Twenty (20) Basic Beliefs Every Christian Should Know      

Date Title "Christian Beliefs — A Summary of 20 Basic Beliefs,"  Synopsis and Schedule
May 22
9:30 a.m.
1.
What Is
the Bible?
Wayne A. Grudem profile Introduction to a free study of Wayne Grudem's "Christian Beliefs"
(You're not required to purchase this book (selling for $10), but you might want to buy it to help supplement your review of this essential study. It includes a thorough review of all biblical doctrines.)

Topics: "The Authority of the Bible" and "The Clarity, Necessity, and Sufficiency of Scripture"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why is it important that the Bible be the basis for our beliefs?
2. Will the Bible definitively answer every question we bring to it? Why or why not?
3. What is one issue that the Bible speaks clearly on?
4. What is one issue that the Bible does not speak clearly on?
5. How does this affect the emphasis you should place on these issues?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
May 29
9:30 a.m.
2.
What Is
God Like?
Topics: "God Exists," "God Is Knowable, Independent, Unchangeable, Eternal, Omnipresent, Spirit, Invisible, Omniscient, Wise, Truthful, Good, Love, Holy, Righteous and Just, Jealous, Wrathful toward Sin, God Wills What He Will," "God Has Freedom," "God Is Omnipotent, Perfect, Blessed, Beautiful," and "God Is a Unity"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. What are some attributes that God most clearly shares with us? What are some attributes he doesn't share very much with us? Name one attribute of God that you would like to imitate more fully in your daily life and tell why.
2. Can you tell what some of the dangers would be in considering one of God's attributes more important than all the others?
3. Which of God's attributes seem most amazing to you? What have you learned about God through this attribute?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
June 5
9:30 a.m.
3.
What Is
the Trinity?
Topics: "The Bible's View of the Trinity," "The Meaning of the Trinity," and "The Distinct Roles of the Trinity"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Can you name three or four key passages of Scripture that tell us about the Trinity? What exactly do these passages tell us about the Trinity?
2. Why do all analogies fail in their ability to fully explain the Trinity? Does this mean we should try to come up with an analogy that works? Why or why not?
3. How do the different ways the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relate to each other provide us with a model for the ways we are to relate to each other?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
June 12
9:30 a.m.

Special
Teaching

"What Does the Covenant Church Believe?"
Taught by Pastor Chris

The Affirmations are the six essential beliefs that bind all Covenant churches together
as one denomination in mission and relationship.
A brief booklet and/or a more expanded booklet can be found on this page
for those of you who'd like to prepare for the discussion.

June 19
9:30 a.m.
4.
What Is
Creation?
Topics: "The Created Creation," "The Distinct but Dependent Creation," "The Glory-Giving Creation," and "The Good Creation"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. In what ways do God's act of creation give us great humility? How do they give us great dignity?
2. List Some of the ways the earth, the animals, and you yourself can give glory to God the Creator?
3. What does God think about all of his creation? How did his view of the creation change after Adam and Eve sinned? How is God's view of all his creation different from your view of specific aspects of his creation?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions. Watch this amazing "creation" video!
June 26
9:30 a.m.

Missionary
Presentation

Jan and Debbie Gossner: Guest Speakers
The Gossners work for the Lord with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea.
Arrive at 9 o'clock and greet them warmly.
July 3
9:30 a.m.

Missionary
Presentation

Rob and Veronica Darby: Guest Speakers
Our guests will speak and present a slideshow about their mission in Sweden with Youth With A Mission.
Arrive at 9 o'clock and greet them warmly.
July 10
9:30 a.m.

Special
Class

Enjoy a special teaching topic and notable guest speakers: George and Georgia Farley
"Praying for Your Children and Grandchildren"
Please read these passages in preparation for the discussion:
Philippians 4:6–7; Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Luke 18:1–7; Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
1 John 5:14–15; This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. and Luke 15:11–32 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

July 17
9:30 a.m.
School Is Out! Class Has Been Cancelled.
Because of the popularity of today's all-church camp-out at Spicer Lake, only one worship service will be held at 9 o'clock. The class opted to cancel a possible 11-o'clock class.
July 24
9:30 a.m.
5.
What Is Prayer?
Topics: "The Reason for Prayer," "The Effectiveness of Prayer," and "Our Attitude in Prayer"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why does God want us to pray? How have you recently experienced these benefits of prayer? Take a moment to pray, thanking God for how he has blessed you through prayer.
2. Is God required to give us what we ask for in prayer? Why or why not?
3. Is there anything in your life right now that might be hindering your prayers? If so, take a moment to pray, asking God to forgive you of those things that hinder your prayers.
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
July 31
9:30 a.m.
Missionary
Presentation



6.
What Are Angels, Satan, and Demons?
9:30 a.m.:  Opening message and update from one of our Chapel-supported missionary families — Elson and Toy Mast, serving in Argentina.

9:50 a.m.: Topics: "Angels," "Demons,"
and "Demonic Activity"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. How are the angels like us? How are they different from us?
2. What is the primary role of angels in the world today?
3. What are some of the things that the Bible tells us about Satan? How do these things put you on guard against Satan? How do these things remove some fears you may have about Satan?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Aug. 7
9:30 a.m.

Missionary
Presentation

Ron and Maria Perdue: Guest Speakers
Our guests will speak about their mission in Turkey with Operation Mobilization.
Arrive at 9 o'clock and greet them warmly.
Aug. 14
9:30 a.m.
7.
What Is Man?

Topics: "Created for God's Glory," "Created in God's Image," and "Responsibilities as Creatures in God's Image"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why were we created? What are some specific examples of ways we can fulfill the purpose we were created for?
2. What does it mean to be created in God's image? How does that affect your view of yourself?
3. What are our responsibilities as God's image bearers? What are some ways you and your church can fulfill those responsibilities?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Aug. 21
9:30 a.m.
8.
What Is Sin?
Topics: "What Sin Is," "Where Sin Came From," and "How Sin Affects Us"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. What is sin? How does it affect our lives and the world we live in?
2. Will Christians continue to sin? Why or why not?
3. What are some of the negative results of sin in the life of a Christian? What should Christians do if they sin?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Aug. 28
9:30 a.m.

Special
Class

Guest Speaker: Our Own Jim Wagner
Jim will present "Grace and Forgiveness," inviting you to join the class discussion.
To prepare for the discussion, please read the entire book of Philemon; it has only 25 verses.
You can also listen to Max McLean's recitation of Philemon, which is very moving.
Sept. 4
9:30 a.m.
9.
Who Is
Christ?
Topics: "Jesus — Fully Man," "Jesus — Fully God," and "Jesus — Fully God and Fully Man in One Person"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Jesus is fully God. What are some ways that this encourages you?
2. Jesus is fully man. What are some ways that this encourages you?
3. Take a moment to pray and talk directly to Jesus, thanking him for coming to earth and becoming fully man for your sake.
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Sept. 11
Canceled
Class
Class has been canceled.
Invite friends and family to the Chapel's special community-service service
starting at 10 a.m., in the Chapel parking lot.
Sept. 18
9:30 a.m.
Missionary
Presentation


10.
What Is the
Atonement?
Dale and Marti Fisher and children: Half way through the class, our guests will speak about their six-person family mission with Campus Crusade for Christ, actively working in a number of countries.

Topics: "The Cause, Necessity, Nature, and Result of the Atonement"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why was it necessary for Jesus to come and live a perfect life on earth?
2. Why was it necessary that Jesus die? Could he have saved us in some other way?
3. How does your understanding of the atonement humble you? How does it encourage you?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Sept. 25
9:30 a.m.
11.
What Is the
Resurrection?
Topics: "Details and Results of the Resurrection" and "Jesus' Ascension"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why is it important that Jesus rose from the dead? What would your life be like if he had not risen from the dead?
2. What are some results in your life, and in the whole world, of Jesus' resurrection from the dead?
3. What about Jesus' resurrection makes you long for your own resurrection?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Oct. 2
9:30 a.m.
12.
What Is
Election? (Pt. 1)
Topics: "New Testament Teachings on Election," "What This Means and Doesn't Mean," and "Are We Really Free?"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. How does your understanding of the doctrine of election cause you to rejoice? What troubles you about it?
2. In light of the doctrine of election, in what ways do our choices have meaning?
3. Can you name some specific ways in which you have recently seen God bless his creation through common grace? Take a moment to pray, thanking God for specific examples of the grace he has given to all people.
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Oct. 9
9:30 a.m.

Special
Class

Covenant Speaker
Doug Stenger, a financial services representative of the Covenant Trust Company
of the Evangelical Covenant Church, will start with a devotional,
then an overview of financial services including legacy planning and financial management resources.
Oct. 16
9:30 a.m.
12.
What Is
Election? (Pt. 2)
Topics: "Is God Really Fair?" "Does God Want Everyone to Be Saved?" "Common Grace," and "It's All Grace"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. How does your understanding of the doctrine of election cause you to rejoice? What troubles you about it?
2. In light of the doctrine of election, in what ways do our choices have meaning?
3. Can you name some specific ways in which you have recently seen God bless his creation through common grace? Take a moment to pray, thanking God for specific examples of the grace he has given to all people.
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Oct. 23
9:30 a.m.
13.
What Does It
Mean to Become a Christian?
Topics: "Effective Calling," "General Calling and the Gospel Call," "Elements of the Gospel Call," "How the Call Is Received," and "How the Call Is Responded To"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. How does someone become a Christian?
2. Can you explain what it means to truly believe in Jesus? What does it mean to truly repent of sins?
3. In what ways can Christians give evidence of their belief in Jesus?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Oct. 30
9:30 a.m.
14.
What Are Justification
and Adoption?
Topics: "Justification Is a Legal Declaration by God," "A Declaration that We Are Righteous before God," "Justification by Faith Alone," and "Adoption: Membership in a New Family"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. What does it mean to be justified?
2. How are Christians justified? Do you really believe that you have been fully justified once, for all time?
3. If you are a Christian, how does it make you feel to be part of God's family? Why does it make you feel this way? Can you name some of the specific blessings that come from adoption?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Nov. 6
9:30 a.m.
Snow
Cancellation
This class has been canceled due to winter weather conditions.
The scheduled topic will be presented next week, weather permitting.
Nov. 13
9:30 a.m.
Special
Class

"Let Us Give Thanks" taught by Pastor Dick
Come prepared to share experiences of deep thanksgiving and areas in which you presently find it a challenge to be thankful.
Scriptures that may be read in preparation: Psalm 1361Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
2Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
3Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
4to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
8the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
14and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.

17to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.

23He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.
; Luke 7:36–50Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
; Luke 17:11–19Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
; and Romans 1:18–21God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
(Click the Scripture links to open and read them; click again to close them.)

Nov. 20
9:30 a.m.
Snow
Cancellation
This class has been canceled due to winter weather conditions.
The scheduled topic will be presented next week, weather permitting.
Nov. 27
9:30 a.m.
15.
What Are Sanctification,
Perseverance?
Topics: "Sanctification Is a Process," "God's Role in Sanctification," "Our Role in Sanctification," "What If the Sanctification Process Ends?"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. How is sanctification different from justification?
2. What is our role in sanctification? What is God's role? What are some specific ways in which you could contribute more to your sanctification in the coming week?
3. List some passages of Scripture that support the doctrine of perseverance. As you reflect on those passages, how do they make you feel? Why do they make you feel that way?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Dec. 4
9:30 a.m.
16.
What Is
Death?
Topics: "Why Do Christians Die?" "When Christians Die," "When Non-Christians Die," and "When Are Christians Raised from the Dead?"
Questions for review and application: Click here1. Why do Christians die? How does that affect the way you think about your own death some day?
2. What happens to the bodies and what happens to the souls of Christians when they die? How does this make you feel? Why does it make you feel this way?
3. What will happen to the bodies of Christians when Jesus returns to earth? What specific aspects of our resurrection bodies are you especially hopeful about?
( . . . found on page 20)
to read the questions.
Dec. 11
9:30 a.m.
17.
What Is the Church?
Topics: "The Invisible Yet Visible Church," "Other Descriptions of the Church," "What Makes a Church a Church?" "What Is the Church Supposed to Do?" and "The Church's Power to Fulfill Its Mission"
Questions for review and application: Click here 1. How is a church different from a Bible study or Christian retreat?
2. Why should Christians become members of a church? What are some of the dangers of not becoming a member of a local church?
3. Can you list some of the things a church is supposed to do? Can you name some specific examples of the Holy Spirit's work empowering and blessing some of those things in your own church?
(. . . found on page 119)
to read the questions.
Dec. 18
9:30 a.m.
18.
What Will Happen When Christ Returns?
Topics: "The Return of Christ," "The Timing of the Return," "The Events at the Return," and "The Victorious King"
Questions for review and application: Click here 1. What are some of the things about eschatology that all Christians should agree on? Which of those things gives you the greatest joy?
2. What are some issues relating to eschatology that Christians differ on? How should Christians deal with those differences?
3. Take a moment to read Revelation 22:12. In response to reading that, take a moment to pray John's prayer as found in Revelation 22:20.
(. . . found on page 128)
to read the questions.
Dec. 25

Christmas
"O come,
O come,
Emmanuel"

Merry Christmas — No Class

Celebrate Christ's power and presence, together with family and many friends, during the Chapel's 11-o'clock Christmas service.
Jan. 1

2012

9:30 a.m.
19. What Is the Final Judgment?

Happy New Year

Reflect on 2011; look forward to what the Lord might provide in 2012; safely enjoy the new year's start.

Topics: "What Happens at the Final Judgment?" "The Purpose and Application of the Final Judgment," and "What About Hell?"
Questions for review and application: Click here 1. What happens to Christians at the final judgment? What will happen to those who have rejected Jesus' claims?
2. How does your understanding of the final judgment affect your life today? How does it affect the way you relate to others?
3. What does the Bible tell us about hell? How does your understanding of hell make you feel? Why does it make you feel that way?
(. . . found on page 133)
to read the questions.
Jan. 8
9:30 a.m.
20.
What Is
Heaven?
Topics: "The Renewed Heaven and Earth," and "The Undeniable Glory of God"
Questions for review and application: Click here 1. Can you list some of the things the Bible says about heaven?
2. In what ways does the Bible's description of heaven surprise you, encourage you, and make you long for heaven even more?
3. Take a moment to pray, thanking God for specific aspects of heaven.
(. . . found on page 137)
to read the questions.

Adult Sunday school classes are taught by Tim Day in House #1.
   Doors open at 9 a.m. for fellowship.
   Worship and prayers begin at 9:15 a.m.
   Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends by 10:30 a.m.

Please invite people who you feel would appreciate learning these 20 basic Christian beliefs.