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Spring 2021 Classes

The Early Church: Heroes, Hardships and Heresies (Wednesdays, 6-7:15 pm, April 14 - 28)

For 250 years after the book of Acts, Christians lived out their faith in the Roman world, a secular, violent culture that was full of false gods. How did they live in that culture? How can their lives and faith encourage us living in 2021?

Topics we will cover over 3 Wednesdays (April 14, 21, and 28):

  • What was the persecution of Christians like under Emperor Nero?
  • Why and how did the martyrs Ignatius, Polycarp and Justin choose to die for their faith?
  • Did the early church meet in secret? How often did they meet and what did they do?
  • Were Christians really thrown to the lions in the Colosseum?
  • What were the Roman attitudes and policies when dealing with Christians?
  • How do these things change when Constantine legalizes Christianity?
  • What were some of the false beliefs about Jesus and how do those still impact us today?

We will be using the writings and letters from that time period to answer some of these questions!

History is the story of the faithfulness of the Lord and of Christians and their faith in difficult life situations. We believe you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith as you hear about how God worked!

We’d love for you to join us on 3 Wednesday evenings as Pastor John Abernethy teaches on The Early Church: Heroes, Hardships and Heresies on April 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7:15 pm in the Worship Center. Sessions will also be live streamed for viewing at wildwoodchurch.org/live.

Acts: Contagious Christianity (Wednesdays, 6-7:15 pm, March 3 - April 7)

There once was a day when the Gospel was confined to one region.  After killing Jesus Christ, the powers of darkness had tried to quarantine the Hope of hopes to just a few folks huddled fearfully in an upper room.  Then … something happened.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit would propel the first Christians outward … taking the Gospel with them.  This life saving message was so contagious, there would be churches in every major Roman city within a lifetime, Christianity would be the official religion of the Roman Empire (the very people who crucified Jesus) within 300 years, and a worldwide movement would carry on for 2,000 years and counting.  How did this happen? 

Please join us, in-person or online, for this free six-week study on the book of Acts led by Pastor Mark Robinson, Wednesday evenings at Wildwood Community Church, 6:00-7:15 pm, beginning March 3rd.

God Conversations (Wednesdays, 6-7:15 pm, January 20 - February 10)

The free gift of salvation is ours to share. It’s a message that’s too good to keep to ourselves, yet many Christians don’t know where to start. This course examines the responsibility and privilege Christians have in sharing the gospel, and provides simple and effective steps to do so. You’ll discover how friendly and natural evangelism can be as you share the gospel and trust God with the results.

Please join us, in-person or online, for this free four-week course led by Pastor Brian Hayes, Wednesday evenings at Wildwood Community Church, 6:00-7:15 pm, January 20 - February 10.

Scope of Education

TBI classes can be taken a-la-carte or in succession toward graduation. Graduation requires completion of all four theology classes and two elective classes of choice.

Theology Classes

Grasping God's Word

Grasping God's Word gives you a starting point in approaching the Holy Scriptures. It offers an introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation (hermeneutics), application, and correlation. Principles in these steps are applied to several biblical passages and books to give learners a hands-on approach that will continually benefit their study of God’s Word.

The Story of Scripture, Part 1

The Story of Scripture, Part 1 is a general, historical, and practical overview of the Old Testament.  It will provide a basic working knowledge of the Old Testament along with some fundamental tools for putting the teaching into practice.  Discover the key people, verses, and themes of each book that will best prepare you for subsequent study of the New Testament.

The Story of Scripture, Part 2

The Story of Scripture, Part 2 is a general study of the literature, events, and message of the New Testament.  Discover the key people, verses, and themes of each book as God’s plan of redemption unfolds through the life of Christ.  See the progression of the Gospel through the life and ministry of Paul and the local church, climaxing with the final showdown where Satan is destroyed, and God's people enter into eternal glory.

Basic Theology

Solid biblical doctrine isn’t just for those who attend seminaries and pastor churches, it’s vital for every Christ follower because it reveals who God is and how we should live.  Basic Theology seeks to give the Christian a firm foundation on a wide range of topics, including the nature of God, the inspiration of Scripture, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the angelic world, the nature and depravity of humanity, salvation, the church, and the end times.

Elective Classes

Tough Questions

The world has questions… the Bible has answers. In 1 Peter 3:15, we are challenged to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us, and to do it with gentleness and respect.  The apologetics course prepares the Christ follower with Biblical answers to 12 of the world’s most skeptical questions about Christianity.  This often leads to opportunities to connect people to Christ.

God Conversations

The free gift of salvation is ours to share. It’s a message that’s too good to keep to ourselves, yet many Christians don’t know where to start. This course examines the responsibility and privilege Christians have in sharing the Gospel, and provides simple and effective steps to do so. You’ll discover how friendly and natural evangelism can be as you share the Gospel and trust God with the results.

Church History

Church History summarizes the most important events in the history of the church, from the time of Jesus to modern day. It is significant because it shows us God’s faithfulness with His people in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world. This history is full of God using people, in midst of their real, everyday lives, to spread the Gospel, translate the Scriptures, guard biblical doctrine, and follow Him under persecution.

Spiritual Life

We will peer into two pivotal, yet elusive, topics: God and people. When Christians know who God really is and what He says about who they really are, they can confidently navigate faith and life. Believers must know both the Lord and themselves intimately—not superficially.

God deserves to occupy the central focus in the minds, hearts, and souls of every human being. Spiritual Life will encourage a daily ambition to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly—so we may enjoy the Lord endlessly!