points out that for many persons the greatest stumbling block to a mature faith lies in the fact that they haven't found a God big enough for their needs--big enough to "account for" life, and to command their respect and worship. Demolishing notions of God as the resident policeman, or as an old man with old-fashioned ideas, Phillips shows why the reader must seek God where he has most clearly revealed himself--in the man Jesus Christ. Come ready to think and discuss as well as to connect with other class members through caring and praying for each another. If you would like to join this Zoom class, please email Jo Coltrain for information on how to connect.

Spring Block 2

Classes meet April 11 through May 30. We are asking everyone to wear a mask and will maintain social distance as much as is feasible in the classrooms.

9:30 Classes

1 John, cont.
Room A4 | Teacher: Dick High
Our statement of faith affirms “that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures.” The beloved disciple, John, wrote this epistle to counter early Gnostic beliefs which denied the incarnation. Without correct doctrine, the foundation for obedient living and fervent devotion to Christ and our fellow believer crumbles. Join us as we study together the second half of this epistle so that we might “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18) and be increasingly “lost in wonder, love, and praise” of God’s excelling and life-changing love for us in Christ Jesus.

Adults with Special Needs Class
Room B4 | Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This is a class designed to meet the needs for adults with special needs. Included in the class are Bible lessons as well as activities to support the lesson and to help build relationships among the students. We welcome anyone eighteen years or older with special needs. To help us prepare adequately to meet the needs of all students, please contact Evanelle Olinger before attending the class.

Biblical Theology
Room A5 | Teacher: Jonny Rector
The goal of this class is to provide tools that will help students to understand how each part of the Bible relates to the whole of Scripture and to understand how these parts relate to the gospel. With the use of these tools, we will trace several themes such as creation, covenant, and kingdom through the storyline of the Old and New Testaments with the purpose of recognizing God's unfolding and progressive revelation that culminates in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews
Room B3 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Join us as we study the book of Hebrews with the encouragement to hold fast to the supremacy of Christ. Our class desires to encourage one another through connecting, sharing, praying for one another, and learning. 

James: Mature Christian Living
Room A6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
“Will the real phony please stand up?” The author Ethel Barrett asked this question in her book entitled the same. This question was based on the fact that James was fully convinced that living a Christian life meant being REAL and MATURE—no phonies! The primary focus for his letter was to encourage believers to demonstrate gospel truth in a life of complete obedience. Please join us as we look at this book and uncover God’s truths in living a life that mirrors the very faith we proclaim. 

11:00 Classes

Christlike Courage for a Culture in Crisis
Middle School Room | Facilitator: Jim Fast
Join us as we discuss Erwin Lutzer’s book, We Will Not Be Silenced. In his book, Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of Moody Church, shines a light on issues of diversity, racial tension, gender identity, illegal immigration, social justice, and more. He calls the church to face the challenges of our society from a Christ-honoring, Scripture-driven, and gospel-saturated perspective. How should we respond to these issues? Mike Andrus will launch the series and various class members will share in the discussion of succeeding chapters. Copies of the book will be available in class for $10.00 or you may obtain a copy in advance by contacting Jim Fast, (316) 648-5447.

Kingdom Living
Room: A6 | Facilitators: Dave and Fay Netherton
As believers we are called to live in God’s kingdom here on earth. What does that look like? We will discuss how to think and live biblically in our homes, workplace, church relationships, community, and in dealing with current events. The class will be highly interactive and is open to people of all ages and life stages.

Minor Epistles
Room A5 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom, and Pat Moyer
Using a “Read Through the Bible” format, we will study Paul’s pastoral letters of encouragement and instruction to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Paul specifically addresses issues such as sound doctrine, false teachers, and reconciliation in relationships. Participants are asked to read the chapter(s) designated each week and come Sunday morning prepared to share questions, insights, and comments as we discuss God’s Word and encourage one another.