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West Side Classes

West Side Classes are an important resource for spiritual growth at Redeemer. While we believe that life lived in the joys and challenges of robust Christian community is the primary place of spiritual formation, learning in a classroom setting remains an important part of our formation.  Whether you are exploring Christianity or are a Christian seeking to grow in your faith, West Side Classes will lead you to a richer understanding of Jesus Christ.

 

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2016-2017 Class schedule

Core classes are offered seasonally with regular one-time seminars at the W83 Ministry Center. Classes vary in number of weeks and skip some dates due to holiday weekends.

 

FALL 2016  
Prayer, Community, and Political Passion Wednesday, October 5
The Christian Storyline 4 Sundays: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
The Philip Series: God and Justice Thursday, October 27
The Philip Series: God and Forgiveness Thursday, December 1

 

WINTER 2017  
Church and Mission 6 Wednesdays: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
How to Read the Bible 3 Sundays: Jan 22, 29, Feb 5
The Philip Series: God and Ethics Thursday, February 9 (postponed to April due to weather)
Christian Apologetics 3 Sundays: Feb 26, Mar 5, 12

 

LENT 2017  
How to Read the Old Testament 4 Sundays: Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9
The Philip Series: God and Ethics Thursday, April 6

 

SPRING 2017  
Prayer: Putting it into Practice 5 Sundays: Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
How to Read the New Testament 3 Sundays: May 7, 14, 21
Beauty, Image, and the Christian Woman Wednesday, May 10
The Philip Series: God and the City Thursday, June 1

 

Class Descriptions

The Christian Storyline
Instructor: Joseph Yu
Class dates: (4 Sundays): Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83, Room 411

Registration is currently closed

 

This class will introduce the Christian faith, not primarily as a set of doctrines, morals or practices, but as an alternate story of the world. It will present the broad storyline of the Bible as it is told in four acts: Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration. Together, we will consider whether that storyline makes sense of the world as we experience it. We will learn what each of these acts tells us about God, ourselves and our world today — and how each of our lives finds its true meaning as part of God's larger story of redemption.

 

Joe Yu previously worked with RUF City Campus Ministry in the city for four years before coming on staff at Redeemer as the Youth Ministry Director. As a Community Group Director, Joe provides oversight, support, and pastoral care for the Community Groups he oversees. He is particularly passionate about helping people see the relevance of the gospel in their lives.

 

Church and Mission
Instructor: Bijan Mirtolooi
Class dates: 6 Wednesdays: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Time and location: 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., W83, Room 405

Registration is currently closed

 

While most people who identify as Christians attend church at least semi-regularly, very few understand and experience the breadth and depth of God’s plan for the church.  This class is designed to give you a biblical overview of what the Church is and what God calls the church to be and do in the world.  Over the six weeks of this course it is hoped that you will not only learn more about what the Bible says concerning the church, but also, that you will experience the wonder and practical significance of what it means to be part of the people of God.

 

Bijan Mirtolooi is an assistant pastor and Director of Spiritual Formation for Redeemer’s west side congregation.  He holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary.

 

 

How to Read the Bible

Instructor: Bijan Mirtolooi
Class dates (3 Sundays): Jan 22, 29, Feb 5
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83, Room 412

Registration is currently closed

 

Whether you’re considering Christianity, a newer Christian, or a seasoned believer, join us as we sharpen our interpretive skills and learn practical steps for reading, understanding and applying the Bible.

 

Bijan Mirtolooi is an assistant pastor and Director of Spiritual Formation for Redeemer’s West Side congregation. He holds an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

 

How to Read the Old Testament
Instructor: Joel Kady
Class dates (4 Sundays): Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83, Room 412

Registration is currently open

 

When Jesus read the Bible, he read the Old Testament. The New Testament writers depend on the Old Testament on virtually every page. In order to understand Jesus and the New Testament, we have to understand the Old. Join us as we develop interpretive skills for understanding and making use of the vast and challenging Old Testament scriptures.

 

Joel Kady is a Community Group associate director for Redeemer's West Side congregation.

 

How to Read the New Testament
Instructor: Joseph Yu
Class dates (3 Sundays): May 7, 14, 21
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 pm, W83, Room 406

Registration is currently open

 

The goal of this class is to give you the tips and tools you need to be equipped to benefit from your reading of the New Testament. We will make our way through the major genres of the New Testament, some of their key elements, and how they fit into its grand narrative.

 

Joe Yu previously worked with RUF City Campus Ministry in the city for four years before coming on staff at Redeemer as the Youth Ministry Director. As a Community Group Director, Joe provides oversight, support, and pastoral care for the Community Groups he oversees. He is particularly passionate about helping people see the relevance of the gospel in their lives.

 

 

Christian Apologetics
Instructor: Bijan Mirtolooi
Class dates (3 Sundays): Feb 26, Mar 5, 12
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83, Room 412

Registration is currently open

 

How can you have meaningful conversations about your faith with people who do not believe or are skeptical of the claims of Christianity? This class will explore principles of Christian apologetics: the art of structuring a persuasive, winsome argument for the truthfulness and relevance of the Christian faith.

 

Bijan Mirtolooi is an assistant pastor and Director of Spiritual Formation for Redeemer’s West Side congregation. He holds an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

 

Prayer: Putting It Into Practice (Spring 2017)
Instructors: Monica and Tim Philippo
Class dates (5 Sundays): Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
Time and location: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83, Room 412

Registration is currently open


Experience and be transformed by God through prayer. In this foundational class, we will explore questions such as:
• What is prayer? What are the obstacles to prayer?
• What is the role of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in prayer?
• How might our temperaments impact our prayer life?
• How do we pray for ourselves, others, and the world around us?
• How do we walk with God each day, for the rest of our lives?

An essential, core component is a five-week quiet time and prayer guide. It is designed to help us develop a rhythm of prayer, broaden and deepen our understanding of prayer, and most importantly, nurture our relationship with God. 

Class Outline

Session 1: Turning Back & Making Room
Session 2: Our Temperament & Quiet Times
Session 3: The Holy Spirit & Prayer
Session 4: Praying Our Desires
Session 5: Praying for Others & the World

Each session includes teaching, individual/group prayer time, and a take-home quiet time and prayer guide.

Tim Philippo is a Community Group leader and Monica is a West Side Prayer Ministry leader and a deaconess. They have been a part of Redeemer for close to 20 years, and love to watch God transform lives as they help others observe, interpret, and apply Scripture. 

 

Beauty, Image and the Christian Woman (Spring 2017)
Instructor: Sandi Taylor
Class date: Wednesday, May 10
Time and location: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., W83, Room 406

Registration is currently open

 

In this seminar, we will look at how God defines beauty and explore how the gospel can empower us to address cultural pressures and to transform our self image and identity. 

 

Sandi Taylor has a Masters in Counseling and was formerly on staff with Redeemer Counseling Services for ten years.  She now enjoys speaking and teaching women about the ways the gospel can bring freedom, hope and healing to their lives in light of the many pressures they face in our culture today.  

 


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