We have new Bible classes at Northside starting next week. Thanks to our teachers from last quarter, and God’s blessings on the teachers for the upcoming quarter. We will return to our regular life stage classes on Nov. 12.
Acts 1-12 (Study topic for all five adult classes)
In Acts 1.1, Luke writes, “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven,” and then he records our only history of the beginnings of the Lord’s church and the early years of Christianity. To the apostles and disciples of Jesus, the previous three years was a roller coaster of daily learning and witnessing his miracles. Now what would they do with all they had learned? In this study, we will look at the impact of Christ-followers “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” What lessons from early church history can we bring to Northside today? (There is a plan to complete our study of Acts later next year.)
Good Lessons from Bad People (Sonny Banning, Auditorium)
There are many obscure and short Bible stories that we usually only hear of within the context of a larger, more well-known story. Most of these stories involved one or more unsavory characters. Why are these stories there? Are they important lessons that God wants us to learn? Some of these stories may be new to you; some may not be. No matter the case, exposing the “bad characters” in them should help us understand what God would like for us to glean from them. From these “bad characters,” we can learn some mighty “good lessons.”
New Testament Apologetics (Adam Clothier, Fireside Room)
As we do our best to follow Christ in our daily walk, we have serious challenges. Social media, public education, and popular entertainment, just to mention a few. We meet good people with sincere questions about our faith, but are we prepared to answer their questions? In 1 Peter 3.15 we find this exhortation, “But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Was Jesus a real person? Is the New Testament a reliable account of the life of Jesus? The goal of this class is to explore these questions.