Adult education fall 2023

Adult education fall 2023

Duff Points

Jesus calls us to follow Him

In his letter to the early church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul encourages “God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus,” to live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord (see Ephesians 5:8-10). This kicks us off to ask some other life altering questions:

1. Do I want to live as a child of light?

2. Is Jesus calling me to follow him?

3. What must I know, embrace, give up and believe to live as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ?

Yearning for answers, we launch out on a scriptural treasure hunt through the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings. We find that Jesus instructs us on how to follow him.

“We don’t have to travel the journey alone; we are called to live in community as the church.”
– Duff Points

There is so much to learn and explore about the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6); and, yet it doesn’t need to be overwhelming.

When we attend a Sunday morning class, or a weekday Bible study, or a home-based K Group, we join brothers and sisters in drawing close to our LORD. We find guidance, companionship, love and support as we each commit to the grand adventure of being a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Night Downtown

Wednesdays beginning September 13
Dinner at 5:15 p.m.
Adult classes at 6:15 p.m.

Classes featured this fall include:

  • Meaning behind the marquee
    Join the pastors as we explore what it means to be orthodox, reformed and evangelical. These words speak to our identity – who we are and where we come from, but what do they signify? What is it that we are declaring to be true about this community? This fall, we will be considering each of these words, the history and theology that give them meaning, and how they might shape our life together.

  • Seeker’s Bible study – deep dive into the sermon scriptures with Pastor Wambugu Gachungi.  

Monday School

Mondays beginning September 11
Noon; Kirkland Library
An optional lunch is available beforehand
Rev. Justin Schell teaches on “The Kingdom of God.”

Seasons – A Women’s Gathering

Second Mondays monthly
Beginning September 11
6:30 p.m.; Stephenson Hall
Join Rev. Julia Metcalf and Sarah Savage for Seasons, a space for women to connect and be transformed by the word and presence of God.

Precept Bible Study

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.; E100
Elder Denise Rounds teaches on the Psalms.

Pastor’s Study with Dr. Jim Miller

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.; Stephenson Hall
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; E104
Dr. Miller continues his series on Rebecca McLaughlin’s book, “Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion.”

Before the Rooster Crows

Saturdays, 8:45 a.m.; E103
Elder Phil Rounds leads Bible study andconversation about the sermon texts for the upcoming Sunday morning worship services.

K Groups

Various times and locations
K Groups are established for Koinonia – holy, covenantal fellowship. K Group gatherings take place in homes across the city and a new study topic will begin in October.

Sunday School

16 adult classes
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
various classroom locations
Grow in your knowledge of scripture and equip yourself as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. Find a full listing of classes at

Foundations with Rev. Dan Hutchinson

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.; E104
Rev. Hutchinson is teaching an overview of the Epistles. Whether you are new to reading the Bible or have been studying it for years, you will gain an appreciation and understanding for the New Testament letters.

Dr. Rebecca McLaughlin
Guest Speaker

“Four things Christians must reclaim.”
Saturday, September 16
6:30 p.m.; Stephenson Hall
Rebecca is the author of many Christian books including “Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion.” This lecture is free and you are invited to stay for a reception in the Atrium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

About the author: Duff Points is the executive director of Adult Ministries and has worked for First Church for 12 years. Duff considers this role to be a calling from the Lord and finds great joy in serving alongside gifted lay leaders, pastors and colleagues.