SUNDAY DISCIPLESHIP OPTIONS

This page has Sunday School options for adults.  To find out more about Sunday School options for children and teenagers (and about seasonal Sunday night opportunities) click below.

Sunday school- 9:45 a.m.

The church family gathers to study God's Word in community on Sunday mornings at 9:45.  Studying together brings out aspects of God's Word that otherwise may have gone unnoticed!  There's also the fellowship aspect, as conversations, for some, happen more naturally during Sunday school than during the worship service.  

There are ongoing classes and topical classes, offering flexible options.  For example:
  • Some choose a class based on the relationships they have with others in the class; they grow spiritually through studying among those people.  
  • Others choose a class based on the topic; they grow spiritually through the content study.  
  • Still others may attend a class regularly, but may take a 4-8 week break to attend a special-emphasis class, and then return to their former class once it's over.  
Regardless of which style you prefer, there are plenty of choices below, and we pray the Lord uses them to help you grow in relationship with Him and with His people, the Church.
Class Title: Advent
Led by: Daniel Helms
Duration: The 5 Weeks of Advent (This year, November 28-December 26)
Class Style: Video/Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 306
Overview:  Who exactly is Jesus? What kind of God would come to earth as a human? As Christmas approaches, the season of Advent offers us a chance to reflect on our Savior, His purpose, and the surprising ways He invited people near to Him. Join Derwin Gray in this five-session Advent study as he unveils King Jesus, the God-man, who defied expectations, the King of all creation who humbled Himself to serve and die, the friend to sinners who wants to lift us up.  Daniel Helms will lead the time of study following the video introduction.
Class Title: Angels- God's Messengers
Led by: Wayne Trexler
Duration: November 7-December 26
Class Style: Direct Instruction with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 202
Overview:  An eight week in-depth study on the ways God uses angels in His plan of Salvation, including in Christ's birth.  We will also look at the groupings of angels, a comparison of angels and humans, the appearance of angels, interaction between angels and humans,  guardian angels and the diverse ways angels deliver God's messages to us.  
Class Title: Explore the Bible
Led by: A Triad of rotating facilitators
Duration: December 5-February 27
Class Style: Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 206
Overview:  We all long for security. That's why we install alarm systems in our homes and set aside money in mutual funds and retirement plans. Since none of us can predict the future, we're drawn to anything that promises a little peace of mind, a hedge against our fears of the unknown.  Ezekiel's audience could relate. They were exiles, strangers living in a strange land. They had turned their backs on God and were suffering the consequences. And while they longed to go home someday, they struggled to believe that would ever happen.  Meanwhile, Daniel gave his readers even more to think about. His narratives reminded them that faithfulness comes with a price. That was a sizable challenge in itself. But his visions of the future described the rise of fierce kingdoms and only added turmoil to their already turbulent lives. Physical captivity in the present. Political chaos in the future. Little room for hope.  Yet both prophets proclaimed a God who remained in control of every situation in every generation. What's more, they reminded people of His faithful love. Yes, He was punishing His people for their sins, but He also promised the hope of something infinitely better if they would trust His plan. All of this points to our need of Jesus and the life He offers. He's waiting to give you peace, just as He promised His children in Babylon centuries ago.  Go deeper with these studies in "Explore the Bible" Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
Class Title: Explore the Bible
Led by: A Triad of rotating facilitators
Duration: September 5 - November 28
Class Style: Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 206
Overview:  God doesn't just want us to read His Word, He wants us to know it and live its truth. That's why Explore the Bible: Adults takes groups book by book through Scripture, framing every passage in its appropriate biblical and cultural context. This Fall, this class will be studying Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, which provides God’s perspective on what it means to live out the gospel meaningfully every day.
Class Title: Person of Interest
Led by: Daniel Helms
Duration: 10 Weeks-Beginning January 2, 2022
Class Style: Video/Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 306
Overview:  Investigate the Man Who Changed the Course of Human History.  In the Person of Interest Video Study, the class will engage with a unique investigative strategy to confirm the historicity and deity of Jesus, showing why Jesus is unlike any other person who has ever lived.  Concrete and compelling in its approach, this class will strengthen the faith of believers and engage those curious about Jesus with evidence for his one-of-a-kind, world-altering significance.
Class Title: From Doubt to Confidence
Led by: Cathy Hyatt & Mark Whitley
Duration: September 5 - November 28 (in 2 parts)
Class Style: Direct Instruction (with Group Discussion)
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  Doubt can actually be a good thing if it spurs you toward finding answers! During this class, participants will see that they can be absolutely sure of the things of God and the way He seeks to work in their lives.  Also, the class will study the example of Abraham to learn to walk by faith in confidence because of the One we’re trusting in.
Class Title: Christmas Foretold
Led by: Cathy Hyatt & Mark Whitley
Duration: December 5 - January 9
Class Style: Direct Instruction (with Group Discussion)
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  In this class, participants will consider the facts surrounding the coming of Jesus to earth. We celebrate the birth of Jesus during the Christmas season, but let's go deep and consider many of the details that point to His birth as being fully from the hand of God. This stud will take the class into the Old Testament to see just how God was at work through the prophets to tell the people of the Messiah who would come.  Sometimes the evidence just stacks up.  When we stop to consider what it means for us to have hope worth believing and defending, it makes the Christmas season all the more joyful.
Class Title: Christmas Characters
Led by: Roger Haas
Duration: December 5 - January 2
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 201
Overview: This class will be studying the characters of the Christmas story in a methodical way, leading up to the celebration of Christmas itself-- and how it offers a promise of hope for the future.
December 5 – Misunderstanding Mary
December 12 – A Tale of Two Kings
December 19 – The Birth
December 26 – Waiting for Christmas
January 2 – New Year’s Promise
Class Title: The Gospel Project: Chronological
Led by: Jo Barringer & Frank Plummer
Duration: Ongoing
Class Style: Direct Instruction with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 204
Overview: This class is continues in its chronological study of the Holy Bible. Participants can join in at anytime, as it revolves and is ongoing.  Exodus-Deuteronomy: Tough books to understand for many, especially when we're asking what we're supposed to get from them or how they apply to us. They're filled with rules and regulations, the social and ceremonial code of the Jewish people. At a glance, they hardly seem relevant to us at all. But if we believe that, we're going to miss out on something amazing: God's grace demonstrated time and again, not simply in the miracles God did rescuing the Israelites from captivity and providing for their every need in the wilderness but in that very same social and ceremonial code that leaves us scratching our heads.  The books of the Law reveal the holiness of God, a God who cares about the particulars in addition to the big picture, A God who declares that His people are to be holy as He is holy, that they are to live in a way that reflects His goodness and glory. We see God's faithfulness to deliver His people, not simply from their captivity but to a life of holiness-a deliverance that finds its ultimate fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  In this volume, it is our prayer that you would see God's holiness and faithfulness afresh-and that as you do, your desire to be holy as He is holy would be strengthened.
Class Title: Pilgrim's Progress
Led by: Pam Bailey
Duration: Undetermined
Class Style: Book Study with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 207

Overview: This class will study the classic allegorical masterpiece by John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress. If you’re a reader & enjoy deep discussion, you’ll love this!
Special Needs
First Baptist has a class dedicated to spiritually guiding those with special needs, developmental delays, etc., regardless of their age.  The class is tailored to meet the needs of the students as they come and changes fluidly with the class members' needs. Class is led by Patti Miller.

1st Floor, Room 105-A

Sunday night classes

First Baptist offers seasonal discipleship courses for adults during the year, most often in the mid-Winter, though not exclusively so.  Check back soon for upcoming classes!