The Worlds of Lewis and Tolkien: Christian Imagery in Narnia and Middle Earth

Teachers: Mike Kruger and Others

Class Period: July/August

For generations, the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have inspired millions of people to use their imaginations in fresh and exciting ways. But each of these authors, at their core, were committed Christians who sought to honor God with their writings. This class will explore the writings of these two authors-particularly The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings – and will examine the many ways that Christ and Christianity are represented and illumined. Don’t miss this Sunday School class and a chance to dive more deeply into these wonderful works.

Shadows: Engaging Culture in a Sinful World

Teachers: Ryan Bowen & Chris Van Rokel

Class Period: July/August

When it comes to this world, the Bible seems clear – it won’t endure, don’t become too attached. But what exactly does that mean? What parts can we enjoy, and what must we put aside? Join us for this 9-week series as we examine several key passages of Scripture that deal with culture and worldliness, and how these relate to the aspects of culture with which we most often struggle – Work, Relationships, Finances, and Church. Our goal is to answer the question: “How can we live in God’s good creation while resisting the temptation to make it our ultimate hope?”

Elation and Desperation: Why Psalms is a Book We Can All Identify With

Teachers: Dave Kulp, Tom Ellis, Jason Bernd, Forde Britt

Class Period: May/June

Where do I go when I feel overwhelmed by emotion? Is it ok to approach God with my raw feelings? Too often the answers to these questions do not lead us to the Lord, but the Psalms show us that is exactly where we should go. Join us as we study a number of Psalms and prayerfully ask God to interact with us, with ALL our emotions.

God Made Them Male and Female: Exploring and Engaging our Culture on Gender Identity

Teachers: Mike Kruger and Tom Queen

Class Period: May/June

In every age, the church faces an issue that threatens and tests her faithfulness to God and His revealed will. In our present time, we are pressed and threatened to conform to the world’s current understanding of gender and sexual identity. How should we respond? What does faithful expression of gender identity and role look like in our homes and churches? Join us as we explore together these important issues over the next eight weeks.

Expanding The Kingdom: The Purpose of Church Planting

Teachers: Dean Faulkner

Class Period: March/April 2017

Are you curious about church planting? Do you want to explore living on the cutting edge of faith in mission? Do you want to learn practical ways to share your faith and serve in a mission? The curious and the called are encouraged to join the Ballantyne Mission plant class where we will look at the mission of Christ in the Gospels and Acts. We will also spend time being equipped to do ministry together in things like: evangelism, prayer, spiritual gift discernment, and vision of the church plant. Come and see how God is working in Uptown’s next plant.

Restoring The Joy of Your Salvation (Men’s Class)

Teachers: Bill Macurda and Craig Paddock

Class Period: March/April 2017

Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions spiritually? Does growing in your faith get lost somewhere in the long list of excelling at work, leading and serving your family, spending time with friends, dating, exercising more, watching sports, enjoying a few hobbies, saving more money, serving the church, paying the bills, etc. Is spending more time with Jesus just another task you approach with a project management mindset? Are you more comfortable with a spreadsheet than God’s word? Do you identify with David when he says “restore to me the joy of my salvation”, but you have no idea where to start with that? Join us in this Men’s Sunday School class as we study how to re-kindle the joy of our salvation and delight once again in our Savior Jesus Christ.

None Like Him (Women’s Class)

Teachers: Various

Class Period: March/April 2017

Do you every struggle with wanting to do everything, be everywhere, know everything, and be firmly in control of your life? Do you experience frustration with your limitations? The good news is that our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Come and join us for a Women’s Sunday School class as we study and learn about God’s character. As we gain a greater understanding of who He is, we’ll be transformed to live with greater trust, freedom, and joy.

To Charlotte and The Ends of The Earth: God’s Passion for Missions

Teachers: Missions Committee

Class Period: January/February 2017

Despite what we’d like to think, the call to missions isn’t for the “Green Berets” or Christian elites, but for “ordinary” Christians like you and me. So, how does God use ordinary people both at home and abroad to build his Kingdom? How can you create and cultivate a “missions” vision for your family? This class will explore a variety of topics about biblical and contemporary missions, taught by members of Uptown’s Missions Committee, with the goal of laying a firm foundation for a comprehensive missions worldview. We’ll discuss God’s passion for missions and how we at Uptown can faithfully respond to His calling.

Gospel-Centered Relationships: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

Teachers: Dave Latham and Interns

Class Period: January/February 2017

As Christians we are called to engage with those around us but it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Where do I start? How can I possibly help others when my own spiritual life is a wreck (or stuck in neutral)? How can I possibly help others change when I myself need change? In this class, we will use the book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp to see how God uses people like us to build and grow Gospel-centered relationships for the glory of Christ and the good of the church.

Takin’ Care of Business: How the Gospel Affects Purpose and Productivity

Teachers: Dave Kulp and Michael Richter

Class Period: November/December 2016

Whether you work in an office building or stay at home with the kids, God has called you to be productive with the life He has given you. So much has been written about productivity from a secular point of view, but what exactly does being productive mean from a Christian perspective? This course will discuss the spiritual principles behind God-centered productivity and provide practical tools to help you be more productive. Whether you spend more time with spreadsheets or in carpool lines we hope this class will be beneficial in your quest to glorify God in the purposeful calling he has placed on your life.

Progress as Pilgrims: How the Puritans encourage us in our Faith

Teachers: Tom Queen

Class Period: November/December 2016

When you think of what a Puritan is, what comes to mind? Stern? Killjoys? Hawthorne’s Dimmesdale? In this class we will seek to introduce you to that group of people called Puritans who, contrary to popular belief, were warm-hearted, Christ-loving, joy-seeking people despite the many “losses and crosses” that they faced. Join us as we explore some old paths, and find along them rest for our souls (Jeremiah 6:16).

Because He First Loved Us: Looking at Dating From a Biblical Perspective

Teachers: Jim Vaughn, Wade Savant, Braden Benson

Class Period: September/October 2016

Let’s not kid ourselves; dating is hard. Between the frustrations that often come in developing relationships, the difficulties of the world’s pressure on those who are dating, or the terror of parenting your kids into the dating age, there is no simple way to examine dating relationships. In this class we’ll seek to understand better who God is and how that can apply to our dating relationships, what the Bible has to say about relationships, how to parent young boys and girls as they begin to date, and more. So, join us as we explore this difficult topic and look to God’s word to direct our relationships.

What’s Your Worldview?

Teachers: Mike Kruger and Tom Queen

Class Period: September/October 2016

Christians increasingly find themselves in a world filled with ideas and beliefs that are at odds with their own. There are a myriad of different “worldviews” that stand against the Christian worldview, whether it be atheism, naturalism, pluralism, pantheism, or even other religions like Islam. If you want to understand these worldviews better, and how to better reach your non-Christian friends who follow them, then come join us for this important class. We will be using the book “What’s Your Worldview?” by James Anderson, professor at RTS.

Rest In The Midst of Running

Teachers: Tom Queen

Class Period: September 4, 2016

As our lives get busier, how do we find rest? More importantly, how does the Lord hold out rest for those who take seriously the command that, in all that we do, we are to work heartily (Colossians 3:23)? As we start a new year, join us as we look at how the Lord offers rest to us in our labors, and how to avoid the restlessness and anxiety that plagues our culture today.

Examining the Letters of 1 & 2 Peter

Teachers: Mark Bass and Bill Macurda

Class Period: July/August 2016

In our culture today, Christians face many different trails and hardships. In the books of 1 & 2 Peter, we see that those who persevere in faith while suffering persecution should be full of hope, for they will receive the reward of salvation in the end-times. Peter teaches us in his two letters how we are to enjoy God’s saving grace in our present sufferings, while remembering what Christ has done for us in His death and resurrection. In this class, we will examine how the grace of God in Christ truly transforms and strengthens Christians to live in the face of opposition, especially in a culture where persecution is becoming a daily battle.

OBSESSED: What are the topics driving our culture crazy and why?

Teachers: Forde Britt, Ryan Bowen, Chris Van Roekel, and Will Brisley

Class Period: July/August 2016

Our culture is OBSESSED and in so many different ways. Even as Christians, we find ourselves just as drawn in as the world around us whether it is Sports, Beauty, Technology, or a host of others. What drives us to become this way? Why are we so deeply drawn in to these different avenues and held there, often without even realizing it? The Gospel has plenty to say about the what and the why and show us a way forward. Join us for this 9 week class to explore where you’ve become obsessed and how to move beyond the obsession.

Life Together: Caring for Others as Christ Cares for Us

Teachers: Jon Levy and Grae Garrison

Class Period: May / June 2016

The world is a crazy place and life can be really hard. But God has promised to take care of his people. One of the main ways he does that is through his call for those in the Church to take care of each other. Our culture tells us that the response to a hard life should be to work harder to make it on your own or to give up and live like the world. God calls us to be both different from the world and to depend on one another through the trials of life. This class will explore what it looks like to take care of each other as we live the Christian life together.

Taking Back ‘Christianese’: Challenging the Most Common Ways We Talk About Our Christian Faith

Teachers: Mike Kruger and Tom Queen

Class Period: May / June 2016

“Just ask Jesus into your heart.” “God told me…” “It’s not my place to judge.” In the Christian world we use phrases like this (and many others) but often are confused about what they mean. And sometimes, phrases we use are theologically and biblically mistaken. This class will survey nine of the most misused and misunderstood Christian phrases, helping us think more clearly and biblically about the way we talk and think as Christians.

Men’s Retreat; February 2016

Teachers: Tom Hawkes; Wes Andrews; Dave Kulp

Class Period: February 2016

Although the struggle looks different for each man, most men struggle with anger. These lessons are designed to help you understand anger and to turn to Christ in the fight against anger.

For Better, For Worse: Understanding and Applying God’s Truth to Marriage

Teachers: Dave Kulp & Jeff Shook

Class Period: March / April 2016

Marriage is to be the most important of all human relationships. In fact, the relationship between husband and wife is so powerful and significant that when that relationship is going “better” it is a true blessing, and when it is going “worse” it affects everything else. In this class we will explore what God, who created and designed marriage, has to say about this relationship by looking at a number of foundational topics and issues. This class is intended to be helpful for those that are married, engaged or considering marriage in the future. A good marriage takes work, whether you would say things are going “better” or “worse” we hope you will join us.