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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 12 through October 7. No registration required.

7:45 Class

Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, cont.
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
Every day the believer has the opportunity to encounter, submit to, and find security in the supremacy of Christ in their life. We invite you to join us as we continue to work through the book of Hebrews with its repeated encouragement and challenge to embrace Christ wholeheartedly as we pray, fellowship, and study God’s Word together.

9:00 Classes

Bible Lessons for Adults with Special Needs
Room B5 | Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This class is designed to meet the needs of adults with special needs. It will include 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.

Gospel Fluency
Room A3 | Teachers: Dave Netherton and others
This 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. In addition we’ll be looking at the book Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by author Jeff Vanderstelt.

Joel
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
How does God fight against us? Why would he do this? How does he continually demonstrate his patience, mercy and love for us? This study will look at how an Old Testament prophet shows how God loves us, has a plan for his people, and how that should impact us to go into the world and share his good news!

Mark
Room B3 | Teachers: Various
Who do you say that I am? This is the central question Jesus asks in the second Gospel. Mark wants us to understand who Jesus is and what he came to accomplish. He wants us to understand what it means that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and why it matters for our lives. Additionally, Mark explores the various responses to the gospel—why do some receive Jesus while others reject him? These are a few of the main questions Mark seeks to answer in his Gospel. Please join us as we cover the first eight chapters of Mark.

New City Catechism
Room A6 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Join us as we dive into the New City Catechism to learn and encourage one another in the core doctrines of the faith.

Our Calling in God’s Kingdom
Room A5 | Teachers: Tim Buhler and John Haag
Looking for help to discover your calling and identifying your passions in serving? Join us as we discover how God created us and our role in serving in His Kingdom. We will study many passages in Scripture that will show us how our spiritual gifts, personality, abilities, passions and life experiences form our vocation and then discover how we are to be a steward to the convictions God has given us. This class is multi-generational but could be of special importance for our junior and seniors in high school, college age, and young career people.

Read Through Exodus: Divine Redemption
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through chapters 1-18 of Exodus using a format similar to the Read Through the Bible program. Class participants will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned from each week’s reading and to learn from the insights provided by other class members.

10:45 Classes

Evangelical Convictions: EFCA Statement of Faith
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Mike Andrus
Our denomination is creedal; that is, we have a creed or doctrinal position that is spelled out clearly. We desire all members to understand it so we can experience spiritual unity on the essentials of our faith. Our Statement of Faith covers ten major areas of theology in a concise but unambiguous way. In this class we will take a detailed look at what it affirms, as well as where it is silent. An optional textbook, Evangelical Convictions, will be available for purchase. Pastor Andrus, who was a member of the denominational committee that wrote the present Statement, adopted in 2008, will be teaching this class.

The Pilgrim’s Progress
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker
Join us as we begin a study of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. We will be utilizing the DVD series featuring Dr. Derek Thomas offered by Ligonier Ministries. Centuries ago this allegorical work made a tremendous impact on the English speaking world, as well as across the globe as it was translated into at least 200 languages. There is as much to gain from this book now as there was hundreds of years ago.

Read Through the Bible
Room B10 | Facilitators: David and Julie Sutton
This class encourages you to read through the Bible in a year. We 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. 

Fall Block 2

Block 2 classes meet October 14 through December 16. No registration required.

7:45 Class

Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, cont.
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
Every day the believer has the opportunity to encounter, submit to, and find security in the supremacy of Christ in their life. We invite you to join us as we continue to work through the book of Hebrews with its repeated encouragement and challenge to embrace Christ wholeheartedly as we pray, fellowship, and study God’s Word together.

9:00 Classes

Bible Lessons for Adults with Special Needs, cont.
Room B5| Leader: Evanelle Olinger
This class is designed to meet the needs of adults with special needs. It will include 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.

Evangelical Convictions: EFCA Statement of Faith (new session)
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Mike Andrus
Our denomination is creedal; that is, we have a creed or doctrinal position that is spelled out clearly. We desire all members to understand it so we can experience spiritual unity on the essentials of our faith. Our Statement of Faith covers ten major areas of theology in a concise but unambiguous way. In this class we will take a detailed look at what it affirms, as well as where it is silent. An optional textbook, Evangelical Convictions, will be available for purchase. Pastor Andrus, who was a member of the denominational committee that wrote the present Statement, adopted in 2008, will be teaching this class

Gospel Fluency, cont.
Room A3 | Teachers: Dave Netherton and others
This 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. In addition we’ll be looking at the book Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by author Jeff Vanderstelt.

New City Catechism, cont.
Room A6 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Join us as we continue to dive into the New City Catechism to learn and encourage one another in the core doctrines of the faith.

Our Commission in God’s Kingdom
Room A5 | Teachers: Tim Buhler and John Haag
How do you develop a passion for God’s work in and through you with the goal of impacting those whom God has entrusted to you? Join us as we study many passages that speak about working with excellence in all that we do. We will study God’s grace in our work and how this leads to his excellence.

Philippians
Room B6 | Teachers: Matt Brown, Jonny Rector and others
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a celebration of the gospel partnership that strengthens believers even in the midst of persecution. During this class, we will take an in-depth look at this letter to discover how Paul draws encouragement from the suffering of Christ and the testimony of fellow believers. In studying this letter, we will learn to say alongside Paul, “for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Read Through Exodus: The Covenant at Sinai/Divine Worship
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through chapters 19-40 of Exodus using a format similar to the Read Through the Bible program. Class participants will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned from each week’s reading and to learn from the insights provided by other class members.

10:45 Classes

1 John
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Phil Thengvall
Knowing when to stand up and fight for the truth and when to compromise is not always an easy choice to make. Sometimes we discredit the gospel by the way we stubbornly defend the truth, or too quickly seeking middle ground can leave the truth by the wayside. Torn by conflict and marred by schism, the congregation to whom John addressed this letter stood in need of encouragement toward love and unity within the bounds of truth. His word to them is well suited to Christians today as we attempt to stand for truth in a pluralistic society.

The Pilgrims Progress, cont.
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker
Join us as we continue our study of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. We will be utilizing the DVD series featuring Dr. Derek Thomas offered by Ligonier Ministries. Centuries ago this allegorical work made a tremendous impact on the English speaking world, as well as across the globe as it was translated into at least 200 languages. There is as much to gain from this book now as there was hundreds of years ago.

Read Through the Bible, cont.
Room B10 | Facilitators: David and Julie Sutton
This class encourages you to read through the Bible in a year. We 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.

 

Many thanks to the Adult Education Team: Led by Jo Coltrain, Matt Brown, Tim Buhler, Susan Dorsey, Cary Lavender, and Jane Schaible