Electives: Fall 2017

As we seek to grow together, our church family pursues instruction and relationships. Shepherding Groups are the key structures for building relationships, but Sunday morning at 11:00 Electives are the primary time for instruction. After the morning service, we gather in a variety of classes to learn practical ways we can grow in our walk with Jesus and in our relationships with each other. Electives run for a varying period of time (six or twelve weeks), and our calendar year is divided into three sections or trimesters (winter/spring, summer, and fall) with breaks scheduled between. During the adult Electives, children, middle school, and high school students meet according to their grades.

Fall Elective Schedule

12-Week Electives

 6-Week Electives I

Sundays, Sept 3 - Nov 19, 11:00 a.m.
Perfect Peace in the Midst of Conflict
What Christians Believe

 Sundays, Sept 3 - Oct 8, 11:00 a.m.
 Coming Alongside and Caring
 Membership Matters
 Praying the Bible
 What in the World Is God Doing?
 Women Receiving the Word


 6-Week Electives II


 Sundays, Oct 15 - Nov 19, 11:00 a.m. 
 Christianity Explored
 Hard Questions:Part 2
 Men Receiving the Word
 Women Receiving the Word


Elective locations map

12-Week Electives
Sundays, September 3 - November 19, 11:00 a.m.

Perfect Peace in the Midst of Conflict

Overview: Join us in exploring Biblical conflict resolution. Jesus sacrificed His life in order to provide peace with God and others. So why is there so much conflict in our homes, work, and other places? Discover Biblical insights into when and how to resolve issues, and learn how to glorify God by being a peacemaker.
Teachers: Greg Fox, Sandy McCormick

What Christians Believe: Core Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Overview: It’s easy to assume what’s at the core of our faith—to think we understand the foundational truths which followers of Christ have believed for centuries. Doctrine matters; it matters for life and family and church. We need to know what we believe and why. Walk through HBC’s Confession of Faith with us as we discuss the basic doctrines of Christianity.
Teachers: Dennis Horne, Dan Olinger

6-Week Electives I
Sundays, September 3 - October 8, 11:00 a.m.

Coming Alongside and Caring: Pursuing One Another in Love

Overview: The Scriptures are full of exhortations for us to be in each other’s lives. We need others who will encourage and challenge us—helping us to pursue Christ, grow, and change together. Without each other we are vulnerable to temptation and deception. Come learn how to walk with brothers and sisters who are in need, and learn how to receive help from others.
Teacher: Brad Hilgeman

Membership Matters: An Introduction to the Why, Who, and What of the Heritage Family

Overview: An orientation class essential for anyone wanting to become a Member of the Heritage Bible Church family or any Member who has not yet participated in the class. We believe that local church membership is vital for the growth of every follower of Jesus, and we will walk through the biblical foundation for membership, our Confession of Faith and Membership Covenant, as well as key aspects of body life at Heritage.
Teachers: Various Elders

Praying the Bible: Speaking God’s Word Back to Him

Overview: Because of Christ our Perfect High Priest, God’s throne of judgment is now a throne of grace for His children. Yet don’t we sometimes feel aimless, in a rut, or that our petitions are somehow out of sync with our Father’s will? Take heart; our generous God has not left us in the dark. The entrance of His Word give us light to seek Him through prayer and to do so in agreement with His will. Come discover how the Bible can be the foundation for talking with our Father.
Teacher: John Sedivy; Contributor: Abe Stratton

What in the World Is God Doing (and How is HBC Involved)?

Overview: Join us as we look at the overarching questions as well as the practical application questions relating to missions. We seek to understand what is (and what is not) missions. We examine some basic Biblical theology of missions. We also look at the real world we live in and consider how timeless Biblical truth is best communicated in a fast-changing world. Finally, we consider the application of all of this to how we advance the gospel through our mission practice at Heritage Bible Church.
Teachers: Nathan Gallion, Mark Vowels

Women Receiving the Word: God’s Love and Sovereignty in the Old Testament

Overview: Women will listen to God’s voice together as volunteers read Scripture aloud.
Leaders: Katie Gerdt, Michelle Radford

6-Week Electives II
Sundays, October 15 - November 19, 11:00 a.m.

Christianity Explored

Overview: Christianity Explored is a way of sharing the best news ever heard, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life. Join us for six sessions in Mark’s Gospel; you can come by yourself or invite an unbelieving friend to come with you. Together we’ll find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ.
Leaders: Phil Adams, Lewis Carl

Hard Questions: Part 2

Overview: We’ve all been there: a friend states the reason for his or her hang-up with Christianity. We know we should kindly engage them with truth… but we don’t say anything. Perhaps we fear sounding dumb. Perhaps we have doubts ourselves. These moments demonstrate our need to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope we have” (1 Peter 3:15). In this sequel to our summer elective (yes, you can jump in if you missed it), we’ll seek to give more answers and paradigms to difficult issues like these: Exclusivity: Isn’t it arrogant to claim there is one truth and that we can know it? Hypocrisy: If Christianity is true, why are many Christians so awful? Homosexuality: Doesn’t Christianity suppress the true self? Violence: Is the God of the Old Testament a moral monster? 
Teachers: Brent Deedrick, Caleb Greene

Men Receiving the Word: Walking with Christ in the Gospels

Overview: Men will listen to God’s voice together as volunteers read Scripture aloud.
Leaders: Stephen Enjaian, Abe Stratton 

Reformation: Why It Matters Today, Part 2

Overview: A continuing discussion on the history, personalities, themes, and theology of the Reformation with special emphasis on why it matters today. The aim of the class is to make those Biblical doctrines that sparked the Reformation as important and practical to us in the face of the spirit of our age as it was to the Reformers in the face of Roman Catholicism, and to illustrate those truths through telling their stories. Participation in Part 1 of the class is not necessary in order to take Part 2.
Teacher: Nathan Majewski; Contributor: Dennis McKinsey

Women Receiving the Word: Living in the Kingdom (New Testament)

Overview: Women will listen to God’s voice together as volunteers read Scripture aloud.
Leaders: Katie Gerdt, Michelle Radford

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