Electives: Summer 2017

As we seek to grow together, our church family pursues instruction and relationships. Shepherding Groups are the key structures for building relationships, but Sunday morning at 11:00 Electives are the primary time for instruction. After the morning service, we gather in a variety of classes to learn practical ways we can grow in our walk with Jesus and in our relationships with each other. Electives run for a varying period of time (six or twelve weeks), and our calendar year is divided into three sections or trimesters (winter/spring, summer, and fall) with breaks scheduled between. During the adult Electives, children, middle school, and high school students meet according to their grades.

Summer Elective Schedule

8-Week Electives

4-Week June Electives

Sundays, June 4 - Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m.
The Messianic Hope
Opening the Gifts
The Tech-Savvy Christian

Sundays, June 4 - 25, 11:00 a.m.
Freedom through Forgiveness
Jump Start
Membership Matters


4-Week July/August Electives


Sundays, July 9 - Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m. 
Be 1. Make 1.
Hard Questions
Just Do Something


Elective Room Locations

8-Week Electives
Sundays, June 4 - Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m.

The Messianic Hope: Jesus in the Old Testament

Overview: Jesus said, “All things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). The Old Testament points to the Person and work of our Savior, but that’s not always easy to see. Come study with us as we look into the Hebrew Bible for our Messiah. May the Lord cause our hearts to burn in us just like the experience of the disciples on the Emmaus road as Jesus opened up the OT to them.
Teachers: Mark Centers, Dennis McKinsey

Opening the Gifts: Learning to Understand and Use our Spiritual Gifts

Overview: Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit's gifts are essential for building up the body of Christ. But often, the Spirit's gifts to us remain unopened, vaguely understood, and seldom consciously used. Paul admonished the church at Corinth not to remain uninformed about the gifts (I Corinthians 12:1), and that’s good counsel for us. Using an open discussion “Bible dig” format, we will seek fresh insight together from relevant passages to understand the Biblical definition and supernatural qualities of giftedness. We will also look at every gift named in Scripture to gain a sense of what each might look like in practice. This elective will be a “life lab” in which we will use what we learn from Scripture to begin to help one another recognize and use our gifts.
Teachers: Stephen Enjaian, Rich Thomas

The Tech-Savvy Christian: Faith and Discernment in the Age of Digital Technology

Overview: The digital explosion of our era has rapidly and drastically changed our world. Technological advances give us unprecedented convenience and offer abundant resources at our fingertips. At the same time, these tools also provide constant distractions, obstacles to discerning truth, platforms for vain self-promotion, and a veil of anonymity to hide bad behavior. In this elective we will discuss how the Christian can ethically navigate this new digital landscape and even harness these tools in service of the gospel.
Teachers: Paul Radford, Dan Rundle

4-Week June Electives
Sundays, June 4 - 25, 11:00 a.m.

Freedom through Forgiveness

Overview: Are you confident that you are genuinely and completely forgiven? Do you genuinely and completely forgive others? Christians are the most forgiven people in the world and should be the most forgiving people in the world. Learn about the freedom of being forgiven and forgiving God’s way.
Teacher: Travis Fleshman, Brad Hilgeman

Jump Start: Basics for Followers of Jesus

Overview: “How do I know God? What does He want me to do? Where do I start? How do I grow?” These are great questions for all believers--new or old. Join us as we focus on Hearing Jesus’ Voice, Having His Ear, and Belonging to His Body.
Teachers: Dave Gerdt, Abe Stratton

Membership Matters: An Introduction to the Why, Who, and What of the Heritage Family

Overview: An orientation class that is essential for anyone wanting to become a Member of the Heritage Bible Church family or any Member who has not yet participated in the class. We believe that local church membership is vital for the growth of every follower of Jesus, and we will walk through the biblical foundation for membership, our Confession of Faith and Membership Covenant, as well as key aspects of body life at Heritage.
Teachers: Various Elders

4-Week July/August Electives
Sundays, July 9 - Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m.

Be 1. Make 1.

Overview: “What is a disciple? Are they born, made, or do they just appear? If born, how? If made, who makes them? Who is responsible for them?” Participate in this discussion-focused study. We’ll look at key Scripture passages, talk about Christ’s call in our lives, brainstorm about how we can live out His mission, and spend time praying for the Spirit’s help to do just that.
Teachers: Jeremiah Barba, Abe Stratton

Hard Questions: Part 1

Overview: We’ve all been there. A friend states the reason for his or her hang-up with Christianity. We know we should kindly engage them with truth… but we don’t say anything. Perhaps we fear sounding dumb. Perhaps we have doubts ourselves. These moments demonstrate our need to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope we have” (1 Peter 3:15). In this class we’ll seek to give basic answers and paradigms for these difficult issues: God: Does He even exist? The Bible: Why should I believe an old book? Science: Don’t modern findings disprove biblical claims? Hell: How can a God of love send people there? Note: This class will be the prequel for Hard Questions: Part 2, which will be an 8-week class held in the Fall or Spring Electives. It will examine the violence of the Old Testament, the supposed arrogance of our faith’s exclusivity, our “narrow” view of sexuality, the hypocrisy of many Christians, and the problem of evil.
Teachers: Brent Deedrick, Dan Olinger

Just Do Something: How to Make Decisions Based on What God Desires

Overview: Our lives are chock full of decisions, both major and minor. Which career path? Career change? Grad school? Whom should I marry? Remain single? Does God care where I live or which church I join? How can I know God’s heart in the decision I’m currently facing? We’ll explore how God intends us to make decisions and what it means from the Scriptures to “please God” both in the big and small choices we face. We think you’ll come away with a biblical understanding of what God’s will is, key Scripture passages, how to make decisions that please God, and understanding of God-given freedom in making non-moral decisions.
Teachers: Nathan Gallion, John Gardner

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