At River Oaks, we value the opportunity we have each Sunday to gather with the body of Christ as well as visitors from our community to worship our Lord in song, prayer, confession, and preaching. We also take this weekly opportunity to continue learning with and from one another about the Bible and theology. Our adult Sunday school ministry is a brief but content-packed half-hour between our two morning services where we can go deeper on various topics than the normal worship service allows.
Our adult education is coordinated by the Associate Pastor, Greg Lanier, and involves a steady diet of three food groups: Scripture (OT and NT), theology, and topical studies of relevance to the contemporary walk of faith. We usually spend 6 or more weeks on a given topic and then rotate to the next one, allowing us to have a balanced diet throughout the year.
We currently meet in the church sanctuary from 10:15–10:45am every Sunday morning. So grab your coffee quickly after the first service and come join us!
March–June, 2017—Covenant Theology 101: God's Promise to Save a People
Have you ever wondered how the whole Bible holds together? How all the pieces across the 66 books fit with each other? Do you ever find yourself somewhat befuddled by seemingly obscure portions of the Old Testament? When Christ says, "This is the new covenant in my blood," what exactly is he talking about? And where did the name "Old Testament" and "New Testament" even come from? The center of all such questions is found in the classic biblical understanding of God's covenant(s) with his people. Join us for this two-month series in which we will explore what some have called the "architectonic principle" for all Christian truth. That is to say—the key to understanding not only how the Bible fits together, but how God's saving plan for his people has been working out from the very beginning.
(Specific dates subject to change)
- July–August, 2017—How Beautiful are the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News: A Study of Romans (Chapters 6–11)
- September–October, 2017—The Holy Spirit: Not a Gas, Not a Power, Not a Force—But a Person
- November–December, 2017—How to Teach the Bible: Equipping Lay Leaders of ROC
Jan 8–Mar 5, 2017: "'How Beautiful are the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News': A Study of Romans (Chapters 1–5)
Some have argued that the epistle of Apostle Paul to the church in Rome is the greatest treasure of all the Scriptural writings given to us by God. The first seventeen verses alone were a major catalyst of the Protestant Reformation, so it is appropriate that we study this letter in light of the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation that we celebrate this year.
Join us for a nine-week initial study of some of the high points of this famous and transformational letter, covering the first five chapters and Paul's treatment of the human condition, the gospel of God, saving faith, and more. We will continue the series with chapters 6–11 and 12–16 later in 2017 and early 2018.
Nov 20–Dec 25, 2016: "The Genesis of Jesus: Exploring the Fourfold Gospel 'Beginnings'"
- Matthew 1–2, why start with a genealogy?
- Matthew 1–2 and the fulfillment of Scripture
- Luke 1–2 and the fulfillment of Scripture
- Luke 1–2 and the Jesus/John the Baptist comparison
- Mark 1 and the “beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ”
- John 1 and “in the beginning was the Word”
Aug 14–Nov 13, 2016: Beyond the Headlines: Christian Engagement with Islam
Handouts and audio recordings: due to the sensitive nature of this series, we are not posting handouts and audio recordings online. However, email Greg Lanier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will gladly provide you a link to the archives.
- Introduction and Principles for Engagement
- History of Islam and Diversity within Islam
- Sources of Authority within Islam
- Understanding the Qur'an
- Theological Overview: Allah
- Theological Overview: Soteriology
- Islamic View of Jesus
- Fundamentalist Islamic Movements and Jihad
- Apologetics Issues Part I: "You Christians Corrupted the Bible!"
- Apologetics Issues Part II: Handling Other Objections/Challenges
- Issues in Missions to the Islamic World
May 8–July 3, 2016: "Why These Books? The Canon of Scripture"
- What is Scripture, and why does it matter?
- How did the OT come about, and do we have the right OT books?
- How do we know we have the right words of those OT books?
- How did the NT come about?
- Do we have the right NT books?
- How do we know we have the right words of those NT books?
- Why do we not accept all these other books?
- Wrap-up and Q&A (unfortunately, audio was not captured during this class)