God's Majesty in Education
Each semester, Providence Baptist Church offers a variety of Sunday School classes covering relevant topics, books and Scripture as applicable to the life of the believer and the church. Our cross-generational adult classes are not segregated by age, college, career, marital status or sex but each consists of a diverse membership, allowing the young and the young-in-Christ alike to benefit from the collective knowledge of other members. The current topics being offered include:
Children's Classes - Preschool through 6th Grade
Our children's curriculum is from Desiring God Ministries. The purpose of the curriculum is stated well: "The greatest need children have is to know and cherish the infinite value of God. We want children to become so acquainted with the Word of God that they treasure Him alone as the One who saves and satisfies the heart. The goal of the curriculum is to fuel spiritual desire in children by exalting the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work through Christ." This curriculum supports our mission to nourish God's people in the Word of God by declaring the sovereign majesty of God through proclamation, exaltation and education for the glory of God.
Junior High Students - Treasuring God's Word
Teacher: Phillip Rigsby
What makes the Bible unique? Can I be confident that the Bible is the Word of God? What's the big story of the Bible? This study takes students on a journey of discovering the uniqueness of the Bible, why it can be trusted, and how it is one unified story of God's redemption through Christ. We will learn about genres of biblical literature, how to interpret scripture and students will be changed to know God more deeply by hearing and doing His Word.
Senior High Students - Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
Teacher: Rev. Brian Milby
If you want a faith that is truly mature, it requires a mind that is well informed; that is why it is critical that we train our students to be diligent in their study of God's Word. This semester we are equipping the students to get more out of their study of God's Word by teaching the inductive Bible Study method. We will be covering the three fundamental skills required for sound Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application. We will then apply these principles through a verse by verse study of the Book of James.
College and College Age Singles
Teachers: Doug and Steffany Thomas
Textbook: The Bible
In this class, we will be starting a study of the book of Romans. We have finished our study of the book of Daniel. In Daniel, God foretells us and gives us the timing of His plan for history and of Daniels’, and His people Israel’s, place in fulfilling it.
In Romans, God shows us, in systematic fashion, what His eternal plan is and how He has accomplished it: to reconcile a broken, fallen world to Himself; to restore people to fellowship with Himself and each other; to give them eternal life; and what that means for each one of us.
Spiritual Gifts 101
Teacher: Mike Hutchison
Textbook: The Bible
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:1, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.”(ESV) Later in the chapter, the Apostle describes how God has uniquely gifted each of His children to fulfill specific functions within His Body to enable His church to fulfill its mission. He further says that if any member of the Body does not function as God has designed and equipped him or her, then the ministry of the church is hampered and it will not be the healthy, vibrant church that God intends it to be. In this course, we will examine what the Bible says about spiritual gifts: what they are and are not, how they are given to you, and why they are critical to the effective ministry of the church.
Introduction to Hymnology 101
Teacher: Glen Harper
Textbook: Bible with study guidance using Sing with Understanding by Harry Eskew and Hugh T. McElrath
Poetry and music are two of the most sublime gifts given by the Creator to mankind. When they are combined together in the form of a hymn, they give the body of Christ the opportunity of expressing the deepest longings, thanksgivings, and praise to God. During this Sunday School quarter, we will embark on a study of the Christian hymn. The study will consist of three parts:
- The Hymn in Perspective – hymns as poetry, music, Biblical truth, and theology
- The Hymn in History and Culture – a chronological/historical survey
- The Hymn in Practice – the practical uses of the hymn in the mission of the church.
Bible 220 – Proverbs (Women’s Class)
Teacher: Sue Carter
Textbook: The Bible
This course, for women only, is a broad-brush stroke through the wisdom book of Proverbs. It is designed to motivate women to seek the wisdom of God as opposed to the wisdom of this world for help with the problems they face. Further, it is designed to encourage women to increase their skill in applying the principles of wisdom to life’s circumstances. It is also my hope that the class will cause your love to grow toward God and toward your neighbor.