Core Classes

Core Classes are short-term studies (6-24 weeks) focused on a singular topic or Bible book. These classes provide much of the core knowledge that every disciple needs to grow in the grace of the Lord. Core Classes are open to all First Baptist members and guests. We would love for you to join us as we study the following upcoming topics:

Wednesday evening classes are held from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. There will be no class meetings on March 16, May 18, or May 25.

Biblical Studies

Old Testament Survey Jan 5 – July 13 (24 weeks) | Eric Sams Room 250

All Scripture is inspired by God for our good (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s covenant love is displayed through Scripture. This core class will journey through the Old Testament from creation to anticipation of the coming Savior King.

1 Peter | Jan 5 – Feb 9 (6 weeks) | Tracy Amanns | Room 241

The times we are living in seem unreal.  We have never felt more like strangers in our own country. Our minds and emotions swing as we watch the society we have known shift to being openly hostile to everything we believe. How do we as Christians live lives that glorify God as things heat up and change daily? How do we lead our children, grandchildren, and our neighbors who are looking for answers? When we look to the pages of 1 Peter, the instructions we find there are both timely and powerful. Written by the apostle Peter, who was a disciple and personal witness of our Lord’s life, His suffering, and heard first-hand His powerful instruction to His people, this letter teaches us how we are to live as strangers in a world increasingly more hostile to everything we believe. 

Theology

Intro to Biblical Theology | Jan 5 – Mar 30 (12 weeks) | Adam Holland | Room 231

How do the Old and New Testament relate to one another? The course Introduction to Biblical Theology will attempt to provide a comprehensive and chronological overview of the Bible. This course will examine God’s purposes, as they providentially unfold, from creation to consummation. Finally, this course will look at how the cross of Christ governs and shapes the storyline of the Scripture.

Practical Theology

Explaining Christianity | Jan 5 – Feb 9 (6 weeks) | Rick Bertou | Room 232

Christianity Explained is a six-week course based in the Gospel of Mark, designed especially for people with little or no Bible background. It will also be helpful for those wishing to learn how to share the basics of Christianity with someone.

Topics include:

  • Jesus, Son of God 
  • Jesus his death on the cross
  • Jesus his resurrection
  • Salvation by grace, not good works
  • What is a Christian? 1. Repenting 
  • What is a Christian? 2. Believing 

DivorceCare | Jan 19 – Apr 20 (13 weeks) | Dan Hawkins | Ministry House

Separation and Divorce can be the most painful and stressful experiences that one can face. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare is a 13-week biblical, Christ-centered divorce support group ministry that meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has three distinct elements: 1) 40-minute Video Seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects, 2) Group Discussion, discussing the week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members, and 3) a Workbook to take video notes and complete short, daily homework exercises to encourage healing. Cost of the Workbook is $20. 

For more information, please contact Janet Hawkins at 865-748-7828. Please register at https://fbcpowell.org/getcounseling/.

 

Sunday morning classes meet every Lord’s Day from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Practical Theology

God’s Design for Marriage | Jan 2 – Mar 20 (12 weeks) | Alan Grissom | FLC 1

In many of our marriages we are missing God at the center. Even as Christians, we sadly live atheist marriages—marriages that are devoid of God and his Word. Sure, we go to church. Sure, many of us try to do personal bible reading. Sure, we want to be more faithful. Yet, in reality, many of us don’t often enough put God and his Word at the center of our marital relationships. This 12-week class will help you understand and live out God’s design for your marriage.

Getting to the Heart of Parenting | Jan 2 – Mar 6 (10 weeks) | Aaron Jones | Room 305

Parenting is hard, but there are few things in life that rise to this level of importance. God has chosen parents to be primary instruments in the shaping of a human soul. This 10 week study based on the best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp will take you on a journey through the Bible to discover a different and better way to parent. After laying down foundational parenting principles, Tripp covers specific application for children 0-5, 6-12, and 13-18. 

 

These Core Classes are offered at times other than Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

Biblical Studies

1 Peter | Jan 7 – Feb 11 (6 weeks) | Tracy Amanns | Ministry House

This women’s Bible study is offered on Friday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Childcare is available by reservation only. To register for childcare, please email Alys Grissom at alysgrissom@fbcpowell.org.

The times we are living in seem unreal.  We have never felt more like strangers in our own country. Our minds and emotions swing as we watch the society we have known shift to being openly hostile to everything we believe. How do we as Christians live lives that glorify God as things heat up and change daily? How do we lead our children, grandchildren, and our neighbors who are looking for answers? When we look to the pages of 1 Peter, the instructions we find there are both timely and powerful. Written by the apostle Peter, who was a disciple and personal witness of our Lord’s life, His suffering, and heard first-hand His powerful instruction to His people, this letter teaches us how we are to live as strangers in a world increasingly more hostile to everything we believe. 

Practical Theology

Grief Support Group | Jan 17 – Apr 25 (13 weeks) | Dan Hawkins | Ministry House

GriefShare meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 

It hurts to lose someone. Find help at GriefShare — a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. The 13-week biblically-based seminars feature a video, small group discussion, and a workbook. The workbook for GriefShare is $20.  Register at http://fbcpowell.org/getcounseling.