Grow in Your Faith

Grow in Your Faith

Most people yearn to feel close to God; but they also need to think about God, to attempt to unravel the divine mystery. We do not truly believe in something we know little about. That is not faith but fideism, or mindless assent. If we desire to share our faith with others, we first need a basic understanding of it ourselves. Christian maturity involves study.

Romans 12:2 instructs the Christian to avoid conforming to the world by being “transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

The following classes, studies, and resources are available to promote the renewing of the mind through study in small groups, Sunday School, and an individual’s everyday life.

Sunday School Classes

There are two primary adult classes on Sunday at 10 am. Both include lecture and discussion on various topics. Recent topics include Technology and Ethics, Origins of Scripture, Ancient and Modern Israel, The Truth Project, History of the Christian Church, and an apologetics course on “Reasons for Believing in God”.

Israel Study Tours

The Bible talks about real people, real times, and real places. So every several years, Oakland Community Church hosts a tour to the Holy Land so that we can be immersed in the history and culture of the Bible. This is especially valuable for young adults because of the benefit it has of undergirding our convictions about the Bible. The next trip is tentatively planned for summer of 2020.

Disciple I, II, III

Disciple is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. 

Each of these studies gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. 

Disciple I is a thirty-four-week overview of the entire Bible. A new class is starting October 16. Click here to learn more! 

Disciple III (The Prophets) has just started. But it' not too late to join in. Click here to learn more!

Apologetics Classes

The purpose of apologetics is to convince secular people that there are good reasons to consider the truth claims of Christianity and the leadership of Jesus Christ and to equip Christians to deal with the assaults on Christianity that come from secular and religious sources.

More Opportunities for Growth

At Oakland Community, we are always thirsting for more material to teach us about God and His Word. Here's just a sampling of some studies taught in our many of our small groups and Sunday School.

That the World May Know: Faith Lesson with Ray Vanderlaan

The archaeological discoveries revealed in this 12-volume series, of 5-7 sessions each, provide even more reason to believe the Bible. More importantly, these videos, filmed in Israel and the Middle East where Bible events actually took place, weave together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus’ teaching. Teacher and historian Ray Vanderlaan reveals a keen insight into the significance of scripture for believers today.

Origins of Scripture

This class is a review of the structure of the Bible and the different types of writing found within it, answering such questions as “Who wrote it and when? How were the books of the Bible selected? What was left out and why? How can we trust a book so old? Isn’t it full of contradictions? How do we know what Jesus really said?” and lots more! This class is good background for those interested in joining a Bible study, or answering those critical of our trust in scripture.

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