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: Sunday Morning Refill
Led by: Natalie & Hunter Pate
Duration: Ongoing
Class Style: Guided Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 306
Overview:  If you stop by Room 306 on a Sunday morning, you'll find a place to fellowship your way through discipleship with spiritually-focused conversation-starters each week, beginning with nuggets from each book of the Bible. Coffee brews at 9:45 and stays warm until 10:45.  Some people may even call this the Sunday School for people who aren't good at Sunday School-- ha! This class format has no curriculum, no "homework," and no weekly commitment in order to grow from your time participating.  There is no "teacher" (since we're all learning), but Hunter and Natalie Pate will be there to get the coffee brewing.  Class is for any age, so if this sounds interesting to you, then you're very welcome to attend!
Class Title: The Seven Realities for Experiencing God
Led by: Wayne Trexler
Duration: May 1 - August 28
Class Style: Direct Instruction with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 202
Overview:  This class will be based on seven spiritual realities that teach us how to develop an ongoing, personal love relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  In this study, participants will take an in-depth look at these seven realities which help them better know and do the Will of God.  Workbooks provided for class for personal study at a discounted rate of $8.
Class Title: Seven
Led by: A team of rotating teachers
Duration: 7 weeks
Class Style: Video-Based with In-Person Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 202
Overview:  What if God wrote you a letter about your relationship with Him? What do you think He would say to you? In Revelation 2-3 Jesus wrote seven specific letters to seven different churches to speak directly into their walk with Him. This class will dive into those letters on-location in Turkey together through this series, which corresponds closely to Pastor Tom's sermon series in Revelation!
Class Title: Explore the Bible
Led by: A triad of rotating facilitators
Duration: June 5 - August 28
Class Style: Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 206
Overview:  The history of ancient Israel is littered with stories of spiritual neglect and divine judgment. While a handful of godly kings and prophets tried to bring God's people back to Him, both the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah rejected His ways and ended up in exile. The books of First Kings and Second Kings provide a cautionary tale for those who are prone to go their own way. Sin still comes with a price, and the God who condemned the idolatry of His children centuries ago still expects His people to walk in holiness today.
Class Title: Explore the Bible
Led by: A triad of rotating facilitators
Duration: Fall 2022 (September 4-November 27)
Class Style: Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 206
Overview:  From the outside looking in, things could not have been better for Judah and Israel in the eighth century B.C. Unfortunately, economic prosperity and territorial gains were masking moral corruption, idolatry, and social injustice in both kingdoms. In response, God sent prophets like Amos, Jonah, Hosea, and Micah to warn the people judgment was coming. Their message still resonates today: God takes sin seriously, and He will take action to bring individuals and nations back to Him.  Their message was clear and was worth proclaiming then and today. Thank God for the promise of grace and forgiveness!
Class Title: How to Love Your Neighbor
Led by: Mark Whitley & Cathy Hyatt
Duration: July 24-August 28
Class Style: Direct Instruction with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  Many people have heard the phrase "love your neighbor," but what does that actually look like?  This class will be discussing how to love, encourage, and help those around us in biblical and practical ways.
Class Title: James: Living Out Your Faith
Led by: Mark Whitley & Cathy Hyatt
Duration: September 4-October 9
Class Style: Direct Instruction with Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  This study will take participants into the biblical book of James to see how we are to live out our faith in Christ in every area of life.  Just as married couples must focus on their marriage beyond the wedding ceremony, so it is with Christ-followers. We celebrate our belief and may have even been baptized, but according to Scripture, believers must do more than express faith, but live it.  Knowing what one believes is important, but living it out is even greater!
Class Title: Beware the "Grace Robbers"
Led by: Roger Haas
Duration: July 31-August 28
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 201
Overview: If you think God has already done 99.999999999% of what’s necessary for you to be saved, and then it’s up to you to do the remaining .00000001%, then you don’t understand grace.  Class leader Roger Haas states, "I think this will really help our class on its spiritual journey."  This study (an in-depth look at Colossians 2) will help us who just haven’t discovered the liberating power of grace in our lives and will serve as a wonderful reminder of the reality of grace for everyone as well.
Class Title: Hope in a Hopeless World
Led by: Roger Haas
Duration: September 4 - December 25
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 201
Overview: This course will be an in-depth study of First and Second Thessalonians entitled, “Hope in a Hopeless World.”  Participants will study these two books of the Bible with the theme of being prepared for the return of Christ and because of that, finding hope in this world.
Class Title: The Gospel Project: Chronological
Led by: Jo Barringer
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.  During this study, participants will be reminded of how sin has broken our relationship with our holy God. However, grace and mercy bridge this gap!  In 1 Samuel to 1 Kings, participants will see how King Saul, King David, and King Solomon experienced both the division sin brings and the unity forgiveness offers, and will see that though we could never earn it, God, in His grace and mercy, freely offers redemption and renewal.
Class Title: The Gospel Project: Chronological
Led by: Jo Barringer
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. During this study, participants will be reminded that the Lord is faithful to His promises. As much as that truth should be comforting, it is simultaneously concerning, depending on one's own faith and faithfulness or the lack thereof. In 1 Kings to 2 Chronicles, the Israelites experienced firsthand the promise of God's discipline and judgment for rebellion-ultimately exile-- but not without His mercy and patience to call His people back to Himself through His prophets. Participants will also be reminded that God does not tolerate sin, but He does responds to repentance with forgiveness and grace.
Class Title: Wisdom: Divine & Human
Led by: A team of rotating teachers
Duration: August 7-28 (4 weeks)
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-A
Overview: Christians today have a lot in common with the early believers in Corinth. Though the specific issues may be different, the underlying dynamics are similar, The Corinthian believers lived in a tension between the wisdom of God and the ways of the world. They often chose the self-centeredness of worldly wisdom, which led to an array of problems. The Apostle Paul provides timeless counsel about applying God's wisdom, which focuses on Christ's self-giving, sacrificial love for the sake of others.  In this study, participants will explore how God's wisdom challenges our human ways of thinking. The humility and selflessness that Jesus modeled is truly wise, but it can be seen as weak and foolish when we're allured by selfishness.
Class Title: Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
Led by: A team of rotating teachers
Duration: September 4-15 (4 weeks)
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-A
Overview: Rather than identifying a single gift that God wants His people to use and develop, this series invites participants to consider four Scripture texts in which Paul writes on the subject of spiritual gifts. Paul suggests that when God gives His people a spiritual gift, He brings other gifts for us to unwrap as well. Over the course these sessions, participants will be asked to consider all of the gifts that God offers, those used to serve the body of Christ and those that make His people more Christlike.
Class Title: James
Led by: Frank Critz
Duration: Undetermined
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-B
Overview: This class is exegetical in nature, going verse-by-verse through various books of the Bible.  Participants who appreciate detail, language study, and history with theology will enjoy this class.  The current book of study is the New Testament book of James.
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.  Keep checking back for opportunities and details as they become available.