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: Explore the Bible
Led by: A triad of rotating facilitators
Duration: March 6 - May 29
Class Style: Group Discussion
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 206
Overview:  When the apostle Paul penned his Letters to the Thessalonians some 2,000 years ago, he was focused on encouraging these young believers in their spiritual growth and on giving them practical handles for living out their faith in a first-century, context. Issues like personal faithfulness, the importance of love, sanctification, the return of Christ, heresy, and even work ethic were hot topics within the congregation at Thessalonica. Thankfully, his pastoral care and concern over the basics of the Christian life still connect with Christ followers today. Since the power of the gospel never changes, the truths found throughout Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians continue to guide believers toward a meaningful walk with Christ and an effective witness to the world.
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:  Christ's Return: Living with the End in Mind
Led by: Cathy Hyatt & Mark Whitley
Duration: April 24- May 29
Class Style: Direct Instruction (with Group Discussion)
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  If you want to know about the future, people will line up at your door to tell you about it. Economists like to give financial forecasts, political analysts will predict who might win the next election, and sports reporters will predict which team will win the championship.  But who can tell us what things will be like at the end of the world? No one is qualified to tell us about this all-important subject except the perfect, sinless Son of God. And that's exactly what Jesus did in a section of His teaching called the Mount Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24-25. Jesus didn't tell us everything about the end times that may satisfy our curiosity, but He told us what we need to know-and what He taught impacts the way we live today.  This class will study the Olivet Discourse from Matthew 24-25 and what Jesus has to teach us about what we need to know about the end-- and how that affects our today.
Class Title:  Never Alone: The Holy Spirit in Our Lives
Led by: Cathy Hyatt & Mark Whitley
Duration: June 5 - July 17
Class Style: Direct Instruction (with Group Discussion)
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 303
Overview:  Christianity is more than a philosophy. It's not a set of rules or a collection of religious practices. At its core, Christianity is a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of His resurrection. Read that word again: Relationship!  As followers of Christ, we don't worship a distant God. He is right here with us! The Holy Spirit is the Person of God present with us--the Person of God with whom we relate directly. He guides us, teaches us, empowers us, comforts us, and convicts us of our sins. Through the six sessions of this study, participants will see just how the Holy Spirit works in us and among us, and that we are never alone.
Class Title: Parables & Miracles
Led by: Roger Haas
Duration: January 9-June 26
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 201
Overview: This class study will be based on the Book of Matthew.  There are more than 25 parables and miracles that Matthew has recorded in his book of the work of Jesus.  We will take a look at each of these and see how they apply to our lives today. This study will be ongoing for 6 months as we look at these parables and miracles.  There’s a parable in every miracle and a miracle in every parable!
Class Title: The Gospel Project: Chronological
Led by: Jo Barringer & Frank Plummer
Duration: Ongoing (This section is through May 29, though)
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.  The Israelites' journey proves that God providentially guides and cares for His people. Israel's victory over Jericho and God giving His people the land show that God can and will perform miracles. And when the Israelites kept sinning and responding to God with disobedience, God showed that He takes sin seriously but also offers redemptive grace. Through this chapter of the Bible's story, class participants will be reminded of the One in whom all our hope lies: Jesus Christ.
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.  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: Worship That Pleases God
Led by: A team of rotating teachers
Duration: 4 weeks
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-A

Overview: The Hebrew Bible includes many instructions for worship, detailing everything from holy days to sacred spaces, and more.  The New Testament explains how the early Christians met in homes and established new worship practices, though there are fewer directives for worship.  This class will study worship and practice it! Worship that pleases God is what we do every day of our lives: we seek God's presence, we practice wonder, we encourage each other in His name, and we express praise.
Class Title: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit
Led by: A team of rotating teachers
Duration: June 5 - June 26 (4 weeks)
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-A

Overview: This class will explore the fullness of God as the Trinity, the mystery that God is Three-Persons-in-One. The first lesson, appropriate for Pentecost, explores the role and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church. The second lesson communicates the unity of God the Father and God the Son, challenging us to belong, believe, and behave as God's people. The third lesson expresses our inclusion in the family of God, being baptized "in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" all while inviting others to become a part of God's family.  The final lesson encourages us to live into the lavish riches of God's glory.  Although the Trinity is difficult to understand, these lessons intend to explore how God is Trinity and how the Trinity equips and empowers us for ministry today.
Class Title: The Seven Feasts of Israel
Led by: Gene Rector
Duration: March 13-May 29
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-B

Overview: The Lord Himself established seven feasts to guide Israel through the centuries until the Messiah came. Christians often assume these feasts are exclusively for the Jewish people. The Bible makes it clear that these days belong to the Lord. Everyone, Jews and Gentiles, have the opportunity to draw near. This series will explore the meaning of the feasts from a Christian perspective.  "The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are my feasts."  ~Leviticus 23:2
Class Title: The Temples of Israel: Past, Present, & Future
Led by: Gene Rector
Duration: June 5 - July 10
Class Style: Direct Instruction
Class Composition: Adult Co-Ed
Class Location: Room 103-B

Overview: Why would God even want an earthly temple?  This class will discuss the blueprint of Solomon's Temple, Herod's Temple, the sacrificial process, what each courtyard represents, etc.  Also, the class will cover where Jesus fits into the picture and what that means, moving forward.  This class will be interesting for those loving history and those who enjoy studying history and theology as they compliment one another.  Class is led by Gene Rector.
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.