Pathways: Sovereignty of God

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.

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Class Schedule & Recordings

Pastor Andrew Bywaters is leading this class from April to June 2021. Links to the recordings will be added after the class occurs.

Please note: There have been some modifications to the syllabus. This class has been extended to include 3 more Saturday classes in June. The June classes will be on June 12, 19, and 26, from 11:00am-12:15pm.


Date Lesson Class materials Recordings
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? Notes | Slides Audio | Video
5/2/21 Romans 9 and Election Notes | Slides Audio | Video
5/9/21 Romans 9 and Election (continued) Notes | Slides Audio | Video
5/16/21 Limited Atonement: Did Jesus die in order to save those whom God elected to salvation, or to make salvation possible for all people? Notes | Slides Video
5/23/21 Limited Atonement and Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Notes | Slides Audio | Video
5/30/21 Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace Notes Audio | Video
6/12/21 Irresistible Grace Notes | Slides 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

Date Lesson Class materials Recordings
2/7/21 Introduction and Overview of the Process of Change Slides Video
2/14/21 Heat Notes Audio | Video
2/21/21 Thorns Notes 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

Supplemental Reading

Passing the Baton: A Study in 2nd Timothy (Dec 2020 - Jan 2021)

In a world that is increasingly hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, how do we maintain our focus on preserving the truth of the Gospel for the next generation? How do we find confidence that God’s truth will prevail, and courage to speak that truth regardless of the consequences? How do we maintain our joy? Come see how the Apostle Paul wrestled with these issues in an inductive Bible Study of 2nd Timothy.




Date Outline Assignment Recordings
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.

9/13: Politics in light of Creation, Fall, and Redemption Video | Audio

9/20: The Power of the Sword: The need for and role of human government in a broken world Video | Audio |  Outline

9/27: Kingship, Theocracy, and the Church: The role of the Mosaic Law and Israel’s monarchy in God’s plan Video | Audio | Outline

10/4: Citizens of the Kingdom of God: The church’s relationship with the state Video | Audio | Outline

10/11: The Common Defense: How should Christians approach policing, criminal justice, and war? Video | Audio | Outline

10/18: Identity politics and intersectionality: How should Christians view race? Video | Audio | Outline

10/25: Identity politics and intersectionality: How should Christians view gender and sexuality? Video | Audio | Outline

11/1: Life and Death: How should Christians view abortion? Video | Audio | Outline

11/8: Election Postmortem Video | Audio | Outline

11/15: Justice and Mercy: How should Christians approach economic policy? Video | Audio | Outline

11/22: A Christian critique of the Right and the Left Video | Audio | Outline

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.