Fall Bible Study Electives
All of us would agree that the world around us is seemingly chaotic. Many would affirm that evil in the world is increasing. The world, the flesh, and the devil are powerful enemies. Nevertheless, a follower of Christ is not to panic, not to despair, not to be angry or afraid, but rather to have faith, endure, press on, and grow in grace and knowledge.
This fall, we invite you to be challenged and equipped in God's Word at Calvary! Each of our elective classes looks to Scripture to address the theme, “How Shall We Live?”
We'll meet on Wednesdays from 6:30–8:00 PM; choose to attend in person or via Zoom. Most courses will be offered twice — in "modules" — to provide more opportunities to participate.
Module 1: September 8 – October 13
Module 2: October 20 – November 17
The schedule coordinates with Fellowship Dinner (5:00–6:15 PM), Awana and Nursery for kids, IGNITE for students, and worship rehearsal — so it's easy to make it a family night!
1 & 2 Corinthians: How Shall We Live Within the Church
Pastor Jim Cashwell | Room 238
Preserving the unity of the Spirit is a key in every church. The church in Corinth, like many churches today, found it difficult to walk in unity as they faced the “voices” of this world. Paul addresses this issue and others in his letters to the Corinthian church. Paul begins by addressing our unifying purpose — to proclaim Christ crucified. Then the apostle walks us through issues that can negatively impact our unity. He teaches the Corinthian church to walk in a spirit of unity and love. You will find your spiritual life strengthened we study 1 & 2 Corinthians together.
Faith and Culture
Pastor Sibu Rajappan | Room 226
As our culture becomes increasingly anti-Christian, how should authentic believers live to display and proclaim Christ? How should we think about the issues that we face today? In this class, we will look at the major cultural challenges for believers, learn how Scripture speaks to these issues, and learn how to live counter-culturally.
Kingdom Parables in 3-D
Dr. John S. Trent | Banquet Room
This study will declare succinctly, demonstrate scientifically, and decrypt scripturally Jesus’ parabolic teachings concerning the mysteries of the kingdom for those who are walking as "children of light." We are admonished by the apostle Paul to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15–17).
Life in the Spirit
Pastor Rob Reece | Room 232
Of the three Persons of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the most mysterious. Yet, Scripture tells us that we are to “live by the Spirit.” We are called to “set our minds to the things of the Spirit, pray at all times in the Spirit, take up the sword of the Spirit, and be renewed in the Spirit.” But, what does life in the Spirit look like? How can we experience union with Christ in our daily lives without drifting into spiritualism or mysticism? This class will help us live a life that is Spirit-led and “filled with all the fullness of God."
Teaching & Leading Others (Men only)
Bill Bailey | Room 222
This hands-on class will equip men to lead a small-group Bible study, pray with others, give a compelling personal testimony, and prepare and deliver short devotionals and longer Bible lessons. Participants will have opportunities to practice what they learn and receive constructive feedback, thereby gaining experience and confidence in obeying God’s command to “go and make disciples.” Such training is critical in order for the church to help believers answer the question, “How shall we live?”
Trusting God Through Your Illness — CancerCare
Pastor Jim Pile | Room 242
One 11-week session: September 8 – November 17
Being diagnosed with cancer or going through treatment can be an overwhelming experience. But you are not alone in your journey! How do we live when we hear such life-changing news? Join us with your family. You are also invited if you are dealing with other serious illnesses and/or traumas. You will find great encouragement, strength, and hope through the Word of God, prayer, and group discussion. Please purchase your course materials in advance HERE.
Un Evangelio Transformador – Spanish Bible Study
Bill Ogden | Room 227
One 11-week session: September 8 – November 17
Aunque restringido como prisionero en Roma, el deseo del apóstol Pablo de que los creyentes de las iglesias jóvenes vivieran un Evangelio transformador no falló. Sus cartas a Éfeso y Colosas primero establecen el fundamento cristiano para la vida y luego proceden a la aplicación práctica. Haremos un estudio comparativo utilizando cada carta para ayudarnos a comprender mejor una y aplicar la otra.
A Transforming Gospel
Although a prisoner in Rome, the apostle Paul’s desire for the believers in these young churches to live out the Gospel did not fail. His letters to Ephesus and Colossae established the Christian foundations for life and offered a practical application for its readers. This class will do a comparative study of Ephesians and Colossians to help us better understand these texts and apply their principles to our lives.
Wednesday Night Prayer — Ongoing
Paul Hundrieser | 3rd Floor Prayer Room
You're invited to join us each Wednesday evening for prayer. We pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world during this time. We meet continually throughout the year.