Sunday School | 10-10:45 a.m.
Sunday School is a continuation of our common life in worship - a time to know and to be known, to learn and to pray, and to attend ever more closely to what God is doing among us at Blacknall and in the world. Classes are always open to visitors. Look for a deacon wearing a bright red vest if you need help locating a class.
College Age fellowship
What does it mean to be the body of Christ together, and how does that relate to our lives as college students? This year, we’ll talk about the book of Acts, asking how the same Spirit at work in the early church is working among us now. Come for honest questions, prayer, fellowship, and Sunday morning food!
Leaders: Katie Waltar, Deb & Aaron Ebert
Location: The Parlor
Young Adults: Re-Imagining the Kingdom
If you’re looking to get to know people at Blacknall and to put a regular time of Bible Study into your schedule, this is a place for you. Young professionals, graduate students, working, or aimlessly wandering are all welcome. Lately, we've been exploring the theme of the Kingdom of God as a story that runs throughout all of scripture, starting with the Exodus and running through the exile. In the spring we'll talk about how Jesus both draws upon and transforms this theme; what happens to it after His death and resurrection; and continually ask how our lives would look if we really think of ourselves as living within this story.
Leader: Jeff Baker, Kat Burgett, Julie Leyva
Location: Community Room, Room 201
30s, 40s & Friends
The book of Acts is an amazing story of how a group of backcountry disciples of an executed teacher managed to turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6). In themselves, they weren’t all that special. But they proclaimed that their teacher is alive, and is Lord; and his spirit constantly preceded them, challenging them to live lives of risk, love, and wonder. This year we’re going to study Acts in order to encourage each other and to learn together by asking, “What is the Spirit calling us to see and to do in Durham and in the places where we live and work?” In an effort to help us faithfully answer this question, we’ll spend some time throughout the class hearing how the Spirit is at work in the lives of folks at Blacknall seeking to follow Jesus in their daily rhythms.
Leaders: Mary Mathew, Christian Pikaart
Location: Fellowship Hall
Our class will be starting a new study on April 7 to coincide with the Easter remembrance and celebration. It will consist of lectures by Dr. Kenneth Bailey entitled "Jesus Interprets His Own Cross." The 30-minute lectures will alternate with class discussion and participation. If you have watched Dr. Bailey's teaching on the parables you know the depth and insight he brings to the study of scripture. Come and join us.
Leader: Bisharah Libbus
Location: Upper Room, Room 405
Faith Seeking Understanding: The Challenges of Christian Citizenship
In the new year we will continue to think about Christian citizenship. We will spend more time on some historical test cases to think about the responses of Christians where the actions of the temporary rulers of earthly principalities and powers are incompatible with duties of citizens of the present and coming (from the human perspective) Kingdom. In all of this we will continue to have as our target question, if you will, the simple but challenging question posed by David Dunderdale when the pastors moved the congregation into the study of Acts: “What do we do while we’re waiting?”
Leader: Russ Congleton, Lowrie Beacham
Location: Choir Room, Room 103
50 Essential New Testament passages
The Holy Spirit speaks most clearly to us through the Scriptures, and people learn best in community. We will read two NT passages during the week and will discuss in class: 1) its main theme 2) what God is like 3) where the Holy Spirit is pushing us through each passage. Prerequisite: Read two NT passages each week and discuss in class what you’re hearing. No need for commentaries.; just us, the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. Powerful experience, if we do the reading.
Leaders: John Hamilton, Michael Whisenhunt
Location: Room 404
This multi-generational class studies scripture following the sermon series. We use group discussion as a means to enrich our understanding of how we might practically live out the gospel, as well as provide Christian community.
Leaders: Don Grigg, Rudy Renfer
Location: Room 402
Growing in Grace
An in-depth study of the book of Joshua. We are moving slowly, examining the text in the light of the New Testament. We are carefully discussing what it meant for the Israelites to be “at rest” and live in the promised land, and seeing how it compares to us living in our “rest,” i.e. the outpost of the kingdom of God. At some point, we will also complete our study of Revelation (chapters 21-22) as we compare the promise to the Israelites regarding the promised land to the promise given to us of the new heaven and the new earth. Most of the people in the class are very involved in the study and there is always a lot of discussion. The classes are supplemented by extensive handouts every week.
Leader: Paul Immanuel, Shawn Condon, Vance Fowler, Greg Wray.
Location: Room 401
Questions? Contact Matt Bridges