Learning for Life

Sunday morning sessions begin at 9:30

Sepfbc_learningforlifetember through June we offer Sunday morning study sessions for everyone, whether you’ve never studied the Bible before or you’ve read it all. Sessions are held in the church Library, the Conference Room, and occasionally in the Lower Hall. Detailed descriptions of the classes are available in the foyer.


Building Up One Another

January 15 to February 26, Facilitated by Ron Phillips.

fbcL3L-BuildUpOneAnotherThe motto of our church is “A Place to Belong”. The Bible from first to last pictures the people of God as a community. Community and belonging are essential to life, part of God’s good design. But in a broken and often painful world, how do we make belonging and community happen? That is what this 8 week Learning For Life option is about. We will look at the “one another” exhortations of scripture and find 12 significant actions which must come to characterize us if we are to be the church God has in his mind and heart: a church that creates a place in community for all those who need the healing of Jesus.

The Gospel of Luke

January 15 to February 26, facilitated by Annabel Robinson

In this class we will look at Jesus’ life and ministry as recorded by Luke from his baptism until he sets out for Jerusalem in Luke chapter 9. We will do this not only by studying chapter by chapter but also looking at the passage as a whole.

In preparation you might want to read Luke 3:1 to 9:50 at one sitting. Several times over would be even better. If possible, read from a version that tells the story in paragraphs rather than putting each verse on a new line (e.g. The Message). What does Luke pay special attention to? As usual, there will be lots of opportunity for discussion. It is my hope and prayer that we will all encounter Jesus in new ways, seeing things we had never noticed before.

If you like, contact me and I can send you a copy of the passage in a contemporary translation in MSWord or Pages, with no verse numbers, which makes it easy to read and annotate yourself.

Lenten Study

March 5 to April 2, facilitated by Annabel Robinson

fbcL4L_DayRevolutionBeganA fresh and challenging look at Jesus and the cross, drawing on the work of Tom Wright.

The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus’ crucifixion—arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning.

In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.

Wright argues that Jesus’ crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God’s purposes to bring heaven and earth together. The Day the Revolution Began offers a grand picture of Jesus’ sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world.


Past Sessions

Foundations of Advent

Annabel Robinson will lead us in a study of the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel. This will provide a wonderful foundation for the season of Advent.

  • November 6, 13,20,27, Dec 4,11,  2016


Appreciating the Breadth of Jesus’ Church

fbcl4l_apprctbreadthchurch2Many of the folk who call First Baptist home were first nurtured in the Christian faith in other traditions or streams. This class will highlight a few of those streams. We will not only come to know one another better, but we will also reflect on the breadth of the church, and on the strengths as well as limitations of other traditions. We will also think about how we at First Baptist benefit from this breadth of formation. Please join us in this appreciation of the breadth of Jesus’s Church.

  • October 2, 2016 – The United Church Stream: Rosemary Ward & Carol Hepting
  • October 9, 2016 – The Plymouth Brethren Stream: Reid Robinson
  • October 16, 2016 – The Evangelical Anglican Stream: Annabel Robinson
  • October 23, 2016 – The Mennonite Stream: Esther Wiens
  • October 30, 2016 – The Alliance Stream: Norma Holtslander