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.

Spring Semester Block 1

Block 1 classes meet January 6 through March 10. No registration required unless noted below.

7:45 Class

Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, cont.
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
The believer has the opportunity every day to encounter, submit to, and find security in the supremacy of Christ in their life. We invite you to join us as we conclude our extended study of the book of Hebrews with its repeated encouragement and challenge to embrace Christ wholeheartedly as the foundation for standing firm in our faith.

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.

Financial Peace (Register by January 13)
Room B10 |Teachers: Ken Grisanti, 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 God says about handling money. We will read/discuss 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, and paying off debt. Join us for the preview class on January 6 where instructions for ordering materials will be explained. There is a $109 cost per couple/individual and 1-2 hours of class preparation per week. 

Daniel
Room B6 | Teacher: Matt Brown
Are you feeling fatigued from the constant barrage of “bad news”? Does it feel that the “bad guys” always win? How can we influence this culture without being influenced by the culture? These were real questions for Jews in the sixth century BC and are real questions for us in the twenty-first century as well! In this study we will learn that despite present circumstances, God is always in control!

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. We’ll follow a chronological reading plan that begins in January to read through the entire Old Testament and New Testament in a calendar year. 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.

First Principles (Register by January 27)
Room A6| Teachers: Jonny Rector, Lindsey Ayres, and Jane Schaible
This class is meant to train and encourage Bible teachers, but the content of the class will be of great benefit to anyone at First Free. These first principles of Bible study are taught by the Charles Simeon Trust and championed by our preaching team. You’ll have an opportunity to learn and practice study tools you’ve probably heard referenced on Sunday morning, like context, structure, and melodic line. Students will put these concepts to use in weekly homework assignments and group exercises. Our hope is that all who attend will come away from this class ready to demonstrate and promote the faithful teaching of God’s Word. There is a $19 fee to access the Simeon Trust material. Please register online for this 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 continue looking at the book Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by author Jeff Vanderstelt.

1 John
Room A4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
Join us as we dive into 1 John and learn how John wanted his readers to have confidence in the faith and to have true fellowship with God as well as with each other. That’s what we want too! In this class we desire to build relationships and encourage one another through fellowship each week by having time for sharing, prayer, and the interactive study of the Word.

Mark, Part 2
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? Please join us as we study chapters 8 thru 16 of Mark.

Marriage, Singleness, Sex, and Gender
Room A5 | Facilitator: Jim Logan
We live in a time where the world around us is changing quickly. Society does not see a need for sexual boundaries other than not hurting someone else. The church’s stance on sex and gender is deemed irrelevant at best, but recently is stated to be harmful or even hateful. Is that true? Does disagreeing with someone’s view of sexuality make you their enemy? We’ll be spending these ten weeks stepping through the Bible’s approach to these and other issues, with a focus on how to live honestly, love well, and remain biblically orthodox all at the same time.

Read Through Romans: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through the book of Romans 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

Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, Part 1
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
The believer has the opportunity every day to encounter, submit to, and find security in the supremacy of Christ in their life. We invite you to join us as we 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.

Hebrews
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker
Join us as we take an in-depth look of chapters 8-13 in the book of Hebrews.

Spring Semester Block 2

Block 2 classes meet March 17 through May 26. No registration required.

7:45 Class

Isaiah: The Hope of the Gospel, Part 1
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
Isaiah contains one of the clearest expressions of the gospel in all of the Old Testament. However, the context for that proclamation is woven amid a significant focus on God’s judgment of his people for their meaningless worship and corporate injustices. That focus serves to remind us of our need to perpetually preach the gospel to ourselves as “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53:6)

9:00 Classes

2 & 3 John
Room A4 | Facilitators: Clayton Laird and Kurt Yowell
In 2 John and 3 John, John wanted his readers to be walking in the truth. Join us as we seek to encourage one another each week as we walk in truth together with Christ by having time for sharing, prayer, and the interactive study of the Word.

Living Life with Purpose
Room B3 | Teacher: Tim Buhler
Join us as we discover how God created each of us and our role in serving in his kingdom. We will study scripture passages that show how our spiritual gifts, personality, abilities, passions and life experiences form our calling and then discover how we are to be a steward of the convictions God has given us. This class is designed to be relevant for individuals in all stages of life.

Read Through Leviticus: You Shall be Holy
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom and Pat Moyer
Join us as we read through the book of Leviticus using a format similar to the Read Through the Bible program. In this block we will be reading about God’s demand for holiness and his provision of atonement for ancient Israel with the institution of the priesthood and sacrificial system; and how these apply to us today. 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

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.

Daniel, cont.
Room B6 | Teachers: Matt Brown
Join us as we continue our study in Daniel as we learn, like the Jews did in sixth century BC, that despite present circumstances, God is always in control.

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. We’ll follow a chronological reading plan that begins in January to read through the entire Old Testament and New Testament in a calendar year. 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.

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 continue looking at the book Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by author Jeff Vanderstelt.

10:45 Classes

Defending Your Faith
Room B4 | Facilitator: Roy Baker
Join us as we watch and discuss a DVD series from R.C. Sproul titled “Defending Your Faith: An Overview of Classical Apologetics.” In this series Dr. Sproul surveys the history of apologetics and demonstrates that reason and science are your allies in defending the existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, Part 2
Room B3 | Teacher: Pastor Dick High
The believer has the opportunity every day 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.

 

Current Classes

These classes wrap up on Sunday, December 16.

7:45 Class
Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ, cont., Room B3

9:00 Classes
Bible Lessons for Adults with Special Needs, cont., Room B5
Evangelical Convictions: EFCA Statement of Faith, Room B3
Gospel Fluency, cont., Room A5
New City Catechism, cont., Room A6
Our Commission in God’s Kingdom, Room A3
Philippians, Room B6, Read Through Exodus: The Covenant at Sinai/Divine Worship, Room B4
Read Through the Bible, cont., Room B10

10:45 Classes
1 John, Room B3
The Pilgrims Progress, cont., Room B4

 

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