Deepening by Learning Sunday School Classes at 9:00am
Our Sunday classes seek to equip our congregation to live more faithfully and authentically for glory of Christ. At the heart of all our classes is the Gospel-the good news of the grace of Jesus Christ-and the belief that true spiritual transformation happens when we explore and apply the Gospel to all of life. As the biblical gospel takes root in our minds and hearts, we are changed to love God more fully, live in community more authentically, and serve God more faithfully in the world. Most broadly, our class topics fall into one of three categories: First, we want to teach the core elements of the Christian Faith. These courses include overviews of the Bible, the basics of Christian theology, and surveys of church history. Second, we want to build Christian character. These classes explore the ways in which the gospel applies to prayer, worship, growth in holiness, forgiveness, and living in community. Third, we want to equip for Christian service. Every Christian is called to serve. Thus, these classes discuss living a gospel-centered life for the sake of others. Classes include personal evangelism, apologetics, world missions, work, mercy ministry, marriage, parenting, and financial stewardship.
Classes meet downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
Reg . 09:00 am - 09:45 am , Teacher: Mike Bell
Are you longing to connect head and heart, clear thinking and deep passion, in your walk with God? This class is for you. Join us as we continue on a Christ-centered journey from guilt to grace to gratitude, through one of the church’s most time-tested and heart-warming summaries of biblical doctrine, The Heidelberg Catechism. We will be looking particularly at the work of Christ for our salvation this fall. 14 weeks, in the fellowship hall classroom.
Sun . 09:00 am - 09:45 am , Starting April 30th
How should the church and the state, religion and politics, interact? We will consider relevant biblical texts and principles, as well as examples of how Christians in different times and places have wrestled with these complex and challenging questions. Our goal is to get a better grasp on how we are to think and act as Christians and as the church with regard to politics and government.
The Gospel & Marriage
Everyone agrees that marriage is both unbelievably profound and incredibly challenging. But only the Gospel gives us the resources we need to revel in its beauties and thrive in its difficulties. Join us for a practical exploration of the biblical teaching about marriage. Whether you're married, previously married, single or engaged, this class is for you!
The Cross & Christian Ministry
We will look at parts of I Corinthians to think about how the gospel, the message of the cross of Jesus Christ, shapes the manner of our life and ministry. We will grow in our understanding of how the gospel shapes us in ministry to others – its call, its empowerment, its upside-down and counter-cultural ways. If you are eager and hungry to grow in your thinking and practice of ministering to others, we especially want you to make this a priority. We will meet May 3-June 29. Reading The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson and I Corinthians 1-4 and 9.
Paul tells the Thessalonians to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). This class is designed to show that this command is a joyful invitation, not an obligatory burden. Each session will include a 30min teaching session on prayer, followed by 20min devoted to praying. Topics of discussion (1) The Problem of Prayer (2) Participating in Pain and Praise (3) Perfecting the Practice of Prayer (4) Perceiving the Power of Prayer
How Firm a Foundation: The Doctrine and Character of Scripture
The Bible always has a treasured place among the people of God, and is recognized as God’s chosen means for their instruction, exhortation, and comfort. This class will take up diverse questions about Scripture’s authority, truthfulness, clarity, sufficiency, historical reliability, canonicity, interpretation, and the application and assimilation of it to our lives, so that we might better understand what the nature of Scripture is, and how it fruitfully functions in the lives of God’s people. Whether these themes are novel ones to you, or have vexed you for some time, there will be something for you in this class.
Exploring both the theological depths and the practical shape of humility in the life of the Christian, we will take a long view at this character quality so highly praised by the Lord and so little practiced in our hearts.
Sex, Singleness & Sexuality
In the last few decades the prevailing consensus in our society has shifted away from traditional Christian understandings about gender, sexuality, and marriage. This is an opportunity for Christians to carefully examine the biblical teachings, not simply holding to inherited traditions nor simply conforming to current culture, but rather to consider what it means to live faithfully in Christ in a constantly changing world. We will consider how to relate to one another in the church as well as to our friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
In this class, we will consider the following questions: Why are male and female bodies significant in God’s design for humanity? What is God’s design for sex and marriage? What is God’s purpose for Christians who are single (whether never married, widowed, or divorced) to live fruitful and faithful lives? What does the gospel of Jesus have to say to people who feel trapped in the wrong body, or attracted to those of the same sex? Come join us as we wrestle through these questions together in light of God's Word.
Jan 31- Why Bodies Matter in God’s Kingdom (Greg Hendrickson)
Feb 7- Why Gender Matters (Justin Hawkins)
Feb 14- What is the Meaning of Sex? (Greg Hendrickson)
Feb 21- A Biblical Theology of Marriage and Singleness (Justin Hawkins)
Feb 28- The Challenges & Calling of Singleness (panel discussion)
Mar 6- Trapped in the Wrong Body?: Gender Dysphoria & Transgender Identity (Greg Hendrickson)
Apr 3- Homosexuality: Relevant Biblical Texts in the Old & New Testaments (Justin Hawkins)
Apr 10- Sexuality and the Church: How do we help one another to pursue sexual purity & wholeness? What is the calling of Christians who experience same-sex attraction? Is this a "disputable matter" (Romans 14:1) where Christians should simply agree to disagree? (Greg Hendrickson)
Apr 17- Christian Witness to the LGBT Community: How can the church be committed to pursuing holiness and hospitable to outsiders? How do I relate to non-Christian friends/neighbors/family who identify as LGBT or as allies? Should I attend a same-sex wedding if invited? (Greg Hendrickson)
Apr 24- Christianity, Sexuality, & Politics: Political controversies over same-sex marriage, transgender rights, and religious freedom raise broader questions: How should Christians bear witness to Christ in the public/political sphere? How do we live as pilgrims in the world, knowing that "here we have no lasting city" (Hebrews 13:14) while at the same time seeking "the welfare of the city where [we are] in exile" (Jeremiah 29:7)? (Justin Hawkins)
Psalms: An Overview
To think carefully about theology is an integral part of the Christian’s responsibility to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:1). But our thinking ought not stop simply by pondering the teaching of God’s Word. After we have clarity on what God teaches in his Word, we should then begin to train our minds to view the world through the lens of the gospel – to take the truths of Christianity and look not at them, but through them, at the world. This class will be an introduction to thinking theologically, which means using the teaching of Christianity to illuminate the world around us so that we can “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). As we do this, we will come to see afresh how the gospel makes sense of our world in a way no other theory does, and also how we can begin to bring the gospel to bear on the most pressing questions of our day.
Sept. 4: The Doctrine of God Sept. 11: The Doctrine of Creation
A Life of Giving: How the Gospel Shapes our Stewardship of all of Life
“It is more blessed to give than to receive." -Jesus
This statement may have become stale or trite in our Christian circles, but what Jesus is truly telling us is that by giving ourselves away, we can experience more of Him—the greatest treasure. This is the paradox of God’s Kingdom. To get, we give. Christ gave it all for us already on the cross; now we can give to experience more of his love. Christ’s instruction also provides us a model for effective engagement with the world around us. This class will be a conversation about generosity that looks at what it means to take a holistic approach to giving, not only through our wealth, but equally through ministry, relationships, hospitality, and influence. It will challenge assumptions about how giving should manifest in our life, and it will endeavor to bring a fresh perspective on how Christian generosity can fit into our contemporary context.
Seth Hamman The class deals with the question of whether as Christians, we have become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins. Over the course of nine weeks, we will be addressing what the Bible has to say about the pursuit of holiness when it comes to specific issues like discontentment, anxiety and frustration, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lack of self-control, impatience, envy and judgmentalism. Our text for this class will be Jerry Bridges' Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate.
Christian Perspectives On The Arts & Humanities
Kyle Dugdale, Hans Leaman & Kris Shaffer.
We live in a culture that is full of Christian ideas and symbols, yet at the same time is full of ignorance of Christ himself. In this class, we’ll be discussing ways to proclaim Christ and the church more clearly through three very influential aspects of our culture: music, architecture, and history. We’ll survey what the Bible has to say about each of these fields, explore how Christians have tapped into their creative potential in the past, and strategize about how we might become more conscientious consumers – and producers – of the arts and humanities today.
The Parables Of Our Lord
"A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." So some of us were taught, as children, in Sunday School. Although essentially true, as far as it goes, its time now, as adults, to go deeper and seek further clarification and insight into this literary genre our Lord used to teach his central message of the Kingdom of God. We'll open with an examination of how the parables have been interpreted (both wrongly and rightly) in times past and present, and with a brief look at why Jesus employed the parabolic method. (Was it to reveal Truth, or to conceal it?)
Henry Vander Kam's short (and inexpensive!) study guide, The Parables of Our Lord will be our secondary text as we work through, not only the more familiar and well-loved parables, such as “The Parable of the Sower,” “The Wise and Foolish Virgins,” and “The Prodigal Son;” but also some of our Lord's more obscure and less understood parables, such as “The Parable of the Seed Growing in Secret,” “The Unrighteous Steward,” and “The Unclean Spirit.” As we seek to better understand the parables in their original historical settings in the ministry of Jesus, may the Holy Spirit be pleased to apply the life-giving and transforming power of these sections of His Word, to our lives.
God's Sovereignty & Our Responsibility
Dr. Ian Maddock & David Moser
"Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works it out in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." (Philippians 2:12-13). If God is completely sovereign, why do we pray? If God has predestined certain people to be saved, why bother sharing the gospel with anyone, or even pursuing holiness in our personal lives? This class will begin by exploring what the Bible teaches us about the relationship between God's sovereignty and our responsibility, and finish by investigating some key moments in church history - Augustine vs Pelagius, Luther vs Erasmus, Whitefield vs Wesley - where this issue has emerged as the focal point of a theological conflict with enormous pastoral implications.
Gospel Witness in a Post-Christian World
Jon Hinkson & Others
What does faithfulness in our witness to the Good News of Jesus involve? What are some of the challenges we are likely to face in our efforts and how may we meet these challenges? What modes and motivations are supplied in scripture and how might we fruitfully apply them? In this study passages from the Acts of the Apostles will be our guide.
Andrew and Dorene Allis
“Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you;” So said the great Puritan scholar John Owen. This class deals with the Christian’s fight for sanctification. Edward Welch’s excellent work, Addictions: A banquet in the Grave offers a fresh biblical approach to battling sin in our lives and living in the freedom of the gospel. Although the book deals primarily with the classic prototypic addictions of drugs and alcohol, it has wider relevance to any (and all) persistent sins, those stubborn and heartbreaking besetting sins which cling to us and seem to defy our best efforts to cast off.
The Big Picture Of The Bible
Seth Hamman and Dr. Ian Maddock
What is the big picture of the Bible? For all of its diverse literary genres and authors, does it have a unifying theme? This class deals with how we can begin to read and understand the Bible as a whole, showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the Kingdom of God: God's people living under God's rule in God's place. Each week will involve a Bible study that illustrates how God has progressively revealed his plan of salvation across time, culminating in the arrival of the King of God's Kingdom, Jesus Christ. Our text for this class will be God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts.
The Trinity- Biblical, Theological, Historical and Practical Perspectives
The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most important Christian doctrines, but it's also one of the most perplexing. This class will explore questions like: Is the Trinity biblical? What can we learn from church history when it comes to how we can best explain the Trinity from a theological perspective? What practical difference does believing in a triune God make? What are some contemporary challenges to the Trinity and how can I respond to them in a way that's faithful to God's word? Our text for this class will be "Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions" by Millard Erickson.
Rick & Soozie Schneider
"Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6). This class will explore the biblical foundations for raising children, and discuss what being a shepherd of our children's hearts looks like in practice. All are welcome: Would-be parents, parents-to-be, and parents with children of any age. Our text for this class will be "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp.
What Is A Healthy Church Member?
Dave Schwaderer and Ian Maddock
What is the biblical rationale for membership of a local church? What does a healthy church member look like in the light of Scripture? How can you, as an individual member of this local church, contribute to its positive health? In what ways can you help encourage this local expression of the body of Christ to reflect the glory of God? This class will be referring to Thabiti Anyabwile's "What is a Healthy Church Member?" and Mark Dever's "Nine Marks of a Healthy Church."
Jesus and the Good (News) Life
Nick Lauer The search for "the good life" has inspired and haunted humans of all ages. We all want our lives to count. But how?! Jesus said, "I've come that they may have life, and have it to the full." The apostles spoke of "walking in line with the truth of the gospel." Join us as we explore the implications of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for all areas of life, and seek to live in the fullness of the gospel of Jesus.
Discovering and Using Your Gifts
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. The Lord has gifted each Christian to be of service in His work." (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). Quite often as Christians we find it difficult to know how to use the gifts God has equipped us with. This class with explore the scriptural gifts, examine their practical use, and help us to discover our gifts in order that the Body of Christ may be built up.
James Choi & Greg Hendrickson
This class will explore the Biblical perspective on money. Specific topics include generosity, prudence, savings, debt, poverty, and wealth. We will also discuss some practical issues in stewarding money, such as budgeting, investing, controlling overspending, and giving wisely to charities.
Back to Basics
Andrew Gilson & Ian Maddock
Join us as we look at seven foundational studies. Topics will include being saved by God, trusting in God, living God’s way, listening to God, talking to God, meeting with God’s family and meeting the world.
Survey of the Old Testament Prophetical Books
This class will provide an overview of the Old Testament Prophetical Books: Isaiah through Malachi. We will consider what prophecy is and how it functioned in ancient Israel. We will consider the prophets and their message in their historical, literary, and Biblical context in an attempt to properly understand and apply God's Word to our own lives.
Doctrine of Salvation
This class will treat of the various components that make up salvation. Discussion will be divided into consideration of the things that happen prior to conversion, the things that happen at conversion, and the carrying on of the work of salvation to completion. Topics include illumination, conviction, effectual calling, justification, reconciliation, adoption, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
Do you have a desire to share the truth of Jesus Christ, but you are convinced you never present it right? Perhaps you have friends who see faith as important but are not sure where to place it. These next nine weeks, Nick will lead you to apprehend both the importance of these questions and a clear and concise way to present the saving truth of Jesus Christ.
It All Happened Here
Stories of the people of God in New Haven across the centuries, including the Christian vision in the founding of New Haven; the Christian vision in the founding of Yale; Revivals and Awakenings and Mission Exploits. Come hear the stories behind familiar New Haven names such as John Davenport, John Edwards, and Timothy Dwight. Church History from our own backyard!
What do Christians Believe?
With so many voices in the world claiming to know what real Christianity is, how can we be confident in what we believe? Based on the Scripture, come listen and dialogue through foundational principles of faith and doctrine that will draw you closer to God in your everyday life.
Seeking God Whole Heartedly
The term "seeker" of God in our culture today is normally used to describe a non-Christian who is "open" to spiritual things, but in the Bible seeking God is a distinguishing characteristic of believers. The Bible gives commands to strive, to run the race, to press forward, be constant in prayer, cry to God day and night, to fight, to wrestle against principalities and powers, all directed to those who know God and already have a redemptive relationship with him. This 11-week study examines the various means, or disciplines that God has appointed for us to labor in seeking wholeheartedly after His presence, power, and grace in our lives.
Making the Connection
Every day you are surrounded by people you care for—friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors. You often wonder what they believe about life’s most important topics, but how do you ask in a way that draws them out? You desire to share more with them about the hope you’ve found in Christ, but how do you broach the topic without alienating them? This action-oriented, six week class will cover topics like asking and answering questions in order to take the conversation deeper, listening well, learning how to share your faith journey, bringing the Bible into conversations, and more. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book “God Space” to complement the course material.
The God Who Is There
Kwame Atsina & Jane Hendrickson
Have you ever wondered how the story of the Bible fits together? Have you ever felt that you couldn't clearly share your faith with your friends or colleagues? Do you wish you understood the story of redemption more fully? In this class we'll study how the Bible teaches us who God is and how his actions throughout the history, as told in the Old and New Testaments, point to his ultimate revelation in Christ. We'll be using D.A. Carson's, The God Who is There as a framework for our study which is available in the bookstall.
Jesus' Blood and Righteousness
the penal substitutionary atonement of Christ and the imputation of his righteousness on our behalf. Although we will give some historical and controversial context on both of these topics, the primary focus of the course will be an exegetical and theological understanding of the true nature of both of these topics. If we understand truly what the Scriptures correctly say about atonement and imputation we will be able to discern what is true and false both in history and today.
Join us over the next 8 weeks, as we delve more deeply into the heart of our faith, and grow in our affections for what Christ has accomplished for us! This class will be taught by Mike Bell.
Old Testament Historical & Poetical Books
Have you ever read something in the Old Testament and wondered "Why is that in the Bible?" or "How is this at all relevant for us today?" In this class we will look into the narrative, background, and themes of the Old Testament historical and poetical books. We will see how the big picture points forward to Jesus and explore what it means for us today.
The Gospel Centered Life
A ten week study on how the gospel transforms everything.
The Minor Prophets
Many of us are confused or overwhelmed by them, but they have an important message for us today. We will study one book each week, beginning June 3rd with Hosea. We will look at themes, structure, historical background, and contemporary relevance of their messages in light of God's revelation in Christ. This class will be team taught by Greg Hendrickson, Nick Lauer, Antoine Claiborne and others.
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands
Ephesians 4:15-16 presents a vision of the church as a culture where personal change and dynamic growth in Christ-likeness happens as we speak the truth to one another in love. This is certainly a captivating vision, but the question we all have is "How?" Based on the book Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, this course will give an overview of the process of biblical change that will transform the way we think about helping others. Then it will outline biblical, Christ-centered principles that equip us for practical personal ministry to one another.
This class will be taught by Matt Coburn & Nick Lauer.
Female & Male in God's Image: Biblical Perspectives on Gender
How does God desire for women and men to relate in the home, in the church, and in society? How do we sort out Christian teaching and cultural expectations about gender roles? Join us as we examine the Bible's teaching on some challenging topics and to see how we can more fully live into our identity as God's image-bearers. Taught by Greg Hendrickson and Matt Coburn
The Incredibly Practical Doctrine of the Trinity
Sinclair Ferguson writes: "If anything could underline the necessity of Trinitarianism for practical Christianity, that must surely be it!" Come see how the mystery of the Trinity not just awe-inspiring but essential to vital, practical Christian living. Taught by Nick Lauer
The Beginning of the New Testiment: The Gospel & Acts
In this class we will look into the historical and cultural background, literary structure, and major themes of the first five books of the New Testament. This is the first part of a Sunday school series (to be taught on and off throughout this next year) that will present an overview of the entire New Testament.
This class will be team taught by: Greg Hendrickson, Rob Dunlop, Josh Gigliotti, Jordan Leach, and Justin Hawkins.
The Gospel In Life: Grace Changes Everything
Session 1 opens the course with the theme of the city: our home now, the world that is. Session 8 closes the course with the theme of the eternal city: our heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between, we will look at how the gospel changes our hearts, our community, and how we live in the world. The study guide for the course costs $9. Email Pastor Nick (nicholas.lauer(at)trinity-baptist.org) to order a copy.
This class will be lead by: Nick Lauer and Malcolm Foley
Paul and His Letters
Hebrews through Revelation
Each week we will ask the question, why did God give us this book in particular as part of inspired Scripture, and how does this book have an important message for us in our contemporary context? A primary goal of this class is to equip you to read, understand, and apply these texts in your own personal worship, in discipleship, and in evangelism.
It Happened Here: Spiritual History of New Haven & Yale
that Christ is indeed the pearl of surpassing price worth whatever we may sacrifice to obtain. We will begin a Sunday school class devoted to some of these witnesses who lived out their lives locally. We will consider the stories of our forbearers in the faith, from the founding of New Haven colony and Yale College, through the Great Awakenings, to the offering of missionaries to foreign lands. Come leaf through some edifying pages from the family album of our faith!
Spiritual Disciplines: The Path to Freedom
Scripture meditation & study, prayer, Sabbath rest & solitude, service, fasting, confession, worship, and evangelism.
Just as a musician develops increasing freedom to play and improvise beautiful music through constant practice, just as an athlete is increasingly prepared to excel in the game through diligent training, a Christian develops increasing freedom to live like Christ in all situations through disciplined reliance on the Holy Spirit. If you're just beginning to walk with Christ, if you long to set new patterns of godliness, if you have decades of experience to share from...come join us!
This class will be coordinated by Pastor Greg & Jane Hendrickson and include multiple teachers.
The Gospel & Suffering
We live in a world where technology and medicine are rapidly changing. New situations require new thinking from the church, applying biblical principles and theological frameworks to help respond to the questions of the day.
Our next series in Bioethics will seek to address the question and situations of our day - thinking through topics ranging from the more principled - like being made in Gods image, the nature of life and death, the nature of personhood, and the complex relationship of being under God’s rule while expressing our creative overseeing of God’s creation - to the practical - issues in reproduction, death and dying, technology, and scientific research.
2/5 A Christian Approach to Bioethics--Biblical principles to guide us through ethical dilemmas
2/12: Conversations on the beginning of life and ethical evaluation of contraception and abortion
2/19: A Biblical View of Medical Technology--When is it good? When is it bad?
3/5: Research ethics – Will consider the researcher as a steward of God’s creation and address the protection of human and animal subjects
3/12: Clinical Ethics, the professional and patient perspectives-- Medical decision making, patient confidentiality, professionalism
3/26: Christian views on infertility and assisted reproductive technologies
4/2 The art of dying as the art of living – Conversation and ethical theory about pulling the plug and pushing the morphine drip, withholding or withdrawing care
4/9: Physician-assisted suicide – State of the practice in the United States today, with a look at arguments pro and con
This four week class will explore the mission that God has given us as a congregation, the core commitments and beliefs that make us who we are, and the ways in which God might be calling you to join in. This class is required to become a member at Trinity; but even if you've already a member this class will inspire and encourage you as you follow Christ as a part of this local church.
Heroes of the Faith
Jon Hinkson, Ian Maddock & Rhys Bezzant
This class will highlight the lives of William Tyndale, Women of the Reformation, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, John Newton, Pandita Ramabai, Billy Graham and more.