CrossTraining Electives

October 10-31: We are excited to offer seven elective classes in October. These classes will replace our normal Sunday School. Below you will find a brief description of each class. Click here to sign-up. If you need assistance signing up, please call the office during the week or ask at the Welcome desk after the Worship Service.

How to Study the Bible—Stephen Popp

Are you looking for a new diet? Try the Word of God. Man does not live on bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Come learn how to study the Bible for your personal devotions and teaching ministry.

God and Government—Stephen Erickson

This class will consider the timely question of our role as Christians in a republic that is increasingly hostile to believers and is embracing what Rod Dreyer calls “soft despotism.” How do Christians interact biblically with the governing authorities in a way that honors God in an increasingly secular society?

Spiritual Gifts Today—T.J. DeVries

In this elective, we will look at who the Holy Spirit is and why He gives Christians spiritual gifts. With this knowledge, we will “test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4). Finally, we will consider practical and biblical steps about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives today.

A Psalm for Every SeasonGreg Larson

To everything turn, turn, turn

There is a season turn, turn, turn

And...the Bible speaks to many of them!

 

Oldie songs from the 60s aside, God has placed many examples in the Old Testament and instructions on navigating the seasons of life (joy, anger, depression, victory, etc.). Throughout this class, we will seek out and discuss this ancient wisdom that is still relevant even today.

If It’s Strange, It’s ImportantJosh VanderZouwen

Have you ever come across a passage in scripture that left you scratching your head and left you wondering if you are missing something? Has such a passage caused you to skip to the next chapter in your reading because you figured, “well, it’s the Bible, and the Bible has some weird stuff in it”? This class aims to demonstrate that sometimes the strangest passages have some exciting teaching and lessons for us to learn about God. The goal is to learn how to tackle and perhaps become more comfortable with some stranger things in God’s Word.

Christianity and Culture—Eric Hoff

Often Christians conceive of Christianity and culture as existing at odds with each other and with good reason. But what cultural institutions, political structures, and social orders are actually gracious gifts of God designed to promote human flourishing? How should believers continue to promote God-glorifying culture in a world and society that continues to restrict Christian freedoms? How do Christian beliefs confront man-centered ideology within the culture? This elective will dive into these and more topics.