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.
Classes meet September 13 through December 13. We are asking everyone to wear a mask and will maintain social distance as much as is feasible in the classrooms.
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.
Room B10 | 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.
Lamentations: Great Is His Faithfulness
Room B3 | Teacher: Matt Brown
Are you puzzled by all of the evil and suffering in the world? Do you find yourself questioning how to handle tragedy, pain, and even your faith? With recent events in our world how can we lament and cry out to our God? At the center of this book—lamenting over the impacts of sin in the world—sit verses devoted to the Almighty God whose “mercies NEVER cease!” If you would like to join this class using Zoom, please email Matt Brown for information on how to connect.
Exiled in America: Living in a Secular and Hostile Age
Room A6 | Teachers: Jeff Syrios along with Maggie Black, Jordan Green, Lynn Matthews, Johnny Rector, and Joe Woodward
Do you ever feel like you belong but know you are not welcome? There is rising hostility toward biblical values and moral truth. At times it seems our republic is crumbling under the weight of injustice and immorality. Jesus said the world will hate us—for while we are in the world, we are not of it. As exiled ambassadors, we are called to seek the welfare of the nation and to work toward its common good. This exile living is not only for our good, but it is for the advancement of the coming kingdom of God. In this elective, we will consider exile living in the context of: government, politics, justice, parenting, vocation, technology, the marketplace, and race.
Galatians and Ephesians
Room A5 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Paul Lindstrom, and Pat Moyer
Using a “Read Through the Bible” format, we will study two of Paul’s letters of encouragement and instruction to the early churches. In his letters to the believers in Galatia and Ephesus, Paul specifically addresses issues such as justification by faith, unity in the body of Christ, and the armor of God. Participants are asked to read the chapter(s) designated each week and come prepared to share questions, insights, and comments as we discuss God’s Word and encourage one another.
Room B3 | 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.