Christian Formation Classes at Trinity

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At Trinity, we speak of discipleship in terms of Christian Formation. We do so because this is the language the Apostle Paul uses in Galatians when he writes, 'My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you (Gal. 4:19). To be a follower of Jesus is to be one who is being formed more and more into the image of Jesus, for this is God's great goal for our lives, that we would be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29) in every part and every place…in our minds, hearts, wills, relationships, homes, work and play. For this reason discipleship is more than information. It's transformation of the whole person to the glory of God and the good of others.

Everything we do at Trinity has as its goal our growth in Christ (Col. 1:28)…our worship, community groups, various ministries and service opportunities. Yet, within this we believe it's necessary to have intentional classes designed to encourage and equip our people in specific areas of Christian Formation. Therefore, we have designed a Christian Formation curriculum that has as its aim our growth in the knowledge of God, ourselves, and his world. These classes seek to address the basic questions of life, the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, living out the Christian Faith in the everyday and bear witnessing to God's healing reign in the church, home and workplace.

In addition to our usual Christian Education classes, these classes will serve as the core curriculum for those desiring to serve in those areas in Trinity that requires greater responsibility. These classes will be held on Sunday mornings and evenings in the Fall and Spring.

Christianity Explored (Sunday Mornings in the Fall)
This is an 8-week class for those wishing to learn about the Christian Faith for the first time as well as for those wishing a refresher course. It seeks to address the fundamental questions concerning Christ - who was he, what did he do, why does it matter? For this class we will be using the Christianity Explored Curriculum.

Christian Formation I - Growth in Grace (Sunday Mornings in the Spring)
This class is designed to deepen us in the reality of God's grace in Christ. It will address such things as the meaning and results of Spiritual formation, emotional and spiritual well-being, and the Spiritual disciplines.

Christian Formation II - Living in Grace (Sunday Mornings in the Fall)
This class seeks to help us connect the Christian Faith to the everyday, for how does what we do on Sunday shape how we live Monday through Saturday? Another way to ask it would be to say, How does God's grand story of salvation (Creation, Fall, Redemption) shape my personal story. In this class we will focus on areas such as…Spiritual Gifts and Gifting, our calling in Christ, and living out our callings at home, work and play.

Christian Formation III - Going Out in Grace (Sunday Mornings in the Spring) - Spring 201
The aim of this class is to help us translated our faith into ministry. Here we will focus on the reality of God's Kingdom, of our place within it and how we're to strive to bear witness to it in our relationships with others. Simply put, this class is designed to deepen us the reality of what it means to be citizen of God's Kingdom of grace.

Christian Theology (Sunday Evenings in the Fall)
This class is offered every Fall on Sunday evenings at 5pm. It seeks to help participants grasp the basic nature of Christian theology, particularly from a Reformed perspective. In this class we will cover topics such the doctrine of God, humanity, sin, Christ, salvation, and the consummation of all things.

An important part of this class will be additional reading in the confessional standards of the PCA - the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All are welcome to attend this class; however, it is required for one to be eligible for nomination to offices of elder or deacon.

The Christian Church (Sunday Evenings in the Spring)
This class is offered every Spring on Sunday evenings at 5pm. It covers such things as the vision of Trinity, the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church, the sacraments, church governance and structure, and the mission of the church.

An important part of this class will be additional reading in the confessional standards of the PCA - the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All are welcome to attend this class; however, it is required for one to be eligible for nomination to offices of elder or deacon.