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.

Fall Semester Block One

Block One classes meet August 15 through October 17. No registration is required.

7:45 Class

1 Timothy
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
This class will cover 1 Timothy, the first of the apostle Paul’s epistles which are called the Pastoral Epistles. It was written to Timothy, a protégé of Paul’s who was the pastor of the church at Ephesus. It is written, according to 1:3, “so that you (Timothy) may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine…” Its relevance is not only to affirm what doctrine is in accord with genuine faith in Christ but also to instruct how that doctrine has specific implications for a church’s corporate actions and priorities.

9:00 Classes

Adults with Special Needs Class
Room A1 | 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.

Deuteronomy
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom, and Pat Moyer
Using a “Read Through the Bible” format, we will read and discuss the renewing of God’s covenant with his chosen people. In addition to the Ten Commandments, we will study God’s requirements for absolute allegiance, ceremonial consecration, righteous governmental leaders, and the sanctity of his kingdom. The study will close with a listing of the curses and the blessings tied to God’s covenant, the death of Moses, and the succession of Joshua to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.

Hebrews, Part 2
Room B3 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Our class desires to encourage one another through connecting, sharing, praying for one another, and learning. Join us as we begin with a summary of Hebrews 1-6 and then take a closer look at the second half of Hebrews together.

Romans
Room A5 | Teacher: Matt Brown
What is the gospel? Why do people need the gospel? What is salvation and how is it achieved? What difference does salvation make in a person’s life? These are some of the many questions that the book of Romans answers. Join us as we study this letter and learn to let God transform us in our lives and our thoughts!

Who Does God Say He Is?
Room A6 | Facilitators: Dave and Fay Netherton and Ken Chouinard
Join us for a study of Exodus 34:6-7 and what it means for God to describe himself as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness.” We will trace this rich thread of God’s self-revelation throughout the whole of Scripture as we extend grace to one another, praying for each other, and sharing what God is doing in our lives.

10:45 Classes

Living Faith: A Study of James
Room A6 | Facilitator: Jim Fast
Living the Christian life is challenging. James explains that faith without works is dead. The half-brother of Jesus challenges us in several ways to live out our faith by what we do, not only by what we profess to believe. Come explore the committed Christian life with us through the eyes of James.

The Life of David
Room B3 | Facilitators: Steve Nave and Wes Penner; Teacher: Mike Andrus
The life of David consumes most of the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel, plus parts of 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles. In addition, many of the Psalms were written by David at key points in his spiritual journey. So, to cover the life of David in ten weeks is an impossible task. We will instead spend a session providing an overview of his life and then consider several vignettes that reveal how he came to be known as “a man after God’s own heart."

Fall Semester Block Two

Block Two classes meet October 24 through December 19. No registration is required.

7:45 Class

2 Timothy
Room B3 | Leaders: Pastor Dick High, Jan Steinert, Gil Adams
2 Timothy was written about four years after 1 Timothy. The apostle Paul, knowing that his death was likely imminent, wanted to reinforce his directives and encouragement that he’d previously given to Timothy. He knew that with his passing, Timothy’s ministry in Ephesus would only become more difficult. An intriguing feature of this epistle is that, because of the time in Paul’s life when it was written, we are allowed to observe personal details about the great apostle and attitudes with which he demonstrates how to finish well.

9:00 Classes

Adults with Special Needs Class
Room A1 | 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.

Hebrews
Room B4 | Leaders: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom, Pat Moyer
Using a “Read Through the Bible” format, we will individually read, and then discuss as a group, the New Testament book of Hebrews. The focus of this study will be the superiority of God’s New Covenant. We will discuss Christ’s superiority to the angels, to Moses, and to the Aaronic priests. We will examine the superiority of Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross. We will revisit past heroes of the faith and examine steps for preserving the faith. The study will close with practical rules for Christian living.

1 Samuel
Room B3 | Leaders: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Our class desires to encourage one another through connecting, sharing, praying for one another, and interactive learning. Join us as we look at 1 Samuel together. 1 Samuel is known for many great Bible stories. But in 1 Samuel we also see the sovereignty of God play out as his people transition from a tribe to the beginnings of a promised nation, and we are reminded that obedience is better than sacrifice.

Romans, continued
Room A5 | Leaders: Matt Brown and Jonny Rector
What is the gospel? Why do people need the gospel? What is salvation and how is it achieved? What difference does salvation make in a person’s life? These are some of the many questions that the book of Romans answers. Join us as we study this letter and learn to let God transform us in our lives and our thoughts!

Who Does God Say He Is?, continued
Room A6 | Leaders: Dave and Fay Netherton, Dana Ferrell, Ken Chouinard
Join us for a study of Exodus 34:6-7 and what it means for God to describe himself as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness.” We will trace this rich thread of God’s self-revelation throughout the whole of Scripture as we extend grace to one another, praying for each other, and sharing what God is doing in our lives.

10:45 Classes

Esther
Room B3 | Leaders: Steve Nave and Wes Penner
Join us for a study of the book of Esther, detailing the life of this Jewish girl, chosen while exiled in Persia to become the queen of the Persian Empire. Throughout the book we’ll see God’s sovereign hand preserving his people, showing that everything is under his control.

Gentle and Lowly
Room A6 | Leader: Jim Fast
Are you burdened and heavy-laden by events in your life? Gather with us as we discuss Dane Ortlund’s book Gentle and Lowly: Christ’s Heart for Sinners and Sufferers. This study will help us understand Jesus’ compassion and care for us in our daily lives. Come be encouraged with us!

 

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