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.
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.
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.
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.
Room B6 | 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.
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."
Current Adult Summer Classes
The following adult classes will meet through August 8.
Psalms — 7:45 am
Begins July 11 | Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
Join us as we take a look at chapters that introduce each of the five “books” in the Psalms: Chapters 1-2, 42, 73, 90, and 107. Intermingled throughout we’ll encounter prayers of distress, laments, and a sense of darkness; but also have our attention refocused on embracing what have been called “sharp rays of hope…piercing the darkness,” reminding us that the Lord reigns!
Survey of Church History — 9:00 am
Begins July 4 | Room A6 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Pat Moyer, Paul Lindstrom
This summer we will continue watching and discussing the sixth and final installment in the Ligonier Ministries Survey of Church History DVD series, taught by Dr. Robert Godfrey. The videos cover the period from 1900 to 2000. Among the topics to be discussed are: missions, modernists vs. fundamentalists, J. Gresham Machen, struggles within American churches, the rise of Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism, assessment of changes within the Roman Catholic Church during the twentieth century, the church and Islam, and the importance of Reformed Christianity.
Christlike Courage for a Culture in Crisis, cont. — 10:45 am
Begins July 4 | Room A6 | 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 and respond from a Christ-honoring, Scripture-driven, and gospel-saturated perspective.