Adult Class Details – Fall, 2017
September 10 – December 3, 2018 – 9:30 am
(unless otherwise noted)
9:30 Pastor’s Class: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Rob Norris, Scott Redd, and David Shoultz / Upper Room
Written by Paul, these epistles reflect the joy of the author but also includes his defense against the charge of cowardice. In writing, he encourages the young church to persevere in the face of Jewish persecution. He points out the superiority of Christian morality and corrects the misunderstanding of the “Parousia” of Christ. Both letters are practical and are directly geared to contemporary issues in the life of the church.
Confessing Christ – Heidelberg Catechism
Dirk Rankin and others / Room 131
This class studies the historical context and theological content of the Confessions of the Reformed Church. The first year will examine the history and teaching of the Heidelberg Catechism and subsequent years will deal with other confessional standards written from a Reformed perspective.
New Members Class [September 24 – November 12]
Ralph & Terri Miller
The New Members Class is designed to introduce Fourth to you, and you to Fourth. The class serves to inform you on what it means to be a member of Fourth and, at the conclusion of the course, you have the opportunity to join our family. Attendance is required for all who want to become members, whether by initial profession of faith in Jesus Christ or by letter of transfer from another church. There will be a dinner on Wednesday, November 15, when New Members are officially be welcomed into membership.
Spiritual Foundations of Marriage (October 15 – December 3)
Katie Chamberlin and others / Chapel
This class is open to all and is designed to outline and prepare for marriage. It deals with many areas of married life and is intended as a resource for couples who are engaged or contemplating marriage, or who are newly married and are seeking resources for married life. It is a required course for all those who are getting married at Fourth Church.
11:00 am Classes
11:00 Pastor’s Class: Amos & Hosea
Rob Norris, Chris Istrati, and Scott Redd / Upper Room
The prophecy of Amos falls into three main sections in which he promises judgment first of all upon the nations, and follows these oracles with a judgment against Israel concluding with the promise of salvation. In the first three chapters of this prophecy, Hosea confronts his readers with the striking analogy between his failed marriage and Israel’s relationship with God. The subsequent chapters are based upon the Covenant relationship God has with his people and involves a series of blessings and curses based on the Mosaic law.
Bible Overview – Old Testament
Robin King and Kent Talbert / Chapel
God inspires his all-time best-selling book, the Bible, explicitly to relate to his created men, women, boys and girls who bear his image. In it, he spans the earliest history of his created world through visions of eternity with him. The whole-Bible story is best learned in its order to create a contextual building process—from Genesis to Revelation. With this study, you can learn the major themes with corresponding book names and many key Scripture points that support them. You might additionally plan to read through the whole Bible—perhaps over the year or a summer—and personally learn the key scriptures for your discussions and memory.
Young Adult Class — Prophets in Challenging Times
David Frerichs and others / Room 131
This fall we will look at the ministries of Elijah, Elisha, and Isaiah, and will examine tough questions like “why did God allow two bears to maul children for insulting Elisha?” We will see God’s prophets calling Israel and Judah to faithfulness and repentance, and will see the fulfillment of ancient covenant promises. The Young Adult Class is open to all undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, masters or doctoral students, and interns living or working in the greater Washington Metropolitan area.
Young Married Fellowship
Zach Koutsandreas and Sterling Mehring / Room 130
Encouraging married couples in their 20s and 30s to love God and each other, our fellowship includes Bible study, social activities, fellowship, and mentor couples. Email email@example.com for more information.