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. Adult Sunday Morning 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 11 through October 13. 

7:45 Class

Isaiah: The Hope of the Gospel, Part 3
Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
Begin your Sunday morning with us as we study chapters 30-51 of the book of Isaiah. Woven throughout these chapters are words of warning and judgment along with promises of redemption and grace. That tapestry is the background for repeated urgings to devote oneself in faith and obedience to the Lord, trusting in him alone for deliverance and salvation. “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” (Is. 30:18)

9:00 Classes

1 Corinthians
Room A4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Among the topics addressed in the letter are God’s wisdom and the gospel; disunity in the church caused by spiritual arrogance and snobbery; immorality in the church; theological confusion in the church over such topics as spiritual gifts, singleness and marriage, the resurrection, etc. 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.

1 Thessalonians
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
“It’s the end of the world as we know it”—a popular 90s song. “Repent - The Time Is Nigh”—a common sign seen in the 60s and 70s. Even the secular world sees an end to the world. What is a modern Christian to do? The same thing that the first Christians were told to do! Live a quiet life, waiting patiently on the Lord, living in holiness and love towards all. This theme, along with patiently enduring suffering, will be the focus on our study of Thessalonians. Join us as we uncover these wonderful truths found in the book of 1 Thessalonians.

Adults with Special Needs Class
Room A1 | Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This is a class designed to meet the needs for adults with special needs. Included in the class are Bible lessons as well as activities to support the lesson and to help build relationships among the students. We welcome anyone eighteen years or older with special needs. To help us prepare adequately to meet the needs of all students, please contact Evanelle Olinger before attending the class.

Colossians
Room B4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
The apostle Paul writes to the church in Colossae warning them of false teachers as he emphasizes the superiority of Christ in all things. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (Col. 1:19) Join our class, which focuses on building relationships through fellowship, prayer, and an interactive time in the Word. 

Engaging Scripture
Room A7 | Facilitators: David and Julie Sutton
Engaging Scripture is a fellowship of believers who gather to grow in knowing God through engaging with his Word through a chronological reading plan. New students are invited to join us at any time. Each week members share and discuss their insights and applications from the week’s reading. The daily Scripture readings typically cover three or four chapters and take about twenty minutes. Ways of engaging with the Scriptures, such as meditating, memorizing, praying, journaling and storying, are also highlighted.

Ephesians
Room B3 | Teachers: Various
God’s plan for salvation is “a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1:10). We bless God because he has richly blessed us in Christ. We give glory to God because he has given grace to us in Christ. Our salvation causes us to turn from worshiping the things of this world and turn toward God in worship. Please join us as we study the book of Ephesians and marvel at the blessings we have in Christ…blessings that prompt us to live for the praise of his glorious grace!

Gospel-Centered Parenting
Room A6 |Teachers: Jim and Donna Logan, Steve and Daina Schatzman
Does it strike you as odd that more training is required to learn how to drive a car than to become a parent?  If we’re honest, as a parent, there are times when we feel like we have met our match, are maxed out, fearful, confused, or just plain winging it. This class will look at a big picture perspective around parenting with the goal of better understanding gospel principles as we live out the call of parenthood. Regardless of your child’s age, this class will provide a biblical perspective to help guide our parenting, as well as discussion as we learn from and encourage one another. 

Wisdom in Proverbs
Room A2 | Teachers: Dave Netherton and Others
This class will be seeking wisdom in the book of Proverbs. We’re 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. 

10:45 Classes

Angels and Demons
Room B3 | Teacher: Mike Andrus
Join this class of mature saints as they live life together through encouragement, prayer, and deep care for one another. We’ll be looking at the topic of angels and demons: who are they, where did they come from, what is their destiny, and how do they relate to us? 

Seeing Scripture through Exodus
Room B4 | Facilitators: Chris Helding and Other Staff
The exodus from Egypt became a paradigm with which Jews and early Christians understood the rest of God’s redemptive activity. Many of the themes introduced in the book of Exodus are picked up later in the Old and New Testaments: slavery and redemption, the wilderness, the tabernacle, and more. Each week we’ll explore a different theme and see how Exodus enriches our understanding of the rest of the Bible.

Fall Block 2

Block 2 classes meet October 20 through December 15. 

7:45 Class

Isaiah: The Hope of the Gospel, Part 3 cont.
Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
Begin your Sunday morning with us as we study chapters 30-51 of the book of Isaiah. Woven throughout these chapters are words of warning and judgment along with promises of redemption and grace. That tapestry is the background for repeated urgings to devote oneself in faith and obedience to the Lord, trusting in him alone for deliverance and salvation. “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” (Is. 30:18)

9:00 Classes

2 Thessalonians
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
Live a quiet life, waiting patiently on the Lord, living in holiness and love towards all. This theme, along with patiently enduring suffering, will be the focus as we continue our study in Thessalonians. Join us as we continue to uncover these wonderful truths found in the book of 2 Thessalonians.

Numbers
Room A4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through the book of Numbers using a format similar to the Read Through the Bible program. The book displays the continued fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham: that he would give him a land and that he would be the father of “a multitude of nations”—all despite the continued sinfulness and unbelief of the people whom God had chosen. 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.

The Life & Works of C.S. Lewis
Room A6 | Teacher: Jonny Rector
In this class we will consider the life and work of C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest Christian minds of the twentieth century. On our journey we will learn to defend the faith of Mere Christianity by using Lewis’ tactics as an apologist. We will gain insight into the Christian’s struggle with sin by examining The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. We will delight in the Christian worldview by exploring the imaginative stories of The Space Trilogy, Till We Have Faces, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Whether you are new to Lewis or a lifelong fan, this course should encourage you to love God with your heart and mind.

Adults with Special Needs Class, cont.
Room A1 | Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This is a class designed to meet the needs for adults with special needs. Included in the class are Bible lessons as well as activities to support the lesson and to help build relationships among the students. We welcome anyone eighteen years or older with special needs. To help us prepare adequately to meet the needs of all students, please contact Evanelle Olinger before attending the class.

Colossians, cont.
Room B4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
We continue our study in the book of Colossians as the apostle Paul writes to the church in Colossae warning them of false teachers as he emphasizes the superiority of Christ in all things. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (Col. 1:19) Join our class, which focuses on building relationships through fellowship, prayer, and an interactive time in the Word. 

Engaging Scripture, cont.
Room A7 | Facilitators: David and Julie Sutton
Engaging Scripture is a fellowship of believers who gather to grow in knowing God through engaging with his Word through a chronological reading plan. New students are invited to join us at any time. Each week members share and discuss their insights and applications from the week’s reading. The daily Scripture readings typically cover three or four chapters and take about twenty minutes. Ways of engaging with the Scriptures, such as meditating, memorizing, praying, journaling and storying, are also highlighted.

Ephesians, cont.
Room B3 | Teachers: Various
Please join us as we continue our study in the book of Ephesians and marvel at the blessings we have in Christ…blessings that prompt us to live for the praise of his glorious grace!

Wisdom in Proverbs, cont.
Room A2 | Teachers: Dave Netherton and Others
This class will be seeking wisdom in the book of Proverbs. We’re 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. 

10:45 Class

Our Faith in the Midst of a Changing Worldview
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker and Jim Fast
In this class we’ll take a look at Nancy Pearcey’s book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality. Pearcey offers a respectful but riveting exposé of the secular worldview that lies behind trendy slogans and political talking points. As an evangelical Protestant she asks readers to intelligently and compassionately engage today's most controversial moral and social challenges. Join our discussion as we consider the gospel’s impact on our Christian worldview. 

Relational Evangelism
Room B3 | Teachers: Chris Helding and Other Staff
These days, nobody wants to be “preached at” by someone with different beliefs. But when we engage in meaningful relationships with non-believers, it opens up opportunities to share the gospel in a winsome way. Join this class of mature saints as we learn how to bear witness to Jesus—not as a stand-alone activity but as part of our life’s rhythms and relationships.