As followers of Christ, we are called to continue to learn and grow in our relationship with God. It doesn’t matter what age you are, the Bible encourages Christians to “study to show yourselves approved.” The classes offered at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland will help you grow in your faith and understanding of God’s word. Discipleship classes are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Currently, there are no discipleship classes taking place during the summer, but check out our Wednesday Walks in the Word for more opportunity to fellowship with other believers!
Dr. Wiersbe remarked that the road of spiritual growth can get bumpy. From the new believer to the seasoned disciple, everyone experiences frustration and setbacks in the pursuit of God. In his most autobiographical letter, Paul describes his own hardships and trials. Yet, he offers a profound message of encouragement for every believer. In 2 Corinthians, Paul emphasizes four themes: Suffering, Giving, Reconciliation, and Apostolic Self-Defense. Join the men in this Bible study and you will be refreshed in spirit and renewed in purpose. Most of all, you will be encouraged to overcome all challenges that come your way.
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Let us take an in-depth look at Job’s life and purpose. We know about Job’s extreme suffering and how his response to it was to say “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
As peculiar as it may seem to us, one of the Lord’s blessings to Job was that he was chosen to show Satan that God is worthy of worship no matter the circumstances. And the greatest blessing of all for Job was experiencing an intimate life-changing encounter with the Lord. The author stresses that the book of Job is not about why people suffer. It is about acknowledging that God is God and humbly submitting to the Holy One.
John wrote these letters to the churches he loved to remind them to return to an intimate walk and life with Jesus. To encourage them to cling to their faith, stay in the light, confess their sins, and show love to others. With confidence and clarity, John presents a compelling picture of Jesus –so we see clearly who God is and what love is.
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Please join us via zoom for the spiritual gifts discernment class.
The Rev. Dr. Gustavo Parajon was well-known to many if not most members of FBC Greater Cleveland. He and his wife, Joan, were one-time members of our congregation. Following his medical training at Case Western, Gustavo would go on to become no “ordinary” physician. He developed a world-renowned medical mission for rural Nicaraguans. He founded an ecumenical relief and development agency to address multiple crises in his country. He was called upon to be the leader in peace and reconciliation efforts to end his country’s brutal civil war. Few Christians accomplished as much, or garnered more admiration. And when he died in 2011, he left a legacy recognized by heads of state, religious leaders, popular artists and musicians around the globe.
Now, a new biography about Gustavo is out, entitled, “Healing the World.” Written by American Baptist peace and justice consultant, Daniel Buttry, this new history contains lots of new information that is bound to surprise even those who knew him best. Rev. David Chapman, veteran of a dozen short-term mission trips to Nicaragua, and coordinator for six delegations, is offering a Sunday class that will read through this book and discuss its lessons about faith, compassion, loving enemies, patience, courage, and trust. High School ages and up are all invited to join. Classes will meet in the Library after morning worship.