Equipped (formerly Adult Education)

We would love to have you join us for Equipped.

Our lives and our needs have changed throughout the years (especially in 2020 and 2021) opening more ways to be the church and grow in our faith. Considering our church’s mission to be More Than Sunday and the current state of ministry in a pandemic, we have been thinking outside the box with a desire to have more people involved in Adult Education. To more adequately reflect who we are and what we do, in the fall of 2021, Adult Education will become EQUIPPED.
A new name brings new opportunities to include others and enliven our purpose. We will still provide classes on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will offer special classes and events to help us grow all week long. Our goal is to equip people for the work of ministry so together we can love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
How you can be EQUIPPED: Make plans now to join us in the fall. We will be focusing on the basics of our faith and life  — learning more about what we are to believe, the Bible, prayer, marriage, and parenting. Here is what you can look forward to:

Sunday Mornings

How to Avoid Heresy (and Embrace Orthodoxy)
Class Leader: The Rev. Dr. David McNutt
Sundays, September 12- October 3, 2021, 10-10:45am in the Parlor

Class Description

How do we know what to believe (and what not to believe) when it comes to the Christian faith? Do you find it difficult to navigate competing ideas about who Jesus is, how to understand the Trinity, and how we are saved? We might not use the term “heresy” much today, and not every disagreement rises to that level, but throughout the church’s history, it has been important for followers of Jesus Christ to distiniguish orthodoxy (right belief) from heresy. This four-week class will introduce people to some of the most significant heresies in the history of the church so we can learn to avoid them and embrace orthodox thinking instead. We will discuss the importance of orthodoxy, the role of heresy, and heresies regarding Scripture, Jesus Christ, the Trinity, salvation, and the church. Register here

The Reverend David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and Associate Lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College, where he teachers courses in theology and philosophy. He is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and he serves as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.
Introducing the Gospel of John
Class Leader: Dr. Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar
Sundays, October 10, 17, 24, 10-10:45am

Class Description

What are the main themes in the Gospel of John? Why has this Gospel attracted significant interest from Christians through the centuries and from around the world? What is the deeper meaning of the symbolism found in the text? This class will introduce people to the basic structure, some of the main topics, and major characters in the Gospel of John. We will engage selected sections from the text, discussing potential implications of the message of the Gospel to contemporary life.

Dr. Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar (PhD, University of Edinburgh) was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America, and has served in Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in his home country, Scotland, and the United States. He is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His publications include Savior of the World: A Theology of the Universal Gospel and La condición divina de Jesús: Cristología y creación en el Evangelio de Juan
The Epistle to the Hebrews: The Power of Paradox
Class Leader: Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D.
Sunday, October 31, 10-10:45am

Class Description

The Epistle to the Hebrews holds together many affirmations that, at first glance, seem to be opposite: Unknown background with some of the most well-known statements in the Bible, rootedness in both Greco-Roman and Jewish cultures, a robust commitment to Jesus’ humanity alongside some of the highest affirmations of his divinity, assurances of salvation joined with some of the most fearful statements about God. Join this lecture to get an overview of this amazing book as well as investigate the unity in many of its key polarities.

Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D. Associate Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Geneva and Associate Professor of NT at Wheaton College, Amy spends a significant amount of her research and writing time in Hebrews. Her other scholarly interests include Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the Gospel of Mark. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lance, they serve together at St. Mark’s, where he is the choir director and organist and enjoy time with their three children, Kate (13), Maxson (10), and Kindred (7).

Narnia for Grownups
Class Leader: Dr. David C. Downing
Sundays, January 9-30, 2022, 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

During this four-session class, we will look at The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

Dr. David C. Downing is the co-director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, along with his wife Dr. Crystal Downing. Downing was raised in Colorado, earned a B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He has written five books on C. S. Lewis, including a novel, Looking for the King, which features C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and their friends as characters.

More than Sunday Mornings

Visionary Parenting and Grand-parenting
Class Leader: Rob Rienow
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Class Description

Do you wish to learn more about God’s vision for your family? Join us for an engaging conference on November 16th from 7-8:30pm, with speaker Dr. Rob Rienow. Parents and grandparents will be encouraged to incorporate biblical discipleship into their parenting to establish faith and character in their children. Child care is provided. Register here. For questions, please contact Jen Eldersveld: (630) 244-7895

Rob Rienow