The Sovereignty of God
Calvinism, Arminianism, Predestination, and Free Will: What do these mean, What is the difference, What is the Truth, and Why Does it Matter?
Ever wonder why evil exists? Is God really in control of everything? If He is, do I have free will, and do my decisions really matter? If He isn’t, then how can I trust that He can overcome the evil in my life and in our world? Come join Pastor Andrew Bywaters as he leads us in examining what the Bible says about these and many other related questions.
Register here to for this class to receive the Zoom link! Registration closes on Saturday, April 24th.
Class Schedule & Recordings
Pastor Andrew Bywaters will lead this class, which will run from Sunday, April 11th, to Sunday, May 30th. We will meet on Zoom each Sunday from 11:00am-12:15pm. Links to the recordings will be added after the class occurs.
|4/11/21||Introduction: The historical and modern context of the debate; the two primary theories for understanding God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation; why this debate is important to how we worship, minister, and live.||Notes | Slides||Audio | Video|
|4/18/21||Total Depravity: Does sin so corrupt the human soul that apart from the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit people are completely incapable of responding in faith to God?||Notes | Slides||Audio | Video|
|4/25/21||Unconditional Election: Does God elect people to salvation independent of our future faith, or does he elect based on His knowledge of our future faith?||Audio | Video|
|5/2/21||Limited Atonement: Did Jesus die in order to save those whom God elected to salvation, or to make salvation possible for all people?||Audio | Video|
|5/9/21||Irresistible Grace: Are people able to effectively resist the work of the Holy Spirit if the Spirit is determined to save them?||Audio | Video|
|5/16/21||Perseverance of the Saints: Can a born-again Christian lose his salvation?||Audio | Video|
|5/23/21||What about Free Will? What is free will, and do we possess it?||Audio | Video|
|5/30/21||Application: How does it affect the way we worship, minister, and live?||Audio | Video|
Real Change (Feb 2021 - Mar 2021)
All of us, if we are honest, desire to change in our lives. But, as followers of Jesus, how do we get there? How do we actually experience change in the daily challenges we face, both big and small? How does faith in Christ impact how we think, feel, and act so that we are increasingly being transformed into the image of Christ? This class will encourage and equip you to see more honestly the struggles in your heart to love God and others rightly and provide a framework of how to experience real change through the power of Christ in the gospel. Syllabus
|2/7/21||Introduction and Overview of the Process of Change||Slides||Video|
|2/14/21||Heat||Notes||Audio | Video|
|2/28/21||Heart (Bad Root)||Notes||Audio | Video|
|3/7/21||Cross||Notes||Audio | Video|
|3/14/21||Heart (Good Root)||Notes||Audio | Video|
|3/21/21||Fruit||Notes||Audio | Video|
|3/28/21||Real Change||Notes||Audio | Video|
Passing the Baton: A Study in 2nd Timothy (Dec 2020 - Jan 2021)
|12/6/20||Introduction and Overview||Read 2 Timothy 5 times||Audio|
|12/13/20||2 Timothy 1:1-14||Write Spiritual Autobiography||Audio | Video|
|12/20/20||2 Timothy 1:15-2:13||Write Spiritual Biography||Audio | Video|
|12/27/20||2 Timothy 2:14-26||Spiritual Self-Inventory||Audio | Video|
|1/3/21||2 Timothy 3:1-9||Scripture Memorization||Audio | Video|
|1/10/21||2 Timothy 3:10-17||Scripture Memorization||Audio | Video|
|1/17/21||2 Timothy 4:1-8||Scripture Memorization||Audio | Video|
|1/24/21||2 Timothy 4:9-22||Scripture Memorization||Audio | Video|
|1/31/21||Review and Wrap-up||Passing the Baton||Audio|
Jesus, the Church, and Politics (Sep 2020 - Nov 2020)
How should Christians think about civic and political engagement?
In an increasingly polarized and toxic political environment, as believers we need to think Biblically about our participation in the political arena. This class will help us to do that. We will not advocate for any particular candidate or political party’s agenda, and it certainly will not tell you who to vote for. It will, however, give you the Biblical framework to help you think through the critical issues of the day within the framework of a Biblical worldview and be swayed not by particular partisan passions, but by fidelity to the Word of God.
Managing Our Finances God's Way (Jun 2020 - Aug 2020)
The way we manage our money—often referred to as Christian stewardship—is another spiritual discipline, like prayer and studying God’s Word. The Bible contains more than 2,000 verses about money, and about half of Jesus’ parables center around possessions. This 12-week series focuses on how to be more faithful in handling the money God entrusts to us, including many practical tips to manage God’s money. Given the current COVID-19 environment makes these lessons even more important as so much financial uncertainty exists and personal budgets are stressed.
The objectives of this Sunday School quarter’s module are to: 1) educate and inform about Biblical principles regarding financial stewardship; 2) encourage the church as a body of Christ to develop a culture of generous giving; 3) encourage each member to personally be more holistic in giving of their time, talent and treasures to God’s service in various local and global opportunities; and 4) challenge us to be more generous and target giving to financially support missions—at WHCC or other organizations.
Find all resources and recordings from this class in this Google folder.
Hebrews (Sep 2019 - May 2020)
Find all available class recordings and resources in this Google folder. Please note that not all classes were recorded.