Learning communities are intended to strengthen your biblical knowledge, character and/or practical ministry skills. They are also an opportunity to get to know others at Bay Area on Sunday mornings in an environment of learning and interaction.


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Sundays, 4/15-5/20, 11:20 a.m. Dock B. These two words, love and respect, surface in social research and the Bible (Ephesians 5:33) as the two key ingredients for a successful marriage. Come learn more about how these words impact you as individuals and your marriage.

Systematic Theology: The Big Issues

Sundays, 4/22-6/3, 9:20 a.m. in Dock B. This class taught by Executive Pastor Ed Kelley will address some of the standard issues of our time in Systematics:  Calvinism versus Arminianism, Once Saved Always Saved, Lordship, Salvation, Covenantalism versus Dispensationalism, the nature of God, the nature of Jesus and the nature of the Spirit. This class is for those who want to think, engage in dialogue, and explore controversial issues in an academic way. Each class will be self-contained.

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If you are like me, Jesus is not just the way we start a Sunday morning, but the way that we start every day – and live every day. He is the Author, Creator and Sustainer of life. He is alive and well, seated in power, and involved in our everyday lives. The closer we live connected with Jesus, the closer our lives are aligned with our purpose and filled with joy.

One of the primary ways we get to know Jesus better is to know the Bible better. The Bible is not just an old religious book of rules. Rather it is God’s inspired Word about Jesus that guides us to true and eternal life. I believe that time spent learning and applying the Bible in a community of people trying to do the same ultimately will lead to spiritual growth.

That's why, on Sunday mornings, in smaller groups of people, we offer many different Learning Communities to help us learn, apply and live out the Bible. These courses make up three main emphasis of learning: Head, Heart and Hands.

- Pat Linnell, Teaching Pastor