Christian Life Courses
Maranatha’s Christian Life Courses (CLCs) are aimed at helping attendees establish a strong theological foundation by means of sound biblical teaching on a variety of important topics. CLCs are also aimed at helping us learn to live out truth in practical ways by providing the kind of in-depth, topical instruction that may not be possible during a Corporate Worship Gathering—instruction that allows for the kind of discussion, questions, and practical application that characterize a healthy classroom setting. As we take these courses together, we'll grow to more fully understand the subtle intricacies and overarching truths of Scripture, and we'll learn to follow Christ in light of these truths.
Contact Daniel Lee with questions or to request/suggest a course or study idea.
Saturdays, Spring 2017
Inductive Bible Study: Philippians
Looking to read, study, and understand the Bible better, and to do it with others? Join us for this 11-week inductive Bible study through Paul's Epistle to the Philippians. Instructor: Daniel Lee
February 21 thru early April
This 6-week group is meant for those who are new to Christianity and want to learn more about who Jesus was, what he did, and what it means to be a Christian, all from a study of the Bible and in a safe, casual setting for asking questions. Instructor: Daniel Lee
Duration: 7 weeks, holiday break, then 6 weeks
First Class: September 27, 2015
Instructor: Daniel Lee
What is systematic theology, and why should I take this course?
Systematic theology, or what most people refer to as simply "theology," attempts to answer the question, "What does the Bible say about x?" So it's the orderly or "systematic" study of the Bible's teaching, or doctrine, on any topic. It begins by asking: what does the Bible teach; what should a Christian believe?
But systematic theology isn't just an intellectual exercise; it also opens the way to the renewal of our minds and transformation of our lives. John Frame defines systematic theology as "the application of God’s Word by persons to all areas of life." So really systematic theology helps us understand what the Bible says about anything, so we can view it the way God views it, and live accordingly.
This course will cover some of the Bible's most important topics: the character of God, human nature, what sin is, the person and work of Christ, what salvation is, and so on. Take it if you want to expand or deepen your knowledge of essential Christian beliefs, to gain a biblical worldview, and to lay a solid foundation for life change.
Duration: 7 weeks
First Class: September 27, 2015
Instructor: Rob Freire
This course explores biblical, gospel-centered principles that equip us for personal ministry to others. We’ll address topics such as how our beliefs about God shape the way we face our struggles, how biblical change happens, and how we can help others face their own challenges and troubles.
We’ll see, for instance, that biblical change occurs primarily in the context of our relationships. We’ll learn the importance of applying Scripture in specific, practical ways, and we’ll aim to develop the skills necessary to do so. We’ll grow in our ability to listen well, interpret another person’s story from a biblical perspective, and offer biblically-shaped truth that will motivate that person toward, healing, repentance, and change.
Along the way, we’ll also see that everything we’re learning can and should be applied firstly to ourselves as we seek to work toward change in our own lives.