Our hope is for every person to come to know Jesus and to grow as a fully developing follower of Christ.

Discipleship Classes

A Discipleship Class is an opportunity for you to be formed and shaped in your spiritual journey. We are formed and shaped to be followers of Christ by a constant feeding of His word and having fellowship with other believers. Every spring and fall semester, First Woodway offers a dozen or more classes. These men’s, women’s, and coed classes meet on Wednesday evenings at the church, with a few classes meeting at alternate times during the week at various locations. Classes are offered every spring and fall. Please see below for a list of our fall 2019 classes! Classes launch September 18!

If you would like to come for our Wednesday Night Meal, please email Latisha at ldixon@firstwoodway.org or call her at 254-772-9696 to rsvp. Wednesday Night Meals are served at 5:00 pm. Cost is $6.00 per adult, $3.00 for kids 12 and under. Kids four and under eat free.

TRACK I: WISE LIVING
Sometimes the next step in following Jesus is very practical in nature. Some may need to learn how to better manage money. Others may need down-toearth help on how to communicate with a spouse. This track is designed to practically equip you for wise living in various areas of life. Each class will focus on the “how” of a particular life skill with the goal of empowering you to live better on the other side of the class.

BABY BOOMERS: SEARCHING FOR A PURPOSE
Led by Bruce McCarver | open to all | Wed at 6 pm for 8 weeks | Room 303
Come as we explore what it means to be Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) in today’s world. We’ll cover topics like family relationships, physical fitness, nutrition, ministry and volunteering, culture changes, and retirement. Join us for discussion and encouragement along the Baby Boomer journey. The class will end with a Baby Boomer fellowship. Come join the fun!

CARING FOR GOD’S TEMPLE: A PRIMER ON HEALTHY LIVING
Led by Kim Thorton | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 5 weeks
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Cor 6:19)

This five week seminar will explore taking care of our bodies, God’s temples. By teaming the five components of health-related fitness with a faith-based approach, we will learn the benefits and principles of a healthy lifestyle.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Led by Neil Stanfield | open to all | Sundays at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm for 9 weeks | Room 225
Financial Peace University is Dave Ramsey’s #1 proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. Join the millions of people who have used this course to take control of their money! Cost is $129 activation fee.

TRACK II: BIBLE + THEOLOGY
Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In part, this means learning to see and understand the world through the story of scripture. Classes will focus on acquainting you with particular books, passages of the Bible, and themes with the goal of helping you understand the depths of God’s story so that He can change your mind.

THE BOOK OF REVELATION: FUTURE PROPHECY, CH. 12-17, WAR OF THE AGES
Led by Dr. Ted Foley | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 10 weeks | Room 321-324
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Rev. 1:3)

The Book of Revelation has been described as the most revered, the most misunderstood, and the most neglected of New Testament writings. Some Christians think of it as being too difficult to seriously study, and nothing could be further from reality and the truth. Such short-sightedness deprives believers of the blessings the Book promises to those who diligently read and study it. Revelation is a showcase of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and its true purpose is to reveal truth, not to obscure it, and that single fact is in its title. There is no cost for this class.

GOSPEL CONVERSATIONS…ACCORDING TO ACTS
Led by René Maciel | open to all | Wed at 6 pm for 8 weeks | Room 311
Join us as we learn about evangelism from the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts. We’ll be looking specifically at how to embrace an evangelistic approach that engages people in gospel conversations. Two class sessions will be spent actively connecting and engaging our community with the gospel. There is no cost for this class.

ONE IN A MILLION: JOURNEY TO YOUR PROMISE LAND
Led by Jan Gilbert | women only | Mondays at 9 am for 7 weeks | Room 321 – 324
Priscilla Shirer provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the seven group video sessions of this women’s Bible study. Priscilla encourages participants to fully engage in the abundant life God has waiting for those who will allow Him to take the lead in daily living.
One in a Million is an opportunity for you to experience your deliverance from strongholds, to conquer your wilderness living, and to claim your God-given inheritance. Class begins September 16. The cost is $15.

PARABLES OF JESUS
Led by Terry Graham | open to all | Wednesdays 6 pm for 11 weeks | Fellowship Hall
One of Jesus’ primary teaching techniques was the telling of parables. Join Pastor Terry Graham as he explores these extraordinary stories that lead us deeper into God’s kingdom. There is no cost for this class.

STUDIES IN MATTHEW
Led by Dan O’Neil | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 7 weeks | Room 343
Come take a deep dive into the Gospel according to Matthew. We’ll be exploring selected passages in depth, seeking to know Jesus better through his life and teaching. Join us as we journey with Christ through the pages of Scripture. There is no cost for this class.

THIS WE BELIEVE
Led by Dr. Wes Wellborn | open to all | Wednesdays 6 pm for 11 weeks | Room 225
This 11 week class is a series on Core Christian Beliefs.
It is vitally important for believers to make a definitive stand in a time of rampant relativism and toxic tolerance. We will explore early church documents, such as the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed. These were formulated to define and defend Christianity and combat heresy. The documents are based in and formulated from scripture, which is our sole guide for faith and practice. There is no cost for the class.

TRACK III: FAITHFUL LIVING
Living in a culture that is out of sync with Christian values can be hard and at times bewildering. This track is focused on equipping you to live faithfully in that kind of space. Classes will focus on themes and practices for living faithfully as a follower of Christ with the goal of equipping you to better live out your faith in the world.

BREATHE
Led by Melodie Robison | women only | Wed at 6:00 pm for 10 weeks | Room 315
One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out
on some of God’s greatest gifts.

In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life. The cost is $15.

EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY
Led by Angie Evilia | open to all | Sundays at 5 pm (Starts 9/15) for 8 weeks | Room 212
For those desiring to take steps in their Christian life and discipleship, to break free from bondage to the past and experience healing, this study is for you. Emotional Healthy Spirituality is an eight-session, video-based Bible study on the integration of emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Many sincere followers of Christ, followers who are really passionate for God, join a church, participate weekly in a small group, serve with their gifts, and who are considered “mature,” remain stuck at a level of spiritual immaturity—especially when faced with interpersonal conflicts and crises. The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality video study offers a strategy for discipleship that addresses this void, giving you powerful pathways to transformation that will help you mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God. The cost is $15 for the book.

EVERYBODY ALWAYS
Led by Bill Kirkpatrick | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 6 weeks | Room 305
In this five-session video Bible study, bestselling author Bob Goff shares some of the stories from his life that have helped him understand what it truly means to love everybody the way Jesus loved them– without fear, insecurity, or restriction.

This begins by loving people right where you are through serving and helping the neighbors God has placed into your world. It means loving people when they mess up and helping them move past the place of shame to acceptance. It continues by being courageous and following where God leads one step at a time–even if you feel you are flying blind. Above all, it means not just agreeing with Jesus but actually stepping out and doing what Jesus said. The cost is $10.

FORENSIC FAITH
Led by Will McKerall | open to all | Wednesdays 6 pm for 8 weeks | Room 211
How comfortable are you in making the case for Christianity? Do you know the key pieces of evidence and how to present them in a compelling and winsome way? J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has appeared on Dateline four times solving decades old cases, and he is one of the top Christian apologists in the world today.

Join him as he helps Christians understand why it’s important to develop a Forensic Faith and provides unique insight to help you become an effective “Christian Case Maker.” With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical applications, Wallace teaches readers cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply to their Christian faith. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at “how to defend your faith with gentleness and reverence.” Parents and grandparents may find this course particularly useful in developing insight to communicate “faith in God” to your children as the most rational and evidenced-based view of the world. The cost is $10.

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY: FINDING UNEXPECTED STRENGTH WHEN DISAPPOINTMENTS LEAVE YOU SHATTERED
Led by Dr. Judith Staples | women only | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 6 weeks (Start date October 2) | Room 344
Reality often ends up so very far from the life we long for, doesn’t it? Bible teacher Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands daily disappointments and life-altering loss. By walking through her own valley, she’s discovered that in God we can find unexpected strength as we wrestle between our faith and feelings. In this video-based Bible study, Lysa offers a safe place to share your disappointments, fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. Cost is $15.

WHOLE LIFE GENEROSITY
Led by Al Childs | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 4 weeks | Room 313
Living with God. Living with Gratitude. Living with Faith. Living with Generosity. These elements form the lifestyle of Whole-Life Generosity which is defined as “an overflowing life released to God for others.” Take 28 days to explore God’s heart, example, and principles of generosity as a personal or group experience. It’s likely that your perspectives and practices on generosity will change—so that you give more, give joyfully and give gratefully. Cost is $10.

TRACK IV: CARE + SUPPORT
Sometimes life circumstances drive us to look for community and help for people like us. This track is designed to gather groups around particular challenges or life stages. Classes will aim to bring you into community with like-minded people and equip you with practical tools for living well in your life circumstances.

THE DWELLING
Led by Vicki Lassiter | women only | Mondays at 9 am for 10 weeks
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” While Charles Dickens wasn’t referring to the first few years of motherhood, he certainly could have been! The Dwelling is a place for moms to gather to study God’s Word; make application in their lives, especially as young Moms; and experience the support and encouragement of others going through the same experiences. Begins September 16. There is no cost for this class.

FIRST WEDNESDAY CAREGIVER SEMINARS
Led by First Woodway Care Ministry | open to all | Wednesdays (10/2, 11/6, 12/4) at 6 pm
Caregiving with loved ones facing significant physical, mental, and emotional health challenges is an increasingly common responsibility of families at First Woodway. For most of us, this kind of caring is new territory with a lot of uncertainty about how to navigate it. It becomes obvious to us that love will not be enough.

First Wednesdays this fall are devoted to providing Christian caregivers with practical tools and guidance for improving responses and decisions as well as a strengthening faith in God’s provision. Come to as many or few seminars as you find helpful.

OCTOBER 2 SEMINAR
Caring When They Can’t Care: Caregiving with Loved Ones Living with Emotional Health Challenges
Panelists: Terry and Jan Graham; Justin and Sherry Anderson
Practical guidance and insights from panel members living with the opportunities and challenges of caregiving with a son or daughter that struggles with significant mental and emotional health concerns.

NOVEMBER 6 SEMINAR
Legal Aspects of Caregiving
Teacher: Susan Wommack J.D.
An introduction to legal planning for a loved one. Discussion will include wills, durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, trusts, and guardianship.

DECEMBER 4 SEMINAR
Loss and Grief for Caregivers During the Holidays
Teacher: Helen Harris, Ed.D. LCSW
Caregivers may experience loss as they live with unsettling changes in their loved ones. Grief and mourning related to these changes can be challenging responses to recognize and deal with. This class provides an opportunity to understand these thoughts and feelings as part of caregiving and how to acknowledge and manage them.

GRIEFSHARE
Led by Bob Harr | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 12 weeks
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. The cost is $15 for the book.

GRIEFSHARE: SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS SEMINAR
Led by Bob Harr | open to all | November 17 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing everything has changed and happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? The Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. The cost is $10.
You’ll learn:
– How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
– What to do about traditions and other coming changes
– Helpful tips for surviving social events
– How to discover hope for your future

SEVEN PILLARS OF FREEDOM
Led by George Staples | men only | Sundays at 6 pm for 30 weeks
The Seven Pillars of Freedom is a men’s study that raises self-awareness for the issues men face as they strive for sexual purity. This course digs deep into patterns of behavior that men can discuss in a small group setting designed to support one another in building a strong spiritual foundation. Men will be encouraged to make a daily priority of finding guidance through God’s Word and weekly connections for friendship and accountability. This course is 30 sessions between September 2019 and May 2020. The cost is $55.

Artios
A two-three year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ.  For more information on this program click here.