September to December 2017
Note: Classroom assignments may be adjusted based on attendance
Seeker Class: Ecclesiastes
Addressing Mankind’s Insatiable Need for Meaning and for More
Facilitators: Terri Chong & Matthew To
“This is boring.”, “It’s useless.”, “What’s the point?”, “Who cares?”, “If only…”, etc. We all have hang-ups about ‘living the life’. We look at our environment & at others to make sense of life, at times assuming it’s about getting a BIGGER.. NICER.. FASTER.. HAPPIER.. COOLER.. (fill in the blank) , which history & time prove to be a chimera of epic proportion. King Solomon of Israel was within the top 5, if not, the most wise & wealthiest in human history, with net worth of ~ US$2.2 trillion in today’s valuation, beating 2016’s top 100 Forbes list combined! Solomon emphasized the theme: HEVEL (hebrew for vanity, vapor, emptiness) re: earthly life 38 times in the book of Ecclesiastes! Let’s gain insight from Solomon’s observations & from Pastor Tim Chaddick’s “Better” short-clip series that Christ Jesus IS the antidote to hevel.
Young Adult Class : Does God Exist?
Apologetics 101 – Challenging Your Worldview
Facilitators: Ben and Esther Tou
Can we prove the existence of God, or are we left to grapple in the dark and take blind leaps of faith about what we believe?
Everyone asks these questions, and maybe you think you have the answers. But can you defend your beliefs when others are challenging your worldview? Utilizing the TrueU Video Series by Focus on the Family [the Truth Project] as the framework, the class will explore challenges of our faith, through Scriptural foundations, spiritual conversations and discussion – equip and encourage young adults to meet the challenges of living out our faith – to know why we believe what we believe through three life-changing questions: (1) Does God Exist? (2) Is the Bible Reliable? (3)Who is Jesus, Really?
This Fall Term, we will start with the first session – Does God Exist?
Dr. Stephen Meyer plays a “philosophical survival game,” pitting four worldviews against one another in the quest to decide which one gives the best answer, examining the evidence and provides the tools needed for us to defend our faith and make it our own.
Topics in this session include: The Big Bang Cosmology, DNA by Design, The Return of the God Hypothesis and The Moral Necessity of Theism.
“… always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1Peter 3:15 NIV)
Teacher: Rev. Paul Lam
We will be learning what it means to follow Christ. We will be looking at who Christ is, and what He has done. We will focus on the gospel, spiritual disciplines, evangelism, mission, and the church. The class will be social and interactive. We will spend time in prayer during the class and seek to mutually encourage one another.
Wisdom Literature : Proverbs (series 1)
Teachers: Melodie Bissell and Deacon Thomas Choy
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” (Proverbs)
For centuries, people have taken comfort and insight from the familiar yet eternally resonant writings of the Bible’s wisdom literature. This term Melodie Bissell and Deacon Thomas Choy will position the book of Proverbs as part of the Wisdom Literature, and together we will study and ponder the value and nature of wisdom itself, life’s most challenging questions, and encounter sayings and tales that offer a moral exhortation to live according to God’s covenant and contemplate the place of wisdom both in the highest courts of the land and in daily life.
Life @ Work
Teachers: Warren Chant and Wilkin Chan
Life@Work is intended to support brothers and sisters to live out our faith at our work places. The course will expound on how Christians can practically spend their working hours as a divine calling. Through discussions and learning exercises, participants will explore how the quality of our daily work can glorify God. They will gain insights into improving their skills in excellence, service, relations, and ethics based on Biblical principles.
Walking With My ( * ) Towards Christ
Coordinator: Rev. Scott Bissell
We all have people in our lives that don’t know Christ yet. Come and learn about how to walk with them towards Christ. All classes will be in English, are independent of the others, will be repeated at 9:20am & 11:15am and taught by a different teacher with experience. Pick the one, two or all of them, as we each seek to make a difference in others’ lives.
*grandmother, parents, young children, teenagers, adult children, atheist friend, Muslim friend, Buddhist friend, friend who lost hope, co-workers, neighbors, friends who had a bad experience with the church, single parent friend…etc.