Spring 2017 CORE Classes
CPC offers 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
Inside Out: What to do with our emotions?
Anxiety, depression, anger, fear—who hasn’t felt in their grip at some point? Emotions can skewer our health. And yet – don’t Christians have the answers? Where is the “peace that passes understanding” when fear pierces my heart or depression settles like a dark cloud? These real problems require real solutions. Join us as we discuss how to incorporate God’s hope-filled ways so we can live in his “divine power that has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him….” We will be discussing powerful, practical solutions from the Bible.
Sunday mornings,10-10:50 a.m. Location: MS208.
Teachers: Virginia Stewart, Ph.D. and Friends of HOPE Ministries
The Inspirations Class
This 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. Carl and Mimi Sanders lead this class, as they teach interactive Lessons of Discipleship from the Book of John using “Beyond Limits” curriculum.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: E113.
Teachers: Carl and Mimi Sanders.
This class will offer opportunities to gain insights and 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: MS201.
Teachers: Steve Jackson, M.M.F.T., Wendy Martin, L.M.F.T. and Jen Seger, CPC Director of Congregational Care.
This course aims to go deep with the everyday and universal problems of life. We will learn to move toward people with struggles in a way that is engaging, helpful, and Christ-centered. Topics addressed biblically: fear, hopelessness, anxiety, worry, anger, depression, despair and addictions.
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Location: Conference Room.
Teachers: Virginia Stewart, Ph.D. and Pastor Todd Teller. Donations: $25 (Scholarships are available.) Registration required.
Exam Prep Roundtable: Theology*
Have you thought about writing the ACBC** exams but put it off? Or have you found them daunting?
Come join us as we review each question and encourage one another, starting with the Theology exam. Registration is required.
Thursday afternoons, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Hope House
Teachers: Virginia Stewart, Ph.D. and Pastor Todd Teller
*This course is vetted by and fulfills one portion of the requirements of IABC (International Association of Biblical Counseling) and ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors)—not for state licensure.
**IABC (International Association of Biblical Counseling) and ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors)–not for state licensure.
O – Orthodoxy
We Are All Beggars: The Story of Scripture and Easter in the Life of Martin Luther
2017 is the 500th year celebration of the Reformation, wherein an often ostentatious Augustinian monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), was captured afresh by the gospel of grace. Beginning March 1st, we will spend Wednesday evenings in the Season of Lent, telling Luther’s dramatic life story and learning of his encounter with the dramatic life-giving story of Scripture. We will come to see ourselves as beggars, telling other beggars where to find bread from the gracious hand of a God, who shows his power in the weakness of the cross. Let’s prepare our hearts for Easter, getting to know Luther, and more importantly, Luther’s Savior–the dying and rising Christ.
Wednesday evenings in Lent, March 1st-April 12th, 2017. 6:30-8 p.m. Location: Gathering Room.
Teacher: Pastor David Filson
R – Reach
If you are new to Christianity, curious about who the Jesus of Scripture really is, are looking for an opportunity to dive deeper into the Gospels, or just want to come to know Jesus better, join us in the Window Room. In this class we will look at what it means (and doesn’t mean) to follow Jesus by going to the source itself— the stories, conversations, miracles, teachings, and parables of Jesus as laid out in the Gospels. Join us as each week we examine the life and ministry of Jesus in order to learn what it means to know and follow Jesus Christ.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Art Room.
Teacher: Pastor Russ Ramsey.
Missional Living 101: Christ, Culture and Race
Missional Living 101 is a class rich in community engagement, where we wrestle with how to follow Christ in his mission to love people, places and things to life. We believe that Christians often fail to experience beauty, wonder and creativity by avoiding—and sometimes shunning—the larger, rich culture that surrounds us. This year we will explore Scripture and various elements of culture (film, books, pop culture, music and narratives of history) through the frame of this primary question: How can we be more like Jesus in the way he appreciates and approaches culture in all of its forms? This semester, we will focus on how racial identity functions in our culture, and examine Scripture to inform the way we engage the world around us. This class will be full of lively discussion and interaction as we wrestle with hard yet relevant approaches to life!
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Dance Room.
Teacher: Dr. Brandi Kellett
E – Exposition
Colossians: Christ Preeminent & Precious!
Paul’s little letter to the Colossians is brimming over with the reality of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Around A.D. 61-62, while under house arrest in Rome for preaching the gospel, Paul sends a letter to believers in this multi-cultural, spiritually diverse, and commercially-driven city of Colossae, in hopes of displaying the beauty of Christ. This wonderful New Testament letter speaks insightfully to our day of spiritual curiosity, winsomely compelling us to consider Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Event Center.
Teachers: John Ardnt, Dr. Matt McEvoy and Pastor David Filson.
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.
Like a Box of Chocolates: The History of Christianity - 20 Centuries in 20 Weeks
We seldom hear sermons on Job and Ecclesiastes, or read these books as parts of our devotional practices. Yet the core issues contained in these two books – problems of suffering, injustice, silence of God and the seeming futility of it all – are ever near us and even within us, if we are really honest. This class will invite all the participants to bring tough questions to the Lord as we reflect on the drama of goodness and evil, justice and injustice, suffering and healing, silence and speech of God. As a result of wrestling with God with matters, all of us will, Lord willing, be brought to a better of place of worship.
Sunday mornings, 10-10:50 a.m. Location: Window Room.
Teacher: Dr. Paul Lim.
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.
CORE RESIDENT FACULTY:
Lee Eric Fesko