Core Classes focus primarily on learning with a goal of expanding biblical-based knowledge of the learner. These short-term groups are organized in three broad categories: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Theology.
Core Classes are offered on various days and times in order to provide multiple opportunities for members and guests to attend. So if a class is not offered at time that meets your schedule, it will likely be offered at another time in the future. Below you will find the Core Class offerings in each of the three categories.
Wednesday evening classes are held from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Two Ways to Live | February 15 – March 29 (6 weeks – no class March 15) | Joseph Hicks/Tim McGhee
Over the course of this Two Ways to Live Core Class, we are seeking to unpack, understand, and articulate the Gospel message. We will spend one week looking at each point of the Two Ways to Live Tract. Basically, Two Ways to Live is a class designed for two purposes: 1) to help solidify the content of the gospel in our own minds and 2) so that we might go out and share it with others (1 Peter 3:15).
Unity & Diversity | April 5 – May 10 (6 weeks) | Joseph Hicks
Where does unity and diversity come from? How can we, Christians in minority and majority positions, live it out? What does this practically look like in real life? And what does it accomplish for God and for the gospel? We will seek to explore a very simple question, “Why does God care about unity and diversity in the local church?” We have all sorts of reasons for thinking these things are important, but sometimes our reasons are different than God’s—and that’ll get us into trouble. We’ll start by tracing the theme of unity in diversity through Scripture from beginning to end. We’ll talk about reasons we care about these things that may diverge from God’s purposes. And finally we’ll try to nail down exactly why diversity and unity matter to God.
Spiritual Disciplines | May 17 – July 19 (10 weeks) | Steven McGhee
Using Don Whitney’s book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life as our guide, we will examine ten disciplines that God has given the believer to help lead to a holy life.
God’s Design for Marriage | January 5 – March 30 (12 weeks) | Room 250 | Adam Holland
In many of our marriages we are missing God at the center. Even as Christians, we sadly live atheist marriages—
Biblical Manhood and Womanhood | April 6 – June 22 (12 weeks) | Adam Holland
Our culture has fallen into confusion concerning gender and roles for men and women. In this 13-week class we will examine what the Bible teaches about gender, masculinity, and femininity. We will also unpack the roles of men and women in the home, church, and broader culture. This class will be especially helpful for parents as you seek to guide you children through the confusion that is today’s culture.
Getting to the Heart of Parenting (Paul David Tripp Video) | June 29 – September 7 (10 weeks) | Adam Holland
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.
Singleness | September 13 – October 26 (6 weeks – no class on October 12) | Adam Holland
In weeks 1-5, we’ll cover a basic theology of singleness. Our church is blessed with a significant number of single adults, so studying what the Bible says about singleness is uniquely helpful for us. We will cover the following topics:
- Singleness and Identity
- The Gift and Freedom of Singleness
- Singleness and Relationships
- Singleness and Contentment
Dating | November 2 – December 14 (6 weeks – no class November 23) | Adam Holland
There are different reasons why you might be interested in this class:
- Singles: Are you dating others in a way that is consistent with what is taught in Scripture (and hopefully also in this class)? In what ways does your dating reflect more worldly thinking? In what ways does your reflect the Bible and the wisdom passed on to you by older godly men and women in this church?
- Married: Are you giving guidance to singles to date in ways that are wholly consistent with Scripture.
We will cover the following topics:
- Stages of a Relationship
- Intimacy & Accountability
- What to Talk about
- What to Look For
- Chemistry and Compatibility
- Things that Go Wrong in our Dating Culture
Care and Counseling
DivorceCare | January 11 – April 12 (13 weeks) | Ministry House | Dan and Janet Hawkins
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. Please register on our Counseling page.
GriefShare | January 9 – April 10 (13 weeks) | Ministry House | Dan and Janet Hawkins
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. Please register on our Counseling page.
Sunday morning classes meet every Lord’s Day from 8:45 – 10:00am
Membership Matters | Ongoing | Room 317 | Perry Garrett
Membership Matters is a unique class offered for anyone who wants to join or is prayerfully considering becoming a member at First Baptist Powell. You are not making a commitment to join just by attending the class. The class will provide information about our church structure, FBP history, and what we believe the Bible says regarding the importance of church membership.