New adult Sunday School class is starting up Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Family Life Center, 9:50 a.m., “That the World May Know” with Ray Vander Laan, a DVD and discussion series. Faith Lessons are fascinating Bible studies with tour guide and historian Ray Vander Laan. Filmed in Israel and Turkey where Bible events actually took place, Ray weaves together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus’ teaching. Hosted by Randy Simmons.
The Truth Project is a 13-week class using a DVD curriculum from Focus on the Family.
Begins Sunday, 10/13. 9:50 a.m. in the Family Life Center Fellowship Hall (upstairs).
Led by Randy Simmons, IBC elder.
What is Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project®? (Excerpted from the website)
In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.
Because of this, today’s believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life’s ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.
To counter this slide within the body of Christ, Focus on the Family has launched one of the most ambitious and powerful projects in the history of our ministry – The Truth Project.
The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 13 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This home study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
We believe this one project represents the possibility for exponential change within the body of Christ; millions been transformed by this curriculum. As it has been throughout history, God continues to call ordinary people to make an eternal difference in our world.
Lesson 1 – Veritology: What is Truth? The Truth Project begins by defining truth as “that which corresponds to reality.” This absolute and eternal truth, at the heart of Jesus’ mission on earth, continues to be the focal point of the Cosmic Battle in our own time.
Lesson 2 – Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who? Truth is not simply an academic concept. The way we think about truth has a direct bearing upon the way we live our lives. What’s more, our understanding of right and wrong is directly dependent on our worldview: is the universe God’s creation or a closed cosmic cube?
Lesson 3 – Anthropology: Who is Man? The Bible tells us that man was created in God’s image but fell from innocence through sin. Modern psychology, on the other hand, asserts that man is inherently good and behaves badly only under the influence of social or institutional pressure. This lesson explores the implications of both views.
Lesson 4 – Theology: Who is God? Eternal life, according to Jesus, is knowing God in an intimate, personal, and relational way. Such knowledge, which is possible only because of divine revelation, transforms us from the inside out as we begin to see ourselves in the light of His majesty and holiness.
Lesson 5 (2 parts) – Science: What is True? Science, the “systematic study of the natural world,” brings to light innumerable evidences of Intelligent Design. But Darwinian theory transforms science from the honest investigation of nature into a vehicle for propagating a godless philosophy. (Part One) A careful examination of molecular biology and the fossil record demonstrates that evolution is not a “proven fact.” Meanwhile, history shows that ideas, including Darwinism as a social philosophy, have definite consequences that can turn ugly when God is left out of the picture. (Part Two)
Lesson 6 – History: Whose Story? Does the past have an objective actuality and significance? Or does it, as postmodernist philosophy asserts, exist primarily inside our heads? This tour considers the meaning of history as God’s story and shows us why remembering is so important.
Lesson 7 – Sociology: The Divine Imprint The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator.
Lesson 8 – Unio Mystica: Am I Alone? Is it possible for the infinite, eternal Creator to dwell within the heart of an individual? The implications of this great mystery, which represents the very core of the Christian faith, are explored at length in this examination of the most intimate of the social spheres.
Lesson 9 – The State: Whose Law? Of all the social spheres, the state, to which God grants the power of the sword for the punishment of evil and the preservation of the good, has the greatest potential to go awry if it oversteps its authority. The civil magistrate must always remember his place under the sovereignty of God â€“ otherwise, havoc will ensue.
Lesson 10 – The American Experiment: Stepping Stones America is unique in the history of the world. On these shores a people holding to a biblical worldview have had an opportunity to set up a system of government designed to keep the state within its divinely ordained boundaries. Tour #10 follows the history of this experiment and explores what happens to freedom when God is forgotten.
Lesson 11 – Labor: Created to Create Contrary to a great deal of contemporary popular opinion, work is not a “curse.” God Himself is active and creative, and He calls man to share in the joy of His activity and creativity. Labor, economics, media, and the creative arts all have a role to play in magnifying the glory of the Creator.
Lesson 12 – Community and Involvement: God Cares, do I? The ethical law and the meaning of the Christian life are summed up in the commandment to love God and one’s neighbor. This command is the source of the believer’s motivation for self-sacrificial service to the needy and their personal involvement in our culture.
Precepts: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., downstairs in the Worship Center.
Part 1: September 19 – November 21
Part 2: January 9 – March 6
Materials for Part 1: $27
Registration or for more info, Anne Swenson, (360) 457-4284.
Doing the Right Thing, a 6 part, 7 week class, begins Sunday, March 3.
The class is meeting downstairs in the Family Life Center in room #14.
“Doing the Right Thing explores the ethical and moral breakdown that is assaulting culture from all sides. It involves a video series and class discussions that will encourage participants to examine themselves and how ethical and character issues relate to their lives at home, school, and the workplace. The video series features the late Chuck Colson and others.” Hosted by Rob Tulloch and Randy Van Dyke. More info is available at the DRT website.
The study of “James and the One-Another Life,” begins Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Family Life Center High School Room.
$15 for materials.
Childcare is available.
Be reading the book of James for preparation purposes!!
Online registration [here]. Online registration closes 1/31/13 at 11:55 a.m.
This Bible study begins a study of Daniel Thursday, Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m., at the IBC Worship Center Fellowship Hall. “Threatened with death, Daniel stuck to his guns and refused to adopt a pagan lifestyle. His worldview had God at the center and he lived it out even under extreme pressure to change.”
Learn to adopt a biblical worldview and adhere to it even when it’s not the norm.”
Contact Anne, 360-457-4284, for further information.
“Whatever” — The Women’s Fall Bible Study
Whatever He asks, I will do!
- Tuesday nights
- September 18 – December 4
- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center High School Room (upstairs, by the Cove)
- Materials fee: $15
- Childcare available
Please pre-register online or at the church office.
This fall the Precepts class is studying Daniel. We are examining what it means to live out a Biblical worldview…even when it’s not the norm.
To register or for more information, contact Anne Swenson, 360-457-4284.
- Begins Thursday, September 13
- 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- Worship Center Rooms #132 & #133
The Wednesday morning men’s Bible study is on a break through August. The study resumes Wednesday, September 5. For more info, contact the church office [email].
Did you know that we have small groups for adults every Sunday morning?
They meet from 9:50-10:50 a.m. at the Worship Center on Sunday, between our two morning worship services.
These are a variety of classes that meet at IBC between the worship hours. They provide an opportunity for learning in the context of community – a time to catch up with and pray with friends, as well as a time to study God’s word together.
Groups currently meeting:
- Adults: Putting on the Character of Christ (Family Life Center Fellowship Hall North)
- 30s-60s: Acts: “Chapter 29″ (Family Life Center #6)
- 50s & Up: The Way Back Home: A Study of Ezra (Worship Center #133)Independent Bible Church