Empowered for discipleship.

Annually, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary offers the community a fall Bible teaching series through the Thursday Evening Bible Class. These biblical lectures are delivered by faculty of the seminary and typically run from 8-10 weeks. More than a hundred individuals from the community attend each series, representing a variety of Christian denominations and associations.

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Fall 2016 Class Information

Join us this fall for an in-depth exploration of Galatians with Dr. Tim Gombis, Associate Professor of New Testament.

Paul wrote Galatians in the midst of the first major controversy faced by the early church. It provides unique insight into the great Apostle's theological vision, his thinking about salvation, the character and role of God's new people in the world, God's cosmic work of salvation, and his heart for his churches.

This fierce and theologically robust letter has the potential to reconfigure Christian imagination on a range of contemporary issues such as personal and collective identity, relational manipulation, ethnic and racial differences, and the stresses of living together in Christian community. Paul's letter provides a way of thinking theologically based on the death and resurrection of Christ that empowers and transforms faithful Christian discipleship in our day.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Tim Gombis, Associate Professor of New Testament
  • Location: Pirsig-DeBruyn Chapel, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, 3000 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Dates & Class Topics:
    • September 15, 2016—Introduction & Historical Situation
    • September 22, 2016—The Letter Opening (Galatians 1:1-10)
    • September 29, 2016—Paul's Transformed Life (Galatians 1:11-2:10)
    • October 6, 2016—Paul's Confrontation of Peter in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-22)
    • October 13, 2016—The Mosaic Law and Faith in Christ (Galatians 3)
    • October 20, 2016—Cosmic Enslavement and Freedom in Christ (Galatians 4)
    • October 27, 2016—Flesh and Spirit at War (Galatians 5)
    • November 3, 2016—Concluding Exhortations (Galatians 6)