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Classes offered this session, with instructors, are as follows:

 Tuesday Classes

February 25th – May 13th, 2014

†dfree: Introduction to the Basic Aspects of Managing Life & Handling Money – (ST 925):

Course Description: dfree® is a strategy for people to learn how to manage their lives by managing their finances.  dfree® is not just another literacy program.  This movement is based on a belief that living in debt is an emotional, psychological, and spiritual problem as much as it is an educational and informational one.  dfree® addresses the behavioral and attitudinal keys to debt-free living.  The course will allow for one to gain a clear understanding of his or her current financial status and work towards achieving the basic aspects of managing life and handling money according to biblical principles.

Textbook: dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery by DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

Instructors: Brother Michael and Sister Barbara Glasby

 †Doctrine of Salvation – (FS 101):

Course Description:  What does it mean to be saved?  How do I know I am saved?  What am I saved from?  Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  If yes, then this course is for you.  This is a basic course to help new members understand their role as an active disciple in the Body of Christ and also for more seasoned Christians who desire a refresher course in the foundation of Christianity.

  Textbook:  The Holy Bible and Journey into Discipleship by Tommy Higle                                         

 Instructors: Deacon Robert Barnard

 Experiencing God through Prayer – (FS 211):

Course Description:  Would you like to strengthen your personal prayer time with God?  You can have an exciting relationship with God.  One of intimate communion with Jesus Christ! Students will learn biblical guidelines for effective, vital communication with God. Discover some of the essential keys to developing a vibrant prayer life.

Textbook: The Power of a Praying Church by Stormie Omartian

Instructors:  Rev. Pertina Scott

†Introduction to the Old Testament-Part 2 – (BE 210):

Course Description: Introduction to the Old Testament is an overview of the Old Testament.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible. (Study Materials will be available for purchase in class.)

Instructors:  Rev. Sherry Robinson and Rev. Fred Baylor

Introduction to the New Testament, Part 2 – (BE 102): 

Course Description:  Through this survey course, participants will build a framework for understanding and interpreting the New Testament, gain an understanding of the biblical background needed for a lifetime of meaningful Bible study; and respond to God as He speaks to you through His Word.  This course will cover Galatians – Revelation.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible and Journey of a Lifetime by Tommy Higle   

Instructor:  Rev. LaWanda Kamalidiin

†God’s Vision or Television
Course Description:
This 12 week course will challenge you to analyze how much time you spend watching TV and how it influences what you believe. Today, television is viewed as a harmless source of entertainment and information.  It has influenced our religious beliefs and shaped the way we live our lives. This class will take an in-depth look at life, the media's influence on it and encourages us to reshape our lives to reflect God's way of living. 

Textbook:  The Holy Bible and God’s Vision or Television:  How Television Influences What We Believe, by C. Jeffrey Wright

Instructors: Min Shindana Jackson-Lawson and Sis Natesia Johnson-Samuel

 †Music Fundamentals and Theory 101 – Combined Courses

This course is designed to provide an introduction to music and theory.  For those of you who have an interest in music, a desire to deepen your understanding of concepts, terminology, African American perspective and its relationship to the Christian Church and worship experience then this is the class for you.  Music Fundamentals and Theory 101 is intended to provide the foundation for music study in a fun and interactive way.  All participants will enjoy learning new techniques for learning musical notation through hands-on experience with use of computers and piano keyboards, an important component of learning the rudiments of music making and notation.  Students will even be given the chance to apply what is learned while composing their own melodies and rhythms.  All levels are welcomed.

 Textbook:  Recommended but not required.

  • Schmeling, Paul.  Berklee Music Theory:  Book 1
  • Carpenter, Bill.  Uncloudy Days:  The Gospel Music Encyclopedia (2005)
  • Darden, Bob.  People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music (2004)
  • Pace, Joe.  From Performance to Praise:  Moving Music Ministry to the Next Level (2004)

Instructor:  Sister Lisa Rowe

†Marriage Preparation Class – (MP 310):

Course Description: The Marriage Preparation Class is for engaged couples or those couples contemplating engagement. The class is MANDATORY for all couples planning to be married at Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church. The fee for the class is $50 for members and $100 for non-members, which covers all course materials and assessment tools.

Instructors: Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Fennell

Tuesday Youth classes

February 25, 2014 – May 13, 2014

†Growing Up Just like Jesus – Youth - Ages 3-5 (EC 113):

Course Description: A child friendly course which encourages children to love one another and to make Godly choices from an early age. Designed to reinforce the teachings of their parents and always have Godly thoughts and actions.

Instructor: Trustee Jocelyn Moses and Trustee Carolyn Alston

† How to Study Your Bible:  For Kids - Youth- Ages 6-10

Course Description:  This course will help kids find out what the Bible is all about.  This course will provide the students with basic skills for Bible study.

Textbooks:  Holy Bible and How to Study the Bible for Kids by Kaye Arthur and Janna Arndt

Instructors:  Sister Kim Matthews and Sister Teresa King

Hit Your STRIDE (Spiritual Gifts, Talents, Resources, Individuality, Dreams, Experiences) Youth- Ages 11-14 (TN 128)

Course Description:  You may be wondering "Why am I here? Where is this going to lead?"  The fact that you've made it to this point is evidence that the Holy Spirit is already at work in your life.  In this course, you will discover certain truths:  You are uniquely created by God. God has given you significant gifts.  God has a plan and purpose for your life. As a Christian you are called to serve.

Text:  Serving from the Heart for Youth:  Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service.

Instructor:  Min. Charles McDuffie

The Avengers: Spiritual Warfare/Fighting the Good FightAges 15-18 (TN 227):

In 1 Timothy 6:12, the Bible talks about fighting the good fight of faith, and in 1 John 3:8, we are told that one of the reasons for the Son of God appearing was to destroy the devil's work. These images of conflict are given to us for a good reason: to encourage us to continue to fight the daily Spiritual war that rages in us, our world and others.

Instructors: Min. Khalida Burton

 Wednesdays, February 26, 2014 - May 14, 2014

Introduction to the Bible/The Power of God's Name

Course Description: This class will explore where the Bible comes from, who wrote the Bible, and how do we interpret the Bible. We will examine the different translations and their impact on our understanding of God's purposes for our lives.  In addition we will study the names of God and "learn to trust the Lord's goodness, rely on His promises, and live in His abundance."

Textbook:  Holy Bible; The Power of God's Name by Tony Evans (available in the Mount Jezreel bookstore)

Instructor:  Pastor Eldridge Spearman               

 Saturdays, March 1, 2014-May 17, 2014

Introduction to the New Testament

Course Description:  Through this survey course, participants will build a framework for understanding and interpreting the New Testament, gain an understanding of the biblical background needed for a lifetime of meaningful Bible study; and respond to God as He speaks to you through His Word.  This course will cover Galatians – Revelation.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible and Journey of a Lifetime by Tommy Higle 

Instructor:  Deacon Alfreda White

Biblical Interpretation

Course Description:  The way a thing is put together indicates the way it can be taken apart - the way the Bible was written indicates the way it should be interpreted. This course introduces hermeneutical principles by which the Bible was written and equips the Christian workman to rightly divide and interpret the Word of truth.

Pre-requisites for this course.  Students who enroll in this course are required to have taken the following courses (through the Koinonia Bible Institute, seminary, divinity school, etc.):  New Testament and Old Testament.  This course is for “seasoned” Bible students, not for persons new to the study of the Bible.  Perspective students must participate in regular, ongoing Bible study outside of study in which they participate as a course requirement.  

Instructor:  Sister Vera Hollingsworth

Textbook:  The Holy Bible and Interpreting the Scriptures by Kevin Conner and Ken Malmin