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 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.

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.

Spring Block 1

Block 1 classes meet January 5 through March 15. 

7:45 Class

Isaiah: The Hope of the Gospel, Part 4
Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
We’re on the homestretch of our thorough study of the writings of one of the major prophets of the Old Testament. Join us as we dig deep into chapters 52-66, encountering each week the depth of the Lord’s righteousness and compassion which unfolds amid his pointed confrontation of sin and failure to listen to his counsel. “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food” (Is. 55:1-2).

9:00 Classes

2 Corinthians
Room A4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
In his second letter to the Corinthian Church, Paul explains that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9, ESV).  Paul encourages the Corinthians to pursue reconciliation with fellow believers and through his powerful example, calls them to servant leadership. Participants are asked to read the chapter(s) designated each week and come Sunday morning prepared to share questions, insights, and comments as we discuss God’s Word and encourage one another.

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.

Daniel
Room B4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Our class desires to connect with one another through interactive fellowship, prayer, and study. Come connect with us as we begin our study of Daniel together. When the storms of life are bigger than we can see, is God still in control? How are we to live holy lives in a culture that is hostile to God? Does God have the future under control as well? Join us as we discover these truths in Daniel. 

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.

Financial Peace
Room A5 | Teachers: Ken Grisanti and Susie Lavender
Do you feel stuck or like you have no good options when dealing with your financial situation? This study will transform your life and finances as you learn what the God of the universe says about handling money. We will read Scripture and have practical applications. This is for everyone, single or married, young or old, whether you earn a lot or a little. Topics include giving, saving, planning for future spending, insurance, real estate, investing, and paying off debt. Join us for the preview class on January 5 where instructions for ordering materials will be explained, or you can register now online. There is a $99 cost per couple/individual and 1-2 hours of class preparation per week.  

Hebrews: Christ is Exceedingly Better!
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
The book of Hebrews tells us that Christ is far better than any people, pursuits, or objects we place our hopes in. So what does that mean for us today? Join us as we look to “...the author and perfecter of our faith” to provide us hope, encouragement, and perseverance in our daily Christian lives.

Marriage: God’s Plan and Purpose
Room A6 |Teachers: Jim and Donna Logan, Steve and Daina Schatzman
If you are single, newly married, or have been married for decades, all are invited as we explore God’s design and purpose for marriage. Many have heard or recited the traditional wedding vows, “for better or worse.” The temptation is to focus on the desirable aspects of the vows and become disillusioned, disappointed, or discouraged when marital bliss and the reality of life intersect. In marriage it can be easy to focus on our individual happiness, but God has a different perspective, a bigger picture in mind as he uses marriage to reflect his glory and make us more like Christ. This class is applicable to couples with marriages on cloud nine or experiencing difficulty. Singles and engaged couples are encouraged and welcome to attend. 

Relational Evangelism
Room B3 | Teachers: Pastors and Staff
These days, nobody wants to be “preached at” by someone with different beliefs. But when we engage in meaningful relationships and conversations with non-believers, it opens up opportunities to share the gospel in a winsome way. Join us 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. Participants will be expected to take small but intentional steps of faith and encourage the class by sharing their experiences.

Wisdom in Proverbs
Room A3 | 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 studying God’s Word, praying for one another, and sharing what God is doing in our lives.

10:45 Classes

Judges
Room B3 | Teacher: Mike Andrus
You are invited to join our class of mature saints as we live life together through encouragement, prayer, and deep care for one another. During this block we’ll study the book of Judges. Few periods of history are as much like ours as the time from Joshua to Saul, roughly 300 years when God ruled his people through a series of judges. These individuals demonstrate both God-given potential for greatness and unfailing capacity for catastrophe. We’ll discover the moral danger that faces a generation that knows about God but doesn’t know him. 

The Providence of God as Seen in the Life of Joseph
Room B4 | Teacher: Glenn Litke
Join us as we consider God’s plan for his people in the account of Joseph’s life from Genesis 37-50. Alistair Begg’s book The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances will also be a helpful resource for us in understanding that we are the objects of God's providential care, residing under his guiding and protecting hand.

Spring Block 2

Block 2 classes meet March 22 through May 31. 

7:45 Class

1, 2, and 3 John
Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
Our statement of faith affirms “that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures.” The beloved disciple, John, wrote each of these epistles to counter early Gnostic beliefs which denied the incarnation. Without correct doctrine, the foundation for obedient living and fervent devotion to Christ and fellow believers crumbles. Join us as we study together these three epistles so that we might “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) and be increasingly “lost in wonder, love, and praise” of God’s excelling and life-changing love for us in Christ Jesus.

9:00 Classes

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 at eolinger@firstfreewichita.org before attending the class.

Daniel, cont.
Room B4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Our class desires to connect with one another through interactive fellowship, prayer, and study. Come connect with us as we begin our study of Daniel together. When the storms of life are bigger than we can see, is God still in control? How are we to live holy lives in a culture that is hostile to God? Does God have the future under control as well? Join us as we discover these truths in Daniel. 

Deuteronomy
Room A4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
In the fifth book of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy, Moses repeats God’s Law and calls Israel to obedience by reminding them that God had guided them during forty years in the wilderness and that he promised them future blessings. Moses calls on the people to love God, keep his commandments, and obey his laws. Class participants are asked to read the chapter(s) designated each week and come Sunday morning prepared to share questions, insights, and comments as we discuss God’s Word and encourage one another.

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.

Esther
Room B3 | Teachers: Various
Join us for the study of the book of Esther, detailing the life of this Jewish girl, chosen while exiled in Persia, to become the queen of the Persian Empire. Throughout the book we’ll see God’s sovereign hand preserving his people, showing that everything is under his control.

Hebrews: Christ is Exceedingly Better!, cont.
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
The book of Hebrews tells us that Christ is far better than any people, pursuits, or objects we place our hopes in. So what does that mean for us today? Join us as we look to “...the author and perfecter of our faith” to provide us hope, encouragement, and perseverance in our daily Christian lives.

Wisdom in Proverbs, cont.
Room A3 | 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 studying God’s Word, praying for one another, and sharing what God is doing in our lives.

10:45 Class

Unlikely Converts
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker
Author Randy Newman shares practical ways to follow the Great Commission, and surprising stories of faith that testify to the unstoppable power of the gospel. Join us as we consider how these unlikely conversion stories encourage us to play our part in the evangelism process and prayerfully plead with God to powerfully save the lost.