Summer 2022 Course Schedule

Sanctification: A Biblical Look at How We Change

Dr. Mark Snoeberger

Schedule

June 6-10 (Monday-Friday)
6:30-8:30 PM

Cost

FREE for all who register*

Course Overview

Have you ever been frustrated by your struggles with sin? Have you looked at other Christians and wondered how they can love Jesus and live a godly life so easily? For some, this frustration leads to an attractive solution where they think they can “let go and let God,” rededicate their life to the Lord, and achieve a higher level of spiritual life where they will no longer struggle with sin. But is this thinking biblical? This class will explore how the doctrine of sanctification guides our thinking and provides a biblical framework for what Christians should expect as they change to become more like Christ.

Books for Class

Packer, J.I. Keeping in Step With the Spirit. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2005. Buy on Amazon


*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Spring 2022 Course Schedule

The Bible: What It Is, How We Got It, and Why It’s Important

Tony Iorillo

Schedule

Sunday School hour (8:45 a.m. -10 a.m.)
March 6 – May 29th.

Cost

FREE for all who register*

Course Overview

Are you sure that the Bible is really God’s words? Does the Bible contain errors or inaccuracies? Does it contradict itself? Is it a human book or a divine book – or both? How does that impact how we study the Bible? Can we understand the meaning of the Bible apart from the Holy Spirit? How did we get our current English Bible? And why are there so many English translations and versions? These are just a few of the questions we will explore in this class over the next 12 weeks. How we answer these questions for ourselves and those we disciple, along with how we answer them as a local church are vitally important to all the other Christian doctrines. If you have pondered any of these questions, or if you’ve wondered how you would answer if you were asked them, then this class is for you.

Books for Class

DeYoung, Kevin. Taking God at His Word. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2014.
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McCune, Rolland. Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 1. Allen Park, MI: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009.
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One Day Micro-Course: Navigating Christian Resources, Part 2

Pastor Mike Hixson and Tony Iorillo

Schedule

Monday, February 21, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Cost

FREE*

Course Overview

This class is an extension of the micro-course offered in the fall, and it continues to lay out principles and application of how a Christian should discern what resources are orthodox and edifying. Time in class will be given to analyzing and evaluating different types of resources, giving special attention to how one can confidently choose and recommend Christian writing and media. Since part 1 of this class was more theological and philosophical, part 2 will place emphasis on the practical.

Viewing or reviewing part 1 of this course is strongly recommended.

Recommended Pre-Class Reading

Challies, Tim. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2007.
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*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Fall 2021 Course Schedule

The Gospels

Pastor Mike Hixson

Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 21
Taught during the Sunday School hour
Childcare provided

Cost

FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Course Description

This class will provide a look at each gospel noting similarities and differences along with tracing the theme of each gospel. Special attention will be given to proper textual interpretation considering its Old Testament backdrop as well as modern approaches to understanding Jesus’s life and ministry. This class will also bring clarity to the person and work of Jesus as they relate to the Gospel message and the mission of the Church today.


One Day Micro-Course: Navigating Through Christian Resources

Multiple Instructors

Monday, October 18th, 6-9 PM

Course Description

This class will investigate several different kinds of resources (e.g., books, online videos, music, podcasts, sermons, etc.) that Christians can utilize for personal and discipleship growth unto Christ-likeness, all of which are underneath the supreme and only authority—the Word of God. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of building a proper theology (i.e., sound doctrine) which will enhance one’s discernment through these various resources. Attention will be given to some specific examples of resources with priority given to Grace Church of Mentor resources.

Summer 2021 Course Schedule

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Dr. Brian Trainer

Schedule: June 28 – July 2nd (Monday-Friday), 6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost: FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Overview

From the first chapters in Genesis, the Bible identifies a key distinction within mankind: “male and female He created them.” Meanwhile, culture has quickly changed and redefined what it means to be a man or woman. What does the Bible say about the two sexes? And for Christians, what does manhood and womanhood look like as individuals, within families, within the church, and within society? This class will provide a practical approach that presents manhood and womanhood as complementary and part of God’s design – a design that is both right and good.

Books for Class

For Audit or Credit:

DeYoung, Kevin. Men and Women in the Church. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2021. Buy on Amazon

Kostenberger, Andres and Margaret E. Kostenberger. God’s Design for Man and Woman. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2014. Buy on Amazon

Spring 2021 Course Schedule

Dispensationalism: Making Sense of God’s Unfolding Plan

Tony Iorillo

Schedule: Sunday School hour (8:45 AM -10:00am), March 7 – May 23rd.

Cost: FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Overview

If we are honest, the Bible can be a difficult book to understand. After all, there are 66 individual books representing multiple literary genres, spanning thousands of years through several different cultures – yet all in one book about one God who does not change. How does it all fit together? How do Gentile Christians make sense of a very Jewish Old Testament? Why do we encourage others to start reading John instead of beginning at Genesis (like every other book we read)? Come join us as we seek to connect the dots of God’s unfolding plan revealed in Scripture.

Books for Class

For Audit or Credit:

Vlach, Michael J. Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths. Theological Studies Press, 2017.

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Ryrie, Charles C. Dispensationalism. Revised and Expanded ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 2007.

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One Day Micro-Course: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: A Look at Biblical Lament

Pastor Tim Potter, Pastor Mike Hixson, and Tony Iorillo

Schedule: Monday, February 22, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Cost: FREE*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Description

The fruit of the Spirit is joy, but that doesn’t mean that Christians feel good and are happy all the time. The Christian life can have pain, grief, and sorrow, and God doesn’t want His children to pretend that it doesn’t. Using this helpful book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy along with a study of Psalms and Lamentations, we will learn both to lament and from lament and how the Christian can apply lament both personally and corporately.

Recommended Pre-Class Reading

Vroegop, Mark. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2019. 

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Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Our Christian Heritage: The Early Years

Tony Iorillo
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Sundays, September 13 – November 22

Cost

  • Free for in-person auditors
  • Digital recordings: $20
  • Donation requested for credit students*

Course Description

Pandemics, political unrest, persecution, racial and ethnic tensions, and an immoral and ungodly society are nothing new for Christians. Come join us as we investigate how the early church began and how she responded to these issues. The wisdom of our spiritual ancestors is invaluable for the church today as we navigate through similar circumstances.

Textbooks

For Audit

Holcomb, Justin S. Know the Creeds and Councils. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
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Holcomb, Justin S. Know the Heretics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
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For Credit

Ferguson, Everett. Church History: vol. 1: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
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* While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.


One Day Micro-Course: Christian Liberty in 2020

Pastor Mike Hixson
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday, October 12

Cost: Free

Course Description

In Ephesians 4:3, we are told “to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” For many of us, the year 2020 has been a great challenge to that command. Join us for one evening as we dive into the theology, philosophy, and practice of love in Christian liberty when we interact with Christians who view today’s issues differently from us.

Recommended Pre-class Reading

  • Naselli, Andrew David and J.D. Crowley. Conscience: What It Is, How To Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2016.

Revival in America

$19 credit or audit

Instructor: Dr. Gerald Priest, Ph.D.

Course Meeting Dates and Times

  • Monday thru Friday, June 15-19 6:30-8:15PM

Textbook

Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 by Ian Murray

In light of COVID-19, we will be meeting both face to face as normal, live streaming via Zoom as normal, and posting the recordings to Vimeo as normal.

Special COVID-19 Course

Knowing the Times: The Book of Daniel

$19

Description

This class will introduce students to the structure, themes, and theology of Daniel. The focus of the class will be on the theology of Daniel as revealed by its literary structure and thematic development and will follow a chapter by chapter expositional summary of each chapter with an eye toward both practical theology as well as NT interpretation and eschatological systems. Students should be able to articulate Daniel’s contribution to a Premillennial, Pretribulational perspective on eschatology. Students will be expected to become familiar with the text by reading through Daniel 3 times before the classes begin, and then will need to take good notes (fill in the blank) on the lectures so that they can assimilate and demonstrate adequate comprehension by producing short essays from the lectures for the final exam. Students will reinforce their knowledge of Daniel by writing a book report on one of two books.

Textbook

God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel by Michael Barrett
ISBN 1932307044

Due to COVID-19, GLBI won’t be purchasing textbooks and issuing those to students.

Register online and receive a link to the entire online course immediately!

Winter 2019-20 Registration

Micro-Course Monday – “Reaching Our Religious Friends: Understanding our Catholic Friends: Part 2” (Multiple Instructors)

Schedule: Monday, February 3, 6:00-9:00p. One evening session only.

Course Description: This is a further step into understanding the theology and history of the Catholic church so that we can better understand and minister to our Catholic friends.

BI 404 – Systematic Theology IV: Church, End Times & Eras in God’s Administration (Pastor Kent Hobi)

Schedule: Starting January 16, Thursdays. 6:30p-8:00p. 1 Credit. 10 sessions.

Course Description: Bible Doctrines IV completes the survey of Bible doctrine. Its focus is upon Ecclesiology, Eschatology and issues in Dispensational Theology.

The whole NT orientation is a future orientation. Yes the Cross is critical, but remember the cross is unoccupied and the tomb is empty! Our King is alive and we await His coming. The prophetic calendar is full of events that will inspire hope and purity in the lives of those who have a firm grasp upon them. THERE IS NO PREREQUSITE to this class nor is the order of our Bible Doctrines Classes inspired. Feel free to jump right in. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in class.

Textbooks

  • A Systematic Theology: Volume 3 (McCune, 2005) ISBN 0982252722.
  • The End Times (Hoyt, 2000) ISBN 0884690776.
  • Things to Come (optional) (Pentecost, 1965) ISBN 0310308909.

Systematic Theology IV

Micro-Course Monday

Fall 2019 Registration

Micro-Course Monday – “Reaching Our Religious Friends: Understanding our Catholic Friends”

Multiple Instructors

Schedule: Monday, September 9, 6:00-9:00p. One evening session only.

Course Description: This course will cover the historical development of the modern Catholic church, the current theology and philosophy of the Catholic system of religion, and firsthand accounts of formerly Catholic individuals from our church family.

BI 403 – Systematic Theology III: Man, Sin, & Salvation

Pastor Kent Hobi

Schedule: Thursdays, September 5-November 7, 6:30p-8:00p. 1 Credit. 10 sessions.

Course Description: Systematic Theology III is the study of the Bible doctrines of man (Anthropology), sin (Hamartiology), and salvation (Soteriology). The course seeks to correlate what the Bible has to say on each one of these topics in order to bring a cohesiveness to your disciple-making skills. You do not need to have taken Systematic Theology I or II to register for Systematic Theology III. The classes handle different doctrines, non-sequential in nature.

Textbooks

A Systematic Theology, Volumes 2 & 3. (McCune, 2005). ISBN: 978-0-9822527-0-3.

The Gospel According to Jesus. John McArthur. (Zondervan, 2008) ISBN-10: 0310287294.