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THESE CLASSES FOCUS ON VARIOUS TRAINING AREAS AND HELP DEVELOP SKILLS THAT ENCOURAGE COMPETENCY IN MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP.

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Hebrews
Seeing Christ Through the Old Testament
Recovering Redemption
James: A Practical Guide for Living Out Your Faith
Revelation: Chapters 4-11
Philippians: To Live Is Christ
Women's Studies:
Chase
Breathe
Children of the Day (Monday AM or Wednesday PM Options)
Clothed with Power
Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven
Restless


S
pecial Events

Hebrews

Led by: Gordon Guest
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 331-332
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15.00 (Book optional)

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” –Hebrews 4:12. In this study of Hebrews, we will dive deeply into the living and active Word. We will explore the clear and simple truth that Jesus Christ is superior to and preeminent over everything. His absolute supremacy overshadows all else and demands the worship and allegiance of every individual. This truth was vitally important to the Jewish Christians of the first century and it must continue to transform our lives today. 

Come join us we go chapter by chapter through this incredible book. We will let scripture be our guide, but will lean on the incredible insights of renown pastor and scholar, John MacArthur. If you are looking for a fresh encounter with Jesus, look no further than this refreshing 14 week study that links Old Testament principles with the New Testament revelation of Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah.  

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Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

Led by: Dr. John Davis
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 203
Format: Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10.00 (Optional Book)

As the two on the road to Emmaus discussed the recent, extraordinary events, the risen Jesus joined them and “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) Shortly thereafter, Jesus told his disciples, “’These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…” (Luke 24:44-45)

Many of us struggle to understand and best communicate how the Old and New Testaments fit together, especially in relation to the person and work of Jesus Christ. But recognizing Jesus in the full breadth of Scripture is important for every Christian. In this accessible study, we explore several specific keys for recognizing how all the story lines of the Old Testament are anticipating and pointing us to Christ. Optional Book: Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament by David Murray.

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Recovering Redemption

Led by:  Ralph Sherman
Wednesday Evenings @ 7:15 PM
Room 217-218
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost:  $10.00 (Member book)
(Childcare is not available)

God has more. We’re settling for less. The Bible is clear that God intends for His people to experience life abundantly.  So why are things such a mess - even for Christians?

 

In this 12-session Bible Study, Matt Chandler gets to the root of brokenness and our destructive patterns of behavior.  We must reorient our lives around the gospel.  With relentless grace, Matt unpacks true repentance and the doctrines of justification, adoption, and sanctification with remarkably practical application

It’s time to start living like we believe in the ongoing power of redemption.

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James: A Practical Guide for Living Out Your Faith

Led by:  Chris Sammons
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 317-318
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

Few books in the New Testament pack a punch like the book of James.  The half-brother of Jesus focuses his short letter on the practical application of our faith.  He does not overwhelm us with theology, but passionately calls us to action.  James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says. (1:22)”  “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (2:17)”  These short and direct statements are scattered throughout the book and drip with dramatic implications.  James calls believers to live out their faith in authentic and practical ways.  He deals with topics that we all wrestle with on a daily basis and provides Godly wisdom for dealing with them.  If you are looking for a study that will help you grow in your faith, then look no further than the book of James. 

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Revelation:  Chapters 4-11

Led by:  Dr. Ted Foley
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 321-324
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.---Rev. 1:3

The Book of Revelation has been described as the most revered, the most misunderstood, and the most neglected of New Testament writings. Many Christians view Revelation in much the same way and think of it as being too difficult to seriously study. Nothing could be further from reality and the truth. Such short-sightedness deprives believers of the blessings the Book promises to those who diligently read and study it.

Christians who ignore Revelation rob themselves of a rich treasure of divine truth because it is truly a showcase of the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” our Lord and Savior (1:1). It is far from being the book that no one can understand. The purpose of Revelation is to reveal truth, not to obscure it, and that single fact is evident in its title. 

Since “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching” (2 Tim. 3:16a), it is nonsense to believe that God would write 66 Books of the Bible for believers, and one of them turns out to be incomprehensible.  

Revelation tells us in 1:3 “for the time is near” meaning that we shall soon move from the church age to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Everything in the book points to the nearness of His literal return. “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in Heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever’” (Rev. 11:15).

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Philippians:  To Live Is Christ

Led by:  Ronny Higgins
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 311-312
Format:  DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: Free

The book of Philippians is a short, but powerful book.  It is the most intimate of Paul’s letters and it paints a beautiful picture of what it means to be a mature Christian.

This 12 session study will feature messages from Matt Chandler who serves as the Teaching Pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX.  Matt will powerfully unpack the riches of the Gospel to reveal the true joy and profound mystery of Christ’s love.  If you are a little worn out or just need a fresh reminder of the life God is calling you towards, then join us and let the Apostle Paul’s words marinate in your soul.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (1:9-11)

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…” (1:27)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (4:13)

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Women’s Studies

Chase  

Led by:  Kelly Capron
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 305-306
Format:  DVD/Discussion
Cost: $10.00

What are you chasing?

We're all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone's approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

A man after God's own heart…. As David's life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David's life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David's example we'll discover what God really wants from us.

The lessons in this study are simple yet deep and very interactive, offering Bible study, stories, and projects to dig into Scripture and deeply engage the mind and heart. God has carved out a space in each of us that only He can fill. So whether you are running from God or working your tail off to please Him, David's journey will challenge your view of God.

God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won't leave us feeling more empty.  Are you ready to join us?  We’d love to see you on the journey. 

This study was written by Jennie Allen.  Jennie will be our featured speaker for the fall Women’s Conference at First Woodway on October 10-11, 2014!

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Breathe:  Making Room for Sabbath

Led by:  Melle Bain
Wednesday Evenings @ 6 PM
Room 212
Format:  DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10.00

One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all the activities and busyness and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. We miss the moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts. It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. In the Old Testament, God instituted principles and laws that would transform the Israelites' mindset. He didn't just want them legally free; He wanted them to be able to walk in the freedom and enjoy it. So God gave them many gifts, including boundaries in which to enjoy those gifts. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life.

Breathe is a 5 week ladies Bible study featuring the dynamic teaching of Priscilla Shirer and life-giving community of fellow Christ-followers. 

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Children of the Day:  1 & 2 Thessalonians - Monday AM

Led by:  Jan Gilbert
Monday Mornings @ 9 AM - 11:30 AM— Class starts September 8th
Room 321-324
Format:  DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15.00 (Member Book)
*Childcare available upon reservation with the church office.

You are all children of the light and children of the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Children of the Day is the newest Bible study from best-selling author and teacher Beth Moore.  In this nine session ladies only study, participants are invited on a verse-by-verse adventure through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.  

These ancient letters reveal timeless truths for all of God’s children. Regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in, you are not on a coincidental journey.  God’s timing is perfect.  His ways are sure.  His plan is trustworthy. 

So, join us as we gather around the letters postmarked Thessalonica. Feel the sand between your toes and let the tide come in. Don’t let pride or uncertainty come between you and the presence of God.  Press in to Him and discover the encouragement and hope found only in Christ.

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Children of the Day:  1 & 2 Thessalonians - Wednesday PM

Led by:  Jan Graham
Wednesday Evenings @ 5:45 PM
Room 315-316
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $15.00 (Member Book)

You are all children of the light and children of the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Children of the Day is the newest Bible study from best-selling author and teacher Beth Moore.  In this nine session ladies only study, participants are invited on a verse-by-verse adventure through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.  

These ancient letters reveal timeless truths for all of God’s children. Regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in, you are not on a coincidental journey.  God’s timing is perfect.  His ways are sure.  His plan is trustworthy. 

So, join us as we gather around the letters postmarked Thessalonica. Feel the sand between your toes and let the tide come in. Don’t let pride or uncertainty come between you and the presence of God.  Press in to Him and discover the encouragement and hope found only in Christ.

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Clothed with Power 

Led by:  Wanda Lehnus
Every other Tuesday Evening @ 7 PM (Begins September 16th)
Lehnus Home - 1005 Knightbridge
Format:  Teaching/Discussion
Cost: $10.00 (Member Book)

The Holy Spirit is always at work in the life of a believer. He chooses to work, however, in each individual life almost like a tailor-made suit—one that is custom-fit for the individual. His perfect fit is designed to draw attention to our best features and diminish our weaknesses.

Clothed with Power takes the reverence and relevance of the Old Testament and marries it with the New Testament.  In a brilliant unveiling of the priestly garments, Jennifer Dean Kennedy illustrates the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how he clothes us with power from on high.  This study will encourage you to see how your salvation has always been a part of God’s receptive plan.  And, how it is through that salvation that the Holy Spirit is the living Jesus in you now—making you fit for heaven’s work here on earth. 

For more information or to get additional directions, please call Wanda Lehnus at (254) 848-7015.

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Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven 

Led by:  Linda Cotton
Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 AM
Cotton Home
Format:  DVD Teaching/Discussion
Cost:  $10.00 (Study Guide)
**Childcare not available for this class…**

“Out of sight, out of mind” is a proven truism- and heaven is definitely out of our human sight. The only way to keep heaven in our mind’s eye is to read and rehearse the truths about heaven found in the Word of God. But even when we do that, we find there are many things about heaven that are not easy to understand. Because heaven is not like planet earth, it seems mysterious to us. Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven will answer and clarify the most important questions Christians have about their future eternal home. Pastor David Jeremiah provides answers to questions about the nature of heaven, the kinds of bodies heaven’s occupants with have, why heaven will never be boring, why infants and small children will go to heaven, and the dwelling place God is preparing for Christians in heaven. Answers to those questions and more – 11 critical issues in all – are revealed in this Turning Point study guide. If you have had questions about heaven – especially about how to get there – let Pastor David Jeremiah be your guide. Your eternal home will become as clear on earth as it is in heaven.

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Restless

Led by: Tricia Patterson
Tuesday Mornings @ 9:30am-11:00am (starts Sept. 9th)
Room 301-302
Format:  Teaching/DiscussionCost: $10.00 (Member Book)

What if this feeling weren't a bad thing? This feeling could be a longing, a restlessness for more of GOd. It could push us to move forward, to live epic lives that were designed before the foundations of the earth were laid. But a lot of us, in we're honest, are afraid. We hold close to our chest new and scary dreams that may just be from God for us to play a small part in something bigger. God wants to take the seemingly mundane messy threads of life to weave something beautiful. What would happen if God got bigger than your fear and insecurity, and you spent the rest of your life running after His purposes for you? join us as we condense this 8-session study by Jennie Allen into 4 weeks. We will look at the life of Joseph and see how his passions, relationships, and suffering int into the greater story of God - and how our stories can do the same.

Remember, Jennie Allen will be here October 10-11th!

Special Events

Men’s Ministry Kickoff
Thursday, September 4th @ 6:30 PM

Join us for our Men’s Ministry Kickoff dinner.  We will have free hamburgers, great fellowship, and a special word from Baylor Athletic Director, Ian McCaw.  It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the various events and small groups for men.  

Women’s Conference with Jennie Allen
October 10-11, 2014

Men’s Ministry - Wild Game Dinner
Thursday, October 23rd

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