SPRING 2021 Classes

FIRST YEAR REQUIRED COURSES

SPRING SEMESTER 2021 - CLASSES BEGIN FEBRUARY 1, 2021

(CALENDAR ABBREVIATIONS ARE NEXT TO EACH CLASS TITLE)

Christian Ethics (CRSTET)

Instructor: Lilia Amaral

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

As Christ-followers, we need to stay alert to discern what is right and what is wrong. There are "many truths" where every individual defines their morals based on their conscience, circumstances, and culture in today's pluralistic society.  But we know who the author is of ALL GOOD and WHO directs our path.  In this class, students will be challenged to examine how biblical values differ from the objective value system of a modern "all-inclusive" society. In this class, students will explore God's ultimate truth and apply biblical principles in many complex ethical dilemmas facing us today.

Love Letters to the Church - Pauline Epistles (LVLTRS)

Instructor: Kurt McWilliams

Mondays 7:30-8:30pm

The Apostle Paul is credited with roughly two-thirds of the New Testament writings. From the book of Romans to the “page” of Philemon, we see the heart of the Father communicated through Paul’s sacrificial letters. Like other books in the Bible, the Pauline Epistles (letters) were written to a specific audience with a targeted focus and purpose. However, each letter reveals foundational truths for daily christian living which still hold their weight today. In this course, we will survey each of Paul’s letters to discover the The Father’s expectation as it pertains to your personal relationship with Jesus, the trials you face, your interactions with believers as well as the world, the role of the church body and government and, above all, faith, hope and love.
 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People & Spiritual Disciplines (7HABITS)

Instructor: Kimberly Reichel-Vischi

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm

 

Are you fulfilling your God given dreams to the fullest potential? Most of us have very many good intentions, but lose track as life keeps moving forward. It is important to take time to pause, assess, and refocus. In this course, we will discuss how to maximize your life while staying balanced through the principles of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. The habits describe how to live proactively instead of reactively, follow through with your goals, avoid living in crisis mode, establish mutually beneficial relationships, listen empathetically, synergize efforts with others for greater outcomes, and avoid burn-out through self-renewal. The 7 Habits are an inside-out approach, establishing a healthy internal spiritual paradigm to be practically expressed outwardly. The course will include specific activities to help you develop your own expression of the 7 Habits.

The Gift of the Rewarder, The Gift of Promise: Holy Spirit 101 (HS101)

Instructor: Wes MacLagan

Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm

Class Objective: – Establish correct biblical Holy Spirit theology, build faith to receive the Holy Spirit baptism and culminate in experiencing the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here are Five Promises of this course:

1. You will learn how the Holy Spirit can be your Friend – You will be able to say with all honesty that “The Holy Spirit is My Friend!”

2. You will learn the way to receive power from God. What kind of power? Power to overcome fear, power to love, the power of a sound mind.

3. You will understand the true nature of God – the make-up of God – how God works in a person-way - what you must believe in order to please God.

4. You will learn about the nine supernatural power gifts – and how you can receive them – and how you can apply them in your life.

5. You will learn how you can live in the presence of God every day just like Jesus’ disciples did.

#Goals - 3 Part Course (#GOALS)

Wednesdays 7:30pm

    Part 1: Nutrition- 2 weeks

   Instructor: Sue Anderson

    Part 2: Finance- 4 weeks 

   Instructor: Claudio DeMacedo 

    Part 3: Marriage & Family- 6 weeks

   Instructor: Dr. Asha Komanapalli

The overarching theme of this series of mini-courses is STEWARDSHIP in the particular arenas of marriage & family, nutrition, and finances. When the Lord God placed the first man in the Garden of Eden, He gave Adam stewardship responsibility to “tend and keep” the garden. Our charge today remains: to tend our sphere of responsibility, to be fruitful and to multiply. 
Outward ministry success is contingent upon our ability to steward well our internal ministry: our temple (body, soul and spirit), our marriage and family, and our finances / possessions.  How do we accomplish this formidable task?


Each mini-course will guide us in evaluating our foundations, give us tools to build wisely, and help us maintain healthy patterns within these personal realms throughout our lives. Then we can prosper and be in health, bearing fruit in every good work, bringing glory to the Father.

Old Testament Survey- Part II (OTSRV2)

Instructor: Dr. Asha Komanapalli

Thursdays 7:30pm

 

From the narrative of creation in Genesis, to the last book of the Old Testament, the Book of Malachi, the Old Testament contains narratives and teachings that can inform, inspire, intrigue, and change one’s life.

In this semester, this class will survey the Historical Books in the Old Testament.  These books are Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. God uses men and women to be vessels of His divine plan as His-story (history) enfolds despite man’s frailty, failures, and unfaithfulness-God is faithful, the Redeemer, the Victor, and an ever-present help in every season of the lives of His people. These historical books are an account of how nothing can deter God’s divine plan in this world since the beginning of time.

We will survey the Poetic and Wisdom Literature, which are the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs (Solomon).  These books are beautifully authored lyrics of wisdom that encourage, admonish, praise, worship, guide, and lead us to the throne of God, the feet of Yahweh, the arms of Adonai, the shelter of Jehovah, and the shadow of El-Shaddai.  God is everything to the one who depends on Him.

Again, it is a journey acknowledging that through the historical process, God has revealed Himself to mankind through His mighty acts to the Israelites the person of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, and this is an important preview to the New Testament survey class in year 2.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Hebrews (HBRWS)

Instructor: Kurt McWilliams

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

 

Many of our brothers and sisters in the early church were converts from Judaism. These brave believers stepped out of the religious structures they had known their entire lives to follow the true and living Way - Jesus. Like you and I today, they were met with many challenges. This letter was an admonishment to the Hebrews to not turn back and seek comfort or righteousness through the law and Prophets, but to see Christ as the fulfillment of all these things. In this course we will discover: Jesus as the true king, savior and compassionate high priest; we have been given a new covenant with better promises and that faith is the key to pleasing God and obtaining the promises.

Christian Worldview for the Marketplace (CWMRKT)

Instructor: Barbara Holmes-Brackett

Thursday Evenings 6:00-7:30pm

(Third year requirement)

 

Jesus exhorts his followers to be “salt and light” in a world of spiritual darkness and moral decay. How should Christians answer Jesus’ call as they engage the world of commerce, a God-ordained system where righteous discipline must compete against fleshly interests?

Prophets & Personal Prophecy (PROPH)

Instructor: Ron Brackett

Thursday Evenings 6:00-7:30pm

(Second year requirement)

Our God is a God of communication, and one way that He communicates with us is through prophecy. Prophecy is a tremendous and wonderful responsibility that is just as vital to Christianity today as it was in Biblical times. In this course, we will study prophetic terms, analyze Biblical examples of prophecy, and share personal examples of prophetic words impacting our modern world.