Footings and Foundations

Our goal:

To equip our congregation during our Sunday school hour  with the ability to understand, apply and explain who God is, what He has done, and how that forms our lives and relationships with others in our communities.

Our hope is that by spending time deliberately studying and understanding together, we will better equipped to serve our families, our church and our community, in a manner consistent with the deep and systematic approach of our early Anabaptist forebears. 600 years ago, people like Conrad Grebel asked the same questions- studied the Scriptures deeply, and discussed their meaning and interpretation at length, eventually becoming both influential and offensive in their communities.  Recognizing that early church fathers were martyred for their faith and not their attendance at potlucks,  one of our hopes is that we as a church focus on keeping the main thing, God, as the main thing.

Most of us may have grown up in the church, yet many of us still struggle to understand the big themes and terms of the Bible well enough to explain them to our children, and others in our community.  

As a church, we have the opportunity to take the Sunday school  time that is already scheduled into your week, to develop your own ability to understand and articulate the Bible and how it has shaped your past, and how it should shape your future.

In a way, this Sunday School series will serve as a Bible school of sorts, asking us to look closely at the histories and doctrines that have shaped who we are today, so that we have a better sense of ourselves in God’s world.

At the end of those 6 years, you should be able to serve the church in any capacity, and serve your community as an ambassador of Christ’s kingdom in a way that doesn’t bring shame to what you believe, in a way that you may not have been able to previously articulate.

 

Big Ideas/Questions:

Who is God? If he is a cosmic entity that is not limited by time and space, then how do we, who are limited by time and space, come to know Him and his will for our lives?

How has this God revealed Himself to us, and how do we know that we can trust what has been revealed?

If God’s Word is true, then what is at stake for our own lives, and how should we live?

How did Anabaptism develop? What does it mean to be an anabaptist, and how should it shape how we live our lives in our community.



How it Works:

To parallel with our existing Sunday structure’s six year cycle

Participants are asked to sign up for classes in one year increments, starting in September with the start of each new sunday school year.

Year 1- Track 1

Year 2- Track 1 and 2

Year 3 - Tract 1, 2, 3

Year 4- Track 1,2, 3, 4

Year 5- track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Year 6- Track 1, 2,3,4,5,6

 

Years 1, 2, 3 must be completed consecutively

Years 4,5,6 can be completed in any order after years 1-3 completed.

 

View the draft curriculum here: