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Word of Life Church

Faith Foundations

Faith Foundations is a 10-week class designed to give you exposure to the basic concepts, language, and historical figures that give shape to our faith as followers of Jesus. As an introduction to Christian theology, these classes will give you the tools and understanding to grow in your faith as you continue to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

You can attend in-person in the Life Center or live online. Classes will be taught by Pastor Brian Zahnd, Peri Zahnd, and Pastor Derek Vreeland. Childcare is available. Registration is now open!

People who participate in all ten weeks will have the basic building blocks of the Christian faith drawn from Scripture, the ancient creeds, and church history uniquely tailored for participation in the life of worship, community, and justice at Word of Life Church. Participants will be empowered to think theologically, make the complexity of Christian language understandable, and go deeper into the Christian life.

 

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FORMAT
 + 75-minute teaching sessions both in-person and online via zoom which include 45 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of Q&A

 + One weekly homework assignment to prepare for the next session (normally a podcast or YouTube video)

SCHEDULE

Week 1: Why Theology Matters - September 8
Notes  | Homework for next week 

Week 2: A Jesus-centered Reading of the Bible - September 15
Notes   | Homework for next week 

Week 3: New Testament Overview - September 22
Notes  | Homework for next week

Week 4: Old Testament Overview (Part 1) - September 29
Notes  | Homework for next week

No class on October 6

Week 5: Old Testament Overview (Part 2) - October 13
Notes  | Homework for next week

Week 6: The Apostles’ Creed - October 20
Notes  | Homework for next week 

Week 7: The Nicene Creed - October 27
Notes  | Homework for next week

Week 8: Church History: The Early Church - November 3
Notes  | Homework for next week 

Week 9: Church History: The Medieval Church - November 10
Notes  | Homework for next week 

Week 10: Church History: The Modern Church - November 17
Notes 

 
TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

Why Theology Matters
Pastor Derek Vreeland
An introduction to the ten-week course. What is theology and why is it important? This introduction will include the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral,” the four-fold source of Christian theology: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience.

A Jesus-centered Reading of the Bible
Pastor Derek Vreeland
We read the Bible as one grand sweeping story with Jesus as the main character. Jesus is both our guide in interpreting all of the Bible (Christocentric) and Jesus is the goal and purpose for all of the Bible (Christotelic). Only Jesus is perfect theology.

New Testament Overview
Pastor Brian Zahnd
An overview of the primary sections of the New Testament including the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation with a particular emphasis on Paul's and John’s theological contributions

Old Testament Overview (Part 1)
Peri Zahnd
An overview of the structure, themes, and primary characters of the Old Testament from the Torah through the beginning of the Monarchy

Old Testament Overview (Part 2)
Peri Zahnd
An overview of the structure, themes, and primary people of the second half of the Old Testament including the divided kingdom, wisdom literature, and the prophets

The Apostles’ Creed
Pastor Brian Zahnd
A brief history of the Apostles’ Creed, focusing on the theological themes of creation, incarnation, atonement, hell, catholicity of the church

The Nicene Creed
Pastor Derek Vreeland
A historical overview of the Council of Nicea (325) and the Council of Constantinople (371) with a focus on theological themes of hypostatic union, the kingdom of God, divinity of the Spirit, and eschatology 

Church History: The Early Church
Pastor Brian Zahnd
A survey of church history from the New Testament era through the fourth century with a focus on the theological contributions of church fathers including Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine

Church History: The Medieval Church
Pastor Brian Zahnd
A survey of church history from the fourth through the fourteenth centuries, including the Great Schism, and theological contributions from Maximus the Confessor, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, and others

Church History: The Modern Church
Pastor Derek Vreeland
A survey of the Protestant movement including the Reformers, the Anabaptists, John Wesley, the revivalists, the rise of evangelicalism, and the Pentecostal/charismatic movement