Fall 2017 CORE Classes
At Christ Presbyterian Central, we offer classes in the template of Christian Living, Orthodoxy, Reach, and Exposition (CORE). We do this through a rotating scope and sequence of standard semester-long modules of teaching on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings. Registration is not required unless noted.
C – Christian Living
Pathfinders: Raising Kids Today for a Healthy Transition to Adulthood
For a variety of complex reasons, it is taking longer than ever for adolescents to make the transition into adulthood. A few decades ago, most were reaching adulthood by their early twenties. Today, it is commonly extending into their thirties. What are the causes of this delay? How has adolescence changed? How can we parent younger children today that may impact their transition to adulthood later? CPA Director of Spiritual Life and Doctor of Ministry candidate Jim Lee and Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff will be leading the class on educating and equipping parents through these foundational years.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m., Location: M206
Teachers: Doctor of Ministry candidate Jim Lee and Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff
This class will offer opportunities to gain insight, as well as learn skills that help build loving and lasting marriages. Through honest dialogue about the challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage, this class will strive to counter the isolation couples can fall into, especially in a church setting where it may feel unsafe to be real. There are no perfect marriages in this class, only couples who desire to be accepted for where they are, yet open to experiencing more in their relationship.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m., Location: M201
Teachers: Steve Jackson, Wendy Martin, Jen Seger
Lessons in Honesty and the Person of Jesus
This Inspirations Class is for adults with special needs and seeks to develop community through fellowship, teaching, and parties. Participants desire to have friendships and to serve within the CPC body. The class is led by Carl and Mimi Sanders, as they teach interactive Lessons of Discipleship from the John, using “Beyond Limits” curriculum.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: E113.
Teachers: Carl Sanders and Mimi Sanders.
Relationships: Keys to Growth ;
How can we love our enemies and honor dishonorable people in everyday life? This course aims to go deep into the everyday and universal relationship issues we all face so we can learn to move toward people with struggles in a way that is engaging, helpful, and Christ-centered. Topics addressed biblically include love, honor and respect, communication, shame and guilt, forgiveness and reconciliation, marriage, divorce, parenting.
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:15 p.m., Sept. 6 - Nov. 15. Location: Window Room.
Registration Required. Donations: $25 (Scholarships are available.)
Teachers: Virginia Stewart, Ph.D in Biblical Counseling and Pastor Todd Teller
O – Orthodoxy
Reformation History & Theology from Luther to Locke, Calvin to the Quakers
One of the most powerful dynamics in the way Protestants read the Scripture was their confidence that the Holy Spirit was leading them to all Truth. While on the one hand, this commitment to sola scriptura produced a united vision of liturgy and theology, conversely, Protestants differed substantially on how to practice baptism, Lord’s Supper, church membership, as well as the mode of pursuing sanctification. We will spend 15-weeks to survey various Protestant theological perspectives of loving God and neighbor in the writings and stories of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Quaker women and John Locke. Previous knowledge of theologies from the Reformation period is not required.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Window Room
Teacher: Dr. Paul Lim
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Martyr & the Manger
In a war-torn world filled with hatred, racial persecution, and dehumanizing brutality, a sweet-spirited German pastor-theologian-spy attempted to stand against the fallout of the fall. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) gave us such classics, as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together. Not yet 40 years of age, he was executed on April 9, 1945, just two weeks before United States soldiers liberated Flossenbürg concentration camp. With Christmas fast approaching, we will look at his life and teaching, in light of his sermons, letters, and other writings. Bonhoeffer viewed Advent as a “metaphor for the entire Christian life,” and once said, “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, who look forward to something greater to come.” If that is you, join us as we do a little life together this Advent season.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m., Nov 26-Dec 17. Location: Choir Amphitheater
Teachers: Pastor David Filson, John Arndt, Matt McEvoy
R – Reach
True Truth: Francis Schaeffer on Christian Spirituality & Persuasion
Francis Schaeffer (1912-84) set a compelling trajectory for the engagement of culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His life was a beautiful tapestry of thoughtful apologetics and deep spirituality, as he sought to give “honest answers to honest questions.” We will learn the love story of Francis and Edith and their ministry at L’Abri, as we consider the contours of his teaching on faithful, disarming Christian living before a watching world.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Choir Amphitheater
Teachers: Pastor David Filson, John Arndt, Matt McEvoy
Missional Living 101 - Christ, Culture and Pursuing Justice
Join us as we examine scripture to understand how God created us to be different even as He calls all to join Him in pursuing justice. This year we will continue to study, recognize and confront our histories of injustices and racial inequalities; we will focus on Biblical lament, protest and compassion as we learn to follow Christ in pursuing justice for others. This class is highly interactive! We get in the weeds together, hear from diverse perspectives, and discuss what it means to follow Christ in 21st century America.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: MS Dance Room 214
Teacher: Dr. Brandi Kellet
E – Exposition
Survey of the Bible in the Light of the Cross
From the opening pages of Genesis to the final words Revelation the entirety of Scripture tells one story–it’s the story of Jesus Christ and his remarkable act of redemption. Join the Common Ground CORE class as we survey through every book of the Old Testament seeking the Christ of the New Testament.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Gathering Room.
Teacher: Lee Eric Fesko.
The Book of Acts
Acts records the ongoing drama of the redemptive work of Christ through the leadership of his apostles and the witness of his followers as the movement begins its growth from its Jewish roots in Jerusalem into its expansive trajectory to all peoples and nations worldwide.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Meeting Room.
Teachers: Jimmy Hodges, Buz Graham and Pastor Todd Teller.
The Book of Genesis
Genesis Study: Join us for the fall semester as we study the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the pages of Genesis. We'll discuss God's pursuit of relationship with man and explore topics such as blessing, covenant, the sovereignty of God, and how these things apply to us as New Testament believers. Throughout our study we'll see God's unfolding plan to bless all people on the earth through one nation, and ultimately one man.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: M203
Teachers: Susan Hill and Rev. Bing Davis
CORE RESIDENT FACULTY:
Lee Eric Fesko