Classes

The word disciple literally means "learner," one who dedicates themselves to learning the way of another. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we should be life-long learners of who he is, what the Bible teaches concerning him, and what it means to follow him. Classes at First Free are designed to do this by offering classes that both pass on the faith and equip people for ministry and Christian living. 

All are welcome to attend any class listed below, but if you're new to First Free we recommend you start with A Closer Look! Learn more here.

Fall Block 1

Block 1 classes meet August 13 through October 15. No registration required.

Reformation History: After Darkness, Light!
9:00 am | Room A5 | Class Leaders: Tim Buhler and Jonny Rector
Post tenebras lux was the Reformation cry—after darkness, light! The church is forever indebted to the men and women of the Protestant Reformation who recovered the light of the gospel. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This class seeks to remember, celebrate, and learn from the Reformation in light of this anniversary. The first part of this class will tell a biographical history of the men and women of the Reformation. The second part of this class will ask the question: Is the Reformation over? It will compare and contrast official Roman Catholic doctrine to the key theological issues of the Reformation. Has anything changed? Please join us to find out!

Acts: Witness to the Ends of the Earth
9:00 am | Room B6 | Class Leader: Matt Brown 
A study of the book of Acts with focus on how we can continue to be obedient to Jesus’ command to spread the gospel to all the world.

Benefits of a Blessed Life
10:45 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Chuck Thomas and Gary Wickham
A ten-week study of the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:1-16. These are the opening verses of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, the longest recorded public teaching by Jesus. The attributes identified, which were modeled in Christ’s life, are evidences of growth in righteousness in the life of the believer. 

Colossians
7:45 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Randy Steinert and Alan Herbert
The book of Colossians is written to remind believers to focus on the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. He is sovereign creator, the one through whom individuals are redeemed and reconciled to God, and whose life the believer is to emulate as we “put on” the character of Christ. Join us as we consider how to encourage one another to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

Daniel
9:00 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Steve Nave and Wes Penner
The first half of the book of Daniel is primarily history, though some prophecy is included in the dreams. It tells the story of a godly Israelite and three of his friends during their lives as captives in Babylon. The second half of the book is predictive prophecy. It foretells the attack upon God’s people by a Greek conqueror, Antiochus Epiphanies, around 165 BC and by extension, the persecutions of Antichrist at the end of human history.

Ephesians
10:45 am | Room B4 | Class Leader: Stu Puls
This class will be doing a study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

1 Peter
9:00 am | Room A6 | Class Leaders: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
This class will be doing a study of Peter’s first letter.

Read through the Bible (cont.)
10:45 am | Room B10 | Class Leader: Dave Sutton
This class encourages you to read through the Bible in a year. They use a chronological reading plan, discuss the readings, and pray for one another in light of what they are reading. New students can join at any time.

Read through Genesis: Primeval History (Genesis 1-11)
9:00 am | Room B4 | Class Leader: Paul Lindstrom
This semester this class will be reading through the book of Genesis. Class participants will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned from each week’s reading passage and to learn from the insights provided by other class members.

Room of Grace
9:00 am | Room A3 | Class Leader: Dave Netherton
Room of Grace is a multi-generational class whose purpose is to encourage each other in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this through the study of God’s Word, praying for one another, and sharing what God is doing in our lives. Anyone is welcome in this highly interactive class.

Fall Block 2

Block 2 classes meet October 22 through December 17. No registration required.

Minor Prophets
9:00 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Steve Nave and Wes Penner
Join us for the study in the books of the Old Testament that we refer to as the Minor Prophets. We’ll look for the consistent message of the prophets through vivid imagery and figurative language, as they call a disobedient people to repentance, while reminding them of God’s character. Will we also find these Old Testament prophets to be gospel-centered as they speak forth God’s Word? Certainly! They too proclaim the story of God’s redemption and promised restoration for the people of God.

1 Peter
10:45 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Chuck Thomas and Gary Wickham
The class will look at the book of 1 Peter which challenges us to stand firm by embracing our identity as citizens of heaven and by rejoicing in the great salvation God has provided, despite the trials faith brings.  

Reformation History: After Darkness, Light! (cont.)
9:00 am | Room A5 | Class Leaders: Tim Buhler and Jonny Rector
Post tenebras lux was the Reformation cry—after darkness, light! The church is forever indebted to the men and women of the Protestant Reformation who recovered the light of the gospel. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This class seeks to remember, celebrate, and learn from the Reformation in light of this anniversary. The first part of this class will tell a biographical history of the men and women of the Reformation. The second part of this class will ask the question: Is the Reformation over? It will compare and contrast official Roman Catholic doctrine to the key theological issues of the Reformation. Has anything changed? Please join us to find out!

Acts: Witness to the Ends of the Earth (cont.)
9:00 am | Room B6 | Class Leader: Matt Brown
A study of the book of Acts with focus on how we can continue to be obedient to Jesus’ command to spread the gospel to all the world.

Colossians (cont.)
7:45 am | Room B3 | Class Leaders: Randy Steinert and Alan Herbert
The book of Colossians is written to remind believers to focus on the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. He is sovereign creator, the one through whom individuals are redeemed and reconciled to God, and whose life the believer is to emulate as we “put on” the character of Christ. Join us as we consider how to encourage one another to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

Read through the Bible (cont.)
10:45 am | Room B10 | Class Leaders: Dave Sutton
This class encourages you to read through the Bible in a year. They use a chronological reading plan and meet on Sundays to discuss the readings and pray for one another in light of it. New students can join at any time.

Read through Genesis: Patriarchal History (Genesis 12-50)
9:00 am | Room B4 | Class Leader: Paul Lindstrom
This semester this class will be reading through the book of Genesis. Class participants will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned from each week’s reading passage and to learn from the insights provided by other class members.

Room of Grace (cont.)
9:00 am | Room A3 | Class Leader: Dave Netherton
Room of Grace is a multi-generational class whose purpose is to encourage each other in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this through the study of God’s Word, praying for one another, and sharing what God is doing in our lives. Anyone is welcome in this highly interactive class.