Scripture | Theology | Spiritual Disciplines | Ethics
At Bay Life, we're committed to seeing Christians grounded in faith and rooted in the Bible. It's with that in mind that we've created Foundations, a one-year program focusing on theological discipleship. Over the below four classes and two seminars, we dive deep into Scripture, theology, the spiritual disciplines, and what it means to live in light of the gospel. The Foundations program consists of four core classes with electives taught in the summer. Each core class explores a different theme through Scripture's lens, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, the classic discipleship tools throughout church history.
Foundations will also host seminars featuring theologians, pastors, and Christian thinkers to help you explore these topics more deeply and think about how to apply what you're learning as you engage your friends, family, and community with the truth of the gospel.
Foundations: Christian Ethics
If the gospel is true, it should change the way that we approach everything. In this class we will explore the ways that the victory of Jesus should form our understanding of right and wrong. Using the Ten Commandments as our framework we will explore some of the key issues in ethics from a biblical perspective. We will also take time to think through contemporary issues in our culture in light of the work of Christ.
The books we will use during this class are available to purchase online. For your convenience we have provided a link to each book on Amazon. You may purchase from the retailer of your choice.
- The Ten Commandments - A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty (Christian Essentials) by Peter Leithart. This book can be found on Amazon by clicking here.
- Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality by Todd A. Wilson. This book can be found on Amazon by clicking here.
Both books are required reading.
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Foundations: Spiritual Disciplines
Fall Class Complete
With the Lord's Prayer as our framework, this class will explore the disciplines that Christians have practiced throughout history to grow in their personal relationship with God. Each week we will examine elements such as prayer, fasting, and repentance as we explore their biblical foundations and how the Holy Spirit uses these practices to conform us into the image of Christ.
The books we will use during this class are available to purchase with you registration ($23) or online. For your convenience we have provided a link to each book on Amazon. You may purchase from the retailer of your choice.
- The Lord's Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father (Christian Essentials) by Wesley Hill. This book can be found on Amazon by clicking here.
- Spiritual disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney. This book can be found on Amazon by clicking here.
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Foundations Class | Christian Theology
Summer Class Complete
This class explores: Christian theology using The Apostles Creed as its guide. With a special emphasis on what C.S. Lewis calls "Mere Christianity," we'll tackle the absolute essentials of the Christian faith: from the Trinity to the second coming of Jesus, this class is designed to give you an overview of the core convictions of Christianity and how these beliefs shape us as we worship, pray, and engage in God's world.
Required Reading: "What Christians Ought To Believe" Michael Bird (You may choose to purchase the book yourself, or we can purchase for you at a cost of $15 )
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Foundations Class | Introduction to Scripture
Spring Class Complete
This class explores:
- the history of how the Bible came together
- the Bible's inspiration and authority
- the overarching story of the Bible
- how both the Old and New Testaments point us to Christ.
Whether you've read the Bible for years or are just starting to explore Scripture, this class will offer you the tools to better understand God's Word and how the 66 book of Scripture form a grand story.
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Foundations Seminar | Engaging a Skeptical Culture with the Gospel
Foundations Seminar: Engaging a Skeptical Culture with the Gospel
Engaging A Skeptical Culture with Joshua Ryan Butler. Earlier in 2021, we were joined by pastor/author Joshua Ryan Butler where we discussed different ways to engage our skeptical culture with the Gospel. Josh serves as the Pastor of Teaching and Direction at Redemption Church in Tempe, Arizona. He is the author of several books aimed at helping people wrestle with the deeper questions of faith, including "The Skeletons In God's Closet" and "The Pursuing God."