The mission of Adult Discipleship at Bidwell Presbyterian Church is to offer ways for God’s spirit to transform ordinary women and men into fully alive Christian disciples, centered on the scripture, who love God and others with all that they are.
We offer 5 terms of adult Christian education classes each year covering a variety of topics including Biblical studies, theology and Christian history, book studies, and practical Christian living.
Core classes are designed to help move you along a directed pathway of spiritual growth. We try to offer CORE Classes each term, with additional weekend classes throughout the year so that you can easily complete all courses within 1 to 2 years.
Bidwell recognizes that living the truth of Scripture is key to spiritual growth. Classes offered include Old and New Testament surveys, studies of specific books of the Bible, and Discovering the Bible introduction courses. At least 1 Biblical Studies class is offered each term.
The Sunday Study
A weekly study and discussion group open to all ages and stages. We look at various books and themes from the Bible as a means of informing and enriching the participant’s Christian walk. This is a drop-in style class that meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in room 012.
Christian History Tours
Bi-annual guided trips to places like the Holy Land to explore Christian history and visit ancient Biblical locations.
Core Class List
Discovering BPC is our introductory core class. It is designed to help you explore the Christian faith and the life and ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. We want to know you better and help you make an informed decision about Christianity and our congregation.
Discovering the Bible is intended as a basic introduction to the Bible. It’s designed for those with little to no background and for those who have loved the Bible for years but could use a refresher. Each class term we offer either this or another Bible class, to help facilitate your growth in understanding the Bible and in your daily Christian walk.
Spiritual Disciplines courses will help you take a closer look at essential Christian practices such as prayer, Sabbath, reading Scripture, and stewardship. Join us on this journey of going deeper into the heart of God.
Gifts and Call – this class takes a focused look at your passions, personality, and your possibilities. It will provide an opportunity to intentionally reflect on how God has wired you to serve in His church and in the world.
Missional Life – Classes offered under our Missional Life heading take what you have learned about God and yourself through the other core classes and helps you see how you can reach out in service to the world. Study how Jesus lived out God’s mission in his own life and learn how to live out God’s mission in the world through the relationships you already have.
These core classes and others are offered as Adult Discipleship courses on Wednesday evenings through two fall and three spring course terms.
Check our website under “Connecting” for information on Term 1 classes of the 2018/2019 program year in August.
Biblical Studies Course - Fall 2018
This fall Allen McCallum and Tammie Veach will co-teach a 10 week course on the Old Testament book of Judges. Part 1 will be offered in Term 1 for 5 weeks and Part 2 will follow in Term 2 for another 5 weeks. Look for more specific information on this class on our “Connecting” page in August.
Current Sunday Study Info
The Sunday Study is currently working their way through the book Acts for Everyone – part 2 by N.T. Wright. Class facilitator, Sandy Mercer says, “We’ve found it to be rather exciting to read and discuss how the believers, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, were scattered because of persecution, causing the message of grace, love, and hope about the Messiah to reach so many people around the Mediterranean area.” The class is a multi-generational group of very loving and caring people, who welcome others gladly.
Next Tour: The Holy Land
Wouldn’t it be great to conclude our current study of Mark’s gospel by visiting the very places it talks about? Join us on our trip to the Holy Land as we experience Galilee and Jerusalem for ourselves. Pastor Shannon Christopher is looking forward to hosting this trip from October 2 – 13, 2018. Register with a down payment by June 23rd to avoid a late fee. For more information or to register call Janis Barnett at the church office at (530) 343-1484, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.