Independent Presbyterian Church
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Please join us in our Adult Christian Education Programs.
In our educational ministry we strive for knowledge and understanding of the biblical story, application of God’s story in our everyday lives and service of compassion, reconciliation and justice in Christ’s name.
For information about any classes,
Weekday Bible Study Classes:
Classes below meet Fall - Spring
Bible Study with Susan Clayton
Bible Study with Lucy Turner
Bible Study with Margaret Northen
Presbyterian Women Circles
Book Review Group
Women at the Well Bible Study
Bill Shanks Friday Morning Bible Study (for men)
Wednesday Night Classes and Dinner
Wednesday Night Classes
Links to previous Adult Christian Education Classes:
The following classes have been taught at IPC by Dr. Joseph Scrivner, Samford University
Click on the titles for class details and readings.
This class explored how biblical texts have been appropriated during the formative periods of Judaism and Christianity, with examples from the Old Testament, extrabiblical Jewish texts, and the New Testament. These examples of appropriation raise important questions about the history of biblical interpretation and its implications for faithful, Christian reading of Scripture now.
This class reviewed the Apostle Paul in his historical context and apocalyptic mindset, including a review of his teachings on justification and righteousness, Gospel and Law, and the inclusion of gentiles in his ministry and message.
This course examined the continual tension between inclusion and exclusion for God’s people, both within the Bible itself and in how the Bible has been interpreted, especially in the United States. The discussion included both Old and New Testament passages and how these apply to daily life and in God’s plan for redemption.
On the one hand, Proverbs presents life as straightforward: if one follows the rules, one will be blessed by God in terms of worldly success. On the other hand, Job and Ecclesiastes specifically show that God’s approval cannot be directly connected to prosperity. Ecclesiastes addresses this in general, while Job does so through the tragedies of the main character. In light of this scriptural dialogue, what is a responsible Christian view of these issues? This course continues this ancient conversation.
Is the Jesus of history identical to the person described in the New Testament? If there is a difference, how significant is it and does it matter for Christian faith?
Adult education is as old as the Christian faith. In his book, Mapping Christian Education, Jack Seymour reminds us how Jesus taught his disciples, calling them to new meanings and new ways of living. After his death, Jesus’ disciples followed his example, telling the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. When the Gospels were written down, more people could be taught the meaning of life and the way of living.
Education in the Christian faith and tradition is the challenge and opportunity of Independent Presbyterian Church for the 21st century. In our educational ministry we strive for knowledge and understanding of the biblical story, application of God’s story in our everyday lives and service of compassion, reconciliation and justice in Christ’s name.
Paul Romjue, Director of Christian Education