Electives Notes: Summer 2017

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

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

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