Current Adult Ed Classes
How to Read the Bible Christianly
—Part I: Biblical Narrative
Taught by Chris Fantuzzo in the Terrace Rooms
Through December 10 at 8:45am
What is the Bible and what do we do with it? How are we to think of the nature of the Bible in light of the diverse literary forms that the Scriptures take? Is there a parallel set of complementary approaches to the task of interpreting and applying Old and New Testament texts?
To address these questions, this class will take as its starting point the opening of the Letter to the Hebrews, which observes that “God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb 1:1-2a). Since the Bible has a variety of ways of speaking, this implies that the process of interpretation requires a variety of approaches, corresponding to this variety in type of texts. Our task, then, in four cycles, is to explore the interpretation of (1) biblical narrative, (2) law and wisdom, (3) prophecy, and (4) lyric poetry and apocalypse. Feel free to attend one or all of these cycles.
In each six-week cycle, we will consider the question, “How do we read and apply the entire Bible Christianly?” To discern its testimony to the gospel, we will discover how a Christian interpretation of the Bible must reckon with the uncompromising centrality of Jesus the Messiah for understanding God’s mission in the world.
Led by Don Jones in Fellowship Hall
Through December 10 at 8:45am
Join us for a series looking at the exciting concept of Expository Living. It seems obvious that Expository Preaching should be followed by Expository Living. Drawing on the Scriptures, Christian life experiences, and some of the teachings of Christian authors John Maxwell (Intentional Living) and Pastor Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life – What Are We Here For?) we will discuss the fact that we are:
- Formed for God’s family
- Created to become like Christ
- Made for a mission
- Planned for God’s pleasure
- Shaped for serving God
Led by Nick and Marilyn Furcola in the Library
Every Sunday at 8:45am
This is an open forum type discussion group covering a wide variety of topics from the Bible as a whole. Come with questions or items for discussion or simply interact with the topics and scripture presented. It will be possible to make up the class as we go along. The only material which will be used will be God’s Word, the Bible, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
December 24: A Session of Testimonies and Carols
Led by Alan Griffith in Fellowship Hall
On December 24 all Adult Ed Classes will meet in Fellowship Hall for a program of testimony and the singing of our favorite Christmas carols. This traditional gathering has always been a favorite at OEPC and provides an uplifting experience during the Christmas season. Personal testimonies will be shared and persons from the floor will be invited to speak as they are so led. Join us on this pre-Christmas Sunday as we celebrate the birth of Christ and His witness in the lives of His people.
December 31: There will be no Adult Education or Sunday School.