Missional Living: Life Truly to the Full

Teachers: Mark Skylling, Chris Van Roekel, Forde Britt, Adam Dyer

Class Period: May/June

The Great Commission calls us to go and make disciples and Jesus also says that he came that we might have life abundantly. How do we actually go about accomplishing these aspirational elements of our life as Christians? Come and explore with us what this means to live a missional life, in all the fullness of life that God intends.

All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter: A Study in Ecclesiastes

Teachers: Tom Queen, Ryan Bowen

Class Period: May/June

For many, the book of Ecclesiastes is an enigma. What are we supposed to make of all this “vanity of vanities” and “there is nothing new under the sun” stuff? Is this book’s message really as discouraging as so many believe it to be? In this 9-week course, we will explore the key themes of the book of Ecclesiastes, and together see that underneath all the futility of the Preacher’s quest for meaning, he found an answer that is, in the words of Martin Luther: “a mind full of cheerfulness and contentment with the will and dealings of God.”

Act Like Men: Resisting Cultural Messages and Embracing Biblical Truth

Teachers: Dave Kulp and Various Teachers

Class Period: March/April

What does it mean to be a man?  Ask this question to 100 people and you might end up with 100 different answers, some of which would certainly be contradictory.  Although our culture’s definition of manliness might change over time, the Bible’s message is consistent and clear. This special men’s class is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13 which says, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”  Each week will cover a different topic which was selected because we thought the men of Uptown Church needed to hear the biblical truth on that subject and thus in these areas needed to be reminded to act like men.  Spoiler Alert: The topics might not be the ones you would guess.

Identity Theft

Teachers: Melissa Kruger and Various Teachers

Class Period: March/April

Who Am I? It’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point. We may focus our identity on our job performance, marital status, personality type, or social network. However, there’s a larger, more important question to consider: Who does the Bible tell me I am in Christ? This women’s Sunday school class will explore what the Bible teaches about our identity in Christ and how that shapes how we understand ourselves and the world around us.

The Great I AM

Teachers: Forde Britt, Mark Skylling, Bryan Zumbach, and Chris Van Roekel

Class Period: January/February

The Great I AM…Jesus? Jesus uses seven “I AM” statements in the book of John, a name God uses for himself in the Old Testament. What is the significance of these statements? How do they impact the identity of Jesus? We will explore what Jesus is saying in these statements and the multitude of implications that follow.

In The Fullness of Time: An Advent Story

Teachers: Jon Levy, Derek Rogers, Craig Paddock

Class Period: November/December

Angels announced it. A king and his advisors were perplexed by it. Wise men and simple shepherds were compelled to worship because of it. Even his own mother had a hard time believing that she would give birth to a savior. The birth of Jesus was an event unparalleled in human experience. This class will explore the history and theology of the greatest miracle ever: God the Son taking on flesh to save his people from their sins. Join us as we study the incarnation and birth of Jesus and are reminded of the wonder of Christmas.

Awe: Reorienting Our Captivation in a Fallen World

Teachers: Drew Harris, Chad Kraska, Braden Benson

Class Period: November - December

When was the last time you were struck with awe? Was it the trip you took to the mountains? The birth of a child? A wonderful work of art? We as humans were created by God for his worship, but because of the fall, our worship is now flawed. We love to be amazed by so many things, but often forget where our capacity of awe comes from. This class will address our fallen self-focus and help reorient our worship to the One who surpasses all others: God Himself.

MythBusters: Battling the Most Common Misunderstandings and Caricatures of Christianity and the Bible

Teachers: Mike Kruger, Tom Queen

Class Period: September/October

Living in a post-Christian world means that more and more people simply don’t know what Christians really believe or what they are really like. Misperception and mistakes about Christianity abound on the internet, social media, and in common culture. This class will challenge some of the most common myths, helping us respond more effectively to the critiques and challenges of an ever-more-hostile world.

Rethinking Hospitality: Offering our Meals, Homes, Neighborhoods, and Church for the Glory of God

Teachers: Dave Kulp, Forde Britt, Mark Skylling, Chris Van Roekel

Class Period: September/October

Hospitality is much more than just dinner parties and event planning, but what is hospitality? This class will not only seek to answer that question but will also address other foundational topics like the heart of hospitality and the cost of hospitality. We will also address a number of practical aspects of hospitality including using meals, homes, neighborhoods and our church community for the glory of God. We trust that God will convict us all and will use this time to call us out of our comfortable schedules and into the lives of others through what Rosaria Butterfield calls “Radical Hospitality.”

Praying Scripture

Teachers: Tom Queen

Class Period: September 2, 2018

If we polled Christians on the area of their walk with God they most wished to improve but don’t know how, prayer would easily be in the top five, and might be number one. In this Fall kick-off class, we will ask and answer the following questions: How do we pray the Scriptures? What benefits to our prayer life can we gain from this practice? Join us as we look to the Scriptures for guidance in increasing the fervency and frequency of prayer in our lives.

Why the PCA? What makes our denomination and our church so distinctive?

Teachers: Dave Latham, Tom Queen

Class Period: July/August

The landscape of Christianity in America is confusing. With the vast array of different denominations and interpretations of the Scripture, how does the PCA fit into the larger picture? How and why did the PCA come into existence? What makes our denomination (and our church) so distinctive? How does the PCA function and how is it reaching out to the world around us? If you are new to Uptown or the PCA (or if you need a refresher course), join us for this study over the summer.

Questions God Asks

Teachers: Ryan Bowen, Andrew Holmes, Drew Harris

Class Period: July/August

We all want to ask questions to God, but have you ever considered why God asks questions of his people? Does He not already know the answers? Should we answer those questions or then again, like Job, should we simply cover our mouths? In this class, we will look at the questions God asks his people in an attempt to better understand what our God wants us to know about Himself and ourselves. We will consider such questions as God asking Adam and Eve, “Where are you?”, looking at the context of each question to understand its intent and application to our lives.

Destroyer of the gods: What Made Christians Strange and Peculiar in the Eyes of the Ancient World (and the Modern One)

Teachers: Mike Kruger

Class Period: May/June

As a Christian in the modern world, do you ever feel like you don’t fit in? Ever feel like the world views you as odd, peculiar, or maybe even as a threat? Well, that is how Christians were viewed in the ancient world. This Sunday School class will explore the early Christian movement in the second and third centuries and how they interacted with their surrounding culture. The way ancient Christians experienced persecution, false accusations, philosophical attacks, and social ostracization can teach us a lot about how to live in our world today.

The Hard Sayings of Jesus

Teachers: Craig Paddock, Adam Dyer, Chad Kraska

Class Period: May/June

Words such as “let not your heart be troubled” and “I am with you always” have long been treasured by Christians, as they immediately resonate with us and are easily understood. But what about plucking your eye out or being eunuchs for Christ’s sake or casting fire on earth? These too are words of Jesus, spoken as well for our good. In this class, we will be looking at some of these hard sayings of Jesus, which provide words to live by but also give us deep insight into the heart of our Lord.

Finding Rest In Jesus – Men’s Retreat 2018

Teachers: Tom Hawkes

Class Period: March 2018

The theme of the 2018 Men’s retreat was “Connected to Christ: Finding Rest in Jesus.” Friday night we considered why we are so tired and what keeps us from connecting with Christ. Saturday we spent most of the morning individually connecting with Christ devotionally, and the afternoon we connected with one another.

It is our hope that you headed home more rested than you came, and equipped to continually seek rest through connecting with Christ. This was the main session taught by Senior Pastor Tom Hawkes, along with the devotional guide that was used for a 2-hour personal devotion.

In All Things: A Study of The Book of Philippians

Teachers: Melissa Kruger and more

Class Period: March/April

The book of Philippians is an invitation to joy, written by an imprisoned apostle Paul to believers in the early church. His refrain throughout the letter is “Rejoice!” His joy is unshakeable. His peace is secure. His hope abounds. But how did he find profound contentment in the midst of such difficult circumstances? That’s the question we’ll consider as we spend 8 weeks working through Philippians using the devotional study guide, “In All Things.”

Knowing God: A Study of His Attributes and Nature

Teachers: Forde Britt, Chris VanRoekel, Mark Skylling, Will Brisley

Class Period: March/April

Who is God? What is His character? How has He revealed Himself to us through His Word, and what has He invited us into based on His nature? Join us as we study the gloriously diverse attributes of our great and mighty God, and how these impact all areas of our lives as His followers.

New Hope For A New Year: Leaning on Jesus for Lasting Change

Teachers: Dave Latham and More

Class Period: January/February

Let’s face it; beginning a new year is exhausting. We make new year’s resolutions that will help us eat more healthy, workout more, make more money, take more vacations, spend more time with friends, but by the time February comes around we are right back where we started. What does it look like to make a lasting heart change that helps us get more involved in the life of the church and to become more like Christ? This class will strive to provide a new hope for a new year by addressing areas of our lives that we need more than a resolution, but a Savior that can provide the true life and strength.

An Adopting Church: Addressing The Orphan Crisis One Family at a Time

Teachers: Dave Kulp and More

Class Period: January/February

Based on the latest estimations from UNICEF, there are currently 26 million orphans in the world. What an overwhelming number! Although scripture calls all Christians to care for orphans, what role does the church play in the orphan crisis? How does every family accept that call? This class is designed for those that are considering adoption, those that have adopted and those that do not feel called to adopt but want to figure out what their role looks like. Come hear more on the following topics: the theology of adoption, discerning a call to adopt, the practical aspects of pursuing adoption, the blessings and challenges of adoption, and the role of the church in addressing the orphan crisis. There will also be two panel discussions: one with families who have adopted and one with people who were adopted. Come join us to hear how our spiritual adoption shapes how we think about adoption.

New Spirituality or Old Time Religion: Where does the Church fit in?

Teachers: Forde Britt, Mark Skyling, Dave Kulp

Class Period: November/December

We hear many grave predictions about the demise of the Church; are those accurate? Are they right? Is Church optional? What is my responsibility? Come explore these questions with us as we wrestle with the current relevancy of God’s chief means of Kingdom expansion.