ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES

We never outgrow our need to be transformed by Jesus. The word of God never loses its power to transform us. Odyssey leads us to explore - to seek, find, and know Jesus. Really know.


Odyssey courses fill in the gaps of our understanding - about the Bible, faith, and life. They equip a disciple of Jesus to do ministry (as in Ephesians 4: 11-16).


Browse through the following information for a course that is relevant to where you are at - and take you some place further.

 

  • INTERPRETING THE BIBLE LIKE THE SAGES FROM THE AGES

    Teachers: Mark Elefritz & Herman Utix


    WHEN: Sunday mornings from 9-10AM, Room 127


    There are lots of people willing to do your thinking for you – which is tempting, because it takes work to think. Lots of people blog, produce podcasts, and write books about what the Bible says and means. But are they spot on?


    There is no reason to be a victim of biblical malpractice. You and I – with our good sense and the Holy Spirit’s tutelage – can read and interpret the Bible for ourselves. “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). Furthermore, when you ramp up your creative engagement with the Word of God, you discover a whole new world of poetry and story and truth that literally breathes life into your soul. You discover what the author of Psalm 119 – the longest chapter in the Bible – discovered: “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free”.


    Still, there’s no room for swagger; good-hearted (& some very smart) people have been at this for a long time, and they have developed some well-worn and time-proven habits – best practices, if you will – for interpreting the Bible accurately. Join us – whether you’re a stalwart senior saint with lots of time in service, or an enthusiastic neophyte – to learn how to interpret the Bible like the sages from the ages.


    Course Objectives:

    • You will become familiar with time-honored best practices for approaching the Bible with skill and humility
    • You will have fun doing so with enthusiastic teachers who give you a chance to verbally process and personalize the concepts presented
    • You will have the opportunity to integrate worship, study, and prayer
    • You will know how to pronounce and practice hermeneutics

     

  • REAL LIFE AND THE BIBLE

    Teacher: Ryan Faust


    Description: Real life is messy and as Christians it matters how we engage with the Bible in real life situations. We need wisdom and we need God’s perspective. The goal of this class is to talk about real life topics that we might face in the everyday and dialogue (giving you the opportunity to add to the conversation) and glean wisdom from one another and the Bible as to what to do.


    Each week we will have a grouping of questions and / or a case study. We will discuss the question the class finds most relevant and dialogue, with Bibles in hand, about what is wise, what to do in those circumstances.


    Sample Questions:

    • Does “love make a family”? What ought to be the voice of Christians related to marriage and parenting in our post-Obergefell era?
    • Do children have a right to their biological mother and father? Related to, for example, surrogacy or sperm donation? Even adoption?
    • Working within your boundaries, how should we plan to engage people of the opposite gender, especially when they need shepherding? Prayer? Help? Friendship?
    • What are the various theological ideas on sanctification? And why is it I still see sin in my life? Is this normal if the Gospel is true?

    COURSE Objectives: When you are finished with this class you will be able to…

    1. Understand you need the Holy Spirit and wisdom.

    2. Understand a basic filter of decision making.

    3. Integrate good doctrine in everyday conversation.

      

  • TRUTH: AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF THE MODERN WORLDVIEW AND THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

    Based on curriculum by The Truth Project, Francis Schaeffer, and C.S. Lewis


    TEACHER: Joshua Hanson


    WHEN: Sunday mornings from 9-10AM, Room 127 (Sept 22 - Dec 8)


    Course Type: Apologetics (defense of the Gospel)


    Over the millennia, the truth-claims of Jesus of Nazareth have been subjected to a myriad of attacks, and still, the fires of His church burn bright. No other institution in Western Civilization has been more durable. But now, with shrinking church attendance and religious apathy at an all-time high, Christianity meets its greatest challenge of all: secularism. In our modern world, where truth is always subjective, and morals always relative, Christians must now defend a worldview that seems increasingly out-of-touch, legalistic, simplistic, and judgmental. It is now the Christian, and even God Himself, who is on trial; and those who follow Christ have greater difficulty than ever finding common ground with our secular neighbors, and our nation is being fractured in the process. No longer is the Christian witness limited simply to explaining why our God is “the best choice”, we must now first establish a need for God in the first place. The psychology of our world has changed considerably in recent years – and we must understand the world to reach it.


    At the heart of this battle for hearts and minds is the singular concept of truth. Christ said:     “…for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me” (John 18:37). Christ also said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

    Considered together, this is a startling claim by Christ. In fact, it is still the most shocking thing ever uttered by human lips, because it means that truth itself exists; that Jesus is the official spokesman – the cosmic agent for – truth; and that without truth, without Him – no one can get to heaven. He is the gatekeeper.


    Therefore, the world has a choice: dismiss him, or face his claims squarely. If he is not who he claims to be, then he should be dismissed – because that would make him a liar, a quack, or both. But if he is who he claims to be, then we must heed what he says. Nothing matters more.

    So, what to believe? Do the truth-claims of Christ still hold up against those of the world? And how should the Christian build a bridge of common understanding to our neighbors, whom God loves?


    To answer this question, we will consider nearly every major facet of our culture -- from politics to religion, science and history, philosophy, history, theology, economics, and more – and examine them through a Biblical lens, comparing God’s truth-claims to the wisdom of man. The Bible – in its vast and timeless wisdom – leaves no stone unturned. And in this sweeping course, neither will we.