List of Sunday School, Bible and Disciple Studies
Sunday School classes also offer opportunities to be part of a community of faith. Check out our list of classes, and stop by one (or a few) to find the one that’s right for you. All classes are delighted to have new members or guests. And sometimes there’s food!
Class times and dates are posted in the registration links below each class description. Nursery is available for most Bible studies for children up to age ten. Please indicate your childcare needs when registering.
East Cobb Campus Spring Studies 2019
Alpha: Exploring Questions of Life and Faith
Alpha begins a conversation around the big issues of faith and unpacks the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith? Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. A part of the class is a weekend retreat with a focus on the Holy Spirit. Study guides will be handed out at the first class session.
Embracing Purpose is designed to help you find, love, and live your God-given purpose based on your unique design and calling from God. This action-oriented course challenges you to live beyond yourself for God’s glory by blessing others with your time, talents, and energy. Workbook will be available at the first meeting (please bring $20); two online assessments required (one free, one $15 additional cost).
The 8 Core Values of Christian Life & Leadership
In 1998, a Methodist Pastor by the name of Wes Griffin, who had been a missionary in Estonia along with his wife Joy, had recently recovered from a bout with cancer. During this difficult season of his life, Wes received a vision from God to empower Christian leaders around the world through eight core values of Christian leadership: International Leadership Institute was born. Twenty years later, more than 250,000 Christian leaders in more than 80 countries have received this training and seen the fruit of thousands of lives impacted for the kingdom of God in a way that could only be described as life changing! Join us for this class and find out what God might have in store for you!
James: The First Real Christian
Do you remember the first real Christian you ever met? There’s a quality about these kinds of people. They step up, put their money where their mouth is, and do the work of God. Their lives beckon the followers of Jesus to stop phoning it in. James was like this, a true agent of awakening. His life and words operate like a reverse snooze bar. As we start to drift into sleep, his words offer a wake-up call. Widows, orphans, and so many caught in the cruelty of inescapable poverty wake up every day with hopes of meeting their first real Christian. Jesus has all their numbers, and James has ours. He’s looking for more friends like us. Let’s join him and add to his tribe of the first real Christians.
Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this seven-session Priscilla Shirer Bible study, you’ll learn how interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
Jonah: The Runaway
This well-known minor prophet of the Old Testament is a favorite of Bible songs and stories, yet there are powerful lessons for believers to implement today. Through this Lenten study, we can see the provision, presence, and patience of a loving, holy, and almighty God.
East Cobb Campus Winter Studies 2019
Acts: The Power of the Holy Spirit Unleashed
The book of Acts begins where the gospel of Luke ends: in this historical account of the early Christian church, as the power of the Holy Spirit fills the lives of believers in life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This class will study the 28 chapters of this New Testament book in order to better understand the activities of the Christian community in that period of time.
Alpha: Exploring Questions of Life and Faith
Alpha begins a conversation around the big issues of faith and unpacks the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith? Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. As a part of the class, you will participate in a weekend retreat with a focus on the Holy Spirit. Study guides will be handed out at the first class session.
The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
We are story-making people. We love reading stories―and we love hearing the personal stories of others. We need stories, or narratives, to make sense of our world. And those stories shape our lives. What is the story you have been told about the gospel? About God? About the Christian life? About Jesus? About the cross? About yourself? About heaven? Your answers to these questions will form a story that will determine how your life will go. The answers reveal your ability to trust, to love, to hope―and even your capacity for joy. Any story worth giving the power to shape our lives must pass a simple test: is it beautiful, good, and true? If it is, then it is a Magnificent Story―and that is where transformation takes place. From James Bryan Smith, author of the bestselling book Good and Beautiful God, comes this spiritual formation resource meant to help both individuals and groups understand the Magnificent Story of Christ in their lives.
A copy of The Magnificent Story is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.
Matthew: Life Lessons
You have to wonder what Jesus saw in Matthew. You also have to wonder what Matthew saw in Jesus, with dirt under his nails, calloused hands, holes in his sandals, and not connected with the clout in the local church. These two were quite a pair.
Matthew accepted Jesus’ invitation and never looked back. He spent the rest of his life convincing people to follow this Jesus as the Messiah. The relationship Jesus had with Matthew can serve to convince us that if Jesus had a place for Matthew, He may have a place for us, too.
Praising and Praying through the Psalms
The Psalms have been a special source of inspiration, comfort, and strength for believers throughout the centuries. In our study of Praising and Praying through the Psalms, we will experience God’s presence through a lifestyle of worship as we study and meditate on a particular psalm each week. We will receive the ministry God has provided to us through the finished work of Christ and His gift of the Holy Spirit, and learn how to share this ministry with others.
Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today
In Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, widely respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. Wright, gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible,” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice. In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible.
A copy of Scripture and the Authority of God is available in the Mt. Bethel Bookstore.